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Letter from the Editor

That may be the challenge of our times
       We’ve come a long way since the early 1990s, when I wondered whether we ought to bother with special stories for Black History Month. Shouldn’t we just integrate stories about black people into our regular coverage?

Love, inspiration and a bit of praise for men in high places

      Those SweetHeart candies you won’t find on the shelves this year (unless they’re left over from 2018, though who would know) offered us a range of flavors and messages. Bay Weekly is stepping up to fill their void this week with a collection of stories that range from love to beyond.
This issue invites you to come on in
     Restaurant peeping is one of the pleasures you give up to live in much of Chesapeake Country. We who live in the country or suburbia just don’t get it. Shopping strips and centers can’t touch it. Only Annapolis, Solomons and the Twin Beaches offer the density of destinations that encourages you to stroll through town, seeing what’s on offer before you make your choice.
Every Bay Weekly story is a little like the New Horizons spacecraft
      Bob Melamud likes to be the man behind the story, his hand revealed only by a reliably regular byline in Bay Weekly. Now, I’ll tell you a secret about him. He spent most of his career as an aerospace engineer. So when the NASA press release popped up in my email inbox early last November, I reckoned that Bob’s perfect story had come along.       “NASA Announces Media Activities for New Horizons’ New Year’s Kuiper Belt Flyby,” read its headline.
Look at oyster restoration as a saga and this week’s story as an episode
      There are many fish in the sea, my grand­mother said, though her fish were metaphors for chances at love. In our Bay, there are many real oysters, despite the widely acknowledged plunge of their population to one percent of their historic abundance. Also numerous are the ways our Chesapeake oyster states, both Maryland and Virginia, seek to promote the species’ renewal.

Here’s how, each week, we assemble a winning hand

     What have the cards dealt us this week?      The drama of journalism is that you never know what hand the world will deal you.
Help for keeping your resolutions in 2019
       Still full swing with the resolutions you made the other night, the one that welcomed in the unpredictable, unique year 2019?       Spur of the moment is such a good motivator. When the horns are blaring, pans banging, cheers rising, balls dropping, nothing seems simpler than changing your life for the better. Stepping up a fitness routine, altering your diet from cookies to salad, resisting the temptation to smoke. These are manageable ideals at midnight.

My Favorite Stories of 2018

     Together, we turned a lot of pages over the course of a year. On many of them, you’ve found a moment’s insight or delight. Others told you just what you needed to know. Some stayed in your mind, even after all those words have come between you and them all that time ago. So I can still recount stories we ran five, 15 or 25 years ago.

Bay Weekly’s Annual Christmas Story

      Christmas makes memories, and memories make stories. Maybe your most memorable stories aren’t good ones — though I hope they are — but if you’ve ever celebrated Christmas, you have them.
Each year we revive the spirit of the season in our homes and hearts
      This is the time of year you find yourself comparing Santa stories over lunch. Kids who grew up certain of Santa’s arrival, and even the outlier who didn’t, reflect on the glories of belief followed by the dark nights of wonder. Pretty soon out come the Santa’s lap photos, on smartphone and in faded Kodachrome, for a show and tell that seems to be a spontaneous outbreak of the season. And there you are, walking down memory lane …