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November 2013

Not up to Twain’s standard

Good theater, like good fiction, convinces the audience to suspend its disbelief, and Mark Twain’s genius was his ability to convey place and personality with such unblinking realism that we embrace his story no matter how far-fetched. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, that meant accepting that Tom (John Patterson), a kid from a good home, could be best friends with the town delinquent, Huck Finn (Erik W.

The interloper visits Spica and Mercury

Mercury is putting on its best pre-dawn show of 2013, more than doubling in brightness this week, from +1 magnitude to –0.5 (each order of magnitude is exponential, so an increase from +1 to 0 is a doubling). Monday marks the innermost planet’s greatest elongation — its farthest point away from the sun as seen from earth and its highest point above the horizon. Mercury rises a little before 6am and climbs nearly 15 degrees above the southeast horizon before the sun rises more than an hour later.

Here’s your recipe for making them into rich compost

Don’t bag those leaves for the county to collect. Use them in making your own compost. It takes about a bushel of leaves to make a gallon of quality compost, which contains more nutrients and fiber than peat moss and is less acetic.

Trap is a great diversion when it’s too cold to fish

Rising early, I looked out the window to check the tree line. Stiff winds had kept us in for days, and I was eager to get back on the water and after the big ocean-run stripers arriving of late. I lit up as I saw that the skyline was not just still but dead-still.     We even had an overcast. What could be more perfect? Then I glanced at the outside temperature. Thirty-eight degrees was a showstopper. There are places to visit in near-freezing weather, but the Chesapeake in a small open boat is not one of them.

How to beat Bay Weekly cruciverbalist Ben Tausig

I’m no Bill Clinton.         The 42nd president of the United States gets no competition on crosswords from my family. Even working together, husband Bill Lambrecht and I can’t approach Clinton’s unofficial record for finishing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle in less than an hour.

Even a brilliant foil can’t save this weak entry in the Marvel series

When the universe began, light spread throughout the cosmos. Light is usually a good thing, but it did not please a race called the Dark Elves. Their leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston: Doctor Who) responded with Aether, a weaponized energy source, to bring back darkness and destroy the universe.     It didn’t work.     King Bor of Asgard and his son Odin (Anthony Hopkins: RED 2) led a successful war against the Dark Elves. But instead of destroying the Aether, Bor hid it.

Kids Time at the Libraries

Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291: 9:30am stories for up to 2 years; 10am stories for 2-3 years; 10:45am stories for up to 5 years; 2:30pm Hail to the Chief for 4th-6th graders. Southern Library, Solomons: 410-326-5289: 10am movie for all ages Twin Beaches Library: 410-257-2411: 6:30pm Native American Heritage for grades K-3. Fairview Library: 410-257-2101: 7pm family fun night for grades K-5.

Kids Time at the Libraries

Broadneck Branch Library: 410-222-1905: 10am stories for up to 2 years. Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library: 410-222-1770: 10am stories for up to 2 yrs. Mountain Road Branch Library: 410-222-6699: 10:15am stories for up to 2 years. Severna Park Library: 410-222-6290: 10am stories for up to 5 years. South County Library, Deale: 410-222-1925: 10am stories for up to 2 yrs.

Kids Time at the Libraries

Fairview Library: 410-257-2101: 9:30am stories for up to 2 years; 10am stories for 2-3-years; 11am & 1pm stories for up to 5 years. Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291: 9:30am stories for up to 2 years; 10am stories for 2-3 years; 10:45am stories for up to 5 years; 6:30pm Road Trip USA for 4th-6th graders. Southern Library, Solomons: 410-326-5289: 10am stories for 2-3 years; 10:45am stories for up to 5 years.

Kids Time at the Libraries

Southern Library, Solomons: 410-326-5289: 6:30pm stories for all ages. Edgewater Library: 410-222-1538: All day celebration of Thanksgiving with gobble-gooble crafts for all ages.