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Laura Lippman has done it again! She has returned to the NY Times’ Best Seller list with her new novel, Lady in the Lake. Set in the 1960’s in Baltimore, the novel is a modern psychological thriller with elements of classic noir. Despite taking place 50 years ago, in an era without social media, internet, and 24/7 media coverage, the themes in the book – racism, homophobia, sexism – are current and could be ripped from today’s headlines.

Our happy hours are a great way to meet other women, have an evening out and feel connected. We are amazing that every happy hour attracts different women and so we are constantly growing as women bring in their friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.

When Dara Bunjon suggested a fishing trip, WDP set the date, chartered the boat and set it into action. An eclectic mix of women signed up and all arrived at the pier feeling excited, maybe a little nervous, but proud they made themselves a priority for a few hours. Some women wanted to meet new friends, or try something new. Some wanted to actually fish and some just wanted a day on the water. Whatever it was, we all showed up with food to share, sipped mimosas and coffee, fished, and left with bags full of freshly caught and filleted rockfish. We started the trip with a silly game of two lies and a truth to “break the ice” as we motored to our fishing spot. We got halfway through the game and the conversations just flowed. Throughout the day friendships were made, common topics shared (divorce, raising kids, growing…

The Preakness is back in Baltimore this week. Bummer that there’s no chance of a Triple Crown winner in 2019, but it’s still an exciting time to see the best of this year’s 3-year-old crop. If you want to get an insider’s view of the action, there is a great FREE way to do it. Sunrise at Hilltop gives racing fans a behind-the-scenes walking tour of Pimlico Race Course – the facility, the track and the contenders. You can watch horses train on the track, meet the horsemen, and greet the sunrise as it rises over Pimlico. Tours are on a first-come, first-serve basis, Tuesday, May 13th – Friday, May 17th. They run every 30 minutes from 6 AM – 9 AM (last tour registration is at 8:45 AM). Use the Rogers Avenue lot at the intersection of Northern parkway and Woodcrest Avenue.

Traveling with a person who has mobility limitations can be quite a challenge. Especially at the beach, a wheelchair, walker, or crutches can greatly limit the enjoyment of going out and sitting on the sand with family and friends. Our family travels with someone who needs to use a walker and who has balance problems on uneven surfaces. Sand is not his friend! We went on a couple vacations where we managed to help him on and off the beach with one of those chairs with the big soft rubber tires, but it was a lot of work. So we were ecstatic to discover that Fenwick Island, Delaware, has a free service that goes far beyond anything offered by the other beaches. Fenwick Island Beach Access Assistance will send a lifeguard in a Bobcat to pick up someone (and their beach gear) and take them to where you are set…

Baltimore. Bawlamer – because you know, hon, we have that funny accent. Smalltimore – because everyone is connected by just one degree of separation. Whether we’ve been here for generations or came to call this city home in another way, we Bawlamereans love our city. We love our blue crabs and Natty Boh, our O’s and Ravens, our world-renowned Johns Hopkins, the miles of marble steps, the harbor, Hampden’s quirkiness, John Waters, our diverse ethnicity and all the neighborhoods that reflect it. We have a love/hate relationship with The Wire. Everyone laughs at the saying, “The best thing about living in Baltimore is that if I don’t know what I’m doing, someone else always does” because it’s so true. We are a big, small town. Unfortunately, it’s also a city of the haves and the have nots. Safe, affluent neighborhoods, great schools, cultural and social opportunities, and good jobs are…

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