Author Archive: Susan

Susan Harris started this blog and the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel in 2012 to get to know her new community and have some fun.
Retired from garden writing and teaching, she still blogs for the popular blog Garden Rant.
Susan's primary projects in retirement are DC Gardens, a nonprofit media campaign promoting public gardens and gardening in the DC area and Good Gardening Videos, a nonprofit, ad-free website for curated gardening videos.

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Greenbelt one of “10 Towns that Changed America”

Greenbelt one of “10 Towns that Changed America”

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Greenbelt was one of just “10 Towns that Changed America” in the PBS series “10 that Changed America.”  Here’s the 5.5-minute segment of the show about Greenbelt. Click here to see the other nine: St. Augustine, FL; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Riverside, IL; Pullman, IL; Levittown, NY; Southwest DC; Seaside, FL; and the Pearl District […]

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Greenbelt’s Bernie Video a Big Hit

Greenbelt’s Bernie Video a Big Hit

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

With the polls closed on this primary election night,  I can finally post this classic Greenbelt production without having to give equal time to Clinton (as if such a thing exists). Song and video by Joe Harris, who wrote on Facebook, “Our neighborhood made a thing… a thing for Bernie Sanders!!! A big thanks to […]

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Movie review: “Marguerite”

Movie review: “Marguerite”

| April 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. You might remember William Hung. Although hopelessly untalented, he rocketed to overnight stardom after his appearance on American Idol went viral. Unlike later Internet sensations and media-savvy celebrities, with their nudge-nudge, wink-wink self awareness that lets us in on the joke, Hung seemed to […]

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Movie review: “Remember”

Movie review: “Remember”

| April 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre.  Review by Anna Socrates. Each year, for Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, my workplace invites a survivor to speak at an assembly. Last year’s speaker spoke movingly of the collective madness of living under Hungary’s fascist regime and the random chances and bits of good fortune that led […]

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Fresh mulch! Come and get it.

Fresh mulch! Come and get it.

| April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

This was the scene this morning at the Northway mulch/compost/wood-chip operation. Very impressive! So out came the smart phone for photos and a 20-minute video, too. Mulch v. Compost I drove up the hill toward the observatory to find plenty of fresh-chopped leaf mulch and, just to the left, last year’s leaf mulch that has […]

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It’s Time to Break up Maryland’s  State Highway Administration

It’s Time to Break up Maryland’s State Highway Administration

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Maybe the best way to fight the state highway is to split it up. By Jeff Lemieux . This is a picture I took last year at the Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA’s) District 3 offices in Greenbelt. I don’t even remember what the meeting I attended was about. Instead of listening to the speakers, […]

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Greenbelt Loves Sunday Buses!

Greenbelt Loves Sunday Buses!

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

After years of working to bring bus service to Greenbelt, it’s official, and the first bus rolled into town Easter morning, greeted by Mayor Emmett Jordan.  Via Facebook, he invited residents to join him at 7 a.m. to celebrate the arrival of the first bus arriving at Roosevelt Center. Another group of Greenbelters met and rode the bus that […]

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Movie Review: 45 Years

Movie Review: 45 Years

| March 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. In preparation for my most recent high school reunion, one of the organizers set up a Facebook page to allow people to reconnect. The organizer created more than a site detailing the reunion weekend events. He scanned and posted yearbooks and issues of the […]

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Seeing Plenty of Greenbelt in Greenhills, Ohio

Seeing Plenty of Greenbelt in Greenhills, Ohio

| March 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of our two sister cities – Greenhills, Ohio – held a Share your Memories Day in 2012 and made a video using lots of the stuff people brought from home. We don’t recognize the people but boy, does their Community Center look familiar. (Ours looks prettier!) Video by the Greenhills Historical Society. I follow […]

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Greenbelt Company wins 2015 Woman Contractor of the Year

Greenbelt Company wins 2015 Woman Contractor of the Year

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

American Express’s small business division recently named Greenbelt’s own Proven Management LLC as its 2015 Woman Contractor of the Year for outstanding success in government contracting. Proven Management is a certified woman- and minority-owned small business offering facility and logistics consulting services and generates 98% of its revenue through contracts with 28 federal agencies, including the U.S. […]

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Greenbelt in the 2016 Blizzard

Greenbelt in the 2016 Blizzard

| January 30, 2016 | 3 Comments

Blizzards are fun to photograph, and Greenbelters were out taking lots of shots this last week – and then donating some of them to this Commemorative 2016 Blizzard Blog Post.  So a big thanks to everyone for the shots! The blizzard started January 22, a Friday afternoon, and by the evening Roosevelt Center looked like […]

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Neighbors rally to help make prayer flags for screening

Neighbors rally to help make prayer flags for screening

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

I recently blogged about using prayer flags to screen an unsightly view in my yard, including my complaint that they only come in primary colors. I posted the link to my regular Facebook page and immediately got this offer to help: If I wanted to do this as a craft to match my garden I would […]

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I’ve Warmed to our Blocky International-Style Homes

I’ve Warmed to our Blocky International-Style Homes

| December 27, 2015 | 5 Comments

I’m no architectural historian, and when I first moved here I wasn’t initially a fan of the look of the 1937 block homes, including my own. It’s just so plain. But some education has turned me around. I’ve learned (via Wiki) that our homes are modernist, with International Style influences seen in their white walls and flat roofs. Below, these […]

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Lots to Love about Lake Artemesia

Lots to Love about Lake Artemesia

| December 9, 2015 | 2 Comments

Passing Lake Artemesia on the Green Line always makes me want to go there, so early last month I visited with my camera and time to read the signage. With a little online research I’ve come to love its origin story, and how it’s being enjoyed today. How it Came to Be We have the Green Line […]

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New Deal Cafe’s 20th Anniversary Party!

New Deal Cafe’s 20th Anniversary Party!

| November 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

On Sunday November 8th the New Deal Cafe celebrated its 20th anniversary – naturally, with a 6-hour party! Bar manager Amethyst Dwyer, who suggested this commemorative blog post, called it ”a festive day filled with music, co-mingling among friends, and fond recollections. The New Deal is truly a miracle story and we are so very lucky […]

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Now Online: Forum on Greenbelt’s Economic Development

Now Online: Forum on Greenbelt’s Economic Development

| November 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last month the Old Greenbelt Theatre hosted a fascinating forum on economic development, thanks to Greenbelt’s Community Development Corporation, and now it’s embedded right here! Thanks also to panel-members: Stuart Eisenberg, Hyattsville’s Community Development Corporation (CDC). John Henry King, Bowie’s Economic Development Director. Valerie Watson, artist, board member for Mount Rainer and Brentwood’s CDC. State Sen. […]

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I Voted!

I Voted!

| November 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Greenbelt Community Center is the prettiest place I’ve ever voted, especially this year. And voila – it’s a polling place! Here’s the entrance at 9:35 this morning. The nice judge told me I could take pictures of poll workers, but not show faces of voters. In this case, New Deal regulars will recognize two of […]

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Another large tree comes down in Greenbelt

Another large tree comes down in Greenbelt

| October 27, 2015 | 3 Comments

When a diseased tree was removed from my next-door neighbor’s back yard recently I couldn’t stop watching. It took four men almost two full days and a lot of skill to do the job. Huge pieces of trunk dangled back and forth in the air and had to be guided to exactly the right spot […]

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Ideas sought for a revived Greenbelt.com

Ideas sought for a revived Greenbelt.com

| October 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

Way back in 1995 some community-minded Greenbelters bought the domain Greenbelt.com and launched it as a much-needed service to the community – “Greenbelt Maryland U.S.A.”  It served as an online portal to the town for both residents and outsiders until it stopped being updated in about 2006, though it’s still online as a now-old-fashioned-looking web […]

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Review of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Review of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

| October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opens today at the Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Imagine a political organization advocating for better housing, healthcare, nutrition, and education. One calling to end oppression, police brutality, and mass incarceration. One led by charismatic, photogenic, and media-savvy young people, with one visionary emphasizing unity over racial division. Is this the Green Party or […]

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