| Mar 5, 2014
| 12:19 PM
Today is Ash Wednesday and people all over the world are giving up things for Lent.
If you haven't decided or are having second thoughts on what you will be sacrificing for the next 40 days, here's some easy and down right lazy ideas that can still...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 4:30 AM
I, too, have followed with some interest the Carroll County commissioners' escalating debate over Christian prayer at their meetings. However, I have a different opinion than Commissioner Robin Frazier and Bruce and David Holstein ("Free speech challenged...
| May 18, 2014
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the national cooperative extension system — a fitting time to spotlight the master gardeners who play a large role in the organization's goals to assist and educate gardeners everywhere, especially in...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:21 AM
In our religious relationships there are frequently rituals and symbols: the sign of the cross, prayers, special embraces, a kiss. These customs are expressions of our humility, love and heartfelt needs.
Many people who seldom go to church make a...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 1:04 PM
In the church we have liturgical seasons.
We begin our year with the season of Advent. We celebrate Christmas and Epiphany, move into a bit of Ordinary Time, and then it's on to Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. We celebrate Easter and its season....
| Sep 12, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Like everything Stephen Colbert does on television, it's set up as a joke.
A nun and a television host walk into a studio. They discuss the recent papal censure of American nuns for "perpetrating a feminist agenda." The host takes a hard line.
| Jul 18, 2013
| 5:57 AM
Virginia Thorndike strolls through the garden in front of her Monkton home each morning, carefully observing the ways the flowers have changed from the previous day.
She sums up the feeling that overcomes her: "Gratitude."
Thorndike designed her...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 11:25 AM
I confess that, directed by your letters, I do not write enough about Islam or Muslim spiritual life. To help to correct my lacuna, I've decided not to let the holy Muslim month of Ramadan pass this year without sending along to all of you...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 9:29 AM
Like Passover and Easter, it is a cornerstone religious holiday and a movable feast based on the phases of the moon. Like Passover and Easter, the people who celebrate it identify themselves as the spiritual children of Abraham.
The religious observance...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"Judas Maccabaeus" is the Hanukkah "Messiah."
Or it would be if choral groups had an equal-oratorio policy with Handel. Such a policy, in addition, would give us regular airings of another 23 Handel oratorios, all late works (the composer turned to...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 7:39 PM
John Ostrowski, a renowned Southeast Baltimore sausage maker who refused to sell his product to supermarkets for wider distribution, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Wednesday at Somerford Place Assisted Living in Columbia. The Lutherville...