Peace, and a break from Brewing

peace light on 34th

Peace is a beautiful thing, hon, in whatever the language.

Photo by: Fern Shen

In case you haven’t noticed, the Brewers are hibernating here for a week during the holiday break, spending the time as you are hanging out with our families, reading our Christmas books, playing with our Christmas toys and otherwise taking a nice little rest from meetings and mayhem, drips and tweets.

Hampden was a great place to celebrate that idea tonight. The famed holiday lights on the 700 block of 34th Street were glowing but quiet, with electric-light droplets of Natty Boh twinkling as they “fell” into a glass.

The flags of many lands, bearing messages of peace in many languages, fluttered at The Peace House.

And in a manger where the Holy Family’s heads were made out of gold-spray-painted LP’s, Teddy Pendergrass appeared to be standing for Joseph (“Life is a Song Worth Singing”) and Marlene Dietrich (in the form of a “Best of. . .” album) was Mother Mary. Now that’s a power couple.

Guess we’ll leave you with that image, Brew readers, and the wish that you find your own holiday moments in Baltimore that are peaceful, wild and refreshing.

Back next week after the 1st. . .

LP nativity set

Boh, Boh, Boh, Merry Christmas!

Boh, Boh, Boh, Merry Christmas!

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  • Gerald Neily

    Thank you Brew, for filling our holiday interlude with these Hampden scenes as a cautionary reminder of all the evils we shall avoid in the rest of Baltimore by pushing mega-projects, massive subsidies, corporate cronyism and other essential government programs. And by the time you get back in January, the Federal Government will have solved the Fiscal Cliff and we’ll finally be on our way to a new prosperous economy of abundance that will be paid for by that evil one percent who live in Roland Park and a few other foresaken places.

  • ushanellore

    Ah Gerald!  The top evil 1% exists at the behest of the sweat and tears of the bottom 99%.  We are an interdependent economy.  As Milton put it, “They too serve who only stand and wait!”

  • Gerald Neily

    So Usha, you and Milton are saying that standing and waiting in the unemployment
    line is “service”. If that was so, Baltimore would be well served indeed. But
    this city’s problem isn’t even that it has so many people providing sweat and
    tears to the behest of the Roland Parkers and waterfronters, it’s that even many
    of the city’s vast areas previously “occupied” by them are now abandoned and
    even the unemployment rate is supressed by people who have given up on even
    looking for work. Meanwhile our so-called leaders, who we just re-elected, are
    now figuring out how they can shovel it all under the carpet once again. Even
    the standing and waiting has ended.

    • Day_Star

      Gerald, is there really a need to pull a “George W. Bush” and label people who encompass a whole geographical area as evil? I thought you must be kidding, at first. Making the cynical comment about Baltimoreans “providing sweat and tears to the behest of the Roland Parkers and waterfronters” and then complaining about unemployment makes me wonder what your thoughts are on the concept of working for a paycheck . You are mixing frustrations with the the federal tax rate and freshman Republican congressmen with City residents who go about their way financially supporting the City while having to listen to demagogue-like statements.

  • Gerald Neily

    The end of the year is a time of reflection. Here’s my not-unbiased nominee for Story of the Year. Congratulations Fern for brilliant Brewing in 2012. This sums up it all:

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