January 1, 2011
You made me cry. Of course I made myself cry, too. Knife wounds, insect attacks and tandoori-hot temperatures aside, my favorite story involved me and you and the outdoors. In July, during one of the hottest stretches in a summer of hot stretches, I compressed a season's worth of state park visits into one week. Twenty four parks, seven days, from Deep Creek Lake to the Atlantic Ocean. The stunt was to promote the Maryland Park Service's "Park Quest" family challenge, the best idea to come out of Annapolis since the coining of the state motto: "Manly deeds, womanly words.
January 15, 2011
The boy was 11, already well along in his process of discovering music, when he found himself alone at home one day, listening to a piece by one of history's great romantics. He couldn't explain it, but something in the sounds of Frederic Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Opus 23 — as played by Polish musician Witold Malcuzynsky — struck Brian Ganz like a bolt from stormy skies. "It was mysterious, sort of soulful, and I actually, literally, doubled over in pain," says Ganz, an internationally celebrated concert pianist who lives in Annapolis.
April 22, 2012
More than 300 days had passed since Matt Rutherford pushed out on his 27-foot boat from Annapolis after a quiet send-off. More than 27,000 miles had been navigated to help Rutherford become the first sailor in history to go solo and nonstop around North and South America. As much time as Rutherford had to think about what kind of welcome he would receive, the 31-year-old, who overcame a childhood fear of the water, did not give it much thought. "I didn't know what to expect," Rutherford said, standing on the dock about an hour after coming ashore.
September 23, 1993
It's big, it's bold and it's already being called the most lobbied bill in history.Bill Clinton put his presidency on the line last night with a health care reform proposal comparable in its reach to Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. That war ended in stalemate, and plenty of critics are hoping for an even worse fate for the Clinton health care reform. Considering the vested interests threatened by the plan and the sheer size of the health care industry, the chances that any final plan will closely resemble the initial proposal are slim.
April 18, 2004
A Memorable Place On a freighter plying the South Pacific By Cecil Kuhne SPECIAL TO THE SUN Jumping on a cargo freighter in Tahiti for the Marquesas Islands -- the archipelago some 800 miles to the northeast -- isn't exactly the Love Boat. But it is a classic South Seas journey through a turquoise-blue sea to some of the most remote and unspoiled islands on earth. The Aranui plies this French Polynesia route monthly, taking freight to the islands and returning with its cargo holds full of copra, the dried coconut meat from which soaps, oils and lotions are made.