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

With bonus parking tips for the ­legislative session

      Parking in Annapolis is always a challenge. We are a city constrained by water, historic districts and two college campuses, all limiting the creation of more parking space. The modern solution is to make what parking is available easier to use, and these days that revolves around the internet, our computers and our mobile devices.         As legislators, lobbyists, demonstrators, concerned citizens and the curious pour into town for the 2018 session,...

This time of year, a bird eats what it can get

      Great blue herons in the Chesapeake Bay area do not migrate in the winter. They struggle to find food when the waters freeze. They will look to areas of flowing water and sometimes stake out grassy fields to catch mice and small birds.        Herons from the snowier north usually migrate to warmer climates.       This Chesapeake heron has caught a hogchoker.       The hogchoker is a flatfish similar to a flounder. In the...

Is January 23 just another so what, like National ­Popcorn Day?

       It was no fun writing lessons in cursive, and no better in the hybrid connected printing I developed in obedient defiance to the nuns’ complaints of my handwriting’s illegibility. My mother couldn’t read anything I wrote, either, which may be why she insisted I take typing in high school summer school. On my own, I signed up at the same public school to learn Chancery script, a pretty Renaissance cursive. I’ve used both skills throughout my...
Praise for Owensville Primary Care RE: Health Care for All: Rich or poor, Owensville ­Primary Care turns no one away: Jan. 11, 2018, www.bayweekly.com/node/41608           We really enjoyed your article on Owensville Primary Care. As near neighbors since the 1980s, we’ve watched it grow into an even more valuable asset for Southern Anne Arundel County. In fact, wife Verna was one of the active board members who talked Sylvia Jennings into leaving the comforts...

The season is already underway

      It’s starting now. The yellow perch run is on the way, with the white perch run right behind it. Despite our wildly unpredictable weather this time of year, Maryland’s 2018 fishing season is opening up — whether you’re ready or not.       Hardier practitioners will reap the first and richest bounties, as always, so don’t be misled by freezing temperatures. The fish may hesitate during periods of extreme cold but not for long....

Here’s how to water and repot them

     Orchids are so popular nowadays that they are being offered for sale not only in garden centers but also in drug stores and grocery stores as well as big box stores.          As houseplants, they have the advantage of producing flowers over a long period of time. They tolerate shade and perform well even when abused. They are also light to ship.        But they do better when you don’t abuse them. One of the biggest mistakes...

This tale of Olympic-level tragedy earns the gold

       Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie: Suicide Squad) is a far cry from the ice princesses who dominated American media coverage throughout the 1980s and ’90s. The atypical Olympian comes from meager means. Her costumes are gaudy and hand-sewn. She performs to heavy metal instead of Chopin. She shoots guns and goes muddin’ in trucks for fun.       Tonya’s mother LaVona (Allison Janney: Mom) is an abusive alcoholic who makes a habit of tearing...

The Colonial Players’ Quartet

        January has its own distinctive doldrums, and above a certain latitude (not everyone retires to the sunny south) and beyond a certain age, these doldrums can feel especially bleak. Talents diminish, good friends move away or pass over, and if those talents and friends were an integral part of your life purpose — especially if they were more of a goad — you can feel quite lost.             In Ronald...

Rich or poor, Owensville ­Primary Care turns no one away

Over $10,000. That’s what the average American spent for health care in 2016, and up is where that number is heading.      “My wife’s health insurance jumped 38.9 percent,” laments a friend recently retired. “My pension is disappearing.”      Across the age spectrum, you hear endless variationa of the same story. Last year, 11.9 percent of Anne Arundel County residents couldn’t afford to see a doctor, according to the...

The state has a new, more environmentally friendly way to fight snow and ice

     Now that winter has come to Maryland, the State Highway Administration is hard at work keeping our roads free of snow and ice. Snowplows are a familiar sight after a heavy snowfall. But just as much work goes on before the cold stuff even starts to fall. As soon as snow, sleet or freezing rain is forecast, fleets of trucks lay a preemptive layer of de-icers.      Salt is the tried-and-true ingredient for fighting snow and ice on roadways. It’s effective...