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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

What’s not to love about autumn?

Which will it be, regret the past or dive into the future?
    Turn to Free Will Astrology on page 20, and you’ll read Rob Brezsny’s borrowed counsel to “embrace your regrets. Listen to their stories. Hold them to your heart when you want to remember the price you paid to become who you truly are.”
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Back to work has a whole new meaning in 21st century America

School’s back in session, Labor Day’s upon us, and we’re up for new challenges.
    But just how much do we have to give?
    I’m already leaning in, as Sheryl Sandberg advises. At Bay Weekly, it’s shoulder to the wheel and nose to the grindstone. My job doesn’t leave me much time to lollygag on Facebook, where Sandberg made her mark and millions.
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Chew on these tales of bad behavior before you add a new member to your family

Through the beveled glass oval of the front door, I could see trouble. My friend and hair-stylist Kathy Burns’ brother was not making a social call. His khaki uniform meant he had come on official business. Dogcatcher business.
    The dog in question, Slip Mahoney, wasn’t home. Wherever he was, he had stirred up enough commotion to bring out the dogcatcher.
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A dozen kids add the now to our then

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear … Memory does see the past through rose-colored glasses. Looking down all the years to my own school days, I remember anticipation as it shivered through me before school started.
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That’s a job for the Green Team

The World Biggest Crab Feast didn’t make the world’s biggest mess this year.
    Some 4,500 pounds of food scraps — about one-quarter of the food waste produced by the massive feast — will turn into compost instead of hogging precious landfill space.
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Dee of St. Mary’s is your one chance on the Western Shore

Shanghaied into labor, two able-bodied passengers grapple a stout line hand over hand to hoist the 2,000-square-foot Dacron mainsail of the skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s up her 72-foot tree-trunk mast. Then First Mate John Fulchiron crawls out on the 19-foot bowsprit to raise the smaller jib. And off Dee goes.
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Democratic women wanted to run for office

Blame it on the boys.    
    In Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, more men than women are making political decisions.
    Four men to one woman govern on Calvert County’s Board of Commissioners. Anne Arundel got a woman, Laura Neuman, by appointment, but in the last election, not a single woman won a voice in local government.
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A sweet ending to Maryland Buy Local

You ate all your locally raised vegetables, fruits, eggs and meat every day during Maryland Buy Local Week.
    Now you can have dessert.
    Naturally, it’s Maryland made, from the farmer to the chef to you.
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Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have their day

A butterfly or two is an everyday pleasure.
    A dozen or more, a sign you’ve planted well, raising a native garden of plants that bloom in sequence so emergent broods find the food they need to survive.
    But an atmosphere thick with butterflies, bushes shimmering with butterflies: What is that?
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Barnacles and bryozoans rampage thru summer 2013

You are not alone.    
    Bryozoans, barnacles and the vast fellowship of the fouling community are settling on submerged surfaces throughout the upper- to mid-Chesapeake.
    Anything not protected with antifouling paint is now covered in a thick, brown living moss.
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