As the West Coast continues to battle historic wildfires, the state of Maryland is lending its support to response efforts in California and Oregon.
Lyft announced today an expansion of the LyftUp Jobs Access Program, a program that offers free or discounted rides to people looking for a job. Lyft works in partnership with United Way and Goodwill to run the program.
We’re sure that you’ve heard the adage of making your home a sanctuary. An oasis. A haven. The truth is, a home is much more than a space to store our belongings. If the past five months we’ve been spending a lot more time at home has taught us anything, it’s that our homes are much more enjoyable to be in when they reflect our personal lifestyle and taste, a space that prioritizes elegance and comfort over clutter and disorganization.
Funny enough, quarantine was when most of us surely noticed aspects of our home we may never have before. Windows too small, outdated cabinetry and clutter that has unknowingly piled up. Not to mention, a lack of a home office space, a luxury quite relevant now more than ever! Maybe we’re just now realizing our backyards are far underutilized or uncultivated, or our dining room or kitchen table are not the best makeshift office space. Now that we are actually spending more time at home than we have in the past, we may not even have a decent space outside to enjoy the remaining warmer months.
In such stressful times as these, a space to reset and rejuvenate—ultimately, a space that is pleasing to the eye and mind—will make all the difference in our overall happiness. If we’re stuck at home, we want our home to be a place we are more-than-happy to be stuck in.
Finding Sanctuary in Fairy Tale Features
One of the greatest features to incorporate into your home are floor-to-ceiling windows.
For someone who spent 26 years in front of a middle school classroom at Krieger Schechter Day School, who sits on steering committees and co-chairs programs, it may be hard to believe that Sima Abarbanel prefers to take a low profile. But for this committed volunteer, it’s never been about being in the spotlight.
When you ask a Baltimorean about their favorite summertime food memories, you will likely hear tales of crab feasts from throughout their lives, and maybe about the time Aunt Josie alone ate two dozen crabs while polishing off her own pitcher of beer. But if you dig just a little deeper beyond the crab seasoning, then you will undoubtedly hear us locals wonderfully rhapsodizing about our snowballs, that very-Baltimore summer delicacy of ice enjoyed on the hot, humid evenings of summer.
For those unfamiliar with snowballs, they are sweet treats of shaved ice–not crushed, packed ice as found in snow cones–drenched with a plethora of flavored sugary syrups and all sorts of optional condiments. Snowballs are sold from snowball stands, of course, and these stands can run from an elaborate shed-like building adorned with colored lights, to a simple folding table covered with a plastic tablecloth. All stands feature the essential shaved ice machine poised and ready to conquer big chunks of ice, as well as the numerous bottles of flavored syrups. Regardless of the surroundings the results are usually the same: a delightful and refreshing icy treat slathered with your favorite flavoring and toppings.