| Dec 27, 2011
| 4:38 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
We are well into Yuletide now. But the...
| Jun 21, 2011
| 10:15 AM
Happy first day of summer. It officially arrives on the East Coast at 1:16 p.m.
That means you have official permission to take a trip to the beach. No need for excuses or guilt. Summer = beach, no questions asked. (If you spend summer at your desk...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 8:27 AM
The moon reaches its “fullest” phase at 3:26 p.m. today, so when it rises at about 6:05 p.m., it will be shining brightly, with clear skies expected. The International Space Station will meanwhile make a few passes over Maryland this week, but...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 7:03 AM
March's full moon arrives Wednesday morning, the first to fall after the vernal equinox.
It is the fourth full moon after the winter solstice, something that usually falls in April. This full moon is known by names including Grass Moon, Egg Moon,...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 6:23 AM
AKRON, Ohio - Ohio is filled with lots of history.
There are presidents (eight in all), Indians, a Revolutionary War fort, a War of 1812 naval battle on Lake Erie, the National Road and the Ohio & Erie Canal.
There are figures from Annie Oakley and Gen....
| Nov 3, 2012
Winter seasonal beers are traditionally a bit sweet, often with a spice note, for comfort in cold weather. Winter Solstice follows this pattern, but it seems specifically designed for one particular season: Turkey Day and the subsequent Turkey Leftover...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no avoiding the holidays, and that's true on local stages as well as the shopping malls. But even the Scroogiest of souls could find something to celebrate in the gifts of theater, dance, and music offered up this season by...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 5:00 AM
How the days and months seem to have melted away — melted away from dawns to darkest evenings that arrive earlier each day.
We are now approaching "the darkest evening of the year," as one of our favorite American poets, Robert Frost, mentioned at...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 1:09 PM
An article in the March 16, 1912, edition of The Argus praised the power and speed of the fire department's new fire engine.
Since the inauguration, several months ago, of automobile service in the Fire Department at Catonsville, the efficiency of the...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 6:51 AM
We are still about two weeks away from the shortest day of the year, but after Friday night, the early winter sunsets will start shifting later again.
The difference between sunset times from Dec. 2 through Dec. 11 is a matter of seconds, all at about...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 11:39 AM
In preparing for the end of the world, December 21, according to the Mayan calendar, I was torn between celebrating the Christmas season and relishing my last God-given days on Earth. What to do? If I only have hours left until the stroke of midnight, why...