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A Thanksgiving story for my grandfather

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

Prayers and a reflection for the feast 

This couple sets the bar high for local eateries

Climate stewards take aim at ­herbicides, tout healthy soils 
A Thanksgiving story for my grandfather
Searching for My Grandfather      One year after I graduated from college, I moved to Ecuador to reconstruct my memory of my grandfather. I think I was afraid what might happen if I allowed his memory to be lost.      I think maybe he had been afraid, too, when he sent a postcard hurtling through space and time from his own time in Ecuador, where he, a professor at Frostburg State University, went to teach workshops in the mid-’90s. The postcard reached his...

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

    What’s your take on this turning of the year? Do you lament your frost-nipped fingers and freezing toes? Or do you embrace each of the seasons in its turn, rushing out to play with Jack Frost and inviting Old Man Winter to stay for a spell?       Whichever way you feel — and each of us seems to align on one side of the other — this Bay ­Weekly is the paper for you. For this issue brings you the whole holiday season in our annual special issue,...

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

    What’s your take on this turning of the year? Do you lament your frost-nipped fingers and freezing toes? Or do you embrace each of the seasons in its turn, rushing out to play with Jack Frost and inviting Old Man Winter to stay for a spell?       Whichever way you feel — and each of us seems to align on one side of the other — this Bay ­Weekly is the paper for you. For this issue brings you the whole holiday season in our annual special issue,...

Prayers and a reflection for the feast 

     Native peoples have lived in symbiotic harmony for many generations with the North American continent. Learning its treasures and confronting its challenges they have lived on this land. They are hunters, gatherers, farmers, warriors, artisans, and they live in loving families based on organized tribal groups. These are honorable, sharing friends. Let us recognize these indigenous peoples and their diversity.      The Pilgrim colonists, new to this part of the...

This couple sets the bar high for local eateries

     It’s a rare week at Bay Weekly when we don’t get a press release proclaiming the opening of a regional or national chain restaurant. The release is a metaphor for the restaurant it touts. Produced at a corporate headquarters far away, with minor changes to make it appear local, it touts a menu and food you could just as easily find in Columbus, Ohio.      Here in Chesapeake Country, we have our share of these, but we are lucky to also have a good...
Climate stewards take aim at ­herbicides, tout healthy soils 
      It takes good soil for plants to grow healthy and vibrant. It takes brave souls to push for better legislation to make that happen.      Last year, environmentalists and organic farmers scored a win when the Maryland Legislature passed the Healthy Soils Program and Gov. Larry Hogan signed the bill. The program works to sequester the global-warming bad guy, carbon, in Maryland soil while increasing its biological activity.       Soil sequesters...

Can you find this Star of David?

    Here’s a trivia question for you. What is the only United States government building with a Star of David on the front? Clue: it’s in Annapolis on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy.      Before 2005, Jewish naval midshipmen were marched to a local synagogue for services. That trek became unnecessary when the Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel was completed — with a ­Jewish star on its front.     The chapel...

Follow the Oregon Trail to track this noble fir

     For 49 years, the Christmas tree that glitters from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol has been cut from a different state.       This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is, for the first time, a noble fir. The enormous 80-foot fir was cut on November 2 from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. The 35-year-old tree stood at an elevation of 3,500 feet.       As the saw whirred to life, the watching crowd hushed until the thundering...

Clean up, clear out, stock up

     Yes, there’s fatality in the air. We all know the season is winding down. The bite is hot right now, and there will still be a few good days. But the traditional weather this time of year is increasingly cold with wind and rain followed by more rain, then more wind. Then the holidays will be on us, so it’s not too early to begin tidying up.       If you’re like me, you’ve used a lot of lures and terminal tackle over the last few months...

In this sensational heist flick, four women fight the patriarchy by robbing it 

      Veronica Rawlings (Viola Davis: How to Get Away with Murder) has made a happy life by blinding herself to husband Harry’s (Liam Neeson: The Commuter) work as an armed robber.       Until she gets a harsh dose of reality. Harry’s last job — the one that got him and his crew killed — involved robbing one of the biggest gangsters in the Southside of Chicago. The loot burned up with Harry and his crew, so the gangsters expect Veronica to...