Today at the Port of Baltimore, a 100-yard barge will pick-up and transport over 50 train cars of fossilized oyster shell – the new home for “spats-on-shell” baby oysters. The substrate of shell is coming from the Gulf of Mexico to the Chesapeake Bay courtesy of CSX freight trains. It’s just the first of dozens of trips from a quarry where 125,000 cubic yards of shell awaits this transplantation.
Native Marylander and CSX executive Michael Ward will announce the campaign with ... read more
Women's Center Art Exhibit 2014
Dang, I missed the deadline to enter art in this juried show. But I'll make sure to visit. There's always a nice variety in a beautiful space.
If you'd also like to see it, the opening reception will be on January 10 from 5-7 p.m.
The exhibit runs from January 6th to April 25th. You will see watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels, wood relief, collages and photography by local artists.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Women's ... read more
The Golden Globe nominations were announced today, and for an awards group that is notoriously and proudly corrupt (NEVA 4GET Pia Zadora-gate), this year's batch was remarkably ... coherent? No, that's not the right word. Let's just say they made some good choices, such as surprising but well-deserved nods for flicks "Her" and "Nebraska," actors Greta Gerwig and Sally Hawkins, and TV programs "Masters of Sex" and "Top of the Lake." But then you get to the Best Supporting Actress in a film category ... read more
Sometimes instead of changing an entire exhibit, a few new items can be added. This allows some of the artifacts to be rotated off display for a while. It also gives our exhibits an “update” and allows our visitors to see new artifacts. I’ve recently updated two of the exhibits at the NMCWM. Let’s take a look at what’s on display now.
Most of the new additions were added to the Nursing display. Though my museum doesn’t have a large collection of artifacts associated with ... read more
With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and the Christmas music season officially under way, we can expect plenty of concerts in concert halls, schools and churches.
Nothing heralds Christmas better than the arrival of the enduring Nutcracker Ballet with Tchaikovsky’s famous musical score. Perhaps of all the aspects of enchantment that grace the Joffrey Ballet's “Nutcracker," probably the most winning is the children from the different ballet schools.
After all, Christmas is about a birth ... read more
I have to admit, it’s been a while since I’ve written you. Shame on me.
You no doubt recall, as I do, the days when you told our mom the best way to let you know what we wanted for Christmas was to take a look through the Montgomery Ward catalog. Most years there was a three item limit. Very reasonable to my now parental mind; but, oh, how circumscript to an eight year old!
Surely you were watching as I spent countless hours one December daydreaming about life with a particular ... read more
Behaviors that will change your life Part Four
Between now and the end of this year, I want to give you some pointers to think about to improve your retirement planning. This information is provided with couples and families in mind but the single person can cogitate on these points for future implementation. Each point is a behavior that is designed to help you, the reader, improve your chances of a successful retirement. The earlier you adopt these points the more impact they will have. I ... read more
Coach Turner occasionally sends our team into a classroom before the start of practice. We discuss a wide array of topics such as game strategies, team cohesiveness, and scholastic progress. At our last team meeting, I recall Coach asking us an open-ended question that I have been pondering for the last week and half. I think that I have finally come up with a reasonable answer to his question regarding, “what is more important: your character or your reputation?” Character is who you are as ... read more
Recently, we were all shocked and saddened by an incident at the Naval Shipyards. A very troubled young man with some sort of motive (that may have yet to be figured out), decided to take out some sort of revenge on the government by gunning down thirteen people in cold blood. Of course, we all share sympathy for the killed, the injured and their loved ones. Unfortunately, both sides of the gun debate are using this tragic situation for their own ends – the anti-gun forces are stating that, but for guns, the whole matter would never have occurred. The pro-gun crowd claims that the root cause of the incident was the gunman’s seeming mental incapacity, and guns aren’t the issue here.
How does one know what to think?
A number of years back, a distant relative was driving home from a Friday night dinner out. At the same time, a few miles up the road, there was a severely disturbed teenage girl that was determined to take her own life. The suicide method? Her car.
She took to the road determined to end her life that evening. The problem was, as far as she could see, was that the road was free of bridges, jersey walls and semis – there was nothing to run into. Until she saw the car carrying my relative. She sped toward the target, and my relative saw the headlights. He switched lanes to allow her to pass, but, inexplicably to him, she mirrored his move and sped up.
Moments later, she collided with the car carrying my relative and his wife. The carnage was incredible, and it shut down the road and tied up traffic for twelve hours. Everyone survived – my relative cracked a vertebrae, his wife broke a hip and the distressed woman messed herself up pretty badly, but she survived.
Here we have another example of someone using something we can legally obtain – a car – to cause mayhem and death in a public area. Similar episodes are played out every month on the millions of miles of highways, roads and streets in this country. Yet, we don’t have talking heads and newsmen on tv talking about how we need to outlaw cars. There is no public outcry to have a psychological and criminal background check and a 48-hour waiting period before someone purchases a vehicle.
Now this is not going to be a pro-Second Amendment or pro-gun control column. Frankly, I can see both sides of the story. But as of this moment, the United States Supreme Court has issued its interpretation of the Second Amendment through a number of different challenges and cases, and citizens are allowed to own guns.
For an example of how gun control DOES NOT WORK, just look at DC. For decades, guns were illegal in DC by law. That didn’t stop all of the killing in the district.
The nut of it is, we all have to grow up and become adults about the world around us. Our country is rife with things that can kill you, and people that may have the desire to do the same. If you take away guns (see the above-paragraph), those people that really, REALLY want to take you out will find another way to do it. Pipes, bars, drugs, bats, cars, planes – everything is fair game. If guns are indeed taken away, and we see a spate of murders by baseball bat, are we going to line up (no pun intended) and outlaw those? What will happen to baseball, to sandlot games, to family picnics? (As a side note, remember Jarts? They were lawn darts that you tried to throw into your opponent’s circle. Kind of a combination between bocce, horseshoes and MURDER. Seriously, my sisters and I always played this game, and my parents never had an issue with it. Now that I’m older, the darts that were thrown could be used for any number of malfeasant purposes. I guess that’s why they’ve been outlawed.)
In consideration of everything previously mentioned, I understand this is not a very easy issue. Our founding fathers might have been a teeny bit vague in drafting the Second Amendment. Understand the world was a very different place; the country was constantly under attack by evil forces that wanted to snuff the country; to turn off the light that attracted people from every country around the world. We also have to understand that society was split into fractions – the landowners (the 1%) and everyone else (the 99%).
But, without any logical, unemotional argument, there can be no resolution on this issue. And given the environment today, that looks about as possible as outlawing cars.
Christopher Markham writes a regular column for fredericknewspost.com.
Garth Brooks is back and is heading out on a world tour in 2014. Nothing like wading back into performing live than a little old world tour. In case you have forgotten who Garth Brooks is during his 10 years off while his kids were "growing up," there's a new box set of his music with 77 songs and 33 music videos. Garth will continue to play in Las Vegas through January. Tour dates and stops are to be announced later.
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The American Country Awards airs on Fox Dec. 10, 8 p.m., with hosts ... read more