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the still, small voice

A poem, remembering my mother.


the still, small voice 

In the moments between–“I just can’t believe this.”
To live without –to live no longer.
When I am awake, my heart murmurs forward.
Then into slumber, I yearn to go back.
I rest upon the path forward.
I see holes you cannot fill.
My breath trembles–
You raised me to listen!
I have a hard time hearing for you make no sound.
Still, I am on the cusp.
You give me purpose– “You must heal.”
To ache.
“It’s time to go, Just.”
It’s time to go.


Searching for Opportunities in Urban Planning and in Community Development

Searching for Opportunities in Urban Planning and in Community Development

I wear many hats…

As such, I am eager to get better involved by volunteering, giving, and familiarizing myself with community development organizations and urban planning firms within the City of Baltimore. I’m open to projects like:

  • Community Profiling and Scoping Neighborhood Plans
  • Framing branding statements, promotional text and fliers
  • Database development to help list local resources
  • Research and write historical narratives
  • Site visit and tour neighborhoods
  • Sit on committees and offer insights

I am also on-the-job-hunt! Please contact me if you know of an opportunity that may interest me.

Civic Engagements

Civic Engagements

I am active in my community on three fronts: volunteering, financial donations, and employed engagement.

As a nutty list-maker, I’ve written-out my leadership positions followed by yearly or monthly giving to local non-profit organizations.

For an additional list of companies, influencers and associations that grab my attention, browse my Twitter Lists.


What Justin’s Up to this Spring?

What Justin’s Up to this Spring?

$12 to enterprising window washing teens

$12 to enterprising window washing teens

What are the best things to do on weekends as a student at the University of Maryland?

What are the best things to do on weekends as a student at the University of Maryland?

Live like a local! Or, have a great time spending money and/or time in your own community. Here’s my list, but Maryland Milestones has a whole set of brochures to answer this.

  1. MilkBoy ArtHouse for brews and drinks and live music
  2. Franklin’s in Hyattsville, Pizza Paradiso or Chez Dior for dinner, and boutique shops in the Gateway Arts District
  3. Hop between Vigilante Coffee and Board and Brew
  4. Head to local mainstay pubs and grubs like Hard Times Cafe or up north, Old Line Spirits or the numerous international restaurants in Beltsville
  5. Go see real theatre and music at The Clarice
  6. Go see real art at the UM Art Gallery, Stamp Gallery, Driskell Center
  7. College Park Airport Museum, Rhode Island Trolley Trail, and Lake Artemesia
  8. More earthy? UM is an arboretum, no really. Start your tour at UMUC opposite the soccer fields off Lot 1/Z
  9. Find the small town-within-a-college-town: Berwyn, and align your chakra at Smile Herb Shop
  10. Find another hidden Town, University Park, an idyllic Stepford-meets-Princeton residential town, South of College Park, just opposite Hyattsville’s Prince George’s Plaza and Riverdale Park Station.

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