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Dr. Joan Gaither’s quilts document lives and history

Lincoln was the first to use photos to shape public perception

Richard Edwin Wilson, December 16, 1931-February 11, 2018 

The acting is tight, the pace is fast, the one-liners fly and people die

Love stories from Chesapeake Country

When, where or how, love takes stepping outside your comfort zone

There’s a lot of work if you’re going to harvest your own fruit

      A Bay Weekly reader bragged to me that he’d created an apple orchard by planting a single tree.       “So you purchased one of those trees with four to five varieties of apples,” I replied.       He was crestfallen at failing to fool me.       Before you buy such a magic tree, with multiple varieties of apples grafted onto a single stem, look closely at the pictures in the nursery catalog. Almost every catalog I...
Not Quite 200 Years        I regret having to inform Mr. Bill Mitchell, Master Watershed Steward of Chesapeake Bay and South River, that the silver maple Acer saccaharinum mentioned in Your Say of Jan. 4 had not been anchored for 200 years.  Perhaps he based his calculation on counting growth rings on the cut surface of the stump.       Silver maple is a fast-growing tree, often generating two or more flushes of growth per growing season. Every growth...

Intrigue at the highest levels in politics, journalism and gender

      In 1971, a secret study exposing the futility of the Vietnam War was leaked to the New York Times. Printing it reveals decades of deception. The Pentagon Papers, as the explosive revelations were known, shook the American people’s trust in their government and infuriated the Nixon administration.       Nixon sued. The Times was barred from further revelations while the Supreme Court deliberated on the paper’s First Amendment rights to print. That...

King’s words resound in drama and music this weekend

      Fifty-five years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed “I have a dream!” from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the 50th anniversary year of King’s death, those rousing words will resound in Annapolis.        Their repetition is an act of faith renewed by Herman LaVern Jones for 33 years. As artistic director of TheatreSouth, Jones has taken playwright Josh Greenfield’s I Have a...

Tips to put you on the path to a healthier 2018

Commit to Quit Learn To Live Are you thinking about quitting smoking? Are you ready to try again?     The Learn To Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, in partnership with community health care providers, sponsors free quit-smoking classes for adults who live, work or attend school in Anne Arundel County. The classes include counseling and may offer patches, gum or other FDA-approved nicotine-replacement therapy.     Go to...

Not so good? We’ve got you covered there, too

      Very often, my newspaper gives me just what I want. Plenty of puzzles to work over the splendidly empty days after Christmas. Insight into the world around me, from my community to the cosmos. Advertisers to fix what’s broken and bring me unexpected benefits, like the Pashmina shawl from Green Phoenix that’s kept me warm since Christmas.       True to the pattern, Bay ­Weekly’s first issue of the new year — our 25th — is just...

Plenty to do until you can get back on the water

     As our new year begins, opening day of trophy rockfish season, April 21, 2018, is a little over 100 days away. That opener is almost a week later this year than last (by regulation the third Saturday in April), meaning a bit of extra protection for the big spawners, which is a good thing. Last season’s Young of Year rockfish count was above average for the second year in a row, a great harbinger for better fishing throughout the Chesapeake.      More...

Some of what you see is too good to be true

      Seed catalogs fill my mailbox every day. If you’ve ever ordered seeds or plants, I bet yours is filled, too. Every picture and possibility looks good this time of year. But can you trust everything you read in these appealing pages?       Certain nursery and seed catalogs market plants using exaggerated claims. Take for instance the tomato plants that also produces potatoes. I’m looking at a picture of a tomato plant with large clusters of red and...

She seeks success in high-stakes poker

     Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain: The Zookeeper’s Wife) has impressive credentials. An Olympic-caliber skier and academic whiz on her way to Harvard Law School, she impresses everyone but domineering father (Kevin Costner: Hidden Figures). When her Olympic dreams crash, Molly abandons her father’s plan and heads to LA.        Starting from personal assistant, she’s soon helping her boss run a nationally ranked private poker game. Molly...
 A Tribute to a 200-Year-Old Tree       I was away the other day when my neighbor had a tree cut down.      I knew the tree and never imagined the woods without it. It was a healthy, solidly anchored 200-year-old silver maple. This tree nurtured generations of wildlife long before so many people lived here. The canopy of this tree fed and sheltered many generations of creatures.      I have not asked my neighbor why he wanted to cut down...