An Annapolis mom finds catharsis and clarity in writing about her depression—and helps thousands in the process.
When she's seated next to a stranger on a plane, Therese Borchard of Annapolis is often asked what she does for a living. "Well, I write a mental health blog," Borchard explains.
"How did you get into that?" goes the next question, typically. "Are you a therapist?"
Borchard's answer is always the same.
"No," she says straightforwardly. "I'm a patient."
Borchard, 39, has bipolar disorder, an...
TV actor and Timonium resident Terry O'Quinn says goodbye to his Lost character John Locke as he plans for the future—and perhaps a return to CenterStage.
When Terry O'Quinn isn't playing the elusive character John Locke on the acclaimed ABC show Lost, you might spot the angular, bald actor picking up groceries at The Giant across from the Maryland State Fairgrounds, eating scrambled eggs at Miss Shirley's in Roland Park, or taking a swing on the greens at Greystone Golf Course in White Hall.
After all, he's one of us, a Marylander, since the mid-...
The so-called “Indie Mom of Comedy” on her funny husband, getting material from her kids, and staying sane.
Give comedian Meshelle (real name: Meshelle Foreman Shields) an audience—any audience—and she’ll give them an earful, cracking wise on politics, her three young kids, and feminism. Today, we give her an audience with the Baltimore Grill.
Who is your favorite Baltimorean, living or dead? Jada Pinkett Smith.
What is the biggest mistake you’ve ever made? Sleeping with bubblegum in my mouth!...
These days, radio personality Steve Rouse makes a pitch for fresh produce grown on his farm.
Back in the heyday of his top-rated WQSR radio show, Rouse and Co., Steve Rouse once rode his mower from Hunt Valley to the show's studios in Towson, cutting grass along the way, for one of his more memorable bits. "Allegedly, I drove my lawnmower from my house in Fallston to the station," says the 59-year-old Rouse, "but I fully admit now that I started in Hunt Valley, where the sidewalk began...
Living Classrooms chief on selling his bike, helping kids, and his secret stint as 007.
In its 25 years, the Living Classrooms Foundation, which was created to provide hands-on environmental education to underprivileged youth, has expanded its services to include public safety and job training. We check in with the foundation's director, James Piper Bond.
What is the best advice you ever got?1) My father said that your work should be about helping others. 2) "Do it now."
A recovering addict offers eyewitness accounts of homeless life on Baltimore's most fascinating blog.
"In a recent survey, 100% of all the homeless bloggers polled concurred: COLD WEATHER SUCKS!! Okay, it was so cold out last night, 15 degrees at 3 a.m., that when I finally was forced to crawl out of the bag after 35 minutes of fighting the need, I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital and explain how I got frostbitten on a part of my anatomy where one never wants to be 'bitten' in...
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on her unexpected rise to mayor, policy priorities, political connections, and the failings of Sheila Dixon.
City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had long been discussed as a likely candidate to succeed Sheila Dixon as Baltimore's mayor. Still, when she assumed the office on February 4, after Dixon was forced to step down in a plea bargain with prosecutors pursuing theft and perjury charges, it didn't happen quite the way she anticipated. "You would be hard-pressed to find someone to say that...
Paul Reed Smith has joined the likes of Fender and Gibson in the pantheon of electric guitar makers.
"Guitars are almost like iPods," says Paul Reed Smith. "I've never seen anybody in a bad mood with an iPod in their ears. It's a mood adjuster. It's almost like really sophisticated, expensive OxyContin."
Smith is musing on the power of the six-string "mood adjusters" he's been creating for 35 years, the last 25 as the pioneer behind Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars, now the third largest electric...
How Ricky Fried became the first man to coach the U.S. women's lacrosse team.
As the son of an Army infantry officer, Ricky Fried spent his childhood bouncing around the globe with a lacrosse stick as his constant companion.
"I always had a stick in my hand since I was three," says Fried. "People would give me weird looks and say, 'What the heck is that?' It was a conversation starter, but it was also something I could do on my own."
Last July, U.S. Lacrosse—the sport's...
Why is local veterinarian, entrepreneur, and bon vivant Kim Hammond spending so much time in East Africa?
Kim Hammond's obsession with Africa began, like a lot of things in his life, with a girl.
In 1997, the veterinarian, founder of the Falls Road Animal Hospital, and notorious man about town, found himself sitting next to an attractive woman on a transatlantic flight.
"I was coming back from Niger, and he was coming back from a fashion show in Paris," recalls Marjorie Copson, then a desk officer in...