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Woman of many faces hops from one century to the next, bringing to life amazing women of history
 

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory ­thinking globally, acting locally

Humans may have changed the river over the centuries, but that river can change us, too

Pickleball provides the tennis-type workout without all the stress on the knees from running

Mallows Bay awarded distinction

It’s not a sport if you always win
      I’m having trouble staying asleep through the night. That happens this time of year. Probably because of the pollen starting to pour off the surrounding trees, my sinuses are seizing up and threatening to suffocate me in the wee hours. But I know it’s not so simple. The growing warmth and lengthening days make a subconscious call to action. Spring is here and trophy rockfish season will soon be here.       Non-anglers may not understand.  ...

12 months of patience will yield 20 years of harvests

     Slender green asparagus is a spring treat. It is a true perennial vegetable in that — once you plant it — it produces for many years. Plant now, and you’ll wait about three years to get to good production. But it is worth the wait. Home-grown asparagus is delicious and nutritious. High in fiber and low in sodium and calories, it surpasses most vegetables in supplying folic acid and is a significant source of potassium, thiamine, vitamin B6 and rutin....
Maybe elephants shouldn’t fly if this is the best they can do
    After having lost an arm fighting in World War I Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), returns home to find his hopes dashed. His wife has died from influenza, and his war injury has ruined his chances at reclaiming his job at the Medici Brothers Circus.       Holt is reduced to caring for the elephants.       Ringmaster Max Medici (Danny DeVito) has pinned his hopes for reviving business on the birth of a new elephant calf. Those hopes, too, are...

Teens did Broadway-quality show

           Victor Hugo penned Notre-Dame de Paris in 1831 and created some of literature’s most enduring characters: the courageous Gypsy girl Esmerelda, the dashing Captain Pheobus, the dour Archdeacon Frollo and the partially deaf, physically deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo. Hugo’s captivating story continues to thrill audiences in film and stage productions, most notably for moderns the 1996 Disney animated film with its award-winning...

Little Mermaid’s sea creatures sing and sign

       Disney’s The Little Mermaid features a unique element when it opens this weekend at Annapolis High School: American Sign Language.          A complete, complex language all its own, American Sign Language uses signs — made by moving the hands — along with facial expressions and body posture.          Playgoers will notice something different right away: Each sea character...
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     Paper in hand, reading these words, who are you?      Computer at hand, writing them, I’m my business self. To drive to my office in Annapolis, I don’t have to gird myself as staunchly as my husband Bill Lambrecht, Bay Weekly’s editorial analyst, who has to put on his “Washington face” before his harrowing daily commute. (It looks a little like the contortion he wears to show me how he terrified opponents as a high school football...
     The famous quotation about the certainties of life that includes death and taxes should also mention weeds. They are sprouting up all over. Even the most meticulously tended landscapes are not immune.   Where to Begin?       The first step is identification. You need to know your opponent. Control is more attainable if you know whether it is a grassy or broadleaf weed. Is it an annual, perennial or biennial? When does it germinate? Fall, spring, or summer...

Dos and Don’t

     Don’t work your soil too early. Unless both March and February were dry, avoid the temptation to turn over or dig into wet soil. Tilling wet soil can cause it to become cloddy and brick-hard when it dries out. How do you know when your soil can be turned or tilled? One test is to form a clump of soil into a ball. Bounce it up and down in your hand a few times. If it breaks apart easily it’s probably OK to dig.      Do get compost, and spread it an...

How to avoid most plant problems with one concept

     Many plant problems in your landscape can be avoided by choosing the right plant for the purpose and the site. Many insects and diseases are opportunists, taking advantage of plants that are stressed and aren’t healthy enough to fight back.      Whether your landscape plants are having issues with insects, diseases, lack of blooming or just overall poor performance, chances are that they were not suited for the location in the first place.   Plant...

Tips for new and experienced gardeners

      Creating a beautiful landscape takes time and resources. Invest in careful planning and research before you begin to establish or renovate a landscape. It will pay off in the long run.      Here are a few common blunders that occur in landscaping and, more importantly, how to avoid them.   Problem: Planting Without Planning      It is easy to get overwhelmed by the planning of any project, let alone one you don’t have a lot of...