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Collecting in Quarantine

Letters from the Homefront: From Student to EMT

June 18th 2020

A student from Baltimore speaks about becoming an EMT just as the pandemic hit.


Letters from the Homefront: ‘Isolation or Desolation?’

June 12th 2020

A husband from Towson sheds some light on being quarantined with a loved one.


Letters from the Homefront: Loss and Grieving

June 10th 2020

A contributor from White Marsh shares insight on losing a loved one and how we celebrate life.


Letters from the Homefront: Love in the Time of Covid-19

June 8th 2020

Life's special moments continue to play out. A contributor from Baltimore's wedding plans move forward but the big day includes some big changes.


Business Unusual for Live Music

June 5th 2020

The live music industry, like most other industries, is having to find ways to adapt to the present circumstances.


Letters from the Homefront: ‘Pandemic Report from Williamsport, MD’

June 4th 2020

A contributor from Williamsport illustrates the uncertainty of businesses shutting down.


Business Unusual for Graduates

June 3rd 2020

Grounds and facilities that would have hosted events are closed, so the Class of 2020 finds a more creative way to announce their graduation..


Letters from the Homefront: ‘Waiting 2020′

June 1st 2020

A contributor from Woodbine expresses the frustration of the Stay At Home order through a poem.


Business Unusual in Montgomery County

May 28th 2020

Contributor Jay Herson provides photos of businesses that are still closed in Montgomery County.


Letters from the Homefront: ‘Beauty in the Time of COVID-19’

May 27th 2020

A contributor from Baltimore shares examples of joy and beauty in the daily routine.


Business Unusual Art Lesson

May 26th 2020

Art goes on in this time of Covid-19, as a MICA Alumni holds a small Social Distancing Art Lesson.


Letters from the Homefront: ‘A Freshman’s Guide to Quarantine’

May 22nd 2020

A high school student from Baltimore offers a concise guide on getting through such a tough time.


Business Unusual on Campus

May 21st 2020

In this Business Unusual post, Xanadu Botanicals & Design shares photos of the completely deserted University of Maryland, College Park campus.


Letters from the Homefront: Finding Ways to Cope

May 20th 2020

A contributor from Baltimore explains the different adjustments made for life under quarantine.


Business Unusual on Vacation

May 19th 2020

Donald Castronova shares a cartoon he created to cheer up his wife.


Letters from the Homefront: ‘My Self-Isolation Quarantine Diary’

May 18th 2020

A contributor gives a brief and humorous overview of their quarantine experience.


Business Unusual on the Front Lines

May 15th 2020

James Trudeau, photographer and frontline healthcare worker, captures some of the emptiness of the city due to COVID, along with interviews of residents.


Letters from the Homefront: No Stop to Volunteering

May 14th 2020

A contributor from Columbia shares how the act of volunteering has and hasn't changed during the pandemic.


Business Unusual for the Birthday Industry

May 13th 2020

The birthday industry, like many other businesses in Maryland during the pandemic, looks very different these days.


Letters from the Homefront: The Classroom Edition Part II

May 12th 2020

Elementary School students from across the state share the difficulties of shifting to life at home.


Business Unusual on the Playground

May 11th 2020

Empty school playgrounds have been the norm in spring 2020 due to the pandemic.


Letters from the Homefront: ‘Virtual Book Club Meeting’

May 6th 2020

A contributor from Columbia writes about making her book club safe during Covid-19.


Business Unusual at the Market

May 5th 2020

As our contributor from Hagerstown shares, grocery store outings have evolved, with masks now required, and one-way aisles and six-foot separations at the checkout line the norm.


Letters from the Homefront: Baltimore Views

May 4th 2020

A contributor from Baltimore shares the changes he has witnessed around the city.


Business Unusual with Monument Sotheby’s International Realty

April 30th 2020

Erica, a realtor from Lauraville, shares photos depicting how the pandemic has changed showing protocols for home visits.


Letters from the Homefront: Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Heat…

April 29th 2020

A contributor from Darlington writes about the unease of being an essential worker.


Business Unusual at Butterbee Farm

April 28th 2020

Laura Beth from Butterbee Farm shares that one impact of the pandemic has been an increased demand for locally grown flowers.


Letters from the Homefront: ‘Quilters in Quarantine’

April 27th 2020

A renowned quilter from Catonsville discusses how quilters have brought their skills to mask making.


Business Unusual at Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit

April 24th 2020

Contributor Chris shares photographs from his work with the Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit.


Letters from the Homefront: ‘Most Insane Period of Time in My Life’

April 23rd 2020

A college student from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) writes about navigating remote learning after campus closures.


Business Unusual in Fells Point

April 22nd 2020

Retail historian and author Michael Lisicky shares images from the Fells Point neighborhood during the shutdown.


Letters from the Homefront: A New Library Job

April 21st 2020

A contributor from Towson talks about starting a new job as a Librarian just as the pandemic hits.


Business Unusual from COVID Comics

April 20th 2020

Arts administrator C. Ryan Patterson shares a sampling from his COVID Comics series.


Letters from the Homefront: Making Masks

April 17th 2020

A contributor from Riverdale discusses using her costume making skills to sew medical masks.


Business Unusual in Downtown Baltimore

April 16th 2020

While those in Baltimore have sheltered in their homes, downtown Baltimore has ground to a standstill, as evidenced in the photos from today's contributor.


Letters from the Homefront: Fighting the Dark Side

April 15th 2020

Betsy from Baltimore County shares troubles regarding COVID testing.


Business Unusual at the Bethesda Co-Op

April 14th 2020

At some businesses, masks are now required, and at the Bethesda Co-Op, the number of shoppers have been limited.


Letters from the Homefront: The Classroom Edition

April 13th 2020

Elementary school students from Anne Arundel County share how the pandemic has impacted them.


Business Unusual at Tenth Ward Distilling Company

April 9th 2020

Tenth Ward Distilling Company shares the ways it has adapted in response to COVID.


Letters from the Homefront: Uncertain Times

April 8th 2020

A contributor from Towson writes about growing uncertainty as schools close and businesses shutter across the state.


Business Unusual at Hysteria Brewing Company

April 7th 2020

Takeout and delivery has become part of the new norm for many restaurants, and breweries, too, in response to the pandemic.


Letters from the Homefront: ‘Déjà Vu, All Over Again’

April 6th 2020

Contributor Jacqueline reflects on Leap Year today and 100 years back.


Business Unusual for the Dog Walker

April 3rd 2020

Carolyn from Baltimore shares a poem inspired by the pandemic.


Letters from the Homefront: Class of ’20

April 2nd 2020

Contributor Margaret from Freeland explains how her senior year of high school has turned out very different than expected.


Business Unusual for ‘The Avenue News’

April 1st 2020

The Editor of The Avenue News writes of the impact of COVID-19 on staff and on news coverage.


Letters from the Homefront: Battling Immune Deficiencies

March 31st 2020

Linda from Baltimore writes about the fears that have arisen to due to the pandemic.


Business Unusual at Wegmans

March 30th 2020

A contributor from Hunt Valley shares images of bare shelves at the grocery store, a common sight in Maryland since Governor Hogan began closure orders in March.


Letters from the Homefront: Quilting in Quarantine

March 27th 2020

Susan from Pikesville explains how creating a Baltimore Album quilt is keeping her busy during quarantine.


Business Unusual at the Accokeek Foundation

March 26th 2020

The Accokeek Foundation shares a dispatch on the changes that spring, and COVID, have brought.


Letters from the Homefront: A New Victory Garden

March 26th 2020

From changes in grocery shopping to work, contributor Jerry from Silver Spring shares some of the early impacts of COVID.


Hello from Quarantine

March 26th 2020

France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Catherine Mayfield introduces the Maryland Historical Society’s new collecting initiative.