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Queen Clawdia will be steamed but not eaten

You can’t catch any fish if they ain’t there

Vegetables from A to Z — plus a little free protein at the K

Yes, but do it at the grocery

Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

Turn on a light to observe National Moth Week

I loved every minute and may go back for more

It’s hard being special. Just ask the contestants in Dignity Players’ 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the 2005 Tony Award-winning musical about five over-achieving basket cases and an accidental also-ran.     If you saw the Annapolis Summer Garden Theater production three years ago, you’re in for a surprise. Like this production, it was crazy fun, but it underplayed the kids’ personal turmoil. Dignity restores their dignity in all its anxious...

Someone please save Shamu

Millions of tourists flock to SeaWorld each year to enjoy marine exhibits, lay hands on happily squealing dolphins and cheer as massive Orcas perform aquatic acrobatics at their famed Shamu shows. Orcas and their trainers seem a perfect team, showing the beautiful relationships that humans can cultivate with animals.     That’s what most tourists see when they pay the price of admission. Over the years, a few unlucky arenas full of children and marine enthusiasts have...

From gold to butterflies to barnacles to stories to advertisers to delivery drivers to you …

The universe is sparkling with the news that all the gold in the world was formed in the ancient explosive convergence of neutron stars. At least my universe.     That marvelous Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics report has led me as if by the hand to the conclusion that things like company.     How else to explain why atoms of free floating gold got together in coalescing Earth to form nuggets and seams?     The nature of things is...

No messing with worms and insects; this trio eats a five-star diet

Cinco, Patches and Tripod would be homeless were it not for Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian.     Instead, the three female Eastern box turtles live in five-star-hotel style with amenities including rich soil for digging, logs for climbing, flowing ferns for frolicking, May apples, mushrooms and blueberry bushes for foraging and a wading pond for cooling off.     The girls, as they’re called by staff and volunteers, are forest-dwellers, so much of...

Master Watershed Stewards may not have super powers, but they are cleaning up their communities

Going down John Dawson’s street in Severna Park, you can’t miss the rain garden he’s planted in his front yard — and that’s exactly how he wants it.     To his wife, Dawson is the official “house husband,” but to his community, he is the local Master Watershed Steward. Having been a part of the Watershed Stewards Academy’s third graduating class, Dawson now works with other local stewards to improve the health of his river, the...

Pay it forward in honor of a life saved

Three days in the intensive care unit delayed Amanda Fiedler’s meeting with her third child. Finally her husband wheeled her through the halls of Anne Arundel Medical Center to meet Zachary in the neonatal intensive care unit.     “The nurses took the little blanket off the incubator, and he looked so tiny,” says Fielder, tears welling up. “I remember holding him and whispering in his ear, we did it.”     Fifteen pints of blood...

Barnacles and bryozoans rampage thru summer 2013

You are not alone.         Bryozoans, barnacles and the vast fellowship of the fouling community are settling on submerged surfaces throughout the upper- to mid-Chesapeake.     Anything not protected with antifouling paint is now covered in a thick, brown living moss.     “This year we have a heavy growth of bryozoans, animals that look like brown moss that trap a lot of sediment out of water,” says Anson ‘Tuck...

Crabs, Watermelon and Great German Fare

It’s time to get cracking. This Friday, August 2, the Annapolis Rotary Club and its 150-plus members roll out the brown paper for its 68th annual World’s Largest Crab Feast at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (5-8pm).     The feast is a highlight of summer, with all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, corn on the cob, crab soup, hot dogs, BBQ, soft drinks and beer.     Wash it down with watermelon slices in the company of five watermelon queens: Our Mar-Del...

Cracking crabs speaks volumes

The water was 90 degrees, murky with algae and the skies overcast. We all peered intently at the barely visible trotline gliding through the water next to our skiff. One chicken neck bait after another appeared, slid over the roller and went back down. But there was no mistaking the first blue crab to appear. That jimmie was seven inches across.     My youngest son, Rob, slipped the net into the water, captured the gorgeous devil then nonchalantly deposited it in our basket. We...

Being young and black in America is still dangerous

On New Year’s Eve, 2009, Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan: Chronicle) decided to take the BART to San Francisco to see fireworks and party with friends. By 9:15am the next morning, the 22-year-old was dead.     Stopped by BART officers who suspected Oscar and his friends were fighting on the train, he was handcuffed, restrained and eventually shot by those sworn to keep the peace. The incident was captured, in graphic detail, by dozens of passengers.     The...