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August 2015

Once retired, school buses go to auction.     Who would want to buy an old school bus? If you’re thinking the Partridge Family, you’re warm. Thousands of Partridge families around the country buy retired school buses and convert them into RVs, dubbed Skoolies.     The appeal of Skoolies runs deeper than the 1970s TV show. School buses are stout enough to handle rollovers, have a superior ground clearance and are often equipped with diesel engines, which can run on biodiesel or even vegetable oil.

Sesame Peanut Butter Noodle Salad

Use kid-favorite peanut butter to upgrade packaged ramen to a cold noodle salad packed full of flavor and great grains, nuts and vegetables. For the Sesame Peanut Butter Sauce 1 large clove garlic 2 tablespoons tasted sesame oil 3 tablespoons natural smooth peanut butter or almond butter 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger (optional) 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes) 2 tablespoons tamari 1½ teaspoons granulated sugar  

Love them or hate them, school buses weave through the fabric of our experience

One way or another, school buses take us all back to school.     As well as ever-safer and more standardized transport, they’re vehicles of cultural passage. Via the school bus, the freedom of childhood passes to the regimented life of schedules and hurry, bells and detentions. Mother lets go your hand and the motorized door opens to the wide world.     Little wonder school buses also travel our cultural byways as icons of rebellion.

Plant a flower garden and extend your acquaintance

Lantana drew this common buckeye butterfly to Sandra Bell’s Port Republic garden. “Butterflies and hummingbirds love them!” she wrote of this bright, cluster-flowered species of verbena.     They’re drawn to open, sunny areas with low vegetation and some bare ground. The six eyespots on the buckeye’s wings discourage predators that take if for something bigger. The warmth-loving species lays three broods in the deep South, and some of those progeny reach as far north as Canada.

In Deale, Petie Greens lives on

Petie Greens is a name worth money.     Along with the building bearing the nameplate, a third Petie Greens Bar and Restaurant is scheduled to open in Deale in fall.     Petie Greens earned popularity for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout southern Anne Arundel and northern Calvert counties under the ownership of Sam ‘Petie’ Petro, who restored the rundown site and reputation  early in the century. Bobby Crane took ownership a few years later, keeping a moniker that was money in the bank.

Effort and thoroughness catch fish

The northwest wind pushed up some unpleasant seas, forcing us to shift our efforts from the Eastern Shore to the calmer waters on the leeward, western side of the Bay Bridge. That turned out to be good fortune.     That side of the structure abuts Sandy Point State Park and gets a tremendous amount of fishing pressure.

We have the knowledge but not the will to fix the problem

In a recent fishing trip with residents of the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, we could not help but notice how brown the water appeared even after several miles of boating into Herring Bay. One of the veterans asked why. I explained to him that what he was seeing was mostly clay in suspension.     Where is it coming from?     Clay comes from agricultural fields and home gardeners with exposed soils as well as from construction sites.

Two writers edit their own narratives in this excellent drama drawn from life

After publishing Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel: Sex Tape) becomes the golden boy of the literary world. Glowing reviews claim the book is the greatest novel of its generation. Awards are showered on him. Instead of thriving, Wallace retreats from the limelight.
1985 Wellcraft cabin cruiser, 26' – V-berth and aft cabin, galley and bath. Great little weekend boat. Asking $9,000. 202-262-4737.

7th Annual American Indian Festival

Event Date:  October 17, 2015 - 10:00am - 4:00pm Celebrate Native American Indian culture and heritage. Enjoy live traditional and contemporary music, dancing, singing, storytelling, demonstrations, interactive exhibits, archery, free games and crafts, and tour the American Indian Village site at Patuxent River Park. All ages welcome. Free Admission. Free Parking. Call 301-627-6074. Visit www.pgparks.com/festivals.htm for full details. Location Patuxent River Park 16000 Croom Airport Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 United States See map: Google Maps