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With pride and on some marvels of compassionate ingenuity

  On its fourth and last day, the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride from the White House to the Lighthouse passes through Annapolis. The goal of the ride is to rehabilitate soldiers severely wounded in mind and body. This is my third year guiding the 35 wounded vets around the narrow streets of Annapolis. Half of our riders have lost at least one limb, and many have lost both legs. For most of the riders, this is a first foray back into normal life. Their first test is a hard...

Sailing is Collin Linehan’s sport. It’s also his career

On a clear Saturday morning with just enough breeze, skipper Collin Linehan sits at the stern of his J22, listening to the calls of his crew. Water splashes against the hull of the racer, Funhouse Mirror, and the cool moisture from the Chesapeake relieves the temperatures of the crew on board. Linehan and his crew are competing for the J22 East Coast championship title in Annapolis, and as the sailors trim and hike, sweat beads across their foreheads. An avid sailor from Manchester,...

He’s living his Chesapeake dream

  I’d like to say that I saw Raymond McAlwee’s book as soon as I walked into the Fenwick Island bookstore. But my eyes were first riveted to the mound of beckoning crab balls laid out for the store’s patrons. Munching away, I then saw the pile of books he had for sale, and I learned that the recipe for the delicious crab dish was from the same book. I went back to the plate for more of the crab, and later back to McAlwee for tales of Chesapeake Bay.   Bay Dreaming...

The always puzzling Draconids

  Thursday’s new moon provides an unobscured backdrop for this year’s Draconid meteor shower, which peaks at week’s end. Not some early Halloween reference to Dracula, this annual meteor shower is named for the constellation Draco the dragon, from which the meteors seem to emanate. It’s tricky to predict the rate of the Draconids each year, but there is always the potential for some awesome stellar treats.  Like most meteor showers, the Draconids occur as earth...

The U.S. Boat Shows are a wondrous spectacle like nothing else in the world

  Folks around Annapolis have for years debated the differences between sail boaters and power boaters. Every October, the annual United States Sailboat and Powerboat Shows intensify the debate by bringing thousands of both to town back to back. Sail boaters take over Annapolis October 7 to 11. The sailboat show draws the Topsiders crew with their bright foul weather gear and sporty sunglasses on a string. Sailing is more cerebral and tactical. It’s serious business, and everyone has...

Vertical jigging snares many a pair

  Three weeks of big wind and steady rain got me thinking about a trip this time of month last year. Back then, it was calm and lovely, and we were drifting a bit south of one of the Bay Bridge rock piles in 30 feet of water. I had just lowered my rod tip to let the flashing lure at the end of my line flutter back down to the bottom.  Fish Are Biting   The relentless wind and rainstorms have pretty much killed the fall bite. Besides muddying the water and scattering the...

Harvard alums battle for ownership of a legacy in this smart Silicon Valley pastiche.

Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg: Zombieland) is a socially stunted Harvard sophomore. Just dumped by his girlfriend, he gets drunk, lashes out in a blog, hacks for photos of Ivy League co-eds and creates a hotness rating website that crashes Harvard’s network. The misadventure stirs up trouble but also catches the attention of alpha twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (both Armie Hammer: Spring Breakdown), who recruit him into developing their own dating website. But Zuckerberg...
  Dear Bay Weekly: In Running into Trouble [Sept. 16: bayweekly.com/articles/features/article/running-trouble] Katie Dodd did a stellar article capturing the agony and ecstasy of running the Annapolis 10-miler. I’m a writer, but I felt like a runner when I read her story –Carol Bennett, Edgewater
  Dear Bay Weekly: Thanks again for another excellent story on oysters [Playing the Shell Game, Sept. 23: http://bayweekly.com/ articles/news/article/playing-shell-game]. I like the way author Sandy Anderson mixes science into her piece to give the content more credibility. Naturally, I’m glad that you gave Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society high visibility (again, I thank you), but I’m also glad that you included Coastal Conservation Association and Andy Dziengeleski...
  Dear Bay Weekly: Crossing the languid Patuxent River south on Hill’s Bridge has always meant trading the frenzied world of the metro area for farm and forest. Rolling through southern Anne Arundel into Calvert County brings an involuntary sigh of relief as clouds give way to sunsets under tranquil skies. But wait! One is suddenly confronted by megalithic monstrosities that seem to have erupted from far below the fertile earth. New, yet somehow simultaneously rusted and corroded,...