American Legion Post 206 historian seeks and shares the stories of those who served

High-schoolers’ oral history project revisits Vietnam through the stories and memories of its veterans

From a time of war to a time of peace

Greene Turtle switches to paper — on request

This nocturnal neighbor hides in plain sight in our own back yards

High schoolers take on English ivy

10 ways our pets enrich our lives

Our animal companions make us healthier, happier and saner.          Animal lovers have always held that truth to be self-evident. Now, research is backing up that heart-felt conclusion. Benefits range from reducing allergies, blood pressure, stress and loneliness … to increasing self-esteem and activity … to drawing other people to us.     Here’s how those benefits play out in the lives — and words — of Bay Weekly...

Gone all too soon

Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really. –Agnes Turnbull As I watched her clumsy frolic across the yard, attempting to catch the stuffed bear she had just tossed into the air, it was hard to believe that we had met almost 14 years ago. My dog, Sophie, a particularly comely German shorthair pointer, was just seven weeks old then.     Our family had been without a dog for some time. Noticing an ad for a litter of German shorthairs in the pet section of the...

Our four have assisted all in their own ways

Four dogs have helped us run Upakrik Farm.     Our first farm dog was a black cocker spaniel. Dixie moved with us from College Park but adapted to farm life. She quickly learned the perimeter of the fields and the joy of riding on the tractor. The sound of its diesel engine made her stop what she was doing and make a beeline for the tractor. Despite her short legs, she would jump onto the platform and sit behind my legs, watching as we drove. She was a great companion during the...

Examples are all around us

    A friend’s statement that animals do not have intelligence gnawed at me. Finally I concluded that the problem was how we interpret the meaning of intelligence. Since I am not a researcher of animal traits, the best I can do to exemplify my belief that animals do have a level of intelligence is to resort to anecdotes of animal behavior.     It may be an old wives’ tale, but I suspect that many have heard of the dog who would not abandon his dead...

It’s rewarding all around

There is nothing in the world like the feeling you get when you adopt a homeless animal.     They say the animal you rescue will know that you saved them, and I have experienced that first hand.     Our current pack is as diverse as they come, with all of these amazing animals rescued from the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. Fred, a Lab-great Dane mix who loves everyone and everything, was rescued in 2007, Tank, the St. Bernard, joined the family in 2010;...

Husband Bill has his say on our shared dogs

I’ve given away most of my space in this week’s Letter.          “I’ve had my say on the dogs you and I have shared,” I said to my husband, Bay Weekly co-founder Bill Lambrecht. “Now it’s your turn.”     Bill took the assignment, but his storytelling reflects his day job: 30 years of reporting on D.C. capitol doings.     Read on and you’ll see why he titled his story Capitol...

$6,000 Raised at Breakfast at Sniffany’s Dogs from across Southern Maryland and their two-legged companions breakfasted at the Holiday Inn Select Solomons to raise funds for Calvert County animal rescue groups. The diverse canine crowd ranged from a four-pound Chihuahua to a 170-pound Newfoundland.     The 4th Annual Breakfast at Sniffany’s Brunch and Benefit Auction raised $6,000, enough to give checks for $1,500 each to the Humane Society of Calvert County, Calvert...

Interspecies relationships have shaped history

Brian Fagan, anthropologist and scholar (professor at the University of California Santa Barbara), is the author of this and other interesting and deeply researched books in the field of archeology. The complexity of relationships in his family menagerie inspired The Intimate Bond’s history of how humans and animals have interacted from the Ice Age to modern times.     Interspecies relationships have shaped history as, for example, subsistence farming of meat animals...

Your inner child will want to see it again and again — even without Cousin Itt

“America has loved the Addams Family for 80 years, and now we have a rerun marathon of your favorite creepy and kooky characters in the flesh and blood. They’re all back (minus Cousin Itt) in a surprisingly sanguine musical that celebrates family values through the generations. Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s production will keep you smiling from the moment Thing cues the overture until the inspirational finale, Move Toward the Darkness.     Gomez (Vince...

This silly send-up of 1960s’ spy films is F.U.N.

Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill: Man of Steel) is a CIA spy with style. Dressed to the nines and armed with charm, he can seduce women with a wink and talk his way into or out of any situation. His unflappable confidence is second only to his intelligence.     So when he’s assigned to extract Gaby (Alicia Vikander: Ex Machina) from East Germany, Solo assumes the mission will be simple. But only after a harrowing chase from a hulking tail do Gaby and Solo make it safely across...