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It takes six to 10 years of attention to get it right

Artist John W. ‘Bud’ Taylor inspired an ethic of land preservation

Take advantage of the quiet — and of migration — to go birding

River sneakers step into history

After 27 years, Bernie Fowler got a new suit of clothes for his 2014 Patuxent River Wade In.     “It’s a historical day. For 27 years now, I’ve waded in tattered tennis shoes,” the 90-year-old Patuxent River champion and retired Maryland senator told his crowd of followers assembled under a striped marquee on a perfect June Sunday.     Then he handed the tattered sneakers to Sherrod Sturrock, deputy director of Calvert Marine Museum. Straw...

Pluck off wilted flowers

For more abundant flowers on your rhododendrons and mountain laurels next year, deadhead this year’s flowers as soon as they wilt. By preventing the flowers from setting seeds, you’ll stimulate the branches to flush new growth from waiting latent buds. This is especially true if the bushes are growing in full sun.       Producing seeds requires considerable energy. Removing wilted florets allows more energy produced by photosynthesis to stimulate the vegetative...

It’s a matter of angles

June’s full Honey, Mead or Rose Moon falls around midnight Thursday.     All full moons stand opposite the sun. This time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is at its highest. Conversely, the full moon never climbs more than 20 degrees above the southern horizon. As a result, the moonlight that reaches our eyes cuts through a much thicker swath of earth’s atmosphere than winter’s high moon directly overhead. As it passes through all those clouds...

Sometimes it takes fish to catch fish

Chumming is one of the simplest and most effective methods of getting a limit of rockfish this time of year. The fish have just schooled up and are hungry from spring spawning. Here’s how it worked for me one recent June morning.     I try to be careful when I get a bite when chumming, immediately easing the reel clicker off to eliminate any resistance on the line, thumbing the spool lightly as I remove the rod from its holder and letting the fish run off a bit before...

Sometimes you need to sit in a dark room with a bunch of strangers and cry

Hazel Lancaster (Shailene Woodley: Divergent) should be dead by now. A 17-year-old with terminal cancer, she has outlived her life expectancy. Because of a delicate condition that affects her lungs and requires her to wear oxygen, she stays home from school.     Fearing depression, Hazel’s mother forces her into a youth cancer support group. The sad stories and over-eager leader drive Hazel to distraction until she meets newcomer Gus (Ansel Elgort: Divergent). Charismatic...

Sometimes you need to sit in a dark room with a bunch of strangers and cry

Hazel Lancaster (Shailene Woodley: Divergent) should be dead by now. A 17-year-old with terminal cancer, she has outlived her life expectancy. Because of a delicate condition that affects her lungs and requires her to wear oxygen, she stays home from school.     Fearing depression, Hazel’s mother forces her into a youth cancer support group. The sad stories and over-eager leader drive Hazel to distraction until she meets newcomer Gus (Ansel Elgort: Divergent). Charismatic...
Tattered sneakers tell a river’s story. Retired state senator Bernie Fowler tells his.
This Sunday, June 8, Bernie Fowler will tie on his white sneakers to wade into the Patuxent River. Well-wishers, family and friends, school kids, politicians and reporters will join him, linking hands in a human chain, striding into the water until they can no longer see their shoes. Then, if history is a guide, Steny Hoyer — the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Congress — will measure the height of the watermark on his old friend’s overalls, declaring the Sneaker Index for...
One community takes a big drop out of the Bay’s bucket
Rain barrels can help the citizens of the old-fashioned Bay village of Galesville prove that if we all do a little, we can do a lot. That’s the message five candidates of the Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy are using this summer to promote their graduation project: adding 55 new rain barrels to the town household by household. “People know each other and connect,” says Nora Terres, one of the five, of the choice of Galesville, where another candidate, Cel Petro, makes...
  You don’t have to travel far to get to Maryland’s most exciting place. It’s Annapolis, “the most exciting of them all,” according to the real estate research site Movoto. Our sea-level capital beat out not only Baltimore but also our many college towns. How? Nightlife, active life options, arts and entertainment, concert venues, food options and percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34. Home to St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy,...
Ouch! That’s uncomfortable! 
There’s more I didn’t tell you about Bernie Fowler in this week’s feature interview leading up the 27th Annual Patuxent River Wade-In.   A cross and a flag mark the entrance to the Prince Frederick home of the 90-year-old champion of the Patuxent and retired Maryland state senator. “God and country,” he says, are his mottoes.    In his heart, Bernie Fowler is a conservative — in the old-fashioned meaning of that oft-preempted word.  ...