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 at the award-winning blog 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.

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Movie Review: The Big Short

Movie Review: The Big Short

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Playing now at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. What do tulip bulbs, online pet supply merchants, and Florida McMansions have in common? All were the objects of speculative bubbles that ended in disaster. The 17th century mania for tulip bulb futures was perhaps the first recorded speculative bubble in which the prices […]

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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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Movie review: “Room”

Movie review: “Room”

| January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. We humans have powerful resources in our ingenuity, our imagination, and our will. Our ingenuity helps us make sense of our world and see its possibilities. Our imagination gives us hope and helps us to transcend our circumstances. Our will spurs us to take […]

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Movie Review: “Spotlight”

Movie Review: “Spotlight”

| January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Boston is a city of contradictions. Home to world-class universities, powerful high-tech and financial enterprises, and renowned arts and cultural organizations, it also contains tightly knit ethnic neighborhoods and the parochialism of a small town “where everybody knows your name” because they went to […]

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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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Movie Review: “Carol”

Movie Review: “Carol”

| January 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. In our age of throwaway fashion, catalogues offer a rainbow of $29.99 lightweight cashmere sweaters, wool skirts are sewn on overlock machines to keep their edges from raveling, and cotton blouses are blended with Lycra to hold their shape. The cut of fine clothing and […]

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Review of “Joy”

Review of “Joy”

| December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. An inventor himself, Benjamin Franklin pushed to protect inventions in the Constitution. From the early Republic to the present, hundreds of thousands of patents have been filed for diverse innovations such as the cotton gin, Morse code, and the Hula Hoop. The countless inventors, […]

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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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Movie Review: “Steve Jobs”

Movie Review: “Steve Jobs”

| December 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

Now Playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Reviewed by Anna Socrates. It was 1999 and time to replace the ungainly, wheezing behemoth of a PC that was my faithful companion through graduate school. I coveted the sleek, clean lines and candy-bright shell of the Apple iMac, which was launched the year before. Additionally, the all-in-one […]

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Movie Review: “Suffragette”

Movie Review: “Suffragette”

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opens today at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Suffragist or suffragette? Words do matter, so a review of a movie about women’s suffrage should use the correct term. However, both are appropriate. Members of the larger movement to expand voting rights are properly referred to as “suffragists,” since this term includes the […]

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Lots to Love about Lake Artemesia

Lots to Love about Lake Artemesia

| December 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

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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Movie Review: Brooklyn

Movie Review: Brooklyn

| November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opens Wednesday November 25 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. While rummaging through a box of old photos, I found snapshots of my mother, her sisters, and their friends. Taken in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the photos depicted happy young women posing in Easter finery, frolicking at the beach, relaxing […]

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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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Film Review: “Bridge of Spies”

Film Review: “Bridge of Spies”

| November 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. An accomplished artist effectively manipulates light and shadow to create a lifelike portrait. Strong contrasts between light and dark give depth to paintings and drawings and create visually interesting cinematic images. Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Joel and Ethan […]

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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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Movie Review: Sicario

Movie Review: Sicario

| November 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates.   Given a choice between living under the rule of law or the law of wolves, I think most of us would choose the former, even with all of the associated paperwork and regulations. We expect that suspects will be read their rights and […]

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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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Review of “The Truth”

Review of “The Truth”

| October 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. “Truthiness,” an intuition that feels right but is not supported by facts or evidence, was coined and defined by Stephen Colbert in 2005, slightly more than a year after the events known as Rathergate. Truthiness and its consequences, however, are the essence of Rathergate—newscaster […]

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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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