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And she’s still my champion

  My mother was a reuser well before it became one of the fashionable three Rs every schoolchild knows today. At 93, she still lives by herself in the house where I grew up in southeastern Massachusetts. My twin sister Patty and I always knew if we needed a box, any size or shape, Mom would have it. Her packrat nature extended to coffee cans, rags, glass jars and plastic containers. Remember Skinny Minny ice milk from the 1960s? She has a collection of tubs in her basement if you need one...
  Hooray! We have eggs! the only question is how many she will have, two or three. As close as I could tell, she started incubating last Sunday morning. From my window I can just barely see the top of her head. This now begins the quiet days. Day will follow day, and she will sit, fair weather or foul, 24/seven, for about five weeks, when the fledglings will crack their eggs and appear. Oliver is now very attentive to her, sitting beside her for long periods, and he brings her a nice big...

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  The English Burns Writes Dear Bay Weekly: The review of the movie Date Night in the issue of April 15 is either written in some non-standard version of English grammar, or it has suffered from a glitch of editing. I hope this can be blamed on a computer somewhere, rather than human design. –Bill Seabrook, Dunkirk   Editor’s reply: Sounds like film reviewer Mark Burns’ distinctive style has pushed beyond your tolerance limits. Please help me by being more specific....

14 stops on an avid recycler’s way to lighter living

  In the April 29-May 5 issue, reader Farley Peters of Fairhaven, wrote, “What do we do with all this stuff?” I’m glad you asked. In 2006, I lived in a five-bedroom house. Now, in 2010, and two major moves later, I’m in a two-bedroom apartment. And I don’t rent a storage locker! Keeping stuff out of the landfill has been a big part of this transition. It can be a challenge, particularly if you are, as I am, the inheritor of a lot of pack-rat genes. However,...

Give each plant room, and you’ll eat bigger, better vegetables

  Just because the plants are small, you don’t need to plant them shoulder to shoulder. Crowding is a common problem with beginning gardeners and, with some gardeners, remains a problem. It is not uncommon to see three to four tomato plants growing where only one should have been planted. A tomato plant that has been allowed nine square feet of space will produce many more tomatoes than plants given only four square feet of growing space. Plants such as tomatoes, peppers and...

Can readers see beyond the block to the big picture?

  A small slice of Chesapeake Country gets a new newspaper this week. Starting May 6, The Chesapeake Current promises to appear in print and online every-other Thursday. The new arrival has nothing to do with Bay Weekly. But the birth of any newspaper, like the birth of a new baby, is good news. It’s an act of faith in the future that brings a smile to the face of even experienced mothers, who know the truth and trouble that lie ahead. Newspapers are not as risky an enterprise as...

Anne Arundel Countians ponder their animal magnetism at the first annual Do You Look Like Your Pet Competition

  Fifty-five Marylanders visited Quiet Waters Park May 2 in hopes that they would be told they looked like a dog. A cat. Even a rabbit. The people were participating in a new kind of beauty pageant, Anne Arundel County’s first annual Do You Look Like Your Pet? Contest. The brainchild of County Executive John R. Leopold, the contest judged which countians bore remarkable resemblances to their pets. - “I came up with the idea because I thought it would be fun. And it was,”...

With pride and on some marvels of compassionate ingenuity

  On its fourth and last day, the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride from the White House to the Lighthouse passes through Annapolis. The goal of the ride is to rehabilitate soldiers severely wounded in mind and body. This is my third year guiding the 35 wounded vets around the narrow streets of Annapolis. Half of our riders have lost at least one limb, and many have lost both legs. For most of the riders, this is a first foray back into normal life. Their first test is a hard...

Sailing is Collin Linehan’s sport. It’s also his career

On a clear Saturday morning with just enough breeze, skipper Collin Linehan sits at the stern of his J22, listening to the calls of his crew. Water splashes against the hull of the racer, Funhouse Mirror, and the cool moisture from the Chesapeake relieves the temperatures of the crew on board. Linehan and his crew are competing for the J22 East Coast championship title in Annapolis, and as the sailors trim and hike, sweat beads across their foreheads. An avid sailor from Manchester,...

He’s living his Chesapeake dream

  I’d like to say that I saw Raymond McAlwee’s book as soon as I walked into the Fenwick Island bookstore. But my eyes were first riveted to the mound of beckoning crab balls laid out for the store’s patrons. Munching away, I then saw the pile of books he had for sale, and I learned that the recipe for the delicious crab dish was from the same book. I went back to the plate for more of the crab, and later back to McAlwee for tales of Chesapeake Bay.   Bay Dreaming...