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What our Thanksgiving tradition meant for one immigrant

In Armenia, we say yerakhtapart

Babes Boys Tavern looks beyond freak accident that left one dead

100 years later, a father and son relive the days of the Great War

Beware canine influenza

     A new canine influenza is emerging. A highly contagious strain of the virus known as H3N8 is the cause. This respiratory illness is highly contagious through direct contact and through the air (coughing and sneezing).          There is currently no specific treatment for canine influenza other than supportive care as this is a virus and must run its course. However, a new vaccine can help reduce its severity. Speak with your...

A well-illustrated biography of a well-known horse

       As a young girl, Audrey writes, I was so enamored with the Misty of Chincoteague series that as an adult I named my dog Misty. Marguerite Henry opened up a whole new world to me. I loved how she gave Misty just enough humanizing characteristics to make her relatable while still leaving her a horse.          So I opened Surfer Dude anticipating the thrill of reading another story about Chincoteague ponies.    ...

Rabbits, real and imagined, plus fun, games and ice cream 

       Peter Rabbit has delighted generations since he hopped into children’s literature in 1902. The Tale of Peter Rabbit — written as a gift for a child — was the first in a series of animal tales by animal lover and naturalist Beatrix Potter. The cottontail, the velvet ears, the twitchy nose, the long whiskers and the habit of sneaking into Mr. McGregor’s garden to feast on vegetables: It all still appeals to our whimsical natures and sets our...
    Every dog needs some time to be a dog, free of human expectation, including leashes. Dog parks offer large fenced areas for both big and small dogs to run free while getting the much-needed socialization and exercise that keeps them healthy and happy. Two area dog parks also have dog beaches.             To enjoy their freedom in dog parks, dogs (and human companions) enter into a social contract of friendliness —...

Your July 13 issue of Bay Weekly weddings reminded me of my wedding, June 4, 1944, during the war years. My husband to be was stationed at the Air Force base in Massachusetts. The wedding was to take place in our hometown church in our small village in New York State. My sister was my maid of honor and my two cousins were bridesmaids. My husband’s sister was to sing; she had a beautiful voice and sang in the choir for years. The wedding rehearsal took place without my husband-to-be....

That’s what we do by telling your stories

Every summer, usually around the All Star break, we watch our favorite baseball movie, Bull Durham. Many of the lines in that good-hearted and now only slightly daring 1988 movie have become quotable, at least by fans.     Lines like How come in former life times, everybody thinks they were somebody famous? How come nobody ever says they were Joe Schmo?     That line paired, spontaneously and irreverently, with my reflections as we headed to Orange, Virginia last...

The crabs were fat, plentiful and willing to be caught

I had violated my sacred rule never to promise blue crabs before they were caught. To further increase the danger of a dinner failure when an ever-growing number of people was expecting to be fed, I had not run a trotline in more than a year. Now, at well past dawn, we were only laying out the baited line at the mouth of a neighborhood creek.     Friends from New Jersey were staying with us, and, while I had been intending to celebrate my 75th birthday with them as quietly and...

Compost works for us at construction sites, landfills and wastewater treatment plants

Silt-laden water from construction sites and poorly managed farm fields are notorious for contaminating our streams, rivers, lakes and bays. Silt fences are mandatory at construction sites, but even when properly installed they do not hold back clay. Adding wood chips or straw bales won’t help.     However, adding a berm of compost a foot tall on the lower side of the silt fence will stop the clay. Filling Filtrex-Sox with compost is an excellent solution. Compost works...

Charlize Theron beats her way through Berlin in this fantastic spy thriller

Ten days before the Berlin Wall falls, the KGB kills MI-6’s best agent. The list he acquired of all the operatives working on both sides of the Iron Curtain is in the wind. The list also identifies Satchel, a notorious double agent who plagues the British government.     MI-6 sends their best agent, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron: The Fate of the Furious), to straighten out the mess. Her contact is David Percival (James McAvoy: Split), an agent who’s found the...

Qué Calor! 

         The hottest thing in Annapolis these days isn’t the weather but Lin Manuel-Miranda’s In the Heights, playing through Memorial Day weekend at The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. Under the direction of Darnell Patrick Morris, the same guy who brought us Avenue Q and Hair Spray, this production is so outstanding it’s easy see why the Hamilton composer’s show won the 2008 Tony for Best Musical. Here at the confluence of rap, salsa and Latin...