Those innocent-looking sippers are one of the Top 5 plastic ocean pollutants

The least you need to know about solar power

For more than 45 years, Bill Ticknor has kept the 326-year-old St. James’ Parish abreast of history

Plant milkweed to support this ­butterfly’s long migration

1,271 is this week’s magic number

­Put your hand where Nodosaurus tred

Great popcorn cinema

      Humanity eventually defeated the interdimensional monsters known as kaiju with the help of giant robots called jaegers. Though the apocalypse was averted, the world was devastated. In the chaos of massive rebuilding, criminals raid scrap yards to get rich on the black market.      One of the best scrap yard raiders is Jake Pentecost (John Boyega: Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Jake’s father Stacker Pentecost was a legendary jaeger pilot who gave his life in...

They’re holding us elders accountable

       Generation by generation, civilization by civilization, kids have tested the faith of their elders. How safe can the world be in the hands of longhairs and fades, pink-hairs and Mohawks, Gen-Xers, Millennials and iGeners?       In our time, we elders are testing the faith of our children and grandchildren.       The Never-Again generation tells us we’ve failed them — and the larger world entrusted to us. They don’t buy...
March 15 Bay Weekly: Antidote to a Snowy First Day of Spring        What a wonderful issue to read on this wintery first day of spring. Your March 15 paper pushed all of the buttons for me, starting with the Rev. Lowcock-Harris’s eloquent plea for trees. Our local Calvert County commissioners recently permitted plowing down a last bit of forest near the county seat for a fast food business which I, pointedly, will never patronize in honor of those lost trees.  ...

Local students are stepping up, speaking out and marching for a safe education

       Right here in Annapolis, students are assembling behind their colleagues in Parkland to speak up for their right to a safe education.        Mackenzie Boughey, a sophomore at the Severn School in Severna Park, watched with rising unease as the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, overwhelmed television and social media. First she felt horror. Then inspiration.         Seeing people her own...

Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s ­Chesapeake connection

       The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, have a patron saint to inspire them as they reconstruct their terror and grief into a national cause, rallying students around the country to end gun violence. Their school’s namesake was a champion for social justice activism for most of her long life.       In her greatest achievement, she also has an intimate connection to Chesapeake Country, where our own students March...

Students give up spring break to help save the Bay

     Think back a few years. What did you do with your time and talents during spring break from college days? Be careful now. Maybe you shouldn’t answer in front of the children. Fortunately for those of us who love the Chesapeake Bay, a new generation knows how to break from the past and spring into action.       Since 2009, college students from campuses across the country have travelled to Chesapeake Country for Alternative Spring Break. They forfeit a...

50 years and counting for William and Annamaria Radosevic and their Medart Galleries

      William and Annamaria Radosevic celebrate 50 years together this year, in marriage and in business.       Both stories start in the 1960s, in a chance meeting to rival a Hollywood movie romance.       After a career in the Navy, ­Radosevic began collecting Mediterranean art while working for NATO in Naples. He admired the colors, the subject matter, the beauty, the light.       He also came to admire a young Italian...

My foul-weather do-it-yourself project is still a work in progress

      The wind was still howling through the trees when my rod-building components arrived. Venturing outside to retrieve the box, I noted that Mother Nature hadn’t realized it was mid-March. I pulled my coat tighter against my chest.       Back inside, I spewed the contents across the dining room table, thankful that my wife had left for the day. There was an ultra-light-action rod blank, six feet long and rated for two- to four-pound line and 1⁄32- to...

A boy finds the courage to be himself in this moving romcom 

      Simon Spear (Nick Robinson: Krystal) fears people will learn he’s gay. On the surface, he has little to worry about. His parents are loving and open, his friends are accepting and his school is fairly liberal. But thousands of little things cripple him with fear.        His father jokes about “fruity” men on TV. The school’s only openly gay kid is ridiculed by two bullies. Simon believes it’s in his best interest to stay...

Bloom out-performs both compost and commercial garden fertilizers

      Most commercial fertilizers are designed to provide nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.  Unless your soil is rich in other major elements such as calcium and magnesium as well as essential trace elements, your plants will not grow efficiently. Worse yet, repeated use of commercial fertilizers often depletes essential trace elements from the soil.       It takes deficiency of only one essential element to prevent plants from growing to their optimum...