| Dec 13, 2012
| 5:01 PM
When did the holidays become an exercise in anxiety, tension mounting with each fa, la and la? Shopping stress. Baking stress. Light-stringing stress. Relatives. And that "Are you ready for Christmas?" thing. Hardly helping.
But the year is winding...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 5:58 PM
So apparently this week's episode is supposed to be based on the holiday movie "Love Actually;" thus, the title. But, seeing as how I've never seen it from beginning to end and I don't remember exactly what happens, I can't quite reference the...
| Oct 3, 2012
| 10:21 AM
From The Aegis dated Oct. 8, 1987:
The public school system was making the news 25 years ago, when SAT scores were up significantly from 1986 and the annual school calendar failed to note the Christian holidays.
The 1,958 students in the Class of 1987...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 7:47 AM
A funny thing often happens when I'm doing an interview that inadvertently turns "religious."
The person I'm talking to will mention God or Jesus or something else religious, and then quickly add: "But you won't print that, will you?" or "I'm sure you...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 5:36 AM
The repetitions of ritual are the point. They establish continuity and reassurance through familiarity. So you can be sure that you will hear "O Come, All Ye Faithful" at the late-night service on Christmas Eve, that you will eat the same holiday dinners,...
| Dec 16, 2012
| 5:49 PM
Abram, his wife, Bessie, and his teenage brother Sam came first, traveling by train from their Russian village to a German port a thousand miles away in 1912. Then they boarded the ship that would bring them to their new home — Baltimore.
| Nov 16, 2012
| 4:53 AM
I always go a little crazy this time of year.
Yes, I am one of those annoying people who listen nonstop to Christmas music on Sirius each season. I start shopping for gifts before Halloween, and one of the highlights of October is choosing a color scheme...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 3:10 AM
A cold December night was no match for the glow from the menorah outside Temple Adas Shalom in Havre de Grace, where a crowd gathered to celebrate the eighth and final night of Hanukkah on Saturday.
The synagogue's first public menorah-lighting event...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 2:46 PM
Glenn Zior's neighbors in Mount Airy have never been bothered by lights flashing four hours every night and traffic filling the narrow street as car after car stops to watch and maybe leave a donation, he said.
In fact, many have asked him when his...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Morale in the Mt. Washington Fire Department was low last summer after Baltimore City relocated Truck No. 27 to a firehouse on Reisterstown Road.
But now the Mt. Washington station's annual train garden, rebuilt for the first time in at least 15 years,...
| Nov 16, 2010
| 11:08 AM
| May 5, 2012
In 1997, Madeleine Albright couldn't have been more certain that she knew everything important about herself and was in possession of every relevant fact about her life.
And then, at age 59, just days after being confirmed as U.S. secretary of state,...