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

For another wonderful week in the neighborhood

       The news that Tom Hanks is making a movie about Mr. Rogers sent me traveling back to my days in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, where the Presbyterian minister preached the gospel of community. A young mother, I was as enchanted with the friendly television show as the infant fast growing into a toddler Mr. Rogers helped me entertain.        Back then, we lived in a planned community quickly erected after the destruction of an old, historically...

Sublimate with these book-and-movie combos

      As evening approached, the wind outside was violent, relentless and threatening, not to mention preventing my sporting pursuit. Arming myself with a flashlight in case a falling tree took out our power, I readied an adult beverage, placed it on a nearby table and picked up my always reliable antidote to such a nuisance.       The first few pages of virtually any essay in The Longest Silence, an angling novel by Tom McGuane, has always lured me into an...

And choose the soil to put in them

       Raised beds are a good way to grow healthy plants in areas that are poorly drained or extremely rocky. Raised bed kits are sold commercially, but more economical raised beds can be built using construction materials.        Pressure-treated micronized-copper-treated two-by-six, two-by-eight, two-by-10 and two-by-12 lumber can safely be used. The micronized copper helps prevent the wood from rotting, and the copper in the wood is an essential...

A team of women investigates an anomaly in this fascinating sci-fi drama

       A team of women investigates an anomaly in this fascinating sci-fi drama After going missing for a year, her soldier-husband returns to biologist Lena (Natalie Portman: Song to Song). But he is acting so strangely that she worries he has been traumatized. Soon he’s coughing up blood, and a SWAT team whisks the couple to a black site.         Imprisoned and seeking to help her dying husband, Lena learns where his last mission sent him...

How much of ourselves must we give up to coexist?

         It’s unusual for a play to have more relevance today than when it was written, but Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama, resonates powerfully in the context of current events that have awakened a deep-seated fear of dark-skinned, mustachioed people in many Americans. Akhtar’s brief but explosive work is on display at Compass Rose Theater’s temporary quarters in the Power House Building at the Loews Hotel,...
Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks Camps Fun, learning and excitement all summer long          Find a variety of camp opportunities all over Anne Arundel County for all ages, interests and abilities. Enjoy arts and crafts, nature, sports, music and drama, active games, field trips, special theme days and more.        Choose from Abrakadoodle Art Camps, Adaptive Day Camps, Colonial Adventure Camp, Enrichment Camps, Dance Camps, Imagination...

How young artists view our great estuary

       Each of us Bay-lovers sees the Chesapeake in a different way. Especially important is how young Marylanders see our great estuary, for its survival will soon be in their hands.         March has been celebrated in Maryland for 57 years as Youth Art Month.         This month, you can see the new  160-piece exhibit, Portraits of the Chesapeake Bay, just up at Calvert Marine Museum.        Calvert...

Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan and 5th-grade artists will

       Yumi Hogan, artist and Maryland’s First Lady, looked carefully at each poster created by our state’s 10 fifth-grade finalists in honor of trees. The posters ranged from a wordless black-ink-and-rainbow-colored tree … to a tree in winter with a lone child on a swing hanging from one of its snow-covered branches … to many illustrating all that trees do for their fellow earth dwellers: photosynthesis, habitat, oxygen, shade and more. ...
Trails Are Good for America        Trails are already transforming America. They provide healthy options to get outdoors, revitalize main streets and provide important mobility choices for people to safely get around. Almost 40 percent of all trips in the United States are a 20-minute bike ride or less, and more than 20 percent are a 20-minute walk or less.       Trails, sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks are parts of America’s growing mobility needs....

Camp Guide will make you wish life imitated camp

       Reader, you, like me, are probably too old to go to the camps featured in our March 1 Early Bird Camp Guide. Your kids or grandkids probably aren’t, so their summer futures give you reason for reading. There are other good reasons, I promise you.        Camps thrive — and make good armchair reading — because they take us outside our day-to-day experience.        That’s why one of my favorites among the...