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Drink deeply of 2012. It’s a vintage year

Summer is half over. August 2 marks the midway point between the solstice, which began our summer on June 20, and the autumnal equinox, beginning fall on September 22.
    That’s the woeful way of saying we have half the season of good times left. So let’s make the most of it.
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Maryland chefs show you how to make the cool best of Buy Local

“Can you imagine eating a poor little tomato that had to drive all the way across California before it got here?” Gov. Martin O’Malley asked his guests at the fifth annual Buy Local Cookout on Government House lawn on a hot evening last week.
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From plays to sculptures, what’s the good of art in our communities

The Library of Congress list of books that shaped America didn’t include Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class among its 88. But it’s one of the big books that did some molding of my mind. I’ve never been sure, however, that the crotchety social critic was right in putting art on his list of conspicuous consumptions you indulge only when you’ve worked successfully enough not to have to work.
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Ancient wisdom from the days before AC

One by one, we’re getting back in touch with the grid. By July 3, electricity was restored to three out of four households that lost power to June 29’s derecho. The storm has taught us all a new word and reminded us of some old coping skills.
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Fireworks, parades and vocal citizens are all part of the tradition

Two hundred thirty-six years ago, America made itself a nation with a formal Declaration of Independence. The plan for what this new nation would be, our Constitution, took 11 disputeful years more.
    The places we live have had less help in taking shape. Like Topsy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, our communities “just growed. Don’t think nobody never made me.”
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Books on baseball are keeping me happily turning pages

If your summer needs a good book, you’ve come to the right place. With the official start of the season (the sun is standing still as I write) comes Bay Weekly’s annual Summer Reading Guide.
    All the good books our 17 dedicated readers recommend in this issue will have to wait for fall before I crack their covers — or sample them on my Kindle.
    This summer, I’m reading baseball.
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That’s where the action is; that’s where you’ll see the sights

What did you inherit from your father?    
    Our Father’s Day question makes a readable story, as you’ll find. Can you resist answering it yourself? Digging, for better or worse, into the roots from which you’ve grown?
    When I went digging, I heard my father ask me What’s cooking on Duval Street?
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They’ve had plenty of fun upsetting our order of things

Halloween is known for ghosts and spirits, but it’s this time of year I expect poltergeists smashing onto the scene to upset the order of things. Washers spin like whirling dervishes, cups and spoons and cartons of cream go missing, auto windows and windshield wipers stick motionless.
    Naturally, that’s the time we chose for Bay Weekly to move our office.
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If you’re eating fresh, it’s composting to the rescue

How does your garden grow?    
    Ours is behaving like it’s on steroids this prodigal summer so eager to outdo the season of Barbara Kingsolver’s eponymous book. We’re picking daily, for our greens — arugula, cabbage, lettuces, mustard and Swiss chard, some from very late plantings last year — are a forest and bolt for the sky when we turn our backs.
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