Jane's Jewishness had always been a part of her—just not a big part. So why did she decide to get bat mitzvahed—in her mid-40's?
What if I open my mouth and no words come out? What if I've forgotten everything I've studied for the past two years? What if I sneeze on the sacred scroll?
These were my thoughts as I stood in front of my family and friends for this milestone event. After two years of preparation, my big day, March 29, 2008—22 Adar II 5768 according to the Jewish calendar—had finally arrived. I was becoming a...
The bagel baron on the best advice he ever forgot, stolen library books, and the real way to eat a bagel.
Others have come and gone at Belvedere Square. Greg Novik of Greg's Bagels has stayed put—out of sheer stubbornness, he says. It paid off. The market is thriving, and Novik is having the last lox, er, laugh.
Where did you go to school? I graduated from Hopkins '68 with a degree in economics! And now look at me. What a joke.
What book or film most changed your life?The book is called...
He's been a perfectionist, personally monitoring every aspect of his family-run restaurant for 20 years. So is Linwood Dame beginning to ease up? Don't count on it.
Wearing his trademark horn-rimmed glasses, chef's whites, and well-worn Dansko clogs, Linwood Dame stands in the corner of his open kitchen, puts a pinch of English sea salt over a watermelon-and-feta salad and simultaneously studies the row of lunch tickets to make sure the food is finding its way to the tables in a timely fashion.
"Was this tuna returned because the first piece was overcooked...
For five first-year teachers, the view from the other side of the classroom is challenging, exciting, and, yes, a little scary.
Don't smile for the first three months.
That was the advice science teacher Taylor Shannon received last year as she headed into her first teaching job at Baltimore's Northeast Middle School.
Students see your kindness as weakness, she was told. So Shannon, 24, was afraid to be too nice.
"I wanted to build relationships," she says. "But I was afraid they would mistake it as a friendship."
The Hopkins neurosurgeon—and local hero—on Rocky, mastering his fear, and the 3-pound enigma.
His story has been well told: Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa ("Dr. Q" to friends) was an illegal immigrant from Mexico who put himself through medical school—at Harvard, no less—and now is a top neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins. Below, he tackles a slightly lesser challenge: The Baltimore Grill.
Where did you go to school?I started my education in a small rural school in a quiet,...
Kids from rough circumstances climb high
Nine years ago, Matthew Weinberg, CEO of Weinberg Group, a global business consulting firm, walked into three Baltimore City and County high schools with a more or less blank check, wanting to invest in high academic achievers he believed were underserved by the system. The need in the workplace he was most focused on: science- and technology-related fields.
He started out with 18 students,...
Two Hopkins doctors give cancer patients one last escape.
There are lots of medical studies underway at any given time in the medical research mecca that is Baltimore. But two Johns Hopkins psychologists are looking for volunteers for a study that's both unusual and that sounds, at first blush, barely legal: They're recruiting cancer patients who are willing to take the hallucinogen psilocybin in order to have a life-affirming mystical experience.
The BSO hopes a music program creates social change at a West Baltimore elementary school.
If you think putting a violin in the hands of a six-year-old sounds premature, think again.
This month, first graders at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in West Baltimore will begin OrchKids, an after-school music venture led by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and based on the Venezuelan program El Sistema. OrchKids is funded by BSO music director Marin Alsop, and Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda...
An overhaul at one of the state's oldest nonprofits.
John Hoey, president and CEO of the Y of Central Maryland, has his work cut out for him: Get the word out on what the 155-year-old nonprofit does. And then make it do more. And then get that word out.
For starters, The Y of Central Maryland has been suffering from an identity crisis. The slogan on its most recent annual report implores: "If you think we're just a pool, look deeper." Besides...
A salon owner and her husband have their heads in the clouds.
Picture this: an awesome collection of salvaged parts from old fighter jets and commercial planes, re-invented into furniture and art. This stuff really churns up the nostalgia for old flyboys and history buffs, even for those overgrown kids who used to build those plastic airplane models of World War II-era aircraft. Just a "guy thing," you think? Tell that to Lilly MaRitza Rudden.