Early October Snow by Robert Haight


Early October Snow 


It will not stay.

But this morning we wake to pale muslin

stretched across the grass.

The pumpkins, still in the fields, are planets

shrouded by clouds.

The Weber wears a dunce cap

and sits in the corner by the garage

where asters wrap scarves

around their necks to warm their blooms.

The leaves, still soldered to their branches

by a frozen drop of dew, splash

apple and pear paint along the roadsides.

It seems we have glanced out a window

into the near future, mid-December, say,

the black and white photo of winter

carefully laid over the present autumn,

like a morning we pause at the mirror

inspecting the single strand of hair

that overnight has turned to snow.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2013 by Robert Haight from his most recent book of poems, Feeding Wild Birds, Mayapple Press, 2013. (Lines two and six are variations of lines by Herb Scott and John Woods.) Poem reprinted by permission of Robert Haight and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Book Review: Dangerous Guests by Ken Miller


A glance at the title gives the impression that this book is about prisoners of war – which would be fine, because there isn’t enough modern literature on that subject pertaining to the American Revolution. The focus of this new volume, however, is not on the prisoners, but on the impact of the prisoners on the community in which they were held. A glance at the title gives the impression that this book is about prisoners of war – which would be fine, because there isn’t enough modern literature on that subject pertaining to the American Revolution. The focus of this new volume, however, is not on the prisoners, but on the impact of the prisoners on the community in which they were held.

From Journal of the American Revolution by Dan Hagist—Continue reading here.



Spiritual Journey to Addiction Recovery Conference October 18


The Rev. Dr. John MacDougall, Spiritual Care Coordinator at The Retreat and former Director of Spiritual Guidance at Hazelden, with Kris Kampf, CDFT, Clinical Supervisor at Gray Wolf Ranch and The Rev. Kevin M. Cross, Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church will be leading a conference “The Spiritual Journey from Addiction to Recovery” on Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 502 S. Morris St, Oxford.

The goal of the conference is to provide information and create opportunity to build communities of support among church leaders and families in addressing the issue of addiction. Substance abuse is a stigmatized illness in our society. The Church must bring its message of acceptance and reconciliation to the individuals and families impacted by this disease. Particular attention needs to be paid to the toll this disease is taking on our youth. God is there with those struggling with this disease, in their suffering and in their victories of recovery.

Compassionate leadership and witness to our faith calls for us to show leadership in offering support, acceptance and healing to those struggling with this disease, without fear or judgment, as a testament to God’s message of healing and love.

To register contact The Church of the Holy Trinity 4 10.226.5 134 or htox@verizon.net Registration fee: $ 20 includes lunch Registration deadline: October 1 1.

This conference and its presenters fully support the primacy of participation in AA and other 12-step recovery programs. Funding for this conference provided by the Diocese of Easton.

Work Boots: Still Life by Jim Daniels


Work Boots: Still Life

Next to the screen door
work boots dry in the sun.
Salt lines map the leather
and laces droop
like the arms of a new-hire
waiting to punch out.
The shoe hangs open like the sigh
of someone too tired to speak
a mouth that can almost breathe.
A tear in the leather reveals
a shiny steel toe
a glimpse of the promise of safety
the promise of steel and the years to come.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem reprinted from Show and Tell, Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2003, courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Press. Copyright ©2003 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Jim Daniels’ most recent book of poems is Birth Marks, BOA Editions, Ltd., 2013. Introduction copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

BSO Concertmaster with the MSO in the Season Premiere: Viennese Heroes

Jonathan Carney

Jonathan Carney

On October 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Maestro Julien Benichou and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the violinist Jonathan Carney, Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This monumental concert features Viennese musical geniuses, Beethoven and Brahms in two of the 19th century’s major masterpieces-composed 74 years apart.

Born in Bonn, Beethoven moved permanently to Vienna in 1792 to study with Haydn but went on to give piano recitals of his compositions and improvisations and compose most of his opus of chamber music, concertos symphonies and choral music, which were premiered and published there. His greatness was recognized early by patrons, friends and critics, who eagerly attended his concerts and recitals. The 3rd Symphony “Eroica” broke new ground in expression, rhythm, alteration of classic form, progression of movements, harmonies, and use of wind instruments.

Raised in the city of Hamburg, Brahms visited Vienna in 1862 for the winter, and increasingly made Vienna his home. His greatness was recognized in 1853 by Joseph Joachim, violinist and composer, and Robert and Clara Schumann. Schumann wrote that he “was destined to give ideal expression to the times” thus introducing Brahms to the music world. The phrase was daunting in its expectations and it was not until the 1858 premiere of his “German Requiem” composed after his mother’s and Schumann’s death that his reputation and Schumann’s opinion were confirmed. Its success may have given him the confidence to complete his first symphony that he had struggled with for many years and then go on to compose the violin concerto. It could be said that without the path-breaking innovations in the “Eroica” and the inspiration of his close friend, Joseph Joachim, Brahms might never have written his magnificent violin concerto in D major in which feeling dictates the form.

One of the largest-scale and demanding works for violin it combines a classical concerto form with Brahms’ musical language. From the majesty of its first movement, the lyricism of the Adagio to the Hungarian Gypsy rhythms and energy of its finale, Brahms concerto attains a depth of musical expression few works in this genre have attained. Brahms conceived of the work as symphonic in the way the solo and orchestral forces are melded into a uniform musical language. Joachim premiered the work on Jan. 1, 1879 and though it was not an immediate success, it has become a standard equal to Beethoven’s violin concerto.

Jonathan Carney, the violin soloist, hailed as one of the great concertmasters of his generation is in his 13th season with the BSO. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and was awarded a Fellowship to continue his studies at the Royal College of Music in London. After an acclaimed world tour as concertmaster and soloist he was invited by the principal conductor, Vladimir Ashkenazy to become concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic in 1991, and simultaneously the Bournemouth Symphony (1993 to 2000) and Basque National Symphony in (1995 to 2002) He is a prolific recording artist of both the standard classical repertoire and contemporary compositions. With a strong belief in musical education, he is artistic director for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and serves on the Board of the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Following the intermission Benichou and the orchestra will present one of the most remarkable and revolutionary works of art we have. Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the “Eroica” is a cutting edge piece of great artistic courage in which the composer did for music what Napoleon and the French Revolution did for society by turning tradition upside down.

This symphony originally was to be a tribute to Napoleon Bonaparte. Upon hearing that his hero had crowned himself emperor, Beethoven tore up the title page and titled it, “ Heroic Symphony to commemorate the memory of a great man.” It was written in the year after a deep depression over his growing deafness gave way to an astonishing burst of creativity. This was his favorite among his works. In it he envisioned where his music was going and in fact where the music of the future was going.

The Season Premiere concert will be performed Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:30 PM at Easton Church of God, 1009 N. Washington Street on Tickets are available for check or cash at Crackerjacks in Easton or at the door. $38 for adults, for students 18 and under free by reservation. Call 1-888-846-8600 for information and tickets or visit midatlanticsymphony.org to download ticket form.

Other venues: Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:30 PM Mariner’s Bethel Church, Rt. 26 & Central Ave., Ocean View, DE and on Sunday, October 5, 3 PM   Community Church, Rt. 586/Racetrack Rd Ocean Pines, MD

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, a nonprofit organization, is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Worcester County Arts Council, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Sussex County Council, The Arts Council of Calvert County, and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, the Joshua Freeman Foundation, Van Strum Foundation as well as donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations.


Analysis Shows Chincoteague Loses 10-20 Feet of Beach Each Year


It is not often that we find the Delmarva Peninsula at the heart of a national environmental article. This Reuters analysis by Ryan McNeill, Deborah J. Nelson and Duff Wilson explores the harsh realities of a rising ocean and its impact environmentally, politically and emotionally on those who are witnessing their property, investments and livelihoods dissolve.

From Annapolis to Chincoteague, arguments flare over how we should address this slow-motion catastrophe. In the meantime the water rises and the land sinks (subsidence) as aquifers are drained.

“Since 2001, water has reached flood levels an average of 20 days or more a year in Annapolis, Maryland; Wilmington, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Sandy Hook, New Jersey; and Charleston, South Carolina. Before 1971, none of these locations averaged more than five days a year. Annapolis had the highest average number of days a year above flood threshold since 2001, at 34. On the Delmarva Peninsula, the annual average tripled to 18 days at the Lewes, Delaware, tide gauge.”

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Recovery For Shore Plans “Sweet” Celebration September 21


September is National Recovery Month, and Easton will celebrate with Recovery For Shore’s ice cream “Scoop Scoot” from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday, September 21 at Thompson Park, 30 W Dover St. between Washington and Harrison streets.

The “Scoop Scoot” will offer ice cream delights from Old Town Creamery, Rita’s, Julia’s, Scottish Highland Creamery and Squirrel Pit  and each will be in different locations within walking distance from Thompson Park

There will also be musical entertainment and children’s activities in addition to learning more about local resources available for recovery from drug and alcohol abuse and mental disorders. Treatment and prevention information will also be available.

The cost is $2 per person and registration should be made online at www.eventbrite.com.

Recovery For Shore is an advocacy group promoting prevention, treatment and recovery for all substance use and mental disorders.

In its 25th year, Recovery Month “promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help.” (recoverymonth.org)

Recovery for Shore is an ad hoc advocacy group of healthcare professionals, community members and non-profit organizations promoting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction and mental disorders in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester and Caroline counties.

The Talbot Spy and Chestertown Spy have acted as a portal for recovery issues and have developed a series of video interviews of people in recovery and healthcare professionals in the addiction and recovery field. These interviews are located in the Recovery For Shore section on the front page of both publications.

To find out more about Recovery For Shore or to volunteer, contact them at shore@gmail.com or go to their Facebook page.

Fab Four Invades Eastern Shore For Crossroads Community


Crossroads Community is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ invasion of America by hosting the Fab Four for a one-night-only concert at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College, on Saturday, September 20, starting at 7 p.m. The event supports the organization’s provision of mental health recovery resources to a five-county Mid-Shore area.

“Each year we have a fundraiser to support Crossroads Community’s programs,” explained Dan Rosendale, fundraising chair. “However, this year is the 30th anniversary of our organization, so we wanted something special, and who is more universally enjoyed than The Beatles?”


Described as “The Ultimate Tribute” to The Beatles, the Emmy Award-winning Fab Four performance spans the entire Beatles repertoire. With three costume changes to match the song eras, the group is renowned for its attention to detail, including appearances by “Ed Sullivan.”

Doors will open early for guests to enjoy a cash bar and auction, where a guitar signed by Paul McCartney will be up for bid. Major sponsors will have an opportunity for photos with the band after the show.

Early sponsors include CNB, Triton Wealth Management, T.R. Klein & Company, Chesapeake Publishing and What’s Up? Media. Additional sponsors are welcome, and those interested may contact Suzanne Moore at 410-758-3050 ext. 126 for more information. Sponsorship and ticket sales benefit Crossroads Community services, such as its Dental Program and Transitional Age Youth Program.

Tickets are $100, $75 and $50, and are available by calling 410-827-5867.

For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, contact Crossroads Community at 410-758-3050 or visit its website, www.ccinconline.com.

Rep. Andy Harris’ Wife Cookie Dies of Heart Attack

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WBAL-TV is reporting that Rep. Andy Harris’ wife has died. Sylvia “Cookie” Harris suffered a sudden heart attack Thursday, sources confirm with 11 News.

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Easton and Queenstown Stroke Support Groups Meet in September


The Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group will meet Thursday, September 4, at 1-2:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Washington Street in Easton, and a new stroke support group will meet on Tuesday, September, 23, 12-2 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, Suite 320.

Both stroke support groups provide information and strategies supporting stroke recovery and care-giving. Their meetings are free and open to anyone whose life has been touched by stroke.

Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke, and the average time for recovery is two years.

The value of social support in stroke recovery has been validated in recent studies, according the American Stroke Association. Feelings of depression and isolation are eased by participating in a support group, and equally important, the support groups often challenge participants “to get beyond their doctor-imposed, therapist-imposed, family-imposed, and self-imposed limitations.”

The Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group meeting will feature two speakers. Melissa Mueller, director of The Presbyterian Church Preschool, will talk on how stroke support group members and their friends and families can help with the Church’s reading to pre-schoolers program; and Kathi Naumann, a caregiving educator, will discuss a video and website that she made to help caregivers and family members care for a stroke survivor safely and effectively. To RSVP, email midshorestroke@gmail.com or call 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

The Queenstown Stroke Support Group is led by Jessica Fluharty, RN, neuroscience specialist at UM Shore Regional Health. The inaugural meeting presents an opportunity for Queen Anne’s County stroke survivors and their family members and friends to learn about resources and strategies that support stroke recovery and care-giving. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch; light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, email jfluharty@shorehealth.org or call 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.