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Into gifts that can change lives

Six small ways Chesapeake neighbors are making a better world 

Play Santa in ways that matter

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

Coming our way from Kootenai National Forest, Montana

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

Thanksgiving is a Wonderful Time to Remember We Are All Immigrants      I am grateful for your cover and story in Nov. 16’s Bay Weekly.      Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to remind us that we are (most all of us) immigrants, and how very special becoming an American can be and is for so many folks who have not had the good fortune and advantages that most of us who were born in the USA have had.      As always, I continue to be grateful for...

Into gifts that can change lives

     I hope that you are among the fortunate who counted and credited your blessings in the company of family and friends all anticipating digging into the Thanksgiving feast.      I hope your dinner was rich with food and fellowship and wine, the latter if you’re so inclined.      I hope your harvest was good, whether gathered by hand from fields and Bay or from resources of later invention.      I hope that at Thanksgiving...

Six small ways Chesapeake neighbors are making a better world 

     Our neighbors are some amazing people. They do not take for granted the privilege of living in Chesapeake Country in comfort and community amidst a larger world where so many suffer famine, flood, fighting and so many degrees of inferiority.      They interpret that privilege as a challenge to make a better world. Rich in resources as we are, many of us take that challenge far and wide. Others find their mission here at home — for even here, good fortune...

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...