Don’t forget the many Mothers we all share!

A tribute to 12 of our mothers – mothers of the people. These are women we share, who we named Mother because they cared for us or spoke to us in some special way:

(This is a replay of a blogpost from 2016.)

Mother-Jones
Mother Jones

Mary Harris Jones was born in 1830 in County Cork, Ireland. She lost her family to a yellow fever outbreak and her home in the great Chicago fire. She became a labor activist and was given the nickname “Mother Jones.” She was a campaigner for the United Mine Workers Union, founded the Social Democratic Party and helped establish the Industrial Workers of the World. Jones died in 1930.

http://www.biography.com/people/mother-jones-9357488

Mother Mary, the Blessed Mother
Mother Mary, the Blessed Mother

Mother Mary is identified in the Bible and in Quran as the mother of Jesus, the founder of the Christian religion. Christians hold her son Jesus to be the Christ or messiah foretold in Jewish scripture, and the God made flesh. Muslims also believe in Jesus as the foretold messiah, but disavow any actual divinity, instead regarding him as one of God’s greatest Messengers. The gospels of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament describe Mary as a virgin. Traditionally, Christians believe that she conceived her son miraculously by the agency of the Holy Spirit. Muslims believe that she conceived her son miraculously by the command of God.

http://www.crystalinks.com/mothermary.html

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Ma Barker

Ma Barker was born on October 8, 1873, in Ash Grove, Missouri. She had four sons: Herman, Lloyd, Arthur and Fred, who, with Alvin Karpis, formed the Barker-Karpis Gang in 1931. That year, Fred and Alvin shot a sheriff to death. The murder started a pattern of thoughtless killing by the gang. Ma Barker became a wanted woman. On January 16, 1935, Ma and Fred where shot and killed by FBI agents in Oklawaha, Florida.

http://www.biography.com/people/ma-barker-14515515

Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa

Born in 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa taught in India for 17 years before she experienced her 1946 “call within a call” to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor. Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony. In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. She died in September 1997 and was beatified in October 2003. In December 2015, Pope Francis recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for her to be canonized as a saint in 2016.

http://www.biography.com/people/mother-teresa-9504160

Mom Lalonde
Mom Lalonde

Mom Lalonde is the mother and Guardian of Rose Lalonde. While initially introduced as Rose’s mother, she is actually a paradox clone of herself sent back in time as an infant from the present with Mutie. She also provided half of the DNA of both Dave and Rose which was combined with Dave’s Bro’s DNA through Ectobiology. Therefore, she is the only guardian to have the correct title, as she is still genetically Rose’s mother. She is likely either an astronomer, or astrologist, as she is an expert in celestial phenomena.

http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/Rose’s_Mom

Mother Machree
Mother Machree

Ellen McHugh, a poor Irish immigrant to America, finds work in a carnival and is thus able to send her son Brian to a fine school. But when her position is found out, the school expels Brian. Mrs. McHugh feels compelled to allow the school principal and his wife to adopt Brian. The widow McHugh becomes a housekeeper and raises her employer’s daughter Edith, who grows up to fall in love with BrianMcHugh.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0019182/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt

Mother Saraswati
Mother Saraswati

Mother Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science. She is depicted as beautiful fair Goddess with four arms, representing the four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego. She has sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus in the second that symbolize true knowledge. With her other two hands she plays the Veena – the music of love and life. She is dressed in white spotless saree and seated on white lotus that stand for purity and rides on a white swan that stand for purity and discrimination. Saraswati is also the consort of Brahma and her symbolic animal is the peacock.

http://www.vishnumandirmn.com/?page_id=138

Ma Kettle
Ma Kettle

Ma (Phoebe Kettle, played by Marjorie Main) is a robust and raucous country woman with a potato sack figure. She is more ambitious and smarter than Pa, but not by much, and can easily be fooled. Ma is content with her role as mother to fifteen rambunctious, mischievous children on their ramshackle farm in rural Cape Flattery, Washington. Because she has so many children, Ma sometimes gets their names confused. A misspelled sign “Be-ware of childrun” is posted in front of the farmhouse to warn unwanted visitors of hurled rocks, projectiles from slingshots and pea shooters, and other missiles launched by the rowdy and unpredictable Kettle brood.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_and_Pa_Kettle

https://youtu.be/w3A6jdY654Y?list=PLJtYAMJw3i-hjdWRQ0q2dgl1P75dwfpks

Mother Goose
Mother Goose

Mother Goose is often cited as the author of hundreds of children’s stories that have been passed down through oral tradition and published over centuries. Various chants, songs, and even games have been attributed to her, but she is most recognized for her nursery rhymes, which have been familiar with readers of all generations. Her work is often published as Mother Goose Rhymes. Despite her celebrated place in children’s literature, the exact identity and origin of Mother Goose herself is still unknown.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/mother-goose

Mother Maybelle Carter
Mother Maybelle Carter

Born in the Virginia mountains in 1909, “Mother” Maybelle Carter began performing with relatives at 16 under the group name The Carter Family. The group recorded hundreds of songs, including “Wildwood Flower” and “Keep on the Sunny Side.” Their music influenced the direction of country and folk music for decades to come.

http://www.biography.com/people/mother-maybelle-carter-17171706

Mother Earth
Mother Earth

Archaeological evidence from around the prehistoric world suggests that the Earth may have once been viewed/worshipped as a living, female being. Ancient texts and mythologies support the idea that the primary goddess was intimately associated to the earth, fertility and agriculture. The worship of the Earth-mother was a common belief before the more recent development of the patriarchal society (c. 3,000 BC), coinciding with a shift in focus from Lunar to Solar worship across Neolithic Europe. Traces of a matriarchal society can be seen reaching back into the Palaeolithic period through the numerous Venus figures discovered in Europe. The early mother-earth belief system also had close connections to the beliefs in the afterlife.

http://www.ancient-wisdom.com/earthmother.htm

Mother Hubbard
Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To get her poor dog a bone;
But when she got there,
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.

She went to the baker’s
To buy him some bread;
And when she came back,
The poor dog was dead.

She went to the joiner’s
To buy him a coffin;
And when she came back, . . . .

http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/74/nursery-rhymes-and-traditional-poems/5306/old-mother-hubbard/

Aerial Videos of Columbia and Howard County

Two drone operators, LRogers1096 and JONTBMX have posted on YouTube several aerial videos of Columbia and Howard County.  These are my favorites. If you want to subscribe to be informed of future videos by these folks, click on the links above.

How we got those highway signs with mileage of distant cities

I-70 west, at I-695 in Woodlawn

“Go West, Young Man”
June 04, 2007|By Rob Hiaasen (Baltimore Sun)

. . . . Tom Hicks, a state highway administrator in Maryland, decided to immortalize Cove Fort [the western terminus of I-70, in Utah] in the minds of Marylanders heading west out of Baltimore toward Frederick, Hagerstown and across nine other states connected by I-70. He and another highway man, Paul Farragut of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, got to thinking about a different kind of mileage sign, one with a bit of geographical whimsy and one that, for more practical reasons, would test a new type style. It’s not often an act of traffic engineering captures the imagination of, well, anyone.

“I was just excited that we have an interstate that ends and begins in our region,” says Farragut. He had never been to Cove Fort but was always amused by a sign Continue reading How we got those highway signs with mileage of distant cities

Life at the new Hickory Ridge Village Center (circa 2024)

I live in the new Hickory Ridge Village Center that was finally completed in 2022. Locals will remember that Kimco proposed to redevelop the Village Center in 2016 with an initial plan that was roundly criticized for the height and number of apartments being introduced, the parking lot-centric design, the lack of intimacy for the Village Green, and the failure to embrace the future Columbia Association Park. The revised plan attempted to address all these issues, including reducing the size of the apartment building, and was approved in 2018.

Cathy and I were pleased The Apartments at Hickory Ridge Village Center, with all its amenities and high-end finishes, was available after the kids moved out of our single-family home. By moving here from Clary’s Forest neighborhood, we have been able to keep in touch with our friends and pursue a lot of the same activities. Cathy is a Tai Sophia-trained acupuncturist; is able to see her patients in an office here in the Village Center. I work for a nonprofit in Town Center and bike there when I can, traveling mostly on the new Downtown Columbia Trail.

The Apartments at Hickory Ridge Village Center
The Apartments at Hickory Ridge Village Center (Kimco)

Most of our immediate neighbors are professionals. There are some retirees, a doctor at the Hospital and his wife, a Philosophy professor at HCC, a couple who operate a day spa with two kids, a young lady that does animation for a firm, a plumber and his adult son, somebody that works at NSA. Our friends from over Quarterstaff Road are downsizing and moving here next month.

It’s easy to get to know folks here — the apartment has monthly activities that bring people together. I’m a member of the HRVC Merchant and Resident Advisory Council that works with Kimco to make sure this stays a nice Village Center. Cathy and I also play in the monthly bocce league that meets in the new Columbia Association Park at the end of The Avenue. We have players from the Clemens Crossing neighborhood, and some folks from Sunrise and Harmony Hall retirement homes as well.

The new Avenue
The new “Avenue” at Hickory Ridge Village Center (Kimco), with the Columbia Association Park at the end.

We love being able to walk to all the stores here; thank goodness Decanter Fine Wines agreed to remain in the Center. There are Village concerts and other events in the Columbia Association Park, along with a tot lot, trails, and picnic tables. And it is true bliss to to be able to amble out of our apartment and eat at the new coffee shop, dine at one of our favorite restaurants (including a new Argentinian steak house), or hang out on the Village Green. We’ll meet friends or just come down on a whim.  And among the shops are two places my wife frequents, a new upscale hair salon for women and a yoga studio and apparel shop.

People dismissed the idea when the apartments were proposed, but we hardly ever use our car. The Apartment has its own pool and fitness center. Cathy and I use our bikes even more with the improvements that have been made to the Columbia Trail system. And the increased density in Town Center and a few of the other Village Centers has enabled buses that come through here every hour. A new transit hub in Town Center makes it easy to take advantage of longer distance transportation.

Entrance
Hickory Ridge Village Center (Kimco)

People were skeptical back in 2016 about the impact a 230 unit luxury apartment building would have on our Village Center. From my perspective, it has made the Center more of a focal point for our community of Hickory Ridge. The apartments have brought greater stability to the merchants, has encouraged Giant to improve their store, and has attracted additional retail. The quality of the stores and expanded amenities have been cause for an even greater diversity of people gathering here and making it a part of their lives. Life at the new Hickory Ridge Village Center is everything I could want.

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http://www.hickoryridgedevelopment.com/webfiles/documents/2016_0803_HRVC_Community_Meeting.pdf