Author Archive: Susan
Susan Harris started this blog and the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel in 2012 in order to get to know her new community and have some fun.
Retired from garden writing and teaching, she still blogs at Garden Rant.
Susan's primary project in retirement is DC Gardens, a nonprofit media campaign promoting public gardens and gardening in the DC area. It launched in March of 2015.
Recycling Plastic Pots These are just some of the plastic pots I unwittingly acquired in April in my yearly fit of plant-buying. I gathered them here to wash them before looking for the least bad way to deal with them, feeling heartsick that plants come with plastic. Is there really no better way to package […]
Playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective is literally a man of many faces. More than 70 different actors have played Sherlock Holmes, among them Basil Rathbone, Robert J. Downey, and Benedict Cumberbatch. These noteworthy and very different portrayals all show a man at the peak […]
Chatting with Greenbelter Aaron Solomon at the Farmers Market last Sunday I learned that Greenbelt Access TV is now on Youtube. So yay! And here’s what’s there so far, followed by offerings from other all-Greenbelt channels online. Greenbelt Access Television Channel There I found the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Dixieland Combo playing in Roosevelt Center. […]
by Anna Socrates My teenage soundtrack featured Motown, the Beatles, and The Beach Boys—but especially The Beach Boys. The cute, tanned California boys—brothers, cousins, and a friend—promised us pristine white beaches, endless sunny days, and summer romances. Although nostalgia music by the late 1970s, we heard The Beach Boys everywhere: pizza parlors, school dances, and […]
You all remember GHI’s recent kitchen and bathroom renovation contests, right? The winners are here (kitchen) and here (bathroom), with photos and their tips for us. The contests were conducted by the Architectural Review Committee chaired by Lola Skolnik, and I’m a member, too. Next up from the same hard-working committee is a Garden Contest, […]
by Jeff Lemieux Like it or not, Greenbelt Road is our city’s Main Street. But Greenbelt Road is built more like a highway than a neighborhood connector. It has high-speed ramps and wide lanes and overhead signs that are designed to allow outside traffic to speed through Greenbelt, not for local access. As a result, […]
Opening at the Old Greenbelt Theatre July 1. Review by Anna Socrates The experience of navigating the clique-infested waters of my high school cafeteria haunts my nightmares, even though in real life I quickly found a refuge in the school newspaper office. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl gets the social anthropology and so much […]
Originally published on Bad Wolf DC 6/23/15. The Circulator Experience DC has had Circulator buses for 10 years now but it wasn’t until last week, with the opening of its long-awaited National Mall route, that I finally rode one. I discovered my new favorite way to see the biggest collection of sights in all of D.C. […]
by Kathie Jarva, chair of the GHI Woodlands Committee A huge THANK YOU to all the neighbors who joined members of the GHI Woodlands Committee on Saturday, June 20, to cut down a prodigious amount of Golden Bamboo from GHI wooded areas near 2, 4, and 6 Courts of Ridge. Bamboo warriors pictured in front […]
by Anna Socrates Clouds are ephemeral phenomena, puffs of condensed water vapor that constantly change in response to the dynamic forces of air temperature and movement. The process of change in the atmosphere remains constant, however, even as individual clouds move, grow, come together, break up, and form anew. The Clouds of Sils Maria makes […]
On my recent trip to Toronto (for the 8th annual Gardenblogger Fling) the local organizers took us where tourists rarely go – to the just-offshore islands known collectively as Toronto Islands, which we reached by ferry. We toured gardens on two residential islands – Ward’s and Algonquin, which I probably related to more than the other […]
The first in a new series of blog stories here on Greenbelt Live: “Free in Greenbelt.” Recommendations are welcome – for anything that’s available in Greenbelt and free. Driving somewhere soon? I just returned from 9-hour drives to Toronto and back, and boy was I glad to have these offerings from the Greenbelt Library to […]
by Anna Socrates Golden light suffuses rows of Dorset farm workers scything in a field, hayricks dot the landscape like giant honey-sweetened gumdrops, and a shepherd weaves a willow fence to contain his flock. These opening scenes of Far From the Madding Crowd resemble the pastoral paintings of Jean-François Millet and depict a seemingly unchanging […]
The 446-acre treasure that is the National Arboretum has seemed down on its luck these last few years. It had a short-term director (not a plant person), then several acting directors, and worst of all, a two-year cutback on public hours to just four days a week since a congressional event called a sequester. (I worked in […]
And grand it was! Festive, too. Apologies to everyone I didn’t identify in the video with captions. I’d add these missing captions if I knew how to do it using the Youtube editor: Mayor Emmett Jordan being interviewed by Hillary Howes Catering by Jeremy Ehrenreich In-theater comments by County Councilman Todd Turner Who else should […]
by Anna Socrates Today’s romantic comedies are a lot like Mad Libs. In them, Meg-Jennifer-Julia/Ryan-Aniston-Roberts labors at a high-powered career or chucks it to open a cupcake boutique, all the while conscious of her biological clock tick-tick-ticking away and despairing of ever finding Mr. Right. And when she does meet her male foil, she and […]
How about a new feature here on the old blog – fun day trips from Greenbelt! Guest blog stories welcome – just email me. So I’ll start, with a place I began exploring last summer and returned to recently - Patuxent River Park. in Upper Marlboro. Its website tells us it has more than 8 miles […]
by Anna Socrates The face of Adele Bloch Bauer once reigned over the Austrian Gallery at Vienna’s Belvedere Palace and adorned magnets, mugs, and t-shirts in the gift shop. In Gustav Klimt’s 1907 painting, this upper-class Viennese Jewish woman—her eyes knowing and her mouth sensual—extends an erotic invitation; however, she is trapped in a rushing […]
Hillary Gottemoeller and Joe Harris – the performing couple formerly known as the The Bachelor and the Bad Actress – were married yesterday in Roosevelt Center, a place I’ll forever think of as The Church of You and Me – or You, Me, and the Whole Town. And the location was soooo fitting. Joe’s been […]