Sign for the Times

The alley behind our apartment building exits onto Monroe Ave., which across Maryland rims residences along a canyon. The street becomes Arch before circling back and changing to Meade. Near the turn is a lovely, lively house with birds and turtles protected by mesh, outdoor enclosure. The trickle of water punctuates the typically quiet neighborhood…

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Clever Homeless Habitat

The Vermont Street bridge, passing over Washington, separates my neighborhood of University Heights from adjacent Hillcrest. It’s not uncommon to see tents below, as some of the area’s homeless seek shelter from the elements. But bright colors make them obvious. While looking over the side, I saw something either new or so camouflaged it hadn’t…

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China's 'Unimaginable Riches'

Along the eight-hundred-and-fifty mile border with China, everybody knows someone who knows someone who has been to China, and has heard the tales of the unimaginable riches on the other side. Barbara Demick For Americans thinking China is a country of poor people, impoverished North Koreans see something else. Americans’ perspective and that of North…

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Wrong Number?

Today, we migrated from Maryland to California phone numbers. The process required what AT&T calls “relocation”, which meant closing one account and opening another. If you know me and can’t reach me, the number change is the reason. AT&T made the process surprisingly easy. One phone call started a process that ended with new SIM cards…

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