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The shells reminded me of the Star ­Spangled Banner. But these bombs were not bursting in air; they were hitting ships.

New mascot replaces PFD Panda

Telltale signs, and how to fight back

To experience our past, I had to travel to Argentina

Embrace the madness

Like the story of Pi, this movie isn’t about lines of dialog. It’s about the journey.

Do you have faith? For some the question is easy; for others, an epic journey. One writer (Rafe Spall: Prometheus) is in search of true faith and a story to make him believe in God. His search leads him to Pi (Irrfan Khan: The Amazing Spiderman), a middle-aged man who shares a tale of survival and faith that rivals Job.     Pi (in flashback Suraj Sharma) grew up at his parents’ zoo in India. He follows religions like other little boys collect Hot Wheels, simultaneously...

Anne Arundel SPCA adoption sets a record

Forget fighting mobs at the mall for Black Friday deals.     The SCPA of Anne Arundel County offered the best deal around.     Any black animal — even with a speck of black — went up for adoption for free or at reduced rates.     Seventy cats and 23 dogs qualified for the Black Friday sale.     Last year, 18 animals were adopted. The year before, 23.     This year, 32 animals purred and wagged their way...

International intrigue with a local angle and author

Midnight in Moscow opens with a scene with immediate familiarity for local readers: a news story featuring a car set ablaze at a BWI parking lot. Then a young Russian American woman is found murdered along the C&O Canal. From there it’s a short hop to Annapolis and the main character, Emily Cowan, a sassy sleuth of a certain age who globetrots from western Maryland to Germany, Russia and the Near East.     Midnight is Book Two of author M.D. Johnson’s ISIS...

If you’ve got the shotgun, Three Rivers has the targets

Pointing my shotgun downrange and just over the top right corner of the low, dark trap house, I called for the bird from my position on station No. 5. The frigid breeze that had been swirling about all morning had died, and the air was calm and still. Perfect conditions for shooting this game.     The fluorescent-green clay shot out of the house at a hard right angle and lifted skyward.     I managed to track the bird and cover it as it climbed. Then, as the...

A dozen neighbors share their blessings. What are yours?

Thanksgiving is America’s feast. Like all our holidays, it’s a celebration created by immigrants, with each new culture learning the traditions and mixing in their own. Diverse as we are, Thanksgiving unites rather than divides us. We celebrate it, regardless of age, race, region, religion or heritage — even vegetarians, for whom the turkey gives thanks.     It’s a nicely timed holiday, too, ending the growing season with a harvest feast and beginning the...

Help build a sweet village for Annapolis

Looking for a creative outlet this holiday season? Or perhaps a great bonding exercise for the family or office? Get your ovens preheated and architectural plans drawn for this year’s Historic Annapolis gingerbread contest. Entries will be on exhibit in local businesses in Historic Annapolis December 6 thru January 1.     Register by Monday, November 26, in professional or amateur categories. Pick up a registration form at the Historic Annapolis Museum at 99 Main Street or...

A saintly man makes an uninteresting subject

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis: Nine) had just been elected to his second term. He enjoyed a wide popularity in spite of the Civil War, which slaughtered American citizens and deeply divided the country.     As Lincoln begins, it’s clear the Union will eventually win the war. But there is another problem on the horizon. As states are welcomed back to the fold, lawyers will challenge the legality of the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln knows the...

Steal a minute of mindfulness from cooking turkeys and playing Santa

Blub … blub … blub … blub …             That’s the rhythm that tells you your Southern Maryland stuffed ham is boiling its way to perfection. So says Celeste Furey of St. Leonard, hostess of an annual pre-Thanksgiving all-day stuffing party.     Blub … … … … blub … … … … blub … … … … blub … … …...

From wild to Broad Breasted White

The turkey carved for your Thanksgiving dinner is likely a Broad Breasted White, a hybrid developed to live up to its name.     Heritage breeds like the Black Spanish and Urban Red Ed Cramer raises at Fisher Farm in La Plata may be tastier, but they are more costly to raise, grow slower and produce less meat than the Broad Breasted White. You’ll pay roughly twice the price of a small-farm, pasture-raised, Broad Breasted White to enjoy one of those birds.   ...

SeaKayaker discovers the Patuxent Water Trail

Autumn is forecast spectacular for the Thanksgiving weekend, opening one of the year’s last doors to get out into Chesapeake Country. One way to accept the invitation is to follow the December issue of SeaKayaker onto the treasure in our own backyard, the Patuxent Water Trail.     Ralph Heimlich, a member of the Chesapeake Paddlers Association, guides you into nature and history on the very accessible river.     The seven-page story, with maps and photos,...