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However you play it, natural gas export is a high stakes game

Have fun even with a sizzling sun

An American in Annapolis

Our flowering gardens are butterfly way-stations

Blue crabs at quarter-century low

Lesson 1: From the ground up

Female blue crabs need our protection

  It’s beginning to look like business as usual with the Chesapeake’s most treasured natural resource, the blue crab. Maryland is on course to resume the destructive harvest of female crabs, sooks, with its first official act upon the arrival of news that the crab population has at last begun to rebound.  At the brink of species collapse two years ago, our crab population has shown a 60 percent increase in only two seasons after the first significant reduction of female...

Saturn, Mars and Venus vie for position in the west at twilight

  The waning moon rises after 10pm at week’s end, then crests the horizon 20-plus minutes later each night, so that by Tuesday, the last-quarter moon rises after midnight. Friday’s gibbous moon rises with glowing Jupiter only six degrees to the south, and the two remain tight through the wee hours before dawn, appearing high in the south with sunrise Saturday at 6:06.  The sun sets this week around 8:15, and each day it leaves us more than a minute earlier. As the sky...

Week 20: T'ween

  During the early part of the week, Olivia cleared all the twigs off the nest platform. The nest is gone. there remains only the bare platform itself, which she and Junior occupy. It is like the deck of an air carrier, cleared for air operations. Junior is as big as his mom now. She tries to get him to flap his wings, but he’s too lazy and after a few flaps just stands there like a dummy. She still does the fly-around-the-nest bit, but he’s buying none of it. He is in the...

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  If Only He’d Been a Terp Dear Bay Weekly: Thanks for Ron Stein’s July 8 exclusive about Nolan Smith, the local basketball star at Duke University. Being a Maryland fan, I admit it was kind of hard reading about the success of someone who could have been a Terp if our recruiting was up to par. But Terps fans have gotten used to that. I really liked how the story began, reliving the final moments of the Duke-Butler NCAA final this year, which was one of the best endings to a...

Marine Corps Viet Nam veteran Karlin shows us finely detailed frames of what most of us never knew about that war, while reminding us what we perhaps have always known about wars

  The last seven words in Michael Herr’s bestseller Dispatches lament: “Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam, we’ve all been there.” Well, yes and no. In Wayne Karlin’s most recent book Wandering Souls, the College of Southern Maryland teacher and Marine Corps Viet Nam veteran shows us finely detailed frames of what most of us never knew about that war — while reminding us what we perhaps have always known about that war. Or any war. War’s slogging nature is...

... to free summer vacation breakfast in Southern Anne Arundel County

  Free Breakfast Outreach came to be because of a second grader’s concern. You’ve heard it said, There ain’t no free lunch. Nathaniel Quimby of Tracy’s Elementary School says, Yes, there is! At the end of his second year of school, young Quimby was not so excited about school ending. - When his mother questioned his mood, he told her, “I’m worried about my classmates who won’t have any lunch or breakfast now. Mom, will my friends go hungry?”...

It’s not for everybody, but for the 217,000 American men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, this book is a beacon through the storm.

  Annapolis sparked a love story 40 years ago when Iain Baird took the girl he’d marry sailing for their first date. Life’s strange journey took them back where it began for retirement — with Hurricane Isabelle in their rearview mirror. But before Annapolis the second time around came Virginia, Louisiana and two more deadly storms: Hurricane Katrina and prostate cancer. Baird has written Two Storms: Prostate Cancer and Katrina in New Orleans to chronicle his tale of...

Acting team Anna and Alan Ostroff find a Fantastick way to express their love

  The curtain goes up on a real life love story in Infinity Theatre Company’s production of The Fantasticks. The play, which tells the tale of two lovers overcoming familial obstacles, opens at the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis this Friday. The production is the first for fledgling Infinity Theatre Company, whose founders Anna and Alan Ostroff found love and creative fulfillment on stage. “We both have been in love with the show since we can remember,” explains...

How Calvert’s biggest party brings in the bucks

  What’s left after 1,000 pounds of lobster are washed down with champagne? Or if you prefer, a roasted pig is washed down with beer? Or filet mignon washed down with martinis? A third of a million dollars — if Calvert County’s biggest party, the Celebration of Life Cancer Crusade, lives up to the tradition of past celebrations. And if Sue and Steve Kullen, this year’s honorary chairs, are as good at reaching into your heart and pockets for this year’s Aug. 5...

Depends on how you define it

  I am frequently asked if I am an organic gardener, based on my reputation for having been heavily involved in composting and compost utilization research since 1972. My answer is yes and no. The importance of organic matter in soils and the use of compost to improve and maintain soil productivity is not thoroughly appreciated. In my gardening practices, I use a combination of compost and chemical fertilizers and minimize restricted-use pesticides as much as I can. Based on my many years...