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Three ways to get outside before spring
London Town’s Immersion Day is lesson in colonial-style survival
      From runny noses and dry skin to icy car windows and high heating bills, winter provides plenty to complain about. Add to these annoyances the drastic decline in opportunities to do so many things we love on the Bay, and the chilly months seem downright unbearable.      But visit with the 30 or so volunteer reenactors who recently spent an entire weekend living like it was 1771 at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater and you’ll quickly put this...
     On the winter’s solstice, I walked through Beverly Triton Nature Park in Edgewater. Previously, I had seen one or two eagles around the edges of the park but on that special day, I counted a full dozen—a mixture of white-headed adults and darker juvenile eagles.       They were located around the pond in the middle of the park and seven were sitting in one tree.       Usually bald eagles are not too social and maintain a...

(Is the one you’ve got)

     It was another frigid Maryland morning. A stiff breeze was gusting, threatening to tip me into the nearby Magothy River as my black Lab pup bounded along down the sandy beach. My plan was to introduce the youngster to the shock of cold, winter water gradually, starting that day.     In the warmer months, Hobbes had always entered the water and swam boldly. But since this was his first winter, I didn’t want to thrust any unpleasant surprises on him. I cradled...
     World politics, bad weather and relationship problems can all cause stress and disturb sleep. Stressful times call for stress-reducing herbs and there are many that can come to the rescue.      Herbs can be mixed together and used to fill a small pillow that can be tucked under your regular pillow with a soothing sleep-promoting fragrance. English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, promotes relaxation, relieves irritability and feelings of exhaustion. ...

A boy falls in love with a girl who can bring out the sun in this beautiful story

     The second he turns 16, Hodaka (Brandon Engman: The Oath) runs away from his small island home, with dreams of making it big in Tokyo. Though he has hopes of an exciting city life he finds himself homeless and hungry within a week.        To make matters worse, Tokyo is having one of its worst summers on record. The rain is constant, it’s unseasonably cold and the city is flooding. Hodaka gets a job working for a sleazy freelance writer who sells...
       In our Chesapeake Bay communities, waterways are all around us. Streams lead to rivers which lead to the wide open Bay, and it’s only a short walk or drive to the closest shoreline. This proximity to tidal waters is part of why many of us choose to live here.      In the warmer months, the water beckons us with boating, paddle sports, fishing and crabbing, and the ambiance of a waterfront restaurant. But in mid-January, the shoreline, still lovely...
Board of Public Works approves Rural Legacy Program grants
      It’s been 20 years since Maryland acquired its first property to become a conservation easement as part of Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program.        Last week that program was approved for over $18.8 million in grant money for more easements in 18 counties thanks to the Board of Public Works.       Easements are voluntary, legal agreements that permanently limit land use for conservation.       Funding from these...

 

Research uncovers impact of freed slaves 

     A good book is a treasure. Thanks to author Mary Rockefeller, a new treasure that tells the story of Calvert County schools now adorns book shelves.       Early Schools of Calvert County Maryland, Rockefeller’s first book, details the history of schools from the era of one-room schoolhouses to a century after the Civil War.      “I found there was very little information available on our early schools,” Rockefeller says....

Older adults filling the desks at colleges

     I recently lunched with my oldest friend, whom I’ve known since the first grade. The meeting brought up many memories, mostly of high school and college. I enjoyed the learning, but those days were punctuated by the stress of succeeding so I could have a “good future” and the anxiety of paying for it.       Over the years, I’ve continued to enjoy learning but with a career and a family to take care of, there wasn’t much time for...

Volunteer on MLK Day of Service to reap mental health rewards

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.            While an extra Monday off work or school may feel like a chance to relax and veg out, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was actually put in place for you to follow his example—making it a day “on,” not a day off.      January 20 marks the 25th national MLK Day of Service. Since 1994, when...