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Movie Review: The Big Short

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
Movie Review: The Big Short

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 […]

Greenbelt Company wins 2015 Woman Contractor of the Year

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt Company wins 2015 Woman Contractor of the Year

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. […]

Greenbelt in the 2016 Blizzard

| January 30, 2016 | 3 Comments
Greenbelt in the 2016 Blizzard

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 […]

Movie review: “Room”

| January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
Movie review: “Room”

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 […]

Movie Review: “Spotlight”

| January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
Movie Review: “Spotlight”

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 […]

Neighbors rally to help make prayer flags for screening

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Neighbors rally to help make prayer flags for screening

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 […]

Movie Review: “Carol”

| January 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
Movie Review: “Carol”

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 […]

Review of “Joy”

| December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Review of “Joy”

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, […]

I’ve Warmed to our Blocky International-Style Homes

| December 27, 2015 | 5 Comments
I’ve Warmed to our Blocky International-Style Homes

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 […]

Movie Review: “Steve Jobs”

| December 19, 2015 | 1 Comment
Movie Review: “Steve Jobs”

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 […]