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Muskrat delayed: A Delmarva culinary lesson learned

While I do like to eat muskrat, I might like telling people that I eat muskrat nearly as much and sharing my muskrat adventures most of all. Friday night I declared a (fairly spontaneous) Varmint Fest, which is to say I wanted to arrange to go out…

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The best kind of alcohol tasting tour

The best part of trying different brands of alcohol at trade shows is that it gives you a chance to taste things you normally might not try. The first time I learned that tequila can be its own drink was from a guy at a trade…

(Last) Week in Review

  In addition to posting this weekly, I’m going to start an email newsletter so you can stay in touch and eventually I can trick you into buying one of my books. If you’re interested in any of that, click here. Last week was a busy…

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Podcasting for public radio and mostly not vanity

Podcasting for public radio is something I do as much because I the medium as anything else. I do three podcasts each week: One on beer, one on writing and one on culture (insofar as it differs from beer and writing). The writers podcast, “So What’s Your…

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My public restroom obsession

The last time I had a fast food hamburger was in Fuddrucker’s in the 1990s. My kids called it “Funrucker’s” so I did as well. On inside marketing material the chain referred to itself as “Fudd’s” way back in the beginning of corporate self-nicknaming. Even if you’re…

Imagining The Ramble in real life

While it’s not a full blown tragedy, it was a little unfortunate that the threatening weather prevented some people from attending the Ramble Festival this weekend in Laurel. The festival wasn’t just a fun fall event, although it was a fun fall event. Rather it was…

‘I knew when I was in the 8th Grade that I wanted to be a Trooper’

Captain Sherri Benson of the Delaware State Police poses  with a photo of her grandfather, Harry Howard, and the  Laurel police officers he worked with in the 1960s.  Benson, who retires this year was inspired by him to  become a state trooper. Photo by Tony Russo In the mid 1980s,…

Tech Talk evolves into community service at the Laurel Library

Libraries always have been centers of learning more than they have been repositories of knowledge. More than a place where a community keeps its books, libraries also attract people who want to help others get the most from their library experience. In the last few decades,…

The Sights, Sounds and smells of the Wicomico County Fair

There was gunfire, a lot of it, but no screaming or running. In fact no one even flinched. Kids and adults alike posed before antique tractors, ate popcorn and generally wandered around taking in the county fair. If you’ve never been, let this serve as fair…

Salisbury’s 3rd Friday goes to the, well, you know…

Gill Allen and Kathryn Saller White look on as Madelyn Benn  feeds Sandy during 3rd Friday’s ‘Dog Days of Summer.’  Photo by Tony Russo Each 3rd Friday seems to attract more people than the last. And although that can’t possibly be true there always are plenty…