New architectural styles introduced in the 1960s nationwide included New Formalism and Brutalism.

New Formalism buildings include Classical elements, rigid symmetrical elevations and rich materials such as marble. This style was primarily used for civic, cultural or institutional buildings — think of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., designed by the architect Edward Durell S...

January 7, 2020

“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster,” wrote satirist Jonathan Swift. Those of us who love the briny bivalve can agree. I mean, if J. Alfred Prufrock had trouble deciding to bite something as luscious as the downy peach, what maniac was brave enough to coax open and swallow the first oyster? I can’t remember my first a raw oyster, but it must have been after I learned to e...

January 2, 2020

Less than a year earlier, the USSR had beaten the United States into space with the first Earth-orbiting artificial satellite, followed by the successful launch of a living creature — a dog named Laika — into orbit.

In January, the U.S. had responded with Explorer 1, the first American satellite in orbit.

In February, Egypt and Syria had unified as the United Arab Republic, with ov...

An old hymn resonates deeply with me. It begins “When peace, like a river, attendeth my way...” I do find peace by a river, or ocean or bay, and my favorite place is on Delmarva, in Lewes, Del. I walk along the shoreline, absentmindedly picking up bits of seashell, or sit and gaze at the sun-diamonds dancing on the surface of the water, and my racing thoughts are calmed.

By the se...

With a crystal ball in October 1990, Rob Etgen couldn’t have pictured what the next 30 years would look like at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. That was when he became ESLC’s executive director and its first staff member. Fast forward to 2020, as Etgen and the land conservancy enter their 30th year together, they’ve created a track record of success anchored by preserved land...

December 17, 2019

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December 12, 2019

Holiday Hors d’oeuvres


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St. Michaels, MD 21663



Red Fire Old Vine Zinfandel, a delicious Primitivo wine from the Puglia region in Italy, great with meats and BBQ

Silk & Spice Red Blend Wine from Portugal, 90 Pts WE, pairs well with so many foods


Spicy Green Oliv...

My Uncle Bud lived in New York City, and when I was a child, my family visited him every year during school break. We went to see lots plays and musicals while in the Big Apple, and I caught the theater bug and never have been cured. As an architect, I was a member of the design team for the Carolyn Blount Theatre, home of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, and my pr...

December 6, 2019

An unusual take on a local holiday favorite

Season 5 of the sitcom “Happy Days” premiered in September 1977. In this episode, the character Fonzie, played by Harry Winkler, jumps his water skis over a shark. He wore his character’s iconic leather jacket during the feat.

Since that time, when a brand has gone so off-brand that it has become silly, or a trend sunsets, people use the...

At some point, we’ve all known someone who thinks that food is love. It might even be you. They’re easy to identify, these people. They’re the ones who say, “just one more helping.” They have kitchens that always smell vaguely delicious in an unidentifiable way. They make generous portions, they say cooking ‘relaxes them,’ and they are always happiest when whatever tempting morse...

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