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Your Say: Nov. 16-22

Missing: Deale Songbirds
      I live on four acres in the woods
and have no birds at my feeders. They were abundant. Anyone else seeing this?
–Mike Stewart, Deale
 
Dining in the Field
     The Dining in the Field planners thank Bay Weekly for working with us to promote and support our second all-local dinner on October 12. Our table was set for 136 people on the working farm of Tommy and Ann Briscoe along the shores of the Patuxent River in St. Leonard. We sourced all food and drink locally and raised nearly $5,000 for a Young Farmer Scholarship Fund through the Calvert County Farm Bureau. Our purpose is to promote and expand our local food economy.
     If all of us increased our local food purchasing by just 10 percent, it would add millions to our local economy. Buy local this Thanksgiving!
We appreciate Bay Weekly working with us to spread the word. 
–Sue Kullen, Port Republic: 
Dining in the Field coordinator
 
Young Writers on Our Fragile World
     In our increasingly fragile and divided world, World Artist Experiences seeks to increase international and cross-cultural understanding. One way is with its annual writing project for Maryland students.
     This year the World Artists Writing Project is seeking poems and short prose pieces on the theme Journeying Together through Our Fragile World. We especially encourage submissions of writing that tell personal stories of events that have taught important lessons about cross-cultural differences and similarities and offer new ways for others to understand the world in which we live.
     Any Maryland student grades 3-12 is invited to submit a piece of writing. Selected writings will be published in an anthology. Copies of the anthology will be given free to published students, finalists and their schools. A celebration for published students, finalists, teachers and principals will be held at an international venue in Washington, D.C., in late April. Participation entails no cost for students or their schools.
     More information and full instructions for submitting can be found at www.worldartists.org by clicking on International Education.
      I encourage all Maryland students to participate in this most worthwhile project.
     Write now and submit by December 5.
–Michael S. Glaser, St. Mary’s City
 
Commuter Courtesy
     One of the great pleasures of living in Chesapeake Country is the value placed on community. We still live in neighborhoods where we don’t have to lock our doors and where neighbors are family.
     The one dogged challenge where humanity is continually challenged is that crazy commute to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
     Having ridden commuter buses for more than a decade, I see this as a privilege where we can still have manners and show kindness. But alas there are some rude and selfish people invading our commuter buses.
     This week, I asked politely, “Do you mind if I sit down?” and a woman answered “Yes, I do mind.” 
     Please, please, please don’t let this extreme selfishness overtake our Chesapeake Country commuter buses!
     And special thanks to the bus drivers, who make our lives so much easier.
–Maggi Gunnels, Churchton