The Benefits of Ink and Paper in our Current World

We have been told to stop using paper. Stop printing. Save a tree by using less paper.

Nicknames, My Name and the 2020 Presidential Race

In first grade, I was given a nickname. It made me miserable. The name on my birth certificate reads “Suzanne.” When I was a very young child, my parents called me Suzie. The first time they introduced me to one of their friends as Suzanne, I didn’t even know who they were talking about.  I made aContinue reading “Nicknames, My Name and the 2020 Presidential Race”

A Prayer for America and Why We Should Care

Now I feel as if I have woken up into an alternate reality of the United States, a reality where humanity aspires to be the worse version of ourselves. I call it the “It’s All-About-Me” society.

Call it “Fake News” and Cancel Culture Succeeds in Suppressing the News Media

If there is one expression that makes me bristle it is “fake news.” Those two words have been bandied about during the past four years dismissively to address anything published that the speaker doesn’t want to acknowledge as being actual news reporting. If you label it as fake, then it doesn’t count, so don’t botherContinue reading “Call it “Fake News” and Cancel Culture Succeeds in Suppressing the News Media”

Bearing Witness to the Two Americas. The Democratic and Republican Conventions.

Four years is a long time. Think how much has changed in America since 2016.

In Search of Unity, What New Statues and Memorials Shall We Build?

Now with so many people unemployed – many of them artists and historians—we have the opportunity to create and fund works of art that will unite the country.

Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes – Keeping the Peace in Our Communities

I once spent several hours on a “Ride Along” with a Police Officer. I got a small taste of what part of one day feels like for a member of the police department…

Honor of Wendi Winters–Poem for Healing

A pro-active poem for healing In honor of  Wendi Winters By Nadja Maril   June 28th2018 The Facebook post says mark me safe I’m safe, here in Annapolis Maryland I’m safe, I’m safe Did you hear the news? White man with long gun and ponytail An angry vigilante Glass shattered at the newspaper office SeveralContinue reading “Honor of Wendi Winters–Poem for Healing”

Voting day in Annapolis

Lines are long. Finding a place to park is a challenge at the Bates Middle School voting poll.length of wait? It could be an hour or two! Stay posted. Good news. It only took 40 minutes. People were in good spirits when they were finished.  So now I get to wear a sticker on myContinue reading “Voting day in Annapolis”

Hot independence day in Annapolis

We’ve got one more day left of the brutal heat, here in the Mid-Atlantic.  The Washington D.C. region has long been known for its brutal summers but this is one for the record books. July 4th and the accompanying celebrations, at least broke the week in half with a one day brake but it wasn’tContinue reading “Hot independence day in Annapolis”

Visiting Cuba American Style

The swimming pool on the roof of the Parque Central Hotel in Havana, Cuba looked clear and inviting. Quenching my thirst with a welcome cocktail, Cuba’s signature drink, a mojito made of freshly crushed mint leaves, soda water, sugar, lime juice and rum. I imagined taking a dip in the pool one morning or lateContinue reading “Visiting Cuba American Style”

Bluebird of Happiness/Blue Bra

Yesterday the springlike weather started to arrive and I couldn’t resist the urge to make a new wreath to place on my front door to welcome the new year. It looks so bare without the Christmas wreath. The next big holiday is Valentine’s Day, so of I opted for a pink bow and red flowersContinue reading “Bluebird of Happiness/Blue Bra”

New York 911 Memorial, Batman Movie and Occupy Wall Street

The latest Batman movie was being filmed near Wall Street, where we were staying this past weekend, so we got to see several bat mobiles parked in the distance. Littered on the ground was fake snow. It is crumpled up bits of white paper. But the multitude of guards and police made it difficult toContinue reading “New York 911 Memorial, Batman Movie and Occupy Wall Street”

Sunday A.M. Main Street Shut Down

At approximately 9:15 this morning, traffic came to a halt in downtown Annapolis as upper Main Street was shut down due to a reported gas leak at Joss Cafe and Sushi Bar. Fireman suited up with tanks on their backs rushed to the scene accompanied by emergency vehicles, an ambulance and several fire engines. TheContinue reading “Sunday A.M. Main Street Shut Down”

Annapolis West Street Sculpture Solicits Comments

Three finalists have been selected by the City of Annapolis to create a sculpture that will be installed at Westgate Circle. Located at the convergence of Taylor Avenue, Spa Avenue, and West Street; this is a major gateway point into the city. It is wonderful that the city has chosen to invest un the “ArtContinue reading “Annapolis West Street Sculpture Solicits Comments”