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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 310 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Saturday at Festival … Take Home a No Bel Air Walmart Sign as a Souvenir and Prepare for Next Phase

This just in form Bel Air South Community Foundation.

NB:Unfinished business – Big Box stores located in residential areas can overwhelm a community’s character and infrastructure. It is imperative that the county move quickly to pass Big Box legislation so that controls are in place to limit the impact of future developments.

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“All That Standing in the Cold Paid Off”

Protest outside the Harford County Council May 7 2013.  Read more in the Baltimore Sun, May 9 2013.

“All that standing in the cold paid off,” said Khiyali when I shared with her the news that Walmart is NOT coming to Bel Air.  She was talking about all the public meetings and protests we have been carrying out ever since we heard that Walmart, which already has a store near Bel Air, planned to close that store and open a new one in Bel Air, just 3 miles from downtown.


NO Bel Air Walmart Rally October 2012

Of course we still have to watch what they do, but this is a clear victory for people’s collective action.  How many county council meetings we packed to standing-room-only, how many people spoke, waiting for hours for their turn, how many protests we held on Main Street / Emmorton Avenue, how many late nights we spent at public meetings learning about traffic studies and the details of ways we could challenge the plan and keep Walmart out of Bel Air.

Here’s the story from Brian Goodman at the Dagger: Read more…

Harford County Climate Expo!

Tracey illustrates the urgency of the climate crisis at the Harford County Climate Expo, Edgewood Boys and Girls Club
Truly amazing that we could make this happen in Harford County.  Hats off to Tracey & George, Bill, Brooke and so many who have been working intensely behind the scenes, making it possible for the rest of us to show up and take part.  I am also glad that we did some of the door-to-door and phone outreach, the good old-fashioned way.

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The Importance of Being Black … in a White Novel

Goodnight June Delicious! covers

The Importance of Being Black

… in a White Novel

To some readers what I have to say will be so painfully obvious that they would not even justify it with a “duh!”   Others will need evidence.  It is for them – and I was once one of them- that I write the details of my rude awakening to the role of whiteness in contemporary fiction.

What awakened me?  An talk by Damali Ayo?  A rap heard at a poetry slam?  No.  Nothing so glamourous. Just a couple of books I read in my book club at the public library.

Look, it’s not as though I haven’t ever before read books with only white characters.  But, to quote Justin Trudeau, “it’s 2015.”  

What I am reading in the books is more segregating than mere absence of black (or brown or any other colored) characters.   Read more…

Local Groups Release Vegan Dining Guide for Harford County

From a message from DineKind Harford:

Hi. Lets do our part to spread the word that October 1 is World Vegetarian Day and encourage everyone to eat vegan foods for the day. Of course more days is better (You could suggest Meatless Mondays).

Just in time for this World Vegetarian Day DineKind Harford and Harford County Climate Action created a Vegan Dining Guide for Harford County. Read more…


In a title such as “Tap Tap, Boom Boom” the word in the title sound like the sounds that they make.  What is the word for the kind of word that mimics a sound?

“Oh no!”  I exclaimed.  I knew what word Bob, the librarian wanted, but instead I spelled:  “Tap T-A-P Tap.”  The judges, including library Director Mary Hastler, understood that I was kidding and allowed me another chance, though they could as well have passed to the next person.


Answering the question correctly was only the beginning.  The key was to spell it.  Read more…

Marching with the Library on Main Street

Every Hero Needs a Story.  Harford County Public Library at the 4th of July Parade on Main Street, Bel Air.

There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library

So said Andrew Carnegie and so we celebrate the freedom to read and march with the library down Main Street on the 4th of July, as we do every year.
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Tubing down Rock Run

We love Junior Ranger Camp with the Department of Natural Resources.  This year they finished off the 5-day camp with a morning of floating down the Rock Run in a tube.


ఆవకాయి made in the USA!

My mom and my brother with all the ఆవకాయి.

Who needs to import ఆవకాయి from India when you can make it yourself?


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