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Trump’s Secret

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:56:04 +0000

For months now, actually the last two years, I have been puzzled by a persistent, troubling question: What is Donald Trump hiding? Through the tumult of the first six months of the Trump White House, through all the resignations and firings, from National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to the spectacular flameout [...]

Cap’n Jack and His Missing Crosses

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:25:25 +0000

It was a tantalizing find, a possible solution to a four-century-old mystery, and it sent a shiver of excitement through the small band of obsessive amateur historians that continue to search for artifacts from Captain John Smith’s legendary voyages of exploration of the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. The discovery, in June, 2010, by Maryland archeologist Darrin [...]

Six Days of War

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:43:23 +0000

Shortly after dawn on the hot, dry morning of June 5, 1967, Israel launched a momentous battle with her Arab neighbors that came to be known as the Six Day War. In the course of six frantic days, responding to Egypt’s closing of her access to the Red Sea, Israel [...]

Chesapeake Bay in Trump’s Crosshairs

Sun, 14 May 2017 15:12:41 +0000

The Chesapeake Bay had a good week last week. The annual report card on the Bay’s overall health from the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) showed significant improvement, one-design sailboats from around the nation had a rollicking regatta in the waters off Annapolis, and just days before that, Congress preserved [...]

They Also Serve……

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:53:07 +0000

The jury summons came in the mail, posing the classic dilemma: do my civic duty, or try to weasel out? This time, at least, I opted for duty and showed up at Circuit Court on Church Circle in Annapolis at the appointed hour. 8:00 a.m. Checked into the jury room and [...]

Media in the Age of Trump

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 02:27:39 +0000

For news organizations, the early months of the Age of Trump have been, perversely, the best of times and the worst of times. The worst, because of the 45th President’s vitriolic assault on the media as dishonest, disloyal “enemies of the people.” The best, oddly, because the chaos [...]

News Obsessive Disorder

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:03:36 +0000

Are you suffering from News Obsessive Disorder (NOD)? Do the headlines out of our nation’s capital give you a headache? Does page-one make you anxious? Do you find yourself watching cable news non-stop? You are not alone. NOD is endemic in the Age of Trump, and growing. [...]

A Three-way Race for Mayor of Annapolis

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:21:31 +0000

“Gavin 2017.” That was the bumper sticker I saw in a parking lot the other day. It was the first sign that the 2017 race for mayor of Annapolis is underway. Buckle up. It may get lively. “Gavin” is Gavin Buckley, the outgoing 53-year-old owner of, it seems, most of the restaurants on West Street, including [...]

Campaign Autopsy: Clinton’s 1,000 Cuts

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:25:57 +0000

A month after the most surreal, bizarre Presidential election in my lifetime, I find I have almost as many questions as answers. Not about Donald Trump’s Electoral College victory, which seems clear, unless the Michigan recount and the Electors who actually cast their votes on December 19, decide otherwise. [...]

Americans Afloat Choose Change

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:01:18 +0000

Some cheered when Donald Trump went over the top, some groaned, some said it was the dawn of a new era, some said it was the end of history, some made comments not suitable for a family newspaper and just about everybody expressed shock. Six hundred strong, they were part of a floating focus group aboard [...]