The Case for Gelato

The first gelato cart appeared between the years of 1920 and 1930 in the northern Italian city of Varese. Legend regarding the actual incarnation of ice cream is vague, though history suggests the idea of ice cream started in Sicily, ancient Rome, and Egypt when frozen snow was preserved underground and flavored. A man by…

Take a Trip to Ladew Topiary Gardens

* Last fall, my husband and I had time all to ourselves during the week while the kids were in school; I was on fall break and my husband took a day off. We spent the day at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Maryland, just 29 miles north of Baltimore in Monkton. It’s a great way…

BOOKISH — Sunday Book Festival and Monday Book Talk on the Docket

Tomorrow begins Day One of the Baltimore Book Festival. Book lovers in Baltimore—there’s a lot to rejoice. The lineup of authors is terrific, and local authors and speakers will be there as well sharing stories about writing and publishing. I’ll be in the Author’s Tent on Sunday, September 27 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m….

Baseball, Baltimore & Boisterous Real Fans: Well Worth the Wait

As I sat in the Club Level at Camden Yards on Thursday night, excited for Game One of the ALDS to begin between the hometown Baltimore Orioles and the visiting Detroit Tigers, I basked in the atmosphere. The ballpark hummed. Why, it was only a few years ago when it was devoid of Orioles fans…

Women Supporting Women

“True, happy, successful women usually don’t want to hurt but HELP other women.”- Kristin Chenoweth     Last night, my colleagues and I attended The Daily Record’s recognition event at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore to honor Maryland’s Top 100 Women in Business. It was an inspiring night, and it was wonderful to hear…

PhotoScrapbook From The Baltimore Book Festival

If you couldn’t make it to this year’s Baltimore Book Festival, you missed out. What a great day it was! I got to connect with friends, both old and new. There were books, food, demonstrations, live music, a kids area, book talks, and so much more. The weather held out for us until about 5:45…

I’m Off to the Baltimore Book Festival!

* * * I’m just about to walk out the door and head to the Baltimore Book Festival. It’s a gorgeous day here in Baltimore, and one you may enjoy spending in the Mt. Vernon are of the city. There are lots of great things happening at the festival today: my friend Ann is presenting…