| Jun 15, 2014
It's been pretty well established that doing well on traditional tests used for college admissions has no relationship to how well a student will do in college.
Students with the same test scores often have different outcomes, some drop out, some...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 6:03 PM
Early on the morning of June 13, 1994, I was awakened by persistent knocking on my guesthouse door. An LAPD officer was at the door because two beautiful people, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, had lost their lives.
Me? I was a wanna-be actor from...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:05 PM
Maya Angelou was a diva of American culture: an actress, singer, dancer and film director as well as an essayist and Pulitzer-Prize-nominated poet, whose mainstream magnetism led her to write verses for Hallmark and recite one of her poems at the 1993...
| May 29, 2014
| 4:39 PM
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend."
—Polonius giving fatherly advice to his son Laertes in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
It's "dads and grads" season, which, besides being retailers' rhyming...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 8:59 AM
Grab your picnic basket and enjoy live blues music in an Elkridge park. Dig out the easel and paint pictures of flowers and historic storefronts in Ellicott City. Or as the sun sets, learn how to salsa dance under one of downtown Columbia’s most...
| Jun 6, 2014
She bought her clothes for their colors in secondhand shops — "beautiful reds and oranges, and greens and pinks, and teals and turquoise" — and wore them in happy mismatch. She danced feathers and a few sequins to Alvin Ailey's leopard print...
| Apr 25, 2014
In late summer of 1974, I was reading "One Hundred of Years of Solitude" in an apartment that felt like solitude. I didn't have much in the way of furniture — bed, stove, noisy refrigerator. I would soon be off to graduate school, stripped of...
| Apr 18, 2014
Things at my day-job employer, College of Charleston, have been a little loony lately.
First, the South Carolina state legislature unilaterally moved to merge our liberal arts and sciences college with a medical school. Shortly after that, the same...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 1:34 PM
The Burbank Chorale will honor William Shakespeare's 450th birthday with its program titled “If Music be the Food of Love” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Burbank First United Methodist Church.
Kyrian Corona, chorale president, said...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 6:41 AM
William Shakespeare's 450th birthday falls on Wednesday, per historians' best reckoning in the absence of ironclad documentation. It’s time to remember that “in delay there lies no plenty,” as the Bard told us in “Twelfth Night,&...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 7:15 AM
Queen Elizabeth II had a new black-and-white portrait unveiled -- she's smiling! -- in honor of her 88th birthday on Monday. Not to outdo her royal highness, but anyone will be able to have their portrait on the front page of the London Times at the...