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By Dan Rodricks | February 22, 2010
News reports of the horrific flooding on the Portuguese island of Madeira refer to it as a popular tourist destination, and it is -- if you happen to be British or German. It is not so well known here, even among Americans affluent enough to take vacations abroad. In fact, before the scary videos of the mudslides hit television over the weekend, I would bet most Americans had never heard of Madeira, one of the most beautiful places on earth. And I don't make such an assertion because my father was born there, or because my visit to Madeira rekindled some strange, almost haunting bond with the place, as if I'd been there before.
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Dan Rodricks | January 28, 2013
I beg the reader's indulgence as I savor a memory of something that lasted for only about 10 minutes on a summer day 17 years ago - an encounter with a stranger on a bridge in Baltimore County. It was one of those remarkable moments in which something like the secret to happiness appears. That sounds grandiose, but I think you know what I mean about moments like that. They're strange, beautiful epiphanies. Something happens - in the blink of an eye, in an act of kindness, in the sound of music - that answers some question you've had about what it means not only to be human but to be happy about it. It was 1996, and I was having one of my blue days - depressed or overworked or bothered by something.
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February 9, 2005
On February 1, 2005, mother of Charles M. Stevenson, Andrew E. Stevenson and Deborah E. Stevenson. Sister of Charles Ellis Ellicott of Cockeysville, Maryland. Grandmother of Aaron Stevenson, Jenny Stevenson-Brestoff and Timothy Stevenson. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 11 A.M. at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21210. Friends of Nancy Madeira wishing to show their appreciation for her life and legacy are asked to make donations in her name to The General Support Fund of The American Friends Service Committee, the international outreach arm of the Society of Friends, also known as the Quakers.
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By Dan Rodricks | February 23, 2010
News reports of the horrific flooding on the Portuguese island of Madeira refer to it as a popular tourist destination, and it is -- if you happen to be British or German. It is not so well known here, even among Americans affluent enough to take vacations abroad. In fact, before the scary videos of the mudslides hit television over the weekend, I would bet most Americans had never heard of Madeira, one of the most beautiful places on earth. And I don't make such an assertion because my father was born there, or because my visit to Madeira rekindled some strange, almost haunting bond with the place, as if I'd been there before.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | January 5, 1997
"Have some Madeira, m'dear," goes the bawdy old song of innocence defiled. "It's really much finer than beer."Madeira doesn't get many songs written about it anymore. These brandy-fortified wines from the Portuguese island possession of the same name have settled into obscurity. Today Madeira is known better as a sauce than as something to drink.There was a time, however, when Madeira was quite literally the toast of America. It was with Madeira that the Founding Fathers drank to the prosperity of a new nation.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer | June 29, 1994
Three men were shot, one fatally, inside a two-story rowhouse in the 200 block of N. Madeira St. Monday night, city police reported.Police said drug-cutting paraphernalia was recovered from the house and that it appeared the triple-shooting involved drugs.Also recovered in the house was a semi-automatic pistol.In an alley near the scene of the shooting, police found a .32 caliber revolver.It was not immediately known to whom the weapons belonged.Shortly after three suspects entered the rowhouse around 7 p.m., residents reported hearing several gunshots.
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By Rob Kasper | May 2, 1999
Like many gardeners, I have gone through the springtime routine of planting lettuce and peas but never harvesting them. Instead of ending up on my kitchen table, these vegetables have ended up in the stomachs of a band of voracious rabbits.The usual anti-rabbit measures -- fences, dried blood and hair clippings -- have failed to deter my furry foes. This year, I am changing tactics. Rather than trying to prevent the rabbits from eating my garden, I am going to try to eat them.I called my friend Janie Hib-ler in her Portland, Ore., home and pumped her for rabbit recipes.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | January 16, 2000
The hottest trend in restaurants is something called "upscale casual," a strange phrase when you think about it -- hard to define and harder to accomplish. It's an appeal to all those paradoxical feelings Americans have about eating out. We want a laid-back place where we don't have to dress up, a place where we can stop by after work and not spend big bucks. But we're also more sophisticated about food and more health-conscious than we used to be, so we want interesting, fresh food. Rothwells Grille is one of the places that, for the most part, manages this balancing act. The dining rooms are pleasantly unmemorable, with comfortable booths and soothing lighting.
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Dan Rodricks | January 28, 2013
I beg the reader's indulgence as I savor a memory of something that lasted for only about 10 minutes on a summer day 17 years ago - an encounter with a stranger on a bridge in Baltimore County. It was one of those remarkable moments in which something like the secret to happiness appears. That sounds grandiose, but I think you know what I mean about moments like that. They're strange, beautiful epiphanies. Something happens - in the blink of an eye, in an act of kindness, in the sound of music - that answers some question you've had about what it means not only to be human but to be happy about it. It was 1996, and I was having one of my blue days - depressed or overworked or bothered by something.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser | June 16, 1991
In 1929, the 10th year of Prohibition, an armored car dispatched by J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. pulled up in front of Baltimore County's Hampton Mansion and carried one of the nation's most renowned wine collections back to the private cellars of the fabulously wealthy and enormously thirsty New York financier.The sale's proceeds brought electricity to the historic Ridgelfamily estate, but a splash of Maryland's heritage was lost. Many of the bottles dated back to the early decades of the republic, when Charles Carnan Ridgely (1760-1829)
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February 9, 2005
On February 1, 2005, mother of Charles M. Stevenson, Andrew E. Stevenson and Deborah E. Stevenson. Sister of Charles Ellis Ellicott of Cockeysville, Maryland. Grandmother of Aaron Stevenson, Jenny Stevenson-Brestoff and Timothy Stevenson. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 11 A.M. at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21210. Friends of Nancy Madeira wishing to show their appreciation for her life and legacy are asked to make donations in her name to The General Support Fund of The American Friends Service Committee, the international outreach arm of the Society of Friends, also known as the Quakers.
TRAVEL
By ELLEN UZELAC and ELLEN UZELAC,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 20, 2002
What is it about islands? For most of us, islands aren't a part of our everyday but something we treat ourselves to in our travels. By nature, they are standoffish, yet we are drawn to them by currents we don't always understand. Maybe it is their inherent mystery. Maybe it is their geographic remove. Over the years, I've journeyed to Ellis and Alcatraz, national icons with stories to tell. I'll never forget searching for mention of my grand-parents in Ellis Island's archives or walking against a fierce wind on that rock known as Alcatraz.
NEWS
By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | January 16, 2000
The hottest trend in restaurants is something called "upscale casual," a strange phrase when you think about it -- hard to define and harder to accomplish. It's an appeal to all those paradoxical feelings Americans have about eating out. We want a laid-back place where we don't have to dress up, a place where we can stop by after work and not spend big bucks. But we're also more sophisticated about food and more health-conscious than we used to be, so we want interesting, fresh food. Rothwells Grille is one of the places that, for the most part, manages this balancing act. The dining rooms are pleasantly unmemorable, with comfortable booths and soothing lighting.
NEWS
By Rob Kasper | May 2, 1999
Like many gardeners, I have gone through the springtime routine of planting lettuce and peas but never harvesting them. Instead of ending up on my kitchen table, these vegetables have ended up in the stomachs of a band of voracious rabbits.The usual anti-rabbit measures -- fences, dried blood and hair clippings -- have failed to deter my furry foes. This year, I am changing tactics. Rather than trying to prevent the rabbits from eating my garden, I am going to try to eat them.I called my friend Janie Hib-ler in her Portland, Ore., home and pumped her for rabbit recipes.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | January 5, 1997
"Have some Madeira, m'dear," goes the bawdy old song of innocence defiled. "It's really much finer than beer."Madeira doesn't get many songs written about it anymore. These brandy-fortified wines from the Portuguese island possession of the same name have settled into obscurity. Today Madeira is known better as a sauce than as something to drink.There was a time, however, when Madeira was quite literally the toast of America. It was with Madeira that the Founding Fathers drank to the prosperity of a new nation.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer | June 29, 1994
Three men were shot, one fatally, inside a two-story rowhouse in the 200 block of N. Madeira St. Monday night, city police reported.Police said drug-cutting paraphernalia was recovered from the house and that it appeared the triple-shooting involved drugs.Also recovered in the house was a semi-automatic pistol.In an alley near the scene of the shooting, police found a .32 caliber revolver.It was not immediately known to whom the weapons belonged.Shortly after three suspects entered the rowhouse around 7 p.m., residents reported hearing several gunshots.
TRAVEL
By ELLEN UZELAC and ELLEN UZELAC,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 20, 2002
What is it about islands? For most of us, islands aren't a part of our everyday but something we treat ourselves to in our travels. By nature, they are standoffish, yet we are drawn to them by currents we don't always understand. Maybe it is their inherent mystery. Maybe it is their geographic remove. Over the years, I've journeyed to Ellis and Alcatraz, national icons with stories to tell. I'll never forget searching for mention of my grand-parents in Ellis Island's archives or walking against a fierce wind on that rock known as Alcatraz.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser | June 16, 1991
In 1929, the 10th year of Prohibition, an armored car dispatched by J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. pulled up in front of Baltimore County's Hampton Mansion and carried one of the nation's most renowned wine collections back to the private cellars of the fabulously wealthy and enormously thirsty New York financier.The sale's proceeds brought electricity to the historic Ridgelfamily estate, but a splash of Maryland's heritage was lost. Many of the bottles dated back to the early decades of the republic, when Charles Carnan Ridgely (1760-1829)
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