This Week's Features:
Self-professed “weather-goober” Doug Hill was struck with the bug at age seven, when a bolt of lightning hit his house. by Margaret Tearman
There’s more to these words than meets the ear. by Dotty Holcomb Doherty
A Memorial Day memoir. by Jane Elkin
Sandcastle Lady Lynn McKeown doesn’t mind that, like dreams, her masterpieces melt into the sea. by Bethany Rodgers
Once more this summer, Bay Weekly’s “Indispensable Guide to Summer on the Bay” brings you 101 ways to harvest the delicious pleasures of summer. Again this year, kids get their own 101 Ways to Have Fun.
The flowers and flags of Decoration Day remind us of the many who left their homes to go to war
On this the 139th Decoration Day, which of late goes under the name of Memorial Day, this writer too wonders who is the happy warrior. Methinks, as Wordsworth hinted, the real happy warrior lies in boyish thoughts and aspirations that fade with maturity.
Scientific principles take the guesswork out of growing
I asked my audience at a recent lecture how many had had their soils tested in the past five years. Not one person in the crowd raised a hand, despite being readers of Bay Weekly. Just prior to making my presentation, however, several people asked what kind of fertilizer and how much they should apply to their lawns.
The Goliath of superstores leaves a hefty footprint on communities
With more than 6,000 stores spread across the globe, Wal-Mart is the world’s biggest retailer, hands down, and also a magnet for criticism for its low wages, inadequate health coverage and effect on struggling downtowns. Wal-Mart has also had its share of environmental problems.
On the West River, you’re close to help if you’ve missed a kink
Greetings once again, fellow gunkholers. A new season of cruising and anchoring opportunities is upon us, and since it’s early, a shakedown cruise might be in order. As a friend of mine joked recently after she and her husband returned from their first outing, “It’s called a shakedown cruise for a reason, and we did shake down a few things we’d overlooked.” For that first adventure of the summer, I’m suggesting a compromise cruise to a less remote gunkhole area. and shrubs.
Brilliant Vega heading our way
As the sun sets in the northwest around 8:25 this week, the brilliant star Vega rises in the northeast. The brightest of the three points in the Summer Triangle, Vega is the third-brightest star in the Northern Hemisphere, outshone by only Sirius and Arcturus, and fifth-brightest of all, including the Southern Hemisphere stars Canopus and Alpha Centauri.
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Their singing is one more reason I like croaker
If you’re out on the waters of the Chesapeake on a still evening this time of year and you are fortunate, and if you listen closely, you may hear their music. It is a soft, low thrumming that seems to float up out of the water. At first you may think that you are hearing things, but it is really just the fish, singing.
An Art Odyssey: Serendipity melds mural artists with history. reviewed by Carrie Madren
Art in the Garden at Gallery 333: Find respite among a collage of flowers refocused as art. reviewed by Carrie Madren
Just in time for Hurricane Awareness Week, the names of the storms that will batter us this season … It’s Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, too … Maryland Congressman and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is a Big Man on Campuses … Here’s another way commercial menhaden fishing hurts the Bay: ammonia poisoning … Endangered Species Day last week celebrated amazing comebacks while anticipating far worse extinctions to come, courtesy of global warming … and last but not least, this week’s Creature Feature: In China, hiring tooth, beak and claw predators to hunt down rats…
101 Days, 101 Ways
Clergyman-poet Robert Herrick’s four-century-old sermon is true as ever. Roses are again budding and blooming; Chesapeake summer 2007 smiles on us today. But its 101 days will fly by. Before we know it, we’ll be teetering on the brink of Labor Day, wondering where all those days went.
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The Pleasures of Summer
How about meeting these days with a zestful swirl, a colorful, impassioned twirl?
by Elizabeth Ayres
Ocean waves are horses with foaming mouths, ridden by witches wielding reins of seaweed. So say the Mapuche people of Chile, and who should know better? On a map, their land looks like a long thin blade of seagrass flung shoreward by the vast Pacific.
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