They may not be as majestic (or attractive) as eagles, but these
carcass-consuming birds provide a valuable service

By Bill Newcott  |  Photograph by Brett Breeding
From the Holiday 2018 issue


What I wanted to see was an eagle.

In the months after I moved to Lewes from Washington, D.C., all I heard about from my new hiking, biking and kayaking friends was that glorious moment when the blue sky is split by the sweeping lines of an American bald eagle. From the heavens it swoops, skimming the water, snagging a wriggling fish and zooming skyward again, like a stealth fighter doing touch-and-goes.

Tote Bags That Carry a Message

By Jeanne Shook  |  Photograph by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From the Holiday 2018 issue


In the 1967 film “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character famously received this career advice: “Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics.” Fast- forward 50 years to a group of University of Delaware graduate students who — together with an alliance of downtown Lewes businesses — are offering their own spin on “a great future in plastics.”

Why does Artificial Intelligence seem so stupid?

By Fay Jacobs  |  Illustration by Rob Waters
From the Holiday 2018 issue


Artificial Intelligence, which is supposed to make our lives easier, is actually making them harder. I can’t explain this conundrum except to say that machines are so smart these days they’ve conspired to make us do their work. Take my groceries. Please.