Farmers’ Markets and Poetry Flourish this Month in Annapolis

“What could you possibly expect to find this early in the season?” my family asked me, three weeks ago when I rushed over to the Farmers’ Market on Riva Road Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. It was opening day, and like junkie compelled to get my fix, I tore myself away from dog walking andContinue reading “Farmers’ Markets and Poetry Flourish this Month in Annapolis”

Brown Thumb or Green Thumb?

The Christmas cactus in my kitchen window has a beautiful deep pink bloom. It gives me great satisfaction to gaze at it as I wash dishes because this is the same plant that almost died last month due to neglect. A number of my plants lead tenuous existences because even though I love having plantsContinue reading “Brown Thumb or Green Thumb?”

The Artic Blast Hits Annapolis

The wind blows bitter cold as we walk downtown, so cold it is almost painful. It’s one of those winter days when I actually want to run just to keep warm rather than just for the exercise. Down a few doors from the Maryland State Teacher’s Association on Main Street, a new store called ShadesContinue reading “The Artic Blast Hits Annapolis”

Saturday is the Day to Sleep Late

You know you’ve slept in when you walk downtown in the morning and some of the shops are starting to open! What a luxury, for someone who is accustomed to leaving the house at 6:30 a.m. every morning with coffee money in one pocket and dog treats and plastic “pick-up” bags in the other, toContinue reading “Saturday is the Day to Sleep Late”

Bermuda and Vacations on the Mind

This morning, when I arrived at City Dock 7:00 a.m. sharp, owner Steve Duffy already had my coffee ready when I strolled through the door. He’d spied me tying Grace up to one of the iron chairs outside. Today my only walking companion was Grace. Peter was already on his way to an early morningContinue reading “Bermuda and Vacations on the Mind”

Maryland Politics Set Aside

Today is the final day for proofing What’s Up? Eastern Shore before it goes to press. By late tonight they’ll start printing out the pages. Each time a magazine is produced, it’s like birthing a child. On days like this I eat my breakfast at the office. Although I am focused at the tasks atContinue reading “Maryland Politics Set Aside”

Did Jane Austen Listen to Bird Songs Too?

Not many people at the coffee shop this morning. “They must be recovering from last night’s game,” theorized my neighbor John Hartnet. It was Super bowl Sunday last night but as the evening rolled on I was glued to my TV set watching Masterpiece Theater. This week’s episode was a screenplay about Jane Austen’s life,Continue reading “Did Jane Austen Listen to Bird Songs Too?”

I love My Dog

Mondays Climbing out of bed in the dark, particularly on a Monday morning, is not easy. I consider myself a morning person, I love to be out walking when the sun rises, but in the middle of winter my schedule requires that I’m up and out before sun-up. It’s cold and dark. My scarf isContinue reading “I love My Dog”