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Bright planets and shooting stars dazzle this week

Dear Bay Weekly:     My Sunday reading routine always begins with The Washington Post Magazine. I go straight to Date Lab and wonder if anyone will find love this week. Or even just give their date a second chance?     Now I have a new reading routine. It’s on Thursday, and it’s Bay Weekly. I go straight to Diana Beechener’s movie reviews and wonder if Diana has seen any movies this week that she likes.     She makes the reviews...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I have very much enjoyed Steve Carr’s columns. Very well written, most entertaining, and they cut to the chase. A suggestion for a future one following up on Who Will Stop the Rain? [March 31]: Sedimentation of rivers and streams caused by in-stream channel erosion after the development is gone and all correct stormwater management is in place. There are countless examples of this throughout the county. I am watching a stream unravel in the headwaters...

Approved by Mother Nature

Mother Nature may be sending us a message that our continued enjoyment of her earthly garden is contingent on our good behavior.     When the message of climate change is written in the language of melting ice caps and glaciers, some among us scoff and say Not us! We didn’t do it.     So she repeats her message in clearer terms.     Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis. Including a half dozen or so nuclear reactors adds italics to...

As it stands, God is responsible for anything beyond two inches of stormwater runoff

Every time it rains hard around Annapolis, all hell breaks loose. Mud goes streaming into a creek or streams. Citizen watchdogs start barking. They call the mayor’s office and complain that dirt is running off this or that property, usually a development site.     State law requires developers to control the first inch of rain that falls on their property during a 24-hour period. Expensive control measures are required so that no sediment leaves the site.   ...

Chesapeake Bay’s most common and perhaps least common catches

Sending out a chartreuse shad dart tipped with a grass shrimp toward the dark water of the far bank, I let it sink for a brief three-count before tightening up my line. Almost immediately there came a sharp tap, and I set the hook. My rod bowed as I leaned into yet another lively white perch. Fish Are Biting ...     The yellow perch run is still happening but only in dribs and drabs as the majority of these fish are spent and have left the headwaters. The white perch run is...

Great visuals get KO’ed by an insulting, incoherent script

The world has been hard on 20-year-old Babydoll (Emily Browning: The Uninvited). After being assaulted by her stepfather and accidentally killing her sister, Babydoll is committed to an asylum. In five days, she’s scheduled for a lobotomy.     Horrified by her predicament, and presumably her name, Babydoll retreats to a fantasy world. In this fantasy — which I remind you is of her creation — Babydoll dreams that she’s been sold to a brothel/cabaret. In...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I just wanted to thank you for Diana Beechener’s incredible article on VetDogs [March 24: Working Like a Dog] and on the run April 3. The article, the pictures and everything about it was great, and I’ve already gotten quite a response from it. I appreciate all of your help. –A.D. Schiff, MIDN USN
Dear Bay Weekly:     SUPERB! Both your editorial and the article on libraries were absolutely great.     [March 10: http://bayweekly.com/articles/news/article/magician and http://bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/libraries-are-chesapeake-countrys-town-squares]     Many thanks. –Valerie T. Ahrens, retired librarian; by email

Often bad dogs make the better stories; this week, good dogs have their day

Who can resist a dog story?     My favorites star villainous dogs, like Muggs, the hero of James Thurber’s story The Dog that Bit People.*     Nipper, Bay Weekly’s collections manager, would like to bite people and sometimes sneaks in a nibble. He’s a Jack Russell terrorist — as proofreader Dick Wilson calls him — and most anybody who has had a dog of that breed has a collection of bad dog stories.     For better and...

Nancy Patterson’s canine companion Mahler is her arms, her legs and her independence

“I’ve had an engine fail on my plane,” says Nancy Patterson, of Davidsonville, a retired airline pilot. “I’ve had brain surgery. But this has been the most life-changing thing I’ve ever gone through.”     Patterson is talking about her experience with Mahler, her service dog from Canine Companions.     “Help is a four-legged word,” according to Canine Companions for Independence. As the largest non-profit...