Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Inside Maryland's State House

The Maryland State House underwent renovation a few years back.  It's looking very good these days.

Here's the current Senate chamber. It's in the part of the State House added on in the 20th century.


A Tiffany glass feature in the hall ceiling.


The House chamber is bigger but with similar marble features.




In the 18th century part of the State House are lovely columns,


arches,


and the inside of the dome.



The old Senate chamber has been restored to what it looked like when Washington resigned his commission.





The old House chamber was restored to the Victorian age decor.


The ceiling in there was gorgeous.


More to come on the Maryland State House.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Worthwhile Cause

Last Friday I attended a luncheon giving to honor those of us who supported a school child in Haiti last year through Community Coalition for Haiti.


My sister, Marie became very involved with this charity first as a volunteer, then as a part time staff member, and now as a full time staffer.


I signed up again this year to support the same little girl who will now be attending kindergarten.  She was a preschooler last year.  My $360 donation will buy her books, provide a nutritious meal, pay for a uniform and school fees.  This is especially important because as in many developing countries, sending girls to school is not a high priority.  If a family has the money, boys attend school first.


CCHaiti has three primary objectives: improve health care, support education and community development.  Read more about these here.


If you too want to support a child, it will be money well-spent.


And the flowers?  They were the centerpiece at the table I sat at and I got to bring them home.
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