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Letter from the Editor

How to manage too much 

     You need more than one T to explain the Homo sapiens distinction. We make not only Tools but also Toys, Trinkets and Technology.      Animals make tools and maybe toys. As crows and their raven cousins seem to enjoy some leisure time, I wouldn’t doubt that they make entertaining toys as well as useful tools. But piling invention on invention sky high is not a habit that even the smartest birds and apes seem to have acquired. 


You be the judge 

      My mother would tell you that I picked the wrong lookalike holiday. Her line to me was that “you are the spitting image of Gene Martin” — my father.       Elsa Olivetti Martin might have been right. Nonetheless, my father was not a person any little girl wanted to look like.
Even in stories, our endings are provisional 
      Stories want to have endings. You can write a story without an ending, but that will make your story and your readers unhappy.       It’s because endings are so rare in life, which is all about unfolding, that humans invented stories, which in turn is why writers and editors have work.
We start our 27th year with a boom edition
      To history’s long and illuminating parade of catalogs, Bay Weekly adds an entry, this hefty Anniversary Special Advertisers’ ­Catalog*. The anniversary is the start of our 27th year, ­celebrated with this record 72-page edition — and our continuing awe that we could do it, did do it and continue to do it. 

Variations on the same old story

      I don’t burn my socks (yuck!). But I’d washed them (with much of the rest of winter’s heavy wear) and was walking out stocking-less to meet warm spring in thin-soled shoes. When I opened the door, April’s wind twirled paper through the entry hall and drove me back upstairs for a warm raincoat.

The editor’s hale and farewell

     When Our Delegate, Mike Busch, won election as speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Bay Weekly paid him an office visit to ask him to peer into the future. On January 3, 2003, the day before his 56th birthday, the new speaker Busch had pretty well finished unpacking boxes as he moved into his new digs. And elegant digs they are, I wrote.

He’ll always remind me of when …

      When I heard that my old friend Mike Busch passed away the day before the General Assembly ended, I thought of my mother, who died when she was 94. She and Mike were close — they used to meet and chat in Graul’s most Sundays — and they could both smell BS a mile away. Mom used to say that Mike and my godfather, former Republican governor Ted McKeldin, were the only two politicians she ever trusted. My mother was a very good judge of character.

How medical marijuana got to be a legal Bay Weekly story 

     Are you a little shocked to find yourself reading a big story on medical cannabis in Bay Weekly? The spectrum on this topic flashes with opinions like a pinball machine when a high-scoring game’s in progress. So in case you’re uncomfortable, let me tell you what I’m thinking.       In the first place, aren’t you a little curious? 
Or find experts who’ll do that and two dozen more chores and projects for you
     Paper in hand, reading these words, who are you?      Computer at hand, writing them, I’m my business self. To drive to my office in Annapolis, I don’t have to gird myself as staunchly as my husband Bill Lambrecht, Bay Weekly’s editorial analyst, who has to put on his “Washington face” before his harrowing daily commute. (It looks a little like the contortion he wears to show me how he terrified opponents as a high school football player.)


Time to salute spring, celebrate Maryland Day

     In Daylight Saving Time’s second week, my internal clock is catching up. In the morning, I can rise lazily with the sun just after 7 o’clock. But morning by morning I’ll be rising earlier as sunrise accelerates minute by minute. Those folks on the Eastern Shore whose job is releasing the sun are working faster every morning. We’ve gained 17 minutes of early light since setting our clocks ahead.