Maryland “Spring”

Today is January 11 and it is 60 degrees outside. I am writing from the porch while looking at Christmas lights, unlit but still wrapped around our shrubbery. Climate change? Or, just the fickle weather in Maryland.  Maryland has always had an identity problem. Are we northern or are we southern – regardless of theContinue reading “Maryland “Spring””

Walking Into A New Year

This past week Jim, Jenna, Kelsy and I spent our winter break in Florida, soaking up the sun and warmth. We ate several incredible meals, drank some fruity concoctions, and mostly, just relaxed. The most fun we had, however, was on an airboat touring the Everglades. I somehow missed on the website that the excursionContinue reading “Walking Into A New Year”


No other time of the year captures our heart and imagination more than the holiday season that is unfolding before us. And, wonder is its key ingredient. Defined as a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable ( wonder also offers us moments to feel grateful. Even ifContinue reading “Wonder”

Full Nest, Full Heart

Today’s rain fit my gloomy mood as early this morning the last of my birds went south. The westward bird flew yesterday and the nearest bird on the western shore left Friday for a friend’s 30th birthday party. But, what an incredible four days we had all together, beginning with my birthday dinner, cooked byContinue reading “Full Nest, Full Heart”

Making Lemonade

Although the season calls for cider, I have been thinking a lot about making lemonade. The Chestertown Spy recently cancelled my column. I have been writing for this online community news service for nearly three years. What began as a purely personal creative outlet which I thought I had earned by the merits of myContinue reading “Making Lemonade”