Time for Annapolis to gaze at the heavens again

21st century tools reveal secrets of 17th century town 

Their prayerful attitude is deceptive, for all three species are cannibals

Bay Blues, Safe Boating, Cow Laser Eyes

How handwriting analysis helped me forgive my mother — and myself

Richard Edwin Wilson, December 16, 1931-February 11, 2018 

      For nine of Bay Weekly’s 25 years, from 2003 until 2012, Dick Wilson had local thespians praying for his approval. Theater-going readers trusted him as their judge. His applause helped fill houses, and his boos (and rare hisses) not only hurt egos but also dampened sales.       Dick had far more good than bad to say about theater. Dick was smart, quick, observant and droll, and he could spot a faker a mile away. An avid theater- and movie-goer as well...

Fishing resumes with yellow perch

      Now is the time.       One of the better tasting fish (tied with white perch for first place), yellow perch are making their spring spawning run as you read. This is the best time to go after them, indeed probably the only time of the year when they are concentrated enough to make them your target.         The neds (also called yellow neds and ring perch) are the first sporting fish of the year for Maryland anglers. Since we’ve...

The Frugal Gardener’s advice

      Frugal gardeners save unused seeds from previous years, thinking they’ll save money.        Like everything else, the price of seeds increases almost every year. But you don’t save money if the seeds you saved and planted did not germinate or grow as expected.       Seeds saved in a closed container in the lower portion of the refrigerator remain viable longer than seeds saved in a box or drawer. Still, seeds lose their...

The acting is tight, the pace is fast, the one-liners fly and people die

      Take some Neil Simon-like one liners, add a dash of the door-slamming slapstick of Noises Off, mix with some World War II political intrigue, a bunch of mistaken identities and hidden passages in a dark mansion, and what do you get? The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, running through February 24 at the Bowie Playhouse.        2nd Star Productions is known for going big with big casts in big musicals. Musical Comedy Murders is one of the occasional...

A woman tries to pick up the pieces of her life in this wonderful drama

      Marina (Daniela Vega: The Guest) is enjoying her birthday until boyfriend Orlando (Francisco Reyes: Neruda) has an aneurysm. She rushes him to the hospital, where he dies.         And her nightmare begins.         Because she’s a transgender woman, a doctor suspects her of harm and calls the police. They assume she’s a sex worker and Orlando a client she has injured, perhaps out of self-defense. Humiliating questions...

Love stories from Chesapeake Country

When Susan Met Anthony … Susan and Anthony Nolan   Playing Cupid gave me opportunity to talk with him outside work          Newly single in her late 30s, my friend Lisa lamented the absence of single men. “How does anyone find someone?”       Then it happened. She had met someone, and he was kind, funny, smart and handsome.       “How did you meet?” I wondered, after all her disappointment.  ...

When, where or how, love takes stepping outside your comfort zone

       When is the adverb director Rob Reiner and crew settled on for the legendary (and now ancient) rom-com When Harry Met Sally … . Success is its own reward, so we follow that catchy precedent in this year’s Valentine’s story about finding love.       But when you think about adverbs, and love, is when any more helpful than how? Or where? Taken literally, when refers to a time, momentary or continuing, unique to the people whose names...
Dining Guide a Hit       I am enjoying this edition.       Quality and food selection are up at Pirates Cove. As they are but three miles down the road, we will re-visit.       Pleased to see a mention of Jalapeños as they are our favorite go-to restaurant in Annapolis. Great food and people; quiet atmosphere. –Dave Banner, West River          Loved the Dining Guide issue! Husband Gary and I went on a date to Jalapeños...
Meet angling legends, acquire knowledge and tackle
      Chesapeake Bay has produced some of the nation’s best-known anglers, starting with Lefty Kreh and including Bob Clouser, Bob Popovics, Kevin Josenhans, Steve Silvario, Blane Choklett, Joe Cap and Tony Friedrich. These angling luminaries and many more will be on hand to meet and share information at the 18th Annual Lefty Kreh Tie Fest on February 24 and 25 at the Lowes Annapolis Hotel.        The event has become so popular that it has expanded to...

Do seeds like salt and vinegar? 

      A good science project can be conducted within a month’s time if you start with seeds. Such studies do not require much space or special light conditions. Seeds are readily available, inexpensive and will provide the diversity you need to make comparisons. For many studies, quart canning jars with screw lids, paper towels, water, salt or vinegar and measuring tools are all you need to study how seeds germinate in different conditions.        Seeds...