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A Good Look

Everyone rallies when a friend is sick. In Sherri Renée Romm’s case, a friend’s cancer diagnosis in 1992 inspired great generosity on her part—Romm created a wig for her, a kindness that led to a hair empire that now reaches across the United State into Canada and Barbados. Versacchi Studios—Romm’s …

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A DIY Family

I was raised with five siblings in a Catholic, Mexican-American family that fostered 24 children and often housed friends and strangers. I was surrounded by family and playmates my entire childhood—and I absolutely loved it. The moments and love that I experienced as a child made me want the same …

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Ice of Life

Baltimore photographer and sculptor Helen Glazer has spent the past year engaged in a serious challenge, trying to create relatable art about a place most people will never see and know little about: Antarctica. “I’m going to call it ‘Walking in Antarctica,’” Glazer says of the exhibit she created. As …

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Self-Care After Tragedies

Readers, we are being rocked with horrific happenings. Between this year’s natural disasters, the Las Vegas shooting, and the daily reminders of other horrible things, it’s difficult to remain positive and hopeful. There are ways, however, to combat stress and sadness, and I am here to share them with you. …

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Collectors’ Paradise

In a suburban development in Phoenix, Maryland, it’s easy to spot Jack and Jean Lowry’s home. Their acclaimed collection of trees and plants begins curbside. An artistic, year-round tapestry of conifers, Ginkgoes and Japanese maples—highly textured and in a spectrum of yellows, greens and reds—offers the Lowrys screening from the …

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Welcoming Meals, Smiling Faces

Columbia-born Corey Laub’s resume includes Aida Bistro, The Wine Market, Washington, D.C.’s Firefly, Beuchert’s Saloon and Lincoln as well as Chicago’s Novo gastropub. Recently, Laub became executive chef at the Sanchez Gruver Concepts, owners of Fork & Wrench and Modern Cook Shop. He talks about the menu items that make …

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Generation Next

The difference between a giraffe and a canary may just be the best way to explain how technology has changed the classroom. Or to be more precise, a second grade animal report about a giraffe and another about a canary. Megan Shay, director of pre-K to 12th grade English language …

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Reality Star: 5 Questions for David Burdick

This month, the frilly fashion conceived by Everyman Theatre costume designer David Burdick will make its stage debut in Intimate Apparel, one of four plays at the theater to feature his work this season. Burdick, a seven-year company member, began researching, designing and fabric-shopping back in July. Here, he shares …

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In Concert

Asgerdur Sigurdardottir greets her competition with an impressive spread: an array of cheeses, gourmet crackers, hummus, caprese salad kabobs and a sheet of nametags. Any moment now, the other women will arrive. Nervous energy practically crackles off her. Tonight’s guest list includes Catherine Cochran of the Shriver Hall Concert Series, …

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Spotlight: Tina Collins

Did you see Tina Collins killin’ it in this month’s The Look column? The inspiring mental health advocate can certainly pull off the cold-shoulder look, but that was the least of what impressed us about her. Collins, who has struggled with schizoaffective disorder, is now a vocal advocate for those …

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Mugged in Philly

Quick, what’s the best beer town in the country? As a homer who can detect malty aromas wafting over from Union Craft Brewing in my Woodberry backyard, I might answer Baltimore. But there are the established craft beer hotbeds to consider—Portland, Seattle and Denver. Old-schoolers might even suggest Milwaukee out …

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Home Slice

Blueberry. Coconut cream. Pumpkin. Apple. There are all kinds of pies, but one thing is certain: “Pie is special,” says Max Reim of Pie Time. Pie definitely has an enduring appeal, perhaps because it demands that you stop and have a cup of coffee and a conversation. It connects you …

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Home Expansion

The housing market in the Baltimore area continues to grow, with prices reaching pre-recession levels and new home construction taking off in many communities. As with most major cities in the country, Baltimore and the surrounding counties have filled with people. Property costs closer to the city have increased. That’s …

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A Dose of Love

Love typically defies logic, but doctors marrying doctors makes perfect sense, particularly in the world of academic medicine. The profession’s challenges — long shifts, the 2 a.m. call to the hospital, grant deadlines, late meetings, early rounds, conferences and on-call duties during holidays — can be hard on any partner. …

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Review: “Lear” at Single Carrot

Let’s get one thing straight: If you’re going to see “Lear” because you liked “King Lear,” you should probably stay home. The very, very loose adaptation has about as much to do with Shakespeare’s iconic drama as the Earl of Gloucester has to do with Big Bird…but we’ll get there …

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