What better gift for your loved ones, whether family or friends, than putting the world in their hands? Here are eight fabulous gift books that cover many corners of the globe, as well as covering every person on your list. 1. Red Star Over Russia: A Visual History of the …Read More »
Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, artist Heather O’Hara came to know the natural world intimately. Though she went on to earn an MFA at Cornell and ultimately move to Baltimore, she never lost that connection with nature, whose shapes, colors and creatures animate her art. O’Hara’s latest project, Burdock & …Read More »
Monkey Business Tear into a surreal holiday short story and a philosophical essay on the power of gift-wishing—our gifts to you!
The Christmas Monkey By Geoff Becker It arrived, somehow, while everyone was asleep. In the morning there it was, waiting: a real, wide-eyed monkey. It came with its own chair, a gold one, or rather wood painted gold, with some sort of crest on the back. “It’s a rhesus,” said …Read More »
Rounders Three Baltimore-based artists put their own personal spins on the wreath-making tradition, exchanging greenery for creativity.
In Memoriam “This wreath symbolizes the cycles of life, death and rebirth,” artist Chip Irvine says. “Working with these concepts in mind, I used a photographic print of dead fish I found walking along the Patapsco River in Canton—cut the photograph, reshaped it, glued new forms together and completely transformed …Read More »
Special Delivery Hopkins doc Tim Amukele has a solution for transporting blood in infrastructure-challenged poor nations: drones.
Two years ago, Tim Amukele fielded a curious proposal from a medical student referred to him by a colleague. At the time, Amukele—a pathologist, who, among his multiple Johns Hopkins Medicine-related duties, directs clinical laboratories at Hopkins-affiliated hospitals in both Malawi (Southeast Africa) and Uganda (East Africa)—was pondering the conundrum …Read More »
Cake Walk A writer meditates on aging—and the joys of homemade dessert—as she recounts her mother’s recent slip down the stairs.
One night, deep in the throes of a cold, I did a rare and dangerous thing: I turned off my phone, took some medicine and fell into a coma-like sleep. The next morning I woke to a string of texts. 1) From my father with the vague but worrying message …Read More »
Study a Susan Waters-Eller drawing or painting long enough, and a kind of pleasant disorientation takes over, with galaxies, universes and cosmos—both psychic and physical—weaving and warping in splendor and symphony in front of your eyes. You can get lost in space. An admitted admirer of the Dutch graphic artist …Read More »
A Side of Dressing Three new books examine the aesthetic, the political and the seamy aspects of fashion.
Fashion is drama. It’s comedy. It’s story. That’s why I love it. It isn’t just about looking good (although that counts); rather, it’s about creating a character and following a narrative. The clothes we wear say something about who we are, or more specifically, who we want people to think …Read More »
At 67-acre Springfield Farm in Sparks, Baltimore County, Valerie Lafferty, 49, and her extended family ride herd on approximately 750 turkeys, about 200 of which are Narragansetts, a heritage breed, including 60 (55 hens, five toms) kept for reproductive purposes, with the others sold for their meat. The farm also …Read More »
Most casual attendees—aka, the non-horsey set—of springtime’s annual Maryland Hunt Cup probably don’t realize that steeplechasing continues through the summer and fall with stops in the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, before concluding in November with the Colonial Cup in South Carolina. Two weeks earlier comes the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, a …Read More »