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19th-century ne’er-do-well fathered Australian cricket legend

These flying cigars eat their weight in pesky bugs each day

This is the time to see their courtship dance

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Imagine how long they’ll be when the kids are

out of school — and read Camp Guide

The peculiarities of the American school year confine kids to a regime of classroom and homework for nine months of the year. The other three, they’re left to their own devices — or their parents’ contrivance.  The end of each cycle and the beginning of the next is, if I recall correctly, greeted with relief. I still measure happiness by the standard of long-ago June mornings, the breeze through my open window touched with warmth, when I...

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      Race in America is getting to be like the weather in that everybody’s talking about it. Bay Weekly is in on the discussion, with Black History Month coverage that has people talking.        The discussion continues in Your Say, with letters from readers — both white women, FYI — explaining what the red-flag term “white privilege” doesn’t mean — that you get all the advantages — and does mean — that...
White Privilege Did And Does Exist       I’m responding to Barbara Palmieri’s letter of February 21, 2019. I’m even older than Ms. Palmieri, and therefore remember some attitudes and ideas that were commonly accepted as truisms not so long ago.       I assure Ms. Palmieri that white privilege did, and still does, exist. Ms. Palmieri’s family deserves all the successes they worked so long and hard to achieve. But the obstacles they...
Young Maryland voter maps women’s campaign to vote
       SUFFRAGE — In representative government, the right to vote in electing public officials and adopting or rejecting proposed legislation.           In the year 2019, presidential hopefuls — including five women so far — are lining up like beauty pageant contestants to win our attention and perhaps our vote.      With over 80 million women registered to vote, winning women’s votes is key to winning the...

Two determined locals brought to town “someone out of the pages of history”

      In 1984, Rosa Parks came to Annapolis. It almost didn’t happen. Two of the people who pulled it together took different paths to overcoming obstacles. Paula Phillips was realistic. Carl Snowden was idealistic. Both were determined.       Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus, helped initiate the mid-20th century civil rights movement in the U.S. For her courage in 1955 to stay seated in Montgomery, Alabama, she earned...

Dynamic Dixieland Band reunites on Mardi Gras in his honor 

       Some called him Doc, some called him Dr. Jazz, others Dr. Circus — and a lucky few got to call him family.        By any name, Dr. Richard Hochman — who died last March at the age of 90 — was a man who made a lasting impression.       “He really could’ve been one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time,” Hochman’s son Michael told me. “But he went for a career in medicine instead....

New sunscreen rules on the way

      There’s a ray of good news from Washington, D.C., and it’s about time with so many new cases of skin cancer: The Food and Drug Administration last week released the outline of new rules governing over-the-counter sunscreen.          The rules would force changes in labeling requirements on sunscreens, such as the SPF (sun protection factor). But the big deal zeroes in on what ingredients are both safe and do the job....

New exhibit pays homage to forgotten trailblazer

      In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first African American woman elected to a state senate. Seven years later, she introduced legislation creating the first ethnic commission in the United States, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. In celebration of the Commission’s 50th anniversary, the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis is opening a new exhibition Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman.     ...

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       For Annapolis musicians, gigging is only part of the job. Another big part is looking out for one another.          “It’s a capricious business,” says Matt McConville, the singer-guitarist-songwriter who founded Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians to fill the gaps. Last year, the self-funded nonprofit donated $60,000 to sustaining and supporting a new generation of musicians.      ...

Retired professor follows Maryland hero from Port Tobacco to Canada

        Uncle Tom lived many lives.            To the thousands of mid-19th-century readers of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, he was a heroic slave, his cabin home was heralded as a symbol of self-sacrifice. Yet to 20th century black Americans, his name lived as a symbol of subservience.          To Stowe, Uncle Tom lived the fictional...