Creating the Commons

Creating the Commons

Part of the “commons” – spaces that bring communities together, as Brett Glymph describes. Here, people gather for the restoration of a historic Black American cemetery. (Photo: Enrichmond Foundation) Today we’re checking in with one of the...
A Vivid Illustration

A Vivid Illustration

How many birds are killed by vehicles along a single stretch of rural highway?(Photos: above — Janet Griffin/Shutterstock; below — Jay Falstad) From time to time, these updates share information that may not be the best of news, but does shed light on the...
Reading (and Listening) Round Up

Reading (and Listening) Round Up

This writer has been away and is just catching up. So let’s use this update for a quick round up of a few worthwhile reads, gatherings, and listens directly related to our work. Act Today or Miss out — Taking Nature Black Conference: Later this month is the...
State Parks to the Rescue

State Parks to the Rescue

A few of the 2.6 million visitors to Maryland’s Patapsco Valley State Park in 2020. (Photo: Will Parsons/Chesapeake Bay Program) For months we’ve been hearing about increases in park visitation during the pandemic. Now some remarkable statistics are in. Today,...
In Common

In Common

Flags representing all states and territories during inaugural ceremonies on the National Mall. (Photo: Timothy Clary/AFP) Last week’s Lightning Update on Public Access and Democracy started a conversation about the importance of public spaces in bringing people...
Public Access & Democracy

Public Access & Democracy

A note: Please take a moment at the end of this Lightning Update and share a quick story of your own! News and images of this week’s closures of the National Mall and its memorials, the U.S. Capitol, and public streets in Washington are arresting. And yet, there have...
20 Pieces of Good News From 2020

20 Pieces of Good News From 2020

It’s been a rough year. And we know the hard parts, living with them every day, many of us feeling them more acutely than others of us.  In this month, sometimes called the “season of light,” let’s take a few moments to find some cheer in twenty pieces of good news...
Paul Sarbanes: One Simple Act

Paul Sarbanes: One Simple Act

Senator Paul Sarbanes, second from left, launching the first Chesapeake Gateways in 2000. Paul S. Sarbanes, United States Senator from Maryland from 1977 to 2007, died on December 6. Much is already being written about this effective, kind, and unpretentious man and...