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Decorum

I grew up in a house that any builder would be proud to present as a model home. Not because of its size, but because it was meticulously decorated and looked like no one lived there. That is, until you…

The Discreet Charms of Baltimore

Photo | John Schlichting

Night falls over Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Henri Matisse, Léon Bakst, passionate collectors, unique homes, upscale dining and growing sophistication make Baltimore an ideal getaway for a weekend, or even a long Saturday or Sunday jaunt. If your idea of Baltimore is based on John Waters’ idiosyncratic…

Your Views

Common Sense Associated With Running More Miles Let me begin my letter by describing how my day began one recent Tuesday. I had decided to stop by Starbucks on my way to work and left my house around 6 a.m.…

Doug Gansler’s Beach Week Lesson

Without taking a position on the Maryland gubernatorial race or on the merits of Doug Gansler as a possible future governor of the state, I have had some thoughts about his presence at a party of underage people during “Beach…

College Applications: A Disclaimer

With the frantic and competitive atmosphere of college applications to the nation’s most prestigious schools, senior year is not quite the easy, breezy cap to high school that it is billed as. As a senior in Richard Montgomery’s International Baccalaureate…

Naptitude

As the world gets darker and more complicated by the day, we could all use some good news. I received just that while avoiding all the important things left undone in my world and trolling Facebook the other day. There,…

The Courage to Grow Old

Once again, I am visiting my parents at their home on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I was here in August and so for this visit, there is a welcome coolness in the air. It is autumn. Yesterday, my father had…

First Person

Annual Angst Because I am first in line for the Mother of the Year Award once again, my son Reed just had his 10 year annual physical this month, a full four months after his actual 10th birthday. In recent…

O’Keefe’s Journal: Vacation Prep

Getting ready for vacation is like any other prep: It has to be dealt with and can be painful. My husband and I are preparing for a week away — we’re driving to Massachusetts, and the tension is rising. See,…