Articles by Jackie Graves

Help second-graders develop a ­lifelong love of the printed word

       When did you learn to read?
       That lifelong magic happens very young, at five or six. Young as it is, seven may be too late. The high school dropout rate for kids who haven’t learned to read at grade level by the third grade is 40 percent higher than for those who do.

King’s words resound in drama and music this weekend

      Fifty-five years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed “I have a dream!” from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the 50th anniversary year of King’s death, those rousing words will resound in Annapolis.


Its fragile globes tell the ­stories of our lives

      Every year we bring them out. The boxes come up from the basement or down from the attic; in from the garage or just out of the hall closet. Among them, there it is, brimming with memories, the Christmas box brought out once a year that tells the stories of our lives in the ornaments collected over the years. 

You never can tell who you might meet there

     Crumbs of Chris and Ruth’s famous homemade donuts flew out of his mouth.
     “You did what?” he said.
      The crumbs would have hit me squarely had I not anticipated his reaction and used my napkin as a shield.

Maryland in Miniature tucked behind Annapolis DNR building

     This Himalayan cedar, Deodora cedarosa, is the fifth largest tree of its kind in the state. It is so tall, to take a picture of the top you have to lean back, almost to a backbend. Even so, the top of the tree won’t be in the frame.
After 60 years, Eva Brann is St. John’s longest-serving tutor
     When school opens this fall, 88-year-old Eva Brann — renowned philosopher, author and long-time Annapolitan — begins her 60th year of doing what she loves best: discussing the great works of western civilization with the Johnnies.

Once a year, Hammond Harwood House opens the gates to the ­capital city’s private gardens — and invites you to look inside

They are there, hiding behind impossibly small doors tucked into the crowded summer streets of Annapolis. Or perhaps they appear as unexpected splashes of color coyly winking at strollers past a secluded courtyard.

Frank Chiarelli’s walk to the Pacific will take him more than 3,000 miles

Getting the feel of his first pair of shoes five days into a walk across America to raise money and awareness for at-risk youth, Frank Chiarelli passed through Annapolis on May 6.
    “It feels like I’ve been doing this for months. That’s how my body feels,” he said of his walk to the Pacific Ocean begun May 1 in the Cape May/Lewes area.

In his model boats, Norman Gross records maritime history

Watermen name their boats for their wives and girlfriends. There was a time when Norman Gross thought it a romantic gesture. Now, he’s not so sure.
    “Why did the men name the boats after their wives? Was it because they loved them? Or was it because they say stuff on the boat they couldn’t say at home?” the 58-year-old Gross wonders.

Tips for setting in new places

After 13 settled years, my husband joined the Foreign Service. We packed up our kids and our pets, sold the house and started a life of moving. In 25 years, we traveled to nine posts: the Congo (then called Zaire, which none of our friends had heard of), Morocco, Washington, Paris, back to Washington, Geneva, Moscow, London and finally New York. In five of these postings — Morocco, Washington, Geneva, Moscow and London — I worked as the community liaison officer....