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April 2011

Invitation to Wonder Might Do the Trick

How do you think our Bay conservation efforts are going? You love Chesapeake Bay, and so do I. But are we stopping the blooms of pollution? Can we foresee plentiful crab feasts? Will we dive off our piers this summer to splash and gambol in the Bay’s once-inviting depths?

An uninteresting lead turns a brooding gothic classic into a tepid tale of inconvenient love

There is a fundamental problem with adapting Jane Eyre into film: Most people know what’s in the attic. To counteract the English Lit 101 plot, the movie has to make you invest in the characters so that you dread what you know will befall them.     At the very least, filmmakers need to make that attic creepy.
Dear Bay Weekly:     I have a question about The Bay Gardener’s Guide to Spring, published in the March 31 Home and Garden Guide. Under the heading Preparing Garden Soil, Dr. Gouin writes that when preparing the garden bed, “to conserve soil moisture and energy, simply hoe out the weeds or kill them with either horticultural vinegar or Roundup about a week before you intend to plant.”
Dear Bay Weekly:     My Sunday reading routine always begins with The Washington Post Magazine. I go straight to Date Lab and wonder if anyone will find love this week. Or even just give their date a second chance?     Now I have a new reading routine. It’s on Thursday, and it’s Bay Weekly. I go straight to Diana Beechener’s movie reviews and wonder if Diana has seen any movies this week that she likes.     She makes the reviews fun, and she’s made me want to go to the movies again.
Dear Bay Weekly:

Approved by Mother Nature

Mother Nature may be sending us a message that our continued enjoyment of her earthly garden is contingent on our good behavior.     When the message of climate change is written in the language of melting ice caps and glaciers, some among us scoff and say Not us! We didn’t do it.     So she repeats her message in clearer terms.

As it stands, God is responsible for anything beyond two inches of stormwater runoff

Every time it rains hard around Annapolis, all hell breaks loose. Mud goes streaming into a creek or streams. Citizen watchdogs start barking. They call the mayor’s office and complain that dirt is running off this or that property, usually a development site.     State law requires developers to control the first inch of rain that falls on their property during a 24-hour period. Expensive control measures are required so that no sediment leaves the site.

Chesapeake Bay’s most common and perhaps least common catches

Sending out a chartreuse shad dart tipped with a grass shrimp toward the dark water of the far bank, I let it sink for a brief three-count before tightening up my line. Almost immediately there came a sharp tap, and I set the hook. My rod bowed as I leaned into yet another lively white perch.

Great visuals get KO’ed by an insulting, incoherent script

The world has been hard on 20-year-old Babydoll (Emily Browning: The Uninvited). After being assaulted by her stepfather and accidentally killing her sister, Babydoll is committed to an asylum. In five days, she’s scheduled for a lobotomy.
Dear Bay Weekly:     I just wanted to thank you for Diana Beechener’s incredible article on VetDogs [March 24: Working Like a Dog] and on the run April 3. The article, the pictures and everything about it was great, and I’ve already gotten quite a response from it. I appreciate all of your help. –A.D. Schiff, MIDN USN