June 28, 2008
We live in a constantly changing world, but each day, one thing remains the same: The sun rises in the east and sets in the west - although not in exactly the same spot on the horizon. Summer holds the longest day of the year, when the sun rises and falls to the extreme north end of east and west, tracing a high arc in the sky. The sun seems to stand still briefly, then, almost undetectably, it begins creeping farther and farther south, until reaching the shortest day of the year about Dec. 21, when the winter solstice sun rises and sets farthest south, staying low in the sky. Sundials have marked those daylight hours for thousands of years, casting shadows that moved to tell the time as the sun's position changed relative to the Earth.
June 30, 2007
Two days after Magdalena Sudnik installed her sundial sculpture at the Inner Harbor, she drove by the site and noticed something most unpleasant. "I glanced over," Sudnik recalled, "And it's gone. The Baltimore sundial is gone." The piece, titled Time is Now, is a metal circular rim that is propped 4 feet off the ground by two legs. The rim encircles a trio of dinner plate-sized sundials -- each calibrated to show the time in a different city: Timbuktu, Geneva and Baltimore. "I kind of wanted to show people that we're all connected though time," she said.
October 23, 2005
In contrast to the American rural character of the area, the garden at the Eastern Shore home of Michael and Mary Ann Bowers looks like something out of Provence. An arbor-sheltered porch, big terra cotta pots frothing with annuals, and a lattice thick with autumn clematis all whisper rustic Gallic charm. But it's the Marydel garden itself -- comprising four raised square beds -- that really sets the mood. Salvaged garden decorations -- a nubbly concrete birdbath, a verdigris sundial -- punctuate three squares, and designer Mary Ann Bowers has filled the fourth with fragrant lavender, perennials and culinary herbs.
December 27, 2003
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6, there will be significant changes in the presentation of daily and weekly markets information in The Sun. Some categories of trading information will be eliminated from both daily and weekly stock, bond and mutual fund listings to save space. Key indicators, including data on the closing price, change in price and measures of the investment's return over time will remain. In no case will the table revisions result in the loss of more than a small fraction of the number of securities issues listed.
December 23, 2003
SEATTLE - Mars is about to be invaded by three successive spacecraft carrying sophisticated scientific instruments, six-wheeled robotic "rovers" and two sundials from Seattle. The planned landing on Christmas Day of Britain's Beagle 2 will be followed by two NASA probes, Spirit and Opportunity, which will land in January. The general purpose of the missions is to find evidence of life, or past life. What does a sundial have to do with this and why on Earth would it come from soggy, cloudy Seattle?
February 17, 2002
Area schools and literacy programs seek volunteers to help children and adults improve reading skills and to assist with related projects. Among them: Girl Scouts of Central Maryland needs mentors to work with girls on reading and other academic subjects at the Girl Scouts Afterschool Centers at 105 N. Broadway and 31 S. Payson St. in Baltimore. Information: Wanda Young, 410-358-9711, Ext. 276. If your school or organization would like to be included in this listing, call Sundial at 410-783- 1800 and enter code 6130.