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.
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 […]
If you’ve walked around Greenbelt Lake recently you’ve probably noticed this scene along the path – a swath of gold and lots of lavender action, too. I was wow’ed by this scene enough last year to search out the gardener to find out more. Turns out the gardener is the very knowledgeable Teresa Desch, who’s […]
I’m still as busy as ever but how can I NOT blog about the opening of our much-missed, better-than-ever historic Greenbelt Theatre, under exciting new management?? The soft opening was Friday May 1 and as executive director Caitlin McGrath said after the firemen arrived between shows (thank to an overzealous smoke detector being set off […]
Capacity crowd and lots of laughs last night at the New Deal – a Tuesday night, y’all. It was the first of what will be a monthly event (4th Tuesdays) and boy, are we lucky to have good stand-up right here in Greenbelt. Here’s how it came about: Chris Lawrence grew up in New York […]
by Jeff Lemieux Last winter, my wife and I took a bike ride around Greenbelt, Maryland. It was between 2 and 4pm on a Wednesday afternoon. Our goal was to see how many parking lots around our shopping centers and office parks sit empty on an average workday. What we found was pretty discouraging. The […]
By Li’l Dan Celdran, GES parent On Wednesday, December 3 Greenbelt Elementary School hosted an assembly for all its students and staff regarding its new recycling program. Dr. Luisa Robles, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Greenbelt, shared information with us on the items that can be recycled at GES. Dr. Robles set up […]
Hiatus, sabbatical, whatever you call it, I’m taking time off from blogging about Greenbelt. However, blog stories by others – you guys! – are most welcome and I’ll continue to make it easy for others to publish here. You just won’t see new stories from me for a while. Here’s why. Last March I launched […]