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Light falls; growth happens

Her luck was here then gone

Answer the call of this challenging surreal satire

You’re never too young to fall for the magic of theater

 

Nextival promises the next level in good times

Marvel offers a brief break from universe-destroying supervillains in this light flick
 

Through my father’s influence I have been training my whole life for my own surprising fatherhood

Ah, Father’s Day, our annual sojourn into celebrating dear ol’ Dad.             When I ask my father what he wants for this celebratory occasion, I usually get a you can’t afford it — until my pestering leads to an exacerbated “Fine, an Amazon gift card.” Bingo.             My father is a simple man. He likes his guitar, power tools and eggs for...

They’re singing these songs to save lives

One Calvert County concert series has raised more than $30,000 for breast health — with no signs of relenting.             The Spotlight Music Series showcases local musicians and singers while raising money for the Sheldon E. Goldberg Center for Breast Care at CalvertHealth. This year’s Broadway extravaganza includes songs from Beauty and the Beast, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and many more.  ...

Don’t crowd this little bird off the beach

“The birds are taking over the beach.”                  I heard that complaint as parts of a beach were being roped off because of nesting birds.             The bird under protection is likely the tiny piping plover.              In the 1850s, piping plovers were very common along the East...

Homage to a father who greatly influenced my life

At a 120 pounds wet out of the bathtub, my dad, Romeo Joseph Gouin, was made of skin, bone, muscle and tendons but no fat.             He was raised in a single-parent family with two sisters. To help support the family during the Depression, he went to work soon after graduating from elementary school. Despite his lack of high school, he was smart and talented. Among his many talents was a strong tenor voice. When I was nine, I contracted...

Fishing’s unpredictable, so you need to be able to adapt

We were drifting inside of the green channel marker off of Pod- ickery Point when my son got a quizzi- cal look on his face. Staring at the rapidly turn- ing spool of his reel Harrison said, “I think I’m hung up.” “No, I don’t think so,” I replied. “Give it a minute.” The spool stopped for a beat, then started up again even faster. I had promised my middle son suc- cess on some nice rockfish, forgetting that if you wish to amuse the...

A group of women prove they can steal as well as the boys

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock: Our Brand is Crisis) has had five years to work on her speech to the parole board. She’s also had five years to plan the ultimate heist. For Debbie, pulling heists is not only a family tradi- tion but a matter of redemption — she needs to prove to her- self that the mistake that put her in jail will never happen again. The job is to steal a legendary necklace worth $150 million in the middle of the Met Gala. The job requires that Debbie get past not...
It’s Time to Vote!        Early voting begins Thursday, June 14 and runs through Thursday, June 21 every day from 10am to 8pm. –Del. Nic Kipke, District 31B        Editor’s note: Anne Arundel early birds vote at the Edgewater Library, Anne Arundel County Board of Elections, Severna Park Library, Pip Moyer Rec Center and the Crofton, Glen Burnie and Odenton libraries.      Calvert early birds vote at the Community Resources...
You’ve certainly had one. Beyond that, what do you know?
      Who’s your daddy?       That fascinating question gets 16 answers in this week’s paper. Fourteen of that number are readers and writers who accepted my challenge to capture their father’s character at an indelible moment in time. Their character sketches in this week’s feature, Dad in the Moment, not only introduce their dads but also each relationship of father and child.       Our 15th writer is the Bay Gardener, Dr....

Homage to a father who greatly influenced my life

      At 120 pounds wet out of the bathtub, my dad, Romeo Joseph Gouin, was made of skin, bone, muscle and tendons, but no fat.       He was raised in a single-parent family with two sisters. To help support the family during the Depression, he went to work soon after graduating from elementary school. Despite his lack of high school, he was smart and talented. Among his many talents was a strong tenor voice. When I was nine, I contracted rheumatic fever and was...

Fishing’s unpredictable, so you need to be able to adapt

       We were drifting inside of the green channel marker off of Podickery Point when my son got a quizzical look on his face. Staring at the rapidly turning spool of his reel Harrison said, “I think I’m hung up.”      “No, I don’t think so,” I replied. “Give it a minute.” The spool stopped for a beat, then started up again even faster.        I had promised my middle son success on some nice...