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Is cursive an evolutionary dodo?

Fourth-grade student artists tell it four ways

With bonus parking tips for the ­legislative session

This time of year, a bird eats what it can get

Rich or poor, Owensville ­Primary Care turns no one away

The state has a new, more environmentally friendly way to fight snow and ice

Play Santa in ways that matter

     Taking care of each other is one of the cornerstones of the Christmas spirit, for everyone deserves a gift from the heart — especially those for whom any gifts are hard to come by.      You can give in small ways, like dropping a donation into a Salvation Army red kettle. Or in large ways, like fully funding a family’s Christmas meal and wish lists.      Use this guide to spark an idea on how to spread the warmth and generosity of...

How to sing Messiah for St. James’ sing-along

     On key, according to Michael Ryan, the mighty voice retired from the President’s Own U.S. Marine Band and, later, St. Mary’s College to lead Chesapeake Country in a unique opportunity to sing George Frideric Handel’s most beloved and “accessible” oratorio.      Accessible, Ryan explains, for professional singers and amateurs who’ve practiced in school and church choirs, for the 18th century master’s vocal and...
Coming our way from Kootenai National Forest, Montana
     Christmas is coming to our nation’s capitol.      In a 47-year tradition, the Christmas tree that shines throughout December on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol is cut in one of the nation’s states.      This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree, a whopping 79-foot Engelmann spruce, was cut in Montana’s Kootenai National Forest — where forest fires raged earlier this year — on November 8. It’s the second Capitol...

You can catch a fish, but take care not to catch hypothermia

     Yes, it can be uncomfortable but it can also be exhilarating to catch fish this time of year. Even in the low 40s, you can catch fish, particularly rockfish and white perch.      But before you even think of going out, take two precautions.      Do not go out on the water when temperatures drop below 40 degrees.      Do not go out alone this time of year. The chief danger, hypothermia, manifests first in clumsiness and confused...

Watering to keep your plants happy 

     More houseplants are killed by improper watering than by any other practice. Here are three faults to avoid in growing indoor plants year-round or over winter.   Fault 1: Too little water       If you add only enough water to wet the surface of the soil, the soil in the middle and at the bottom of the pot will be as dry as the Sahara dessert.       Remedy: Add sufficient water so that five to 10 percent of what you add drains through the...

A boy pursues his dream through the land of the dead in this gorgeous film

     Music is a dirty word in Miguel’s (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez: Icebox) family. It’s been banned since his great-great-grandfather abandoned the family to chase dreams of fame as a singer. Miguel is destined to continue the family business, making shoes, and hand it on to the next generation.        But Miguel has music in his blood.       He sneaks into a secret room in the attic of the shoe factory to listen to the music of his...
Missing: Deale Songbirds       I live on four acres in the woods
and have no birds at my feeders. They were abundant. Anyone else seeing this? –Mike Stewart, Deale   Dining in the Field      The Dining in the Field planners thank Bay Weekly for working with us to promote and support our second all-local dinner on October 12. Our table was set for 136 people on the working farm of Tommy and Ann Briscoe along the shores of the Patuxent River in St. Leonard...

The most wonderful time of the year starts now

      The great wheel of the year is turning. This time of year, the rotation is plain to see.        With Daylight Savings Time banished for another five months, real time throws us into early darkness deeper and denser than 10pm on a summer’s night.       Leaves are dropping by the millions. As their dense canopy falls, the horizon opens up as if a mountain range had disappeared.       Plus — get out your coats...

What our Thanksgiving tradition meant for one immigrant

      Anna Formici Smith can remember her first Thanksgiving as if it were yesterday.       The year was 1964. Seventeen-year-old Italian high school student Anna Formici was spending a year in the American Southwest through a student exchange program. She’d been living with a host family in Phoenix and had just spent a week with the Navajo tribe, learning of the plight of many of our Native Americans.      Then came Thanksgiving Day. While...

In Armenia, we say yerakhtapart

     Green Bean Casserole is my least favorite part of a traditional Thanksgiving, which is a pity, because my hometown in Armenia is famous for the quality of its green beans. At this time of year, though, with snow already on the mountains, the only beans we see are kidney shaped and devoid of pod.      We have turnips and carrots and potatoes, so my Thanksgiving guests — other Peace Corps volunteers from my part of the Caucasus — will not be short of...