Selling Your Antique Oriental Rug?

Several readers of What’s Up? Magazines have sent me emails asking for further help on identifying and appraising their oriental rugs. The following letter is one of several that have come in during the past three months. Dear Nadja, I read your excellent article in What’s Up? (Apr 2008) and was inspired to research further,Continue reading “Selling Your Antique Oriental Rug?”

What’s Your Antique Worth?

I receive quite a bit of email at What’s Up? Publishing. While many readers write to me about the general content of our publications I also receive specific questions about antiques inspired by my monthly antique column. I usually set those questions aside with the intent to answer them later. This particular photograph arrived inContinue reading “What’s Your Antique Worth?”

Annapolis Wildlife

The grass grows high some days in our front yard, and who jumped out right by my feet but a baby rabbit. I call him Bun bun. My husband Peter refers to him as Wilbur. Our Annapolis neighborhood, a 20 minute walk from City Dock, is teaming with wildlife. Bunny rabbits skirt their way acrossContinue reading “Annapolis Wildlife”

Connecting With Community

What are they doing? It’s the 2008 Flagship Class of Leadership Anne Arundel doing a few stretches before starting a dance class. It’s been a very rainy week and all week long I’ve been worrying and asking the fates, “Will it rain on Saturday?” Saturday was Customer Appreciation Day at the Peter B. Crilly NationwideContinue reading “Connecting With Community”

Mother’s Day, Mother Earth, and Conserving Our Energy

I was driving down the road today, Mother’s Day, a little over the 65 mile per hour speed limit, and I started to wonder why am I driving so fast? If I wanted to conserve on fuel, I should be driving 55 miles per hour. Everyone knows that once you exceed 55 mph your mileageContinue reading “Mother’s Day, Mother Earth, and Conserving Our Energy”

Women, Song, Mother’s Day, and More

If you’re casting about for something to do with your Mom on Mother’s Day and she happens to love musicals and strong women, take her to see Vanishing Point. There’s only one more show left, Sunday afternoon May llth at the Annapolis Unitarian Universalist Church, a production of the Dignity Players and directed by MickeyContinue reading “Women, Song, Mother’s Day, and More”

May Day, May Baskets, and Maypoles!

We have a blackboard posted on the wall for inspirational messages at our office at What’s Up? Publishing. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door. Currently someone has inquired, “What are your favorite things about May?” The responses have included Cinco de Mayo, crabbing season, and warm weather. My entryContinue reading “May Day, May Baskets, and Maypoles!”

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?”