Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes – Keeping the Peace in Our Communities

I once spent several hours on a “Ride Along” with a Police Officer. I got a small taste of what part of one day feels like for a member of the police department…

Showing Compassion or Hate?–The Power of Touch during this Pandemic

I’ve been thinking about how our lives have changed in the past three months. I’ve been remembering the way things used to be when we could freely embrace one another, pat a friend on the shoulder to show encouragement, shake someone’s hand to express thanks or congratulations. The handshake stands out in my mind becauseContinue reading “Showing Compassion or Hate?–The Power of Touch during this Pandemic”

Mourning Death and Social Injustice in the U.S. During The Covid-19 Pandemic While Listening to the Natural World

Will the Pandemic enable us to reflect on our past actions and see more clearly?

Angry Motorist Vents Frustration at Coronavirus, Croquet and Memorial Day

Life in Annapolis, Maryland USA During the Covid-19 Pandemic- Week #10 It is 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning and the loud sound of a car horn vibrates through my head. It keeps droning on and on.  I look to see where the sound is coming from. My husband Peter and I are taking our labradoodleContinue reading “Angry Motorist Vents Frustration at Coronavirus, Croquet and Memorial Day”

State of Maryland Starts to Reopen; but Solitary Walks and Virtual Socializing a Safer Option

Week #9 of the Covid-19 Pandemic and life in Annapolis, Maryland USA continues to feel as if someone pressed the pause button.  Some restrictions have been lifted, but as one news pundit aptly said, “People will vote with their feet.” So despite the loosening of some of the regulations in Maryland that allow many retailContinue reading “State of Maryland Starts to Reopen; but Solitary Walks and Virtual Socializing a Safer Option”

Exploring Cemeteries and Learning New Recipes As Pandemic Restrictions Continue

  Week # 8 during the Coronavirus Pandemic in Annapolis, Maryland USA Waiting for the world to once again become “puddle-wonderful” We are now at the two month point in our “stay at home” orders and I sense everyone else’s restlessness each time I take a walk. Just the volume of walkers in itself isContinue reading “Exploring Cemeteries and Learning New Recipes As Pandemic Restrictions Continue”

May Baskets 2020 Celebrate Spring During Pandemic

No blue ribbons were awarded this year for beautiful May Baskets in Annapolis, Maryland, but that didn’t stop me from making one.

Dancing in the Kitchen, Gazing at Tulips and Remembering John Prine: Week #6

If I am feeling irritable from being cooped up too long, a little dancing will make me laugh. Peter is a good partner and he doesn’t step on my toes.

Dealing With Cabin Fever During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Many of arts groups have posted online performances and invited artists to share their work on new platforms.

Creating Online Community in a Time of Masks and Social Distancing

Trying to offer condolences–My words feel hollow when what I would like to do is give her a hug, now an impossibility.

Dogs, Like Humans, Crave Social Contact During Global Pandemic

Our dog looks a little depressed to me, unable to interact with new humans and no longer able to sniff and say hello to her four-footed friends due to social distancing.

Annapolis, Maryland USA During the Covid-19 Pandemic- Week #2

On sunny days, taking a stroll has become a game of weaving back and forth across the street to avoid close contact with everyone else seeking fresh air.

Life in Annapolis, Maryland USA During the Covid-19 Pandemic- Week #1

The sounds of bird tweets and  their warbles, remind me it is officially spring, and I want to plant flowers. But that would mean a trip to the store, something I try not to do.

What’s a Wedding Without Family and Friends In the Time of Covid-19?

The bulbs we planted, yellow daffodils and purple crocus, are in bloom. They mark the spot where I hoped my daughter would be standing in her long white dress next to her betrothed, exchanging vows. It’s not going to happen—this spring. They are still in love but there’s a virus on the loose, interrupting lifeContinue reading “What’s a Wedding Without Family and Friends In the Time of Covid-19?”

In Praise of the Dining Room

I do some of my best writing in the dining room. It doesn’t matter if the table is round, square or flat.  As I contemplate words, phrases and  sentences, in the back of my mind I remember meals of grilled salmon, slender stalks of green asparagus, risotto and late night conversations over chili, chips and beer. With plenty of space to spread out papers, the room for entertaining guests and gathering family together for me is the heart of the home.