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September 2013

Interior how-tos

Interior decorators are always talking about the importance of balance and proportion. It applies to color, shape, texture and style. When it comes to home decorating, mixing modern items with antiques is a great idea because it keeps a room fresh, adds contrast and depth and ultimately creates balance.     Filling a room with antiques simply because they’re antiques is never a good idea; likewise with modern decor. Pieces can get lost when paired solely with like items. Instead, try mixing things up to call attention to individual items.

Here’s how to get started

Dear EarthTalk: I’m planning a major home renovation and want to include as many green-friendly features as possible. Where do I begin to look?     –Matthew Glaser, Queens, NY

Give new plants a head start

Plant fall-blooming camellias, rhododendron, kalmia and more. Or look for screening selections, such as cherry laurel, skip laurel, photinia and arborvitae.     Seed now to give seedlings time to establish during these cool fall temperatures, which are optimum for root growth. For a beautiful lawn, use Homestead Garden’s own premium tall fescue blend.     When reseeding, use Scotts Turf Builder lawn soil to get your seeds off to a strong start leading to a healthier lawn next year.

    Last Wednesday was not an ordinary day. It was 9/11 2013.

I’d gladly travel back in time for another first look at this production

Facing a time-travel problem, Star Trek Voyager’s Captain Janeway looked pained, rubbed her forehead and moaned, “Time-travel paradigms: they give me such a headache!”     Colonial Players’ Communicating Doors will cure any time-travel problem, indeed any headache.

A beautiful movie shackled to a terrible script

Two little girls go outside to play and never return. That’s the chilling premise for Prisoners, a beautiful, artistic film that unfortunately stole its overlong script from a low-rate episode of Law & Order.

Turning Cove Point into an energy exporter is a big deal for Calvert County, and for America

Dominion Cove Point LNG moved a big step closer to an historic transformation last week. The big energy mover on little Calvert County’s southern Bay shore won the U.S. Department of Energy’s approval to export American natural gas, in liquefied form, to any nation that wants to buy.         The date was September 11, a portentous anniversary both for the nation and for the LNG terminal’s history.

West River Wickets take their croquet mallets to Maryland ­Senior Olympics

Bill Brewer plays croquet with the dedication of a founding father.     From his back yard, croquet rose from an excuse for a party “with lots of rum” to a championship game played by ambitious senior Olympians.     Next week, Maryland Senior Olympics competition adds its first croquet tournament. Brewer’s team, the nationally recognized West River Wickets Croquet Club, will be there to strike for gold.

Arachnids are out in numbers this time of year

Almost overnight, the way it happens in Sci-Fi movies, spiders have invaded. Webs are spun under the porch light, draped from the mailbox and suspended like chandeliers from every shrub and tree. Walk out and you walk into one.     The arachnid explosion that ripples across Chesapeake Country in late summer and early fall is what happens when the spiderlings we saw on their mommas’ backs last spring grow up.