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Scandalously good in the nearly nude

Black on the Shore in the early 20th century, as painted by Ruth Starr Rose

African American Waterman Eldridge Meredith

Start at the beginning as you would for American ancestors of any race

It takes mental agility to compete at MathCounts

Peter Pan’s fantastical origins — with crackling one-liners, slapstick staging, flatulence and actors in drag

A triumph of hope over experience

The 18th century English writer Samuel Johnson got it as right about New Year’s resolutions as about his original subject, marriage. That thought struck me as I attempted to set personal goals for the New Year, hoping these meet with more success than usual.     I’m going to have to exercise to increase my energy and endurance throughout the winter if I am to mount the kind of fishing campaign I intend to begin in just four short months.     ...
Southern High School students representing the Interact Club of the Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County created care packages for the children in the Backpack Food program at Shady Side Elementary School. Recognized for their work with the Rotary-sponsored high school service club are (from left) students Courtney Harris, Chardonnay Lee, Carly Wood, Katie Burgee and Melinda Blansett. Presenting the recognition awards to the students was Rotary Governor Anna-Mae Kobbe, Rotary District 7620...
Twenty-one students graduated in December from Charter Captain Courses. They earned their certificates in the 12-week course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge. Graduation was held on the Dorothy Megan paddle wheeler at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.        The course, originally started in 1951 by Capt. E. L. Thomas, is the first Coast Guard-approved Captain School in the area. It still differs from other courses on the market because its...

We’ve saved the best for last


We asked for your favorites, and you responded in droves, mailing ballots, hand-delivering them to our office and voting online. Now the votes are counted. And the winners are … Skipper’s Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar Best Crab Soup Best Dessert Best Local Chef, Jessica Rosage Best Outdoor Dining Best Overall Restaurant Best Restaurant to Take Out of Town Guests Best Seafood Restaurant Best Soft-Shell Crab Best Bar Best Bloody Mary...

My favorite stories of 2016

Together, we read a lot of stories over the course of a year. Many of them give you a moment’s insight or delight. Others tell you just what you need to know. Some of them stay in your mind, even after all those words have come between you and them all that time ago. So I can still recount stories we ran five, or 10 or 23 years ago.     Before I close the book on 2016 (yes, I really do have a large, heavy book labeled Vol. XXIV), I want to revisit some of my favorites this...

Based on August Wilson’s play of the same name, Fences is a stirring drama about the effects of systemic racism on the black family

From the outside, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington: The Magnificent Seven) has a pretty good life. He has a steady job as a garbage collector, an adoring wife named Rose (Viola Davis: Suicide Squad) and a nice house in a Pittsburgh neighborhood. A born storyteller with a gift for hyperbole, Troy enjoys spinning colorful yarns as he drinks his weekly bottle of gin with his coworkers. In the late 1950s, it’s as close to living the American Dream as any black man could hope to get.  ...

The story here is all about living up to expectations

Once I got married, it seemed as though the children started coming along on a regular basis like the books in the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Elizabeth, Ester and Ruth. They just kept coming. That’s what good Catholic wives and mothers did back in the day. I learned how to stretch the grocery budget with lots of rice and pasta. Money was always tight, especially at Christmas time.     One year, I was so excited to get a part-time job at the mall wrapping gifts. What a...
After being at the helm of the 8 Days a Week calendar for over a year, I feel as if I live and breathe calendars. So it’s a good thing I love a good calendar. One of the best tools for organization and prioritizing and goal setting, a calendar becomes a thing of beauty when used repeatedly. And beautiful they can be. We live in a region that lends itself spectacularly to photography. Those photos grace 12 months of pages in the wall calendars that came across my desk this month. In this...

NORAD, Civil Air Patrol track Santa’s flight

When Santa enters North American airspace, the North American Aerospace Defense Command switches its defense mission to monitoring his travels around the world in his sleigh.     “Every year on December 24, 1,500 volunteers staff telephones and computers to answer calls and e-mails from around the world,” according to www.norad.mil. Live updates come in seven languages on the NORAD Tracks Santa website: www.noradsanta.org.     You can also tune...

City Dock menorah-lighting ­celebrates the joy of Judaism

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins at sunset on December 24 and continues through January 1, adding eight more days of lights, special meals and gift-giving to the festivities of the season. It’s an unusual extension, as Christmas and Hanukkah have overlapped only a handful of times over the last century. Starting on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev — which may occur at any time from late November to late December — Hanukkah is a moveable feast, while Christmas is...