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In the Maryland General Assembly, C. Rhoades Whitehill reads every last bill … Out loud

It’s worth your while to catch this show

Their winter nutrition is worth your money

Expert tips for the new year and beyond

That’s our hope for you in 2017

Your pot must runneth over

That’s our hope for you in 2017

Self-Care 101 was not in my college curriculum. I graduated knowing more about forms of poetry — I especially liked terza rima — than how to live healthy, let alone wealthy or wise. (Though the latter was supposed to be the road to which my liberal arts education led.)     Not in high school or elementary school either did I learn when a cold was contagious, how to survive nausea or how to enjoy exercise and make it part of my life. Even motherhood left me clueless,...

The amazing story of three unknown stars of the space program

Katherine Goble (Taraji P. Henson: Empire) is a mathematical genius. But she is a woman, and she is black. In 1960s Virginia, Goble can’t even sit at the front of a bus, let alone gain independence as a mathematician.     She works at NASA as a computer, a mathematician who performs calculations and checks the numbers generated by engineers.     While fighting racial stereotyping, sexism and paranoia about Soviet spies, Goble is also helping to invent the...

Your pot must runneth over

By now your houseplants are adjusting to winter life inside. Or not. Many potted houseplants fail to grow properly because they are never watered properly. Here’s the right way.     Every watering should be so ample that an excess of water drips from the bottom of the pot. Of course the pot should have drainage holes in its bottom and sit in a saucer to protect the furniture or windowsill.      If a plant’s soil is all the way to the top of the...

A triumph of hope over experience

The 18th century English writer Samuel Johnson got it as right about New Year’s resolutions as about his original subject, marriage. That thought struck me as I attempted to set personal goals for the New Year, hoping these meet with more success than usual.     I’m going to have to exercise to increase my energy and endurance throughout the winter if I am to mount the kind of fishing campaign I intend to begin in just four short months.     ...
Southern High School students representing the Interact Club of the Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County created care packages for the children in the Backpack Food program at Shady Side Elementary School. Recognized for their work with the Rotary-sponsored high school service club are (from left) students Courtney Harris, Chardonnay Lee, Carly Wood, Katie Burgee and Melinda Blansett. Presenting the recognition awards to the students was Rotary Governor Anna-Mae Kobbe, Rotary District 7620...
Twenty-one students graduated in December from Charter Captain Courses. They earned their certificates in the 12-week course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge. Graduation was held on the Dorothy Megan paddle wheeler at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.        The course, originally started in 1951 by Capt. E. L. Thomas, is the first Coast Guard-approved Captain School in the area. It still differs from other courses on the market because its...

We’ve saved the best for last


We asked for your favorites, and you responded in droves, mailing ballots, hand-delivering them to our office and voting online. Now the votes are counted. And the winners are … Skipper’s Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar Best Crab Soup Best Dessert Best Local Chef, Jessica Rosage Best Outdoor Dining Best Overall Restaurant Best Restaurant to Take Out of Town Guests Best Seafood Restaurant Best Soft-Shell Crab Best Bar Best Bloody Mary...

My favorite stories of 2016

Together, we read a lot of stories over the course of a year. Many of them give you a moment’s insight or delight. Others tell you just what you need to know. Some of them stay in your mind, even after all those words have come between you and them all that time ago. So I can still recount stories we ran five, or 10 or 23 years ago.     Before I close the book on 2016 (yes, I really do have a large, heavy book labeled Vol. XXIV), I want to revisit some of my favorites this...

Based on August Wilson’s play of the same name, Fences is a stirring drama about the effects of systemic racism on the black family

From the outside, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington: The Magnificent Seven) has a pretty good life. He has a steady job as a garbage collector, an adoring wife named Rose (Viola Davis: Suicide Squad) and a nice house in a Pittsburgh neighborhood. A born storyteller with a gift for hyperbole, Troy enjoys spinning colorful yarns as he drinks his weekly bottle of gin with his coworkers. In the late 1950s, it’s as close to living the American Dream as any black man could hope to get.  ...

The story here is all about living up to expectations

Once I got married, it seemed as though the children started coming along on a regular basis like the books in the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Elizabeth, Ester and Ruth. They just kept coming. That’s what good Catholic wives and mothers did back in the day. I learned how to stretch the grocery budget with lots of rice and pasta. Money was always tight, especially at Christmas time.     One year, I was so excited to get a part-time job at the mall wrapping gifts. What a...