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May 2013

See for yourself in three days of Compass Rose Theater’s New Play Festival

A three-ring circus excites us with more than we can possibly take in with only two eyes.     A three-act play relies on incitement, complication and resolution.     Compass Rose Theater’s New Play Festival promises three days of ambition, achievement and aspiration. Day I: Ambition

Put your cell phone down now!

In a world where you can talk to someone on the other side of the planet with a few strokes on a computer, why is it so difficult to take time to speak to the person in front of you?     That’s the question Disconnect poses in three intertwining stories about the distance created by technology. Conclusion: Lonely people would rather confess their secrets to strangers than form connections to the people in their lives.

This cabaret of pop, Broadway and opera tunes is a fun potpourri

Theater 11 is the 2003 creation of 11 artists from the Anne Arundel County theater and music scene, devised to bring new or rare works to local audiences. They began with a seldom seen Wendy Wasserstein play, followed by two original works by local authors. Their stage went dark after two seasons while its members focused on life’s larger needs. But their vision never died. They reclaimed the stage in December with In Celebration, a holiday collage of prose, poetry and song, which they hope to make an annual tradition.

Statistics can’t tell the stories of these average mothers

Life is wired to birth new life

When I started to clear my herb garden to make room for a couple of sage plants, I almost jumped out of my skin: A clutch of eggs lay in a bird-made bowl under the overhang of rosemary and chickweed.     But no mama, in this case, a mallard. I found her absence odd, but she always returned.     When she went broody and was no longer leaving, I offered her some food. She hissed.

… So Relay For Lifers don’t, either

… So Relay For Lifers don’t, either, bringing overnight teams to tracks round the nation to walk, relay-style, to raise money and support for cancer survivors, caregivers and families.     Each track is lighted with luminaries bearing the names of loved ones who have battled cancer.     In over 5,000 communities nationwide, Relay For Life has raised $4 billion for the American Cancer Society since 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt circled a Tacoma, Washington, track for 24 hours.

Annapolis Mall is getting Tanked

Westfield Annapolis Mall is the next target for Animal Planet’s show Tanked, where brother-in-law duo Wayde King and Brett Raymer create one-of-a-kind, over-the-top fish tanks.     The pair of fish tanks are the centerpiece for a new dining café near featuring four new eateries: Dumpling Dojo, YoLavie Frozen Yogurt, SMAK Café and Squisitos Pizza and Pasta.

Add to America’s record of natural history; win a Smithsonian spot

Your photographs could hang in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, home to the world’s largest diamond, a triceratops and mummies.     Fifty inspired images will join that rare collection through the Wilderness Forever 50 photography competition, which celebrates Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing the Wilderness Act 50 years ago.

In this week’s paper, we tell our stories

Motherhood is the ultimate sorority. It’s also the biggest. Eighty percent of American women belong; worldwide, mothers number two billion.     Like all membership societies, motherhood demands an arduous initiation rite. Passing through it is an experience no uninitiate can share and one every initiate understands.     Just on the other side are rewards beyond belief until they are yours.

I was raised in the garden

My mother had three flower gardens, and my dad cared for the vegetable garden when we lived in Laconia, New Hampshire. The garden between the sidewalk and the foundation of the house was approximately two feet wide and 15 feet long. Here mother planted annuals that she started from seeds on the sun porch using discarded egg cartons. As the seedlings grew she transplanted them into Dixie cups that she rescued from the trash bin following church dinners. Petunias were her favorite followed by zinnias and large marigolds.