Mastering Internet is easier than organizing life's clutter


IN THE PAST 10 days, I have gotten myself and all aspects of my life organized, and mastered all the intricacies and nuances of the Internet.

My dear husband, who tends to clutter the house more than I, accompanied me to the getting-organized seminar. The thought was that we would reinforce each other in implementing the wisdom we absorbed that night. It hasn't quite worked that way. Perhaps if we implement one organizing idea a week, we'll find the counter top and the desk in time for the Christmas party.

Mastering the Internet has more practical potential than being tidy. I am able to receive information for this column via e-mail, for instance. Stay tuned for a funny-looking address.

Gardening lessons

Having worked on my own yard under the tutelage of a master gardener, I know that grubbing around with someone who knows what she's doing is different from just pulling weeds. I learn new things every time we work, and have fun in the process.

London Town House and Gardens is offering a comparable learning experience for Saturday gardeners under the direction of Joyce Riley-Greene, assistant horticulturist for the county Department of Recreation and Parks. On Saturday, Aug. 24, Sept. 14 and 28, volunteers can learn pruning techniques for shrubs and perennials while maintaining flower beds and working on seasonal gardening projects.

The sessions run from 7: 30 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to bring trowels, snips and favorite gardening tools.

Gardening sessions are also held Wednesday and Friday mornings. Information: Linda Gray, 222-1919.

Annapolis tours

Two opportunities are available this week to learn a little more about Annapolis.

First is the annual Annapolis Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. It's a walking tour of more than 20 art galleries with exhibits and demonstrations. Maps will be available at the various galleries, and the program is free.

Saturday, the Annapolis Opera, in cooperation with the Maryland Lyric Opera, offers a free tour of the Charles Carroll House and Gardens, home of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

A concert will be held at the house, 107 Duke of Gloucester St., and tickets cost $15 for tent seating or $12 for lawn seating. The concert, "Musical Theatre in America," features tenor Harry Dunstan with Annapolis favorites Michael Begley, Megan Crosson and Laura Hewitt performing songs, arias, and ensemble pieces tracing the development of American musical theater.

The grounds of Carroll House open at 6 p.m. for picnicking and tours. The performance begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets: Thea Lindauer, 263-2710; Carroll House, 269-1737.

Book on medical pioneer

"Doc, The Life of Emily Hammond Wilson" has been published by Shady Side Rural Heritage Society and will be released at two book-signing receptions this weekend at Capt. Salem Avery House Museum.

Wilson, 92, and Theresa Magnotti, the author, will be present at the receptions, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In 1929, Wilson, who had been working in a Johns Hopkins University medical clinic in Baltimore, took a leave of absence and became the first woman doctor in southern Anne Arundel County.

Her welcome, however, was less than overwhelming. No one would see her until she treated an ailing dog. According to Carol Anderson of the society, local lore has it that Wilson's first human patient was Gloria Shanton, daughter of Ethel Andrews of Shady Side, who will turn 108 in November.

Several years ago, Wilson spoke at a winter lecture and donated her medical bag to the society. Her story inspired Magnotti to record it for posterity.

Three years and many interviews later, the book is on the shelves for $17.95, or can be purchased by mail for $20.50, which includes tax and handling, from Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, P.O. Box 89, Shady Side, 20764.

Pub Date: 8/05/96

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