Annapolis Summer Sunday

Early this Sunday morning scores of runners were moving together, each trying to claim their small piece of space, down Main Street towards City Dock, participants in the 10 mile run sponsored by the Annapolis Striders. The runners came in all shapes and sizes. Some were moving at a fast pace, some were jogging, andContinue reading “Annapolis Summer Sunday”

My Surprise Composting Crop

Well maybe you’re not supposed to put seeds in your compost heap. but I compost just about everything from eggshells and coffee grounds to potato peelings and apple cores. Not only do we get rich soil, but a plant or two often sprouts out of the heap of decomposing vegetation. Last year it was aContinue reading “My Surprise Composting Crop”

Annapolis or Marco Island? Which is Hotter?

It’s prettier in a picture. We’ve been experiencing quite a heat wave here in Annapolis, Maryland. Hot sticky days and warm damp evenings make most of us seek out the comfort of air conditioned buildings. But my recent visit to Southern Florida has had the affect of making me think Annapolis in summer is notContinue reading “Annapolis or Marco Island? Which is Hotter?”

Summer in the City

When the heat climbs up towards 100 degrees, the only time to take a walk is early in the day. At 6:30 a.m. it’s still reasonably cool enough for a light jog down to City Dock. Oh how I wish the Farmers’ Market on Sundays would open even earlier than 8:00 a.m.. As the sunContinue reading “Summer in the City”

July 4th Parade Celebrates Freedom

 July 4th, the birthday of our country, celebrates liberty and freedom.         Followers of Falun Gong, founded in 1992 and based on Buddhist teachings, seek to achieve a state of selflessness, greater insight and awareness, inner purity and balance.  There are between 70 and 100 million people in China who practice FalunContinue reading “July 4th Parade Celebrates Freedom”

Unplugged

  We made a deal, my husband and I. No television, internet, email, ipod or anything electronic for an entire day—yesterday.  That was Saturday and I had a great time, I did use my car to drive to the library and the grocery story, but that enabled me to check out some books and replenishContinue reading “Unplugged”

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”