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Volume XVII, Issue 45 ~ November 5 - November 11, 2009

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This Week’s Features . . .

Dock of the Bay

Plenty of flu, too little vaccine ... Commemorating Maryland’s role in freedom of religion and separation of church and state ... Passing along holiday spirit ... This week’s Creature Feature: One more Halloween treat from the high-flying Baltimore Ravens ...

Oscar and Olive Osprey

Janie Suss writes of how an osprey family spends our part of their flightful year

The osprey are gone now. They’ve headed south. Some will go as far as South America. We won’t hear their calls from overhead until around St. Patrick’s Day, next March 17, when they’ll begin to return. We tell the seasons by these graceful birds. Soaring above the water, they become so familiar to us that we take them for granted. Then, when we notice we no longer hear them, we know cold weather and shorter days are on the way.

The Yellow Box Front

Your used clothes are making somebody money; it’s up to you to decide who

Even as we struggle through a difficult recession, a brisk profit is being made off the things we toss away.

The Writing Doctor’s Prescription

A good, local story is like a slice of warm apple pie, says author Joan Lehmann of her first novel, Heaven Below.

Local and family stories are what Lehmann wants to tell. She wrote Heaven Below to safeguard both personal and local memories. “I wrote it to give recognition to small towns and a gone-by era when coal was king, to bring back some Baltimore baby-boomer memories and to recognize my own hometown. I managed to preserve a little of my family history while I was at it."

The Bay Gardener

by Dr. Frank Gouin

How to Grow a Fine Lawn Without Fertilizer

Test and lime, test and lime, test and lime

Both acid rain and decaying organic matter cause soils to become more acid. With acidity, the availability of nutrients decreases as does the breakdown of organic matter and the release of more nutrients. If you are going to grow a lawn without applying any commercial fertilizers or compost, you must optimize soil conditions so that the microorganisms can function at their maximum capacity.

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by Dennis Doyle

Tacklesmith Shawn Smith

His “Super Tuning” brings out the best in a casting reel

My arm flexed back as I started the cast. The feeding boil of a big rockfish had just appeared in the rip near the tip of a jetty. My surface plug arced out as the reel’s spool turned to a blur, feeding line into the cast. It was a long attempt, but my bait splashed a mere two feet from the rocks and right on target. A split-second later, the plug disappeared in a smashing strike.

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Sky Watch

by J. Alex Knoll

Following the Waning Moon

While itself a sight, it travels in good company, too

The waning gibbous moon rises around 7:15pm Thursday beneath the horns of Taurus the bull. Hour by hour the moon inches eastward moon-width by moon-width until it is high in the west come daybreak, around 6:40am Friday.
maximum capacity.

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by Steve Carr

We All Fall Down

Like leaves, we flourish and then we fall

I like the change of seasons and enjoy watching the trees get naked as winter approaches, but as I get older, raking leaves is becoming a back-busting chore. I used to enjoy raking leaves — the earthy smell and stoner colors — but time has made me a little less psyched to see the trees shedding their leafy coats.

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from the Editor



Days a Week
calendar of events

by Diana Beechener

Music Notes
by Ashley Goodman

movie reviews and

Free Will Astrology©
by Rob Brezsny

News of the Weird©
by Chuck Shepherd


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