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You won’t want to go through this looking glass

Jan Miles was bred to captain Maryland’s ­historic clipper ship

We have food pantries all over the state. Why not furniture pantries?

Three years in, I’m planning ahead for optimal success

See them again this year on the Osprey Cam

Her

How do I love thee? Siri, count the ways.

People walk the streets talking aloud to their phones, wrapped up in their own electrical worlds. Digital interfaces have nullified human interaction.     Living a quiet life of digital obscurity is Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix: The Master). A ghostwriter of handwritten correspondence for a faceless corporation, he pours over the personal lives of people who would rather play with their phones than write love letters and thank you notes.     On the tail end...

Test your knowledge and keep your brain sharp this winter

Lindsey Lohan’s clothing line, called 6126, is named in honor of what actress?     In the early 1930s, this psychologist invented a laboratory apparatus used in the experimental analysis of behavior?     What was the first NBA team to relocate?     If you answered these three out-of-nowhere questions as Marilyn Monroe, B.F. Skinner and the Philadelphia Warriors, you have great potential for the biggest thing in entertainment since karaoke:...

Calvert Marine Museum adds ­invader to teach about ­climate change

The lionfish invasion of Caribbean and southeastern U.S. is coming our way. When Calvert Marine Museum reopens this spring, a lionfish aquarium will show us a 360-degree view of the spiny, brightly colored invader.     With no natural predators in our part of the world, lionfish are eating up the environs. They consume just about every marine creature in range — more than 70 different types of fish, invertebrates and mollusks — plus the coral reefs supporting...

The big three for this year’s session

Now that we know what a polar vortex is, it’s time to move onto the next lesson: polar opposites. On that subject, this year’s General Assembly will teach you all you need to learn. On the big three environmental issues up for debate, one side’s going to be talking from the South Pole, the other from the North. You’ll be in the middle. To help bring you in from the cold, we offer this primer: 1. Stormwater Runoff     At one pole, call it the south,...

Noxzema comes to The Baltimore Museum of Industry

From COVERGIRL cosmetics to Noxzema, Maryland has a legacy of good skin. For those two boons to ­beauty, we owe thanks to turn-of-the-20th-century Baltimore pharmacist George Bunting. Bunting invented Noxzema to relieve sunburn. Perhaps he was beseeched by clients who failed to factor in the sun’s strength as they sought relief from summer heat on rivers, Bay or oceans.     Who hasn’t used Noxzema? The skin care line with the bracing aroma has become a staple of...

Rain threatens to bring down the house at Compass Rose

The set was built, the costumes pressed, the actors over their opening jitters. All that remained was to enjoy the show. Then came the rain. Ticket-holders to Compass Rose’s second performance of Look Homeward Angel were met at the door the rainy night of Saturday, January 11 by apologetic administrators and cast members toting buckets and mops. Founding artistic director Lucinda Merry-Browne spent the dinner hour calling patrons to reschedule reservations. Fortunately, Merry-Browne...

Meter rates down to $1

Once you’d paid the meter, you might as well have gone to D.C. as to Annapolis. Both capitals charge $2 per hour for meter parking. That’s 25 cents for seven and a half minutes, or 16 quarters to fill a meter. No wonder we who park in both cities carry rolls of quarters.     For Annapolis, the burden is lifted. Until March 31, rates fall to a mere $1 per hour at the city’s 384 meters.     So come to town, park and spend. Economic stimulus is the...

Like fast trains and beagles, you’ve got to move to catch the news

A new year runs like Acela Express. After the brief slowdown as it pulls into the station on January 1, it doesn’t take long to get up to speed. Soon the days are zooming by at 70mph — with occasional rushes double that rate.     So we, too, had better be on the ball, or we’ll be behind it.     Forgive me for mixing metaphors, but I can’t resist. It ­wasn’t too many new years ago that I learned the railroading history of on the...

When you can’t fish, shop

Winter will probably continue to sweep its foulness down on us, at least for the next two months. That means we probably won’t be getting out for much leg stretching. One good thing about this time of year is that there are fishing tackle bargains, and many of them are on the Internet.     I’ve found a number of sites with good deals on quality tackle. But be warned: Shopping on a foul-weather day can become addictive.     It is difficult to get a...

Propagate a jungle of African violets using my foolproof method

Beyond their good looks and winter bloom, African violets have another charm. They’re so easy to propagate in the home that they raise your self-esteem. Here’s my foolproof method:     Start with a clay pot. If the pot has been used, soak and brush it clean, removing all rooting media, algae and fertilizer salts from the walls. Fill the dry pot to the rim with a sterile potting medium or seed-starter blend. Do not compress. Next, cover the top of the flowerpot with a...