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In Makerspaces workshops, you can make most anything

A missive 20 years delayed sent me into my future

Michael Bell’s new book explores life as teacher, artist and parent

Seven additions in AACo makes 56 properties in permanent preservation

One big, happy fungi family

Maryland in Miniature tucked behind Annapolis DNR building

Christmas in April starts now

     Helping families live in warmth, safety and independence is a gift that lasts a lifetime. That’s the goal of Christmas in April Calvert County.       Whether Christmas comes in December or April, planning starts much earlier. Applications are now open for April 2018. On the last Saturday of that month, the non-profit makes no-cost repairs and renovation on homes of people and families, especially military veterans, with special needs because of low...

This bee drills into wood and flowers

     Gazing out at your garden, you’re sure to see pollinators great and small, from bumblebees to butterflies and wasps. One of these winged creatures is out in abundance this time of year. It’s a big bee. But which bee?      Photos followed by a few hours of research suggested that the large bee with an all-black abdomen absent hair was the Eastern carpenter bee, ­Xylocopa virginica.      A bumblebee would be hairier and have yellow...

This weekend and next, Calvert is the place to listen

      What did you listen to when you were growing up? That’s the question on my mind as I get ready to put this issue of Bay Weekly out of my hands and into yours. You’ll see why this week, and next week, too.       In families with musical talent, singing and playing an instrument is as natural as talking. In many families, church music was the rhythm of life. Musician Rick Hogue, who writes two stories in this issue, says he swayed in utero to the...

I’ve found an anchor I can depend on

      Running out of options, I had one card left to play.      Over the last few hours, I had fished a different areas without success. My plan to chum up a pair of fat rockfish for a weekend dinner was coming undone. The wind had freshened and the tide was running stronger than I preferred. But I had still to try one spot that had saved me in the past.      As I neared, I noted with satisfaction another boat already anchored, set up and fighting...

Our second season is at hand

     The vegetable gardening season is only half over. Now that you’ve harvested your beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and onions, it is time to plant beans, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kohlrabi, lettuce and peas.      To conserve moisture and save time, don’t plow or rototill the garden. Remove the dead or dying plants present and either grub out the existing weeds or use your weed-wacker to cut them...
A terrifying doll gets an old-fashioned horror origin in this clever scare movie
    Moving from a dreary orphanage to a secluded country mansion could be these girls’ dream come true. Instead, it’s their nightmare.      Their welcome by Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia: Riviera) is gruff. They’re warned that his wife is an invalid and that they must not approach the locked room on the second floor. Immediately intrigued, the girls entertain themselves by making up spooky stories about Mr. Mullins and his mysterious wife....
Charlie’s Story Crunchies Natural Pet Foods by Julia Brewer, Crunchies owner      In 2008 our lives changed forever. We were house hunting in South Anne Arundel County when a small beagle came out of the woods and started walking down the deserted road. We both saw him at the same time, looked at each other and knew immediately.          We pulled over. He stopped walking and sat down. We ran down the road and picked him up. He was...

Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat keeps pace with our changing culture of pets

       Disneyland claims to be the happiest place on earth, but Dogwood Acres Pet Resort in Davidsonville may be the happiest place in Anne Arundel County. At least that’s what owners Audrey and Kurt Reichardt believe. And it’s hard to argue with a hundred wagging tails.          Now in its 20th year, the pet resort began when the Reichardts, as young traveling professionals, had a difficult time finding quality boarding...

St. Francis of Summer

Nature has bared her soul, and our hearts soar

     The small girl, her eyes reflecting the sea beyond, sits amid the maze of sand castles and moats she has created on this sullen summer morning. Above the boardwalk, kites in glorious colors gasp for air; and in the far distance she sees the faint outline of a Ferris wheel so tall that one can see all the way across to England. A sign says so.          Her older cousins have grown bored with the castles and left her for the surf. She...

That special space where humans and animals come together

     I’d like to say that animals bring out the best in us. But we all know they bring out the worst, as well. The truth is that our relationships with animals are complicated. I suppose that has more to do with our natures rather than theirs.      So it’s our better natures we look at in this annual dog days of summer issue, Bay Weekly’s Pet Tales.      The word pet is going out of fashion in some circles, yielding to the more...