By Garrison Keillor | May 11, 2010
Mr. Ray Nilsson died in an upstairs bedroom in my house early Monday morning around 2:35 a.m., which was nothing he or I contemplated back when I married his daughter, but life takes us down some mighty interesting roads. If he'd had his choice, he probably would've died in the woods around his log cabin in northern Wisconsin, ax in hand, splitting wood — a big whump in the chest and the sky spins and you fall off the planet — or in his library, reading American history and listening to Schubert, or maybe in Sweden, walking around and listening to the beautiful language of his mother and, Whump, get run over by a Volvo.
By Jonathan Zimmerman | September 2, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed has been updated to reflect the correct title of Austin Sarat's new book.  Did Joseph Wood suffer when he was executed in Arizona this summer? Some witnesses reported that Wood gasped over 600 times during his July 23 execution by lethal injection, which took nearly two hours. But one official said that Wood "appeared to be snoring," while another stated flatly that the inmate "did not endure pain. " We'll never know. But here's what we do know: The quest for a pain-free mechanism of capital punishment is a fool's errand.
By Bill Tammeus and Bill Tammeus,Kansas City Star | November 2, 1990
Kansas City.I DROVE INTO MARYLAND south of Baltimore recently and was greeted with the new wave in state welcoming signs:''Maryland Welcomes You. Please Drive Gently.''Gently? What is this, I wondered, some sort of Alan Alda, super-sensitive-guy urging? Some ultra-'90s liberated, touchy-feely request?And in Maryland, of all places?Could this be the same gentle Maryland in which the war-like Susquehanna tribe of the Iroquois Indian family once put severe and violent pressure on colonists, who, after all, wanted nothing more than to steal their land and obliterate them from the Milky Way galaxy?
By Mike King and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Midway through winter, a chilly fog surrounded Theaux Le Gardeur's shop. Hardly anyone would be out on the Gunpowder River that day, he said. But he didn't need the river or sunlight. He stood behind his fly-fishing store clutching three rods: graphite, glass and bamboo. One by one, he tossed them back with his forearm and flicked them forward, eliciting the characteristic swish of fly line cutting through air. Each rod carried the line, bounced back quickly and delivered the fly far ahead of Le Gardeur, depositing the insect imitations onto the slick grass next to Backwater Angler.
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 24, 2004
Bob Keeshan, who for 30 years played television's Captain Kangaroo, trading knock-knock jokes with a moose puppet while introducing morals and civility to countless children, died yesterday at 76. Mr. Keeshan's death in Hartford, Vt., followed a long illness, according to a statement released by his son, Michael. Although Fred Rogers, who died last year, is often considered the father of children's television, Mr. Keeshan preceded him on U.S. national TV by 13 years, debuting on CBS in 1955 as an avuncular character with a walrus mustache, Buster Brown wig, baggy jacket and beloved gaggle of Treasure House friends.
By Angela Gambill and Angela Gambill,Staff writer | November 7, 1991
Flora Ethel Andrews is old. Very old.But you wouldn't know she'scelebrating her 103rd birthday next week, not to look at her sprightly face peeping from beneath a genteel straw hat. And certainly not to hear her talk.One minute she's showing off the prisms that hang in her window, making rainbows all over the room. Another moment she's telling you The Sun has been read in her home for 100 years. Or she's joking impishly about neighborhood reactions to the book she's just completed: "Miss Ethel Remembers."
By Edwin O. Guthman and Edwin O. Guthman,Special to the Sun | March 5, 2000
"American By Blood," by Andrew Huebner. Simon and Schuster. 245 pages. $23. The sun is already turning hot on the morning of July 26, 1876, when three U.S. Army scouts come in view of a hill overlooking the Little Big Horn River in Dakota Territory and discover the sickening, bloody remains of Lt. Col. George Custer, his 7th Cavalry troopers and their horses as wild dogs feed on the bodies and black crows hover overhead. With that grim scene Andrew Huebner begins his first novel. It unfolds with a moving, detailed, descriptive account of the Army's reaction to Custer's defeat, its pursuit of the Sioux, led by their now legendary chiefs, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, and the Army's vengeful attacks as well on other tribes -- the Cheyennes and the Nez Perce.
October 22, 1992
How we rejoicedat your awakening/# oh once young branch of Spring.Now cold, now gray,now tired as thewarm light fades,still clutching yourgentle burdens of aSummer now gone.Let them go, releasethem to fly on the windin shades of crimsonand gold.Cover the earth withbeauty.Now rest.
January 23, 1991
You're running late for work. You pull out your last pair of daytime sheer off-black Lycra blend panty hose. You start to yank them on while chewing on a bagel. Of course, you get a run.Hosiery experts claim that with a few precautions, a bit of patience and a lot of luck, you may never find yourself in that situation.Remove all jewelry from your hands, including watches and bracelets.Make sure your nails don't have any snags in them.Sometimes your hands are rough. Apply lotion before putting on panty hose.
April 24, 2002
Alan Dale, 73, a crooner of the late 1940s and 1950s whose hits included the million-selling single "Heart of My Heart," died Saturday after a long illness, said family spokesman Michael Gregorio. His hits included "Oh, Marie," "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White," and "Sweet and Gentle." "Cherry Pink" stayed on the charts for 30 weeks in 1955. "Heart of My Heart" was a hit the next year.
By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
My 5-year-old Lab is very gentle except when it comes to food. I'm afraid to hand her treats because she snaps so hard at them - it's like "Jaws. " How can I train her to have a softer mouth? The behavior is so much like "Jaws" (as you put it) that trainers commonly refer to it as being "sharky. " Fortunately, the problem can be solved easily, as long as you are consistent.   First, remember that every time you give her a treat, you're rewarding what she's doing at that moment.
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
So many Americans experience dangerous fluctuations in heartbeat that about 400,000 times a year a device is implanted in their chests to keep a normal rhythm. But the defibrillators that send a life-saving electric buzz through the heart can be so painful and damaging that scientists have been looking for a better way. At the Johns Hopkins University, researchers believe that a mellow ray of light could someday replace the electricity. "We're using explosives to open a door for which we have no key," said Natalia Trayanova, a professor in Hopkins' department of biomedical engineering.
By Douglas M. Schmidt | October 24, 2013
Edward Feete was buried this past week. His was a simple service at a Falls Road funeral home, attended by dozens of his friends and remaining family. Eddie was 68, still youngish by today's standards for a long life. But Eddie was a big guy - a very tall, big-boned, heavy guy. His heart had had enough. Many of you in Towson and on the north side of Baltimore knew Eddie. For most of the twenty-four years before he retired in 2012, Eddie was a bagger at the Giant Food store in Ridgely Plaza.
Dan Rodricks | August 29, 2012
"Be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition . . . " - Henry V," by Shakespeare A colleague had warned me about Don Dwyer's rants against homosexuality, but nothing quite prepares you for that kind of thing. When the words fly from the Anne Arundel County delegate's lips directly to your ear, you almost can't believe what you're hearing. When I interviewed him a couple of years ago and asked about his strident opposition to same-sex marriage, I think Dwyer invoked God as his adviser on the issue.
Eileen Ambrose | May 22, 2012
The IRS has been granting more leniency to struggling taxpayers through a program called Fresh Start. Now the agency says it is expanding this effort by offering more flexible terms in its Offer in Compromise program. This is the program where the IRS agrees to settle for less than what's owed because it knows it can't squeeze anything more out of a taxpayer. The IRS says it has changed the financial analysis used to determine whether a taxpayer qualifies for the program. For example, when the IRS calculates how much it can collect from you, it will base that on 1 to 2 years of expected future income, rather than the usual 4 or 5 years.
By Katie V. Jones | December 30, 2011
The Maryland Hay Bank, an operation of the Mount Airy-based Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue, was among 15 organizations awarded a piece of $21,000 in grants this week from the Maryland Horse Industry Board. The Maryland Hay Bank assists private horse owners who are experiencing a financial hardship or a personal crisis with free hay for their horses for 30 days, up to a maximum of 100 total bales. The Maryland Hay Bank is donation driven, and hay is provided at no cost to recipients.
By Garrison Keillor | November 1, 2007
Bright chill October days of sweet dry smells, smoke and apples and pigskin, memories of touch football games on grassy fields strewn with dry leaves. "You go deep," our QB said, thinking that a big, lanky kid like me must be a good receiver, so I galloped deep looking back over my shoulder, but I was not, in fact, all that terribly interested in actually fighting for possession of the ball. I was brought up to share, not to snatch things away from other people. Aggressiveness was not a prime value in my family.
By ROB KASPER | April 27, 1996
TODAY I GO FISHING with the grown-ups. This is one of the three types of fishing. The other two are fishing with your kid and fishing with a fanatic.Fishing with the grown-ups is when you spend most of the day sitting on a comfortable chair on the deck of a good-size boat that glides around the Chesapeake Bay. I plan to do that today and to sip cold beverages, eat fried chicken for lunch, tell stories and take naps. Every once in a while I might be handed a fishing pole and ordered to reel in a fish.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2011
Dr. Mark I. Rossberg, a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died Thursday of prostate cancer at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 50. "Mark was a superbly talented anesthesiologist and a masterful clinician-educator, but above all he was the consummate pediatrician," said Dr. Edward D. Miller, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
November 4, 2011
Three groups in Laurel are collecting new and gently used coats, which will be distributed locally to those in need. • Faith African Methodist Episcopal Church , 13714 Briarwood Drive, is holding its annual winter coat drive through Sunday, Nov. 13. New and gently used winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves to fit school-aged children can be dropped off at the church Sundays, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday...
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