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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Movie review: Free State of Jones

Movie review: Free State of Jones

| June 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Engraved in my childhood memories is a plate from a history book of John Steuart Curry’s mural “Tragic Prelude,” which depicted an outsized John Brown leading the 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry. A rifle in one hand and Bible in the other, the wild-eyed, […]

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A Greenbelt Connection

A Greenbelt Connection

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Recently I launched a new website that curates gardening videos, and I’ve been blogging about it on the team blog Garden Rant (celebrating 10 years this month!). So I wasn’t too surprised when the Connecticut-based videographer Patrick Volk emailed me about his gardening videos. Patrick lives with his family in New Haven, where a neighbor happens to be the long-time […]

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Movie review: A Bigger Splash

Movie review: A Bigger Splash

| June 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. A swimming pool is considered an “attractive nuisance” in tort law, a property feature so inherently enticing that courts hold pool owners strictly liable for injuries to trespassers such as children, who are incapable of weighing the risk against the attraction. The presence of […]

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Sorrow and Pride in Greenbelt

Sorrow and Pride in Greenbelt

| June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Two days after the horrific events in Orlando the good people of Greenbelt held a vigil for the victims. The event was initiated by GreenBeLT Pride, and I know the community thanks them for it – I sure do. Lauren Cummings spoke movingly and read the names of all the victims as a candle was […]

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Potential Task Force on Yard Solutions for a 21st Century Garden City

Potential Task Force on Yard Solutions for a 21st Century Garden City

| May 30, 2016 | 4 Comments

Does anyone have problems in their GHI yard, or solutions to suggest for others? Then leave a comment here or even better, come to this weeks’ Board of Directors meeting to comment on a task force being proposed to explore solutions in GHI yards. (The meeting is Thursday, June 2 at 7:30.) Below is the proposal […]

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Big Events in Greenbelt Park!

Big Events in Greenbelt Park!

| May 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Some Greenbelters don’t even know we have a National Park just across Greenbelt Road, with campsites, trails, and more. So for 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this blog is featuring Greenbelt Park, starting with a Big Events Update. June 4, 2016 is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration […]

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Movie Review: “Money Monster”

Movie Review: “Money Monster”

| May 17, 2016 | 1 Comment

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Washed-out newscaster Howard Beale’s howl of rage at “the system” thundered on screens in 1976 and reverberated throughout popular discourse. Even if you never saw the movie, you knew the phrase. You […]

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Plant Swap or Major Give-Away?

Plant Swap or Major Give-Away?

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The term “Plant Swap” may not convey what actually happened yesterday outside the GHI offices – the popular event organized by GHI’s Woodlands Committee. Above wearing a baseball cap is Mary-Denise Smith, who organized the event with help from committee chair Kathy Jarva. The swap is always open to all Greenbelters, not just GHI members. […]

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Movie Review: Miles Ahead

Movie Review: Miles Ahead

| May 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre.  Review by Anna Socrates. In graduate school, I shared an apartment with a music student. We were both Michigan girls, but couldn’t be more different, even though people always said that we looked like sisters. More accurately, I was the preppy kid sister in a Fair Isle sweater, […]

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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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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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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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