||Burton on the Bay
by Bill Burton
Looking Back over the Year that Was
The Future Can Keep Its Secrets;
I Like Surprises
New Years Eve is best not for fathoming the future but for reflecting on the past.
Whod Want to Eat Brains, Anyway?
Ill take my prime rib medium rare.
Cold Is a Matter of Degrees
Baby, is it really cold outside? It depends not only the outdoor temperature at the time you ask but also on whom you ask.
A Rose with Thorns
Pete Rose seems to think he is entitled to a fourth strike.
Snows Second Morning
Life in the out-of-doors, even in vegetation against a house, can be harsh.
One Blessing of Age:
All My Daughters Are Married
Ive been married more than once, and the total tab for all my weddings probably wasnt much more than the price of todays wedding cake.
The Boob Tube Re-Earns Its Title
Im no prude, but enough is enough.
Percolating Out There Somewhere, a Good Idea
Theres something about the gradually changing color of liquid bubbling in the clear glass dome that makes one glad to face a new day.
The Enemy Is Us
When were placing blame for the state of Chesapeake Bay, lets not point fingers unless we can turn the index finger back toward ourselves.
Hail to Shad, the Fish that Fed American Independence
If Americas fight for independence came in the past 30 years and our patriots had to depend on shad for subsistence, wed have been losers.
So Long, Subaru;
I Luvbass and So Does My Saturn
When a Marylander deals in any form of private transportation, the Bureau of Bureacratic Bumbling comes in play.
Not Just for Kids:
Books Make Good Friends
Beware of the man of one book.
The Sap is Rising
At sugaring time in Vermont, I journeyed north to re-live the past.
Two Points of View: Innocence and Experience Visit the Beach
As the beach was being groomed and graded, I could hear the roar of the surf hungry to start gobbling minuscule white crystals.
Warm or Cold, Spring Is Welcome
Pity those who dont find time to welcome spring.
Big Baits Catch Big Fish
Fishermen continually experiment, and maybe something entirely different will work out this season.
Out-Faxed: Im Pulling the Plug
About 900 pages arrive via my Sharp UX-510 in a years time.
Ah for the choo-choos, with their big comfortable seats and boarding not so far from the ticket counter: no seat belts and confinement, no turbulence and until lately just cursory searches.
We Old Timers Were Made Well to Last Long
Hey, they knew how to make cars in 49.
Lighthouses are Fishermens Friends
I like to think I have learned much about the ways of hoodwinking a creature with fins to take a bait and the wheres to find that fish.
Multiculturalism: The Latest Buzz
To hear the buzz, one would have thought that George W. Bush announced Saddam Hussein would be his running mate next fall.
Weve Made the Patapsco an Ugly Duckling of a River
But Joe Stewart and I love it.
Grumpy and Bills Bargain Adventures
Some things are still free in America, with others for a small fee in America.
Its Not Only about Oil, But Also about How Were Wasting It
We are as much of an enemy of ourselves as are Iraqi terrorists today or that nation itself before the invasion.
Seasoned with PCBs: Toxic Chemicals Put Bay Catches on the Warning List
The public has a right to know, before they make their choices.
Marooned with No Landmarks
I fear Annapolis Towne Center at Parole will become just a mall-promenade complex of the type youll find in any city across the nation. Nothing that says this is Annapolis, or to me, youre almost home.
Farewell Bill Schmick
Credibility, integrity and caring were bywords of the publisher of the Baltimore Sunpaper.
Ive been among the fortunate few who dont have a big problem with mosquitoes. But Im not anxious to take a chance with West Nile Virus.
Big Demand for a Little Fish
Of late, weve been overfishing menhaden. Really not we; rather, the commercial fleet out of Reedville, Virginia.
A Weak Link in the Bays Food Chain
I wouldnt be surprised if at some time or other, menhaden has ended up in the stomachs of just about any finfish from white perch up.
Conventional Wisdom: Why Bother?
We can only hope there will be more excitement when the GOP faithful gather, something like George W. dumping Dick Cheney in favor of Sen. John McCain to give his campaign a much needed boost.
Car Culture Goes to the Dogs Junkyard, Dogs
Will auto junkyards and their dogs take over the nation
The New Math of Bay Restoration Doesnt Add Up
I am bewildered by the difference between what I see and what those who should know tell me.
Of Squirrels, Mice and Me
The last time I saw a squirrel working on a nest in midsummer was back in the 1970s, when winter was severe enough that big portions of the Bay were frozen over solid.
This Old Man Caught up with Boyhood Dreams
Vivid reflection flavors what is left of life.
I Can Bear-ly Contain Myself
Bears are bigger than deer, nutria or mute swans. Are we willing to let them get out of hand at the risk of then trying to play catch-up?
Before School, Life Is Sweet
Once school starts, life will be different: Therell be schedules to meet, more formal discipline, less self-rule and rising early. Forever after, it will get increasingly complex.
Catching the Basse
We call it a fishing party, for theres nothing you need do but catch.
When Species Collide
Airstrikes by waterfowl can be as frightening as it gets, but surface strikes with a landlocked wildlife species are no picnic.
The Saga of Compass Pointe Golf Course
Since you and I are expected to be caddies lugging around golf bags filled with, not clubs but greenbacks, lets hope management, politicians, bureaucrats and golfers are big tippers.
Wearing My Other Hat
With six kids, 11 grandkids and 1 great-grandchild, Ive plenty to do as curator of the Burton Family Museum.
In Memory of Cash Money
Many readers wont believe this, but once upon a time, money was saved before it was spent.
Meet Me in St. Louie, Reader
Baseball might be called a gentlemens game of strategy if those who hit and catch would only spit and scratch themselves in private places a bit less.
Autumnal Fields Suit Me Fine
This is a time of change on the east lawn. I never know what Ill see next.
Tilting at Windmills
We want alternative energy as long as it isnt in our back yard.
What Everyone Wants to Know About Chesapeake Bay And Isnt Afraid to Ask
If toes are stepped on, so be it. If heads roll, let there be more Ichabod Cranes.
Changing Seasons in the Life of a Hunter
Deer season in Maryland starts once again on the traditional Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The Sun Vs. The Gov
It isnt easy to suffer in silence, so when the opportunity arises for paybacks, dont let the bus go by.
Shopping for the Women in My Life
Fathers, grandfathers and Santa are the heroes of Christmas, giving the toys that produce the shouts of glee.
Recall Your Christmas Past to Sweeten Your Christmas Present
With all the freebies in Santas sack stamped with Made in the North Pole, for one big day wed not be reminded that everything these days is made in China.
In Bay Restoration, What Comes First?
The whole egg we know as Chesapeake Bay could end up like Humpty Dumpty.