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Volume 16, Issue 1 ~ January 3 - January 9, 2008

This Week's Features:

This Year, Resolve to Find Fitness that Fits

If you’re counting better exercise habits among your New Year’s resolutions, you’ve got something in common with millions of Americans. And like many of those millions, your newfound resolution is unlikely to last as long as those leftover Christmas cookies. Success comes when exercise becomes part of your routine — even a time you look forward to — not a tick off your to-do list or an impulse resolution. To help make 2008 the year you keep your fitness resolution and find a routine that suits you, six writers share what worked for them — and what didn’t — in their evolving fitness strategy.

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The Chesapeake: Our Fleeting Wilderness

Boats, bridges and buildings crowd the Chesapeake Bay that most of us know. But Tom Horton and photographer Ian Plant show us a pure and wild Chesapeake in Chesapeake Bay of Light, their new 192-page coffee table book.

reviewed by Carrie Madren

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On T.V.

Tap into The Wire: A new day dawns in Baltimore as its hometown show begins a final season on HBO.

reviewed by Diana Beechener

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Winter’s Cold, Dark Skies

As the season’s chill sets in, warm up with the promise of longer days

Although winter has only begun, Saturday marks a turning point in the seasons with the year’s latest daybreak at 7:27. Granted, winter solstice two weeks ago marked the year’s shortest day, but Earth’s elliptical orbit around the sun separates the earliest sunset and the latest sunrise by almost an entire month. Now, bit by bit, our days grow longer in morning and evening.

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My Resolution for 2008

You’ll hear me preaching global warming so often you’ll think I’m Al Gore

Time for New Year’s resolutions, and from this corner the list is very short; one resolution.

I resolve in the upcoming year to do everything possible to make you aware of the latest in the probable coming of big-time global warming and its consequences to people, other living creatures and the environment.

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Backyard Orchards: Pie in the Sky

Raising fruit trees isn’t a bowlful of cherries

A former member of the Annapolis Horticulture Society asked me to recommend peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, apriums, apricots, cherries and apples for the garden of her new home on the lower Eastern Shore. She wanted to harvest homegrown fruit.

How I Keep My New Year’s Resolutions

If my success-ratio continues, 2008 will be a very good year

New Year’s Resolutions are a dicey affair. They generally ignore past behavioral patterns suggesting that those particular promises, intended for self-improvement, won’t be kept for very long.

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Green New Year’s Resolutions

10 ways you can reduce your carbon footprint in the New Year

There’s never been a more urgent time to reduce your carbon footprint. With the U.S. government still opting out of mandatory emissions cuts, it’s up to every individual, business owner and city or state government to take steps. So here are 10 ways to get you started in the New Year:

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Where We Live
by Steve Carr

Bay Cheer for a New Year

Enough, already, with all the bad news

It’s a new year and I think we need to chart a fresh environmental course, starting with the way we keep trying to Save the Bay.

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Community Is Us

This holiday season has given us belliesful of good cheer. Gathering with friends, neighbors, family and friends of family to eat, drink and be merry has been holistic medicine for hearts hardened by a year of Scrooging. continue reading...

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In One Sun’s Setting Another Rises

Reflections for a new year

by Elizabeth Ayres

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Letters to the Editor

  • What Are You Doing for the Environment?

  • Still Thankful for the Pilots of WWII

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Curtain Call

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