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Ten ways to help our planet and your purse

Help give their migration a future

21 years into the culture of sustainable, new Bay times

It’s a shame to let April end with no pickerel

Here’s the right way to till the garden

Bright planets and shooting stars dazzle this week

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving ­without the sweet finale

Can Thanksgiving dinner be both wonderful and boring at the same time? I’ve been having the exact same Thanksgiving dinner for almost 25 years now, and it’s getting old. Every year it’s the same people, same place, same menu.     What’s changeable?     It’s family, so that’s not changing.     Turkey with stuffing, sweet potatoes, gravy and the trimmings are too traditional to change.     I could...
September 12, 1951 - October 21, 2013

She rocked Southern Maryland

Not that many years ago, Solomons was a sleepy hamlet without even a stoplight. Situated at the southern tip of Calvert County, the last big noise on the island came from the landing preparations leading to D-Day in World War II. Aside from the world-renowned Tiki Bar, charter fishing and a handful of restaurants, Solomons’ main attraction was its quaint museum.     But then Lee Ann Wright came to town, hired as director of development at Calvert Marine Museum and tasked...

Squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs, deer and bear are making the most of fleeting time

It’s a wild world out there. The wildlife who live among us, often just at the verge of perception, may be their most active this time of year, mating and feeding up for winter, whether in woods or burrows.     Squirrels are coming at us from all directions. As well as scurrying across lawns and roads, as Michelle Steel wrote last week, they’re falling out of the sky. Two fell in as many minutes on my early November walk, one tumbling off a metal roof, the other...

Your chance to peer behind the “bubble”

At St. John’s College this Sunday, I’m sure to be asked how I got the access to write my latest book, Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America’s Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership.     It’s a question I’m used to, for I answer it all the time.     The theme is a natural extension of my work as chief White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report. This has been my job since 1986, and President Obama is...

On Veterans Day — or any other — first-line heroes are welcome here

Montgomery County firefighter and paramedic Mike O’Neil sips a beer as he sits beneath the 9/11 wall at Heroes Pub. O’Neil was at the Pentagon doing search and rescue in the aftermath of that day. He’s a typical Heroes regular: a first responder and a local from Arnold who comes in several times a week. He seems to know everyone in the place, and everyone knows him. “Great bar food, great people, and they support the community. This is Cheers,” says O’Neil,...

The season is all about change and the ways we make ourselves love it

I didn’t mean to do it.     Writing this week’s Creature Feature about burrowers, hibernators and fall feeders in the wild was a spontaneous decision, evolved from the spectacle of squirrels falling from the sky.     Yet in retrospect, Ah! I recognize that choice as proof of the unaccountable power of the unconscious mind. For I’ve been all about burrowing.     Calendar Editor Michelle Steel and I have been dug in, tracking down...

November’s fish have fattened in the ocean

I cast the wriggling spot close to the bridge piling, leaving the reel out of gear with my thumb lightly pressing on the spool. As the spot swam toward the bottom I could feel it taking line. It paused and meandered, unafraid, following the tidal current away from the concrete structure.     As our skiff drifted farther away from the bridge support, my fishing partner and I reeled up our baitfish, motored back to the towering support and repeated the process, moving our...

Pay for quick removal, or do it yourself slowly

Cutting down trees always leaves stumps that must either be removed or endured. The most common method of ridding your lawn of stumps is to grind it well below grade so that several inches of topsoil can be used for growing a lawn or garden.     Grinding a stump leaves wood chips that you can use as mulch on pathways and around deeply rooted trees and shrubs. Eradicating Invasive Mulberry Q    A portion of my back yard has been overrun by paper mulberry trees...

Planets and clusters and meteors

As the sun sets around 5pm, Venus blazes in the south-southwest. Our sister planet is at its farthest point east of the sun. But the geometry between Venus, the sun and earth doesn’t add up to a better view, as the evening star climbs only a dozen degrees above the horizon and sets within 90 minutes of the sun. Still, Venus is near impossible to miss, and Thursday evening it is joined by the waxing crescent moon a little higher in the sky.     As Venus sets in the...

Early returns say yes

Mike Pantelides — whose campaign slogan is Sweep Annapolis Clean — is sweeping Josh Cohen out of office, according to early election returns. With all but absentee ballots and one precinct counted in the Annapolis mayoral race, challenger Pantelides leads incumbent Cohen by 84 votes, 3,728 to 3,644.     At one point in counting, Pantelides’ lead was only 20 votes.     “It’s another manifestation of the anti-incumbent sentiment voters...