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Nextival promises the next level in good times

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

A 2018 high school grad explains how America vanquished its most numerous bird

Promising Playwright’s work addresses the terror about being unemployed and losing one’s place in this world

Your growing plants get hungry, too, as they start to produce
 

It has left our lives filled with holes
 

Flying Squirrel Sightings        This flying squirrel was on one of my bird feeders on my back porch toward the end of Deep Creek in Cape St. Claire. He was able to snack from the feeder since he was light enough to not lower the screen over the feeder holes. He didn’t mind me wandering over to about a foot away to take his picture. He might be the infant we found in our driveway some years ago that we rescued and a neighbor raised and released. He’s been on our...

These creative cross-dressers would just like to have fun. But can they? 

      "Men’s clothing is the fashion equivalent of Mexican food: eight ingredients served 75 ways." –Albert/Bessie          Harvey Fierstein’s 2014 Tony-nominated play Casa Valentina, brought to Annapolis by The Colonial Players, invites you to step back to a June weekend in 1962 at the Casa Valentina, a rustic bungalow community in the Catskills.        The play opens on George (Jim Gallagher) and Rita (...

Cut it tall and let it fall to limit ­fertiziler and weed-killer needs

       Greenish brown water stained by algae flows into the Bay from a tributary surrounded by lush green lawns. Seeing that, as I did in a recent photo, tells me the algae bloom is the result of excess nitrogen running off or leaching into the water from the applications of lawn fertilizers.       Nitrogen is the most soluble nutrient in lawn fertilizers. What is not absorbed by grass roots leaches down into the ground and finds its way into the Bay.  ...

It takes practice and adjustment, but they’re good for Bay rockfish

      My experience with circle hooks began some 20 years ago, when I took part in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources project studying mortality in rockfish caught with J versus circle hooks. All the fishers were chumming. In the control group using J hooks, we established that half of deep-hooked fish that were released died within two hours.        The study eventually concluded that circle hooks drastically lessened deep hooking and had a...

Solo so-so 

       Growing up under the Dickensian thumb of an evil crime boss, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich: The Yellow Birds) knows how to run a scam and talk himself out of a scrape. He has dreams of getting off the planet of Corellia with his girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke: Game of Thrones). When his escape go awry, Han must flee the planet — say it with me — Solo.        Determined to return to Corellia with enough coin to buy Qi’ra’...

Come for the songs

       When Woody Allen’s movie Bullets Over Broadway opened in 1994, it received mostly positive reviews. Then Allen decided to make it a Broadway musical — without original music. Instead, standards from the 1920s and 1930s were inserted throughout. The result: tepid reviews and a short run of just 100 performances, despite a slew of Tony nominations.          This story about a playwright whose show will be staged only...

American Legion Post 206 historian seeks and shares the stories of those who served

      You would sit down cautiously with Fred Bumgarner at a poker table (usage of which can neither be denied nor confirmed) at the Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach. His gaze does not betray his thoughts. But the tight-handed former naval cryptologist is flush with heart when it comes to remembering our past and present veterans — even the ones whose only legacy is their discharge papers.        “I was going through...

High-schoolers’ oral history project revisits Vietnam through the stories and memories of its veterans

      No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. –Richard Nixon         It is a bit unsettling to read this polarizing quote from, of all people, Richard Nixon. But the truth of the statement and of the war itself is an unsettling and polarizing historical record. For the students at Anne Arundel County’s Southern High School, finding out the truth of the Vietnam...

New Public Transportation Programs

       For people in South County, there is no public transportation between Edgewater and the Calvert County line. In early July that will change with two pilot projects.         The Circulator bus will start at Annapolis Mall making stops in Galesville, Shady Side, Churchton, Deale, Tracy’s Landing, Wayson’s Corner, Lothian, Harwood and Edgewater before returning to the mall.          The second program provides...

From a time of war to a time of peace

       To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.         Whether you hear the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes in those words, the twangy, rising voice of Pete Seeger or the harmonies of The Byrds, they’re likely to touch your heart. As the calendar turns to the last day in May, we find ourselves at a time with two purposes. First, Memorial Day. Then, sweet summer.        Memorial Day is a time...