Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

From gold to butterflies to barnacles to stories to advertisers to delivery drivers to you …

The universe is sparkling with the news that all the gold in the world was formed in the ancient explosive convergence of neutron stars. At least my universe.
    That marvelous Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics report has led me as if by the hand to the conclusion that things like company.
    How else to explain why atoms of free floating gold got together in coalescing Earth to form nuggets and seams?
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Help me make changes that work for you

Will you advise me?    
    I need your thoughts on how to make Bay Weekly work better for you.
    You know how change goes: The thighbone is connected to the knee bone, and before you know it the whole skeleton is shaking.
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What I’ll be eating this Buy Local Week

In high Maryland summer, buying local is no challenge. Rain and sun, heat and humidity make the vegetable kingdom grow like it will devour tomorrow. Fields and farm markets are fecund with foods you’ve not tasted fresh since last fall. Corn, cucumbers, cantaloupe, peaches, peppers, squash, tomatoes and watermelon are ready or ripening.
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Local bounty is all around us, with roots in our hearts

Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge makes the typically sultry last week of July one of my favorite times of the year.
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It’s in the nick of time for me

Bay Weekly’s Summer Reading Guide appears not coincidentally just as I’m looking for a good book to reduce the amount of newsprint I consume.
    Last summer I read baseball.
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Join in to be a part of history

You’ve proudly hailed the Star Spangled Banner by many a light, including the twilight’s last gleaming.
    This summer you can get closer, as the revered 30-by-42-foot flag commissioned for Fort McHenry in the summer of 1813 is restitched in replica.
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Are you prepared?

Plan a parade in Chesapeake Country, and odds are it will be rained on.
    How many times did you fall back to Plan B this weekend? Did your picnic stay al fresco? Did your crab feast rush inside? Did thunderstorms cancel your day at the pool? Keep your boating dreams high and dry?
    Do fish bite in the rain?
    Living as we do in the age of wacky weather, we’re getting used to settling down to Plan B.
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You’ll enjoy it in the moment and in the ­stories you create

We couldn’t have better weather for Celebrate Maryland Outdoors Days, a state of motivation that culminates this week in the Great American Backyard Campout on June 22.
    June is showing us her best side with mild temperatures, comfortable humidity, ticklish breezes, honeyed air and cloudscapes racing across blue skies.
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Fatherhood is a lifelong calling

Father to four, grandfather to eight and great-grand­father to seven, retired state senator Bernie Fowler doubles as father of Patuxent River recovery.
    That Chesapeake tributary rises and ends in Maryland. If we can’t clean up the Patuxent, says Fowler, what chance does the Bay stand?
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Jet correspondent Simeon Booker tells of his front-line reporting on the war for Civil Rights

Simeon Booker is a lucky man. He has lived to enjoy the spoils of victory.
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