Food, Exercise, and a Dose of Distraction to Sustain My Spirits During The Pandemic

Like the little bunny rabbit that nibbles at the tall grass and garden in my yard, I nervously look around every time I go out for a walk or on an errand, trying to avoid oncoming strangers.

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.

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.

Honor of Wendi Winters–Poem for Healing

A pro-active poem for healing In honor of  Wendi Winters By Nadja Maril   June 28th2018 The Facebook post says mark me safe I’m safe, here in Annapolis Maryland I’m safe, I’m safe Did you hear the news? White man with long gun and ponytail An angry vigilante Glass shattered at the newspaper office SeveralContinue reading “Honor of Wendi Winters–Poem for Healing”

California Graduation Visit Class of 2014

Like every campus, Cal Poly has a few traditions.  Girls are given a lei by proud parents rather than a bouquet of flowers. It is customary to lavishly decorate the top of your cap and go drinking the night before you “walk”.   A large breakfast is recommended during the wee hours of the night, priorContinue reading “California Graduation Visit Class of 2014”

Farewell to Blob’s Park; A Baltimore Legend and Annapolis Favorite Hang-out

Blob’s Park is closing in less than one month.   And I for one am going to miss its unique attributes. Where else could you go to get authentic German food, listen to live music, go waltzing across a dance floor and feel as if you’d stepped back in time to the 1960s?  In recent years,Continue reading “Farewell to Blob’s Park; A Baltimore Legend and Annapolis Favorite Hang-out”

Annapolis April walking adventures

The tire tracks and the “X” for an eye seem to be appropriate for the chicken now positioned in the former location of “Chicken of the Sea” which has evidently been driven over too many times by negligent motorists to make a comeback. The next time you take a walk in Annapolis’s Arts and EntertainmentContinue reading “Annapolis April walking adventures”

the Scenic Rivers Land Trust is taking a hike at SERC ie the Smithsonian Evironmental Reserach Center in Edgewater. That’s the same trail I blogged about in January. Scenic Rivers Land Trust is a great organization and if you haven’t hiked the trail yet… you can join them  at the Contee Watershed Trail at theContinue reading

“Looper” an excellent movie to rent

With so many great movies released in 2012, it is not surprising that there may have been a few gems that were overlooked. Probably one of the most original screenplays of the year, if you are a fan of science fiction and time travel, Looper was quickly cast aside after its release in September andContinue reading ““Looper” an excellent movie to rent”

Car choice post accident…

It’s the first day of the month which should be a good thing, but evidently it is not a good thing if you are planning on buying a car. Did you know that the best time to buy a car is the end of the month when dealers are trying to reach their sales goalContinue reading “Car choice post accident…”

Veal parmigiana after mundane chores

What is worst.? Doing taxes, paying bills, or filing an insurance claim? These are all on my “to do” list this week.  Oh yes and there is buying a new car to replace the mini that was totaled.   So I’ve got to get the insurance claim going or no check to purchase the new car.Continue reading “Veal parmigiana after mundane chores”

The size of Labradoodles and importance of comfort food

The importance of relativity came across to me physically and mentally, on my many levels this past week.  On a physical level, this new wisdom manifested itself in the size of dogs. That’s right. Dogs. Last night, having not seen Halo and Leopold, dogs belonging to my son Chris and his fiancée Laura in someContinue reading “The size of Labradoodles and importance of comfort food”

Auto crash sends spouse to Maryland Shock Trauma

My husband.s blue mini cooper has bit the dust, it is now totaled and he was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma.  He sustained a bad concussion and  is pretty banged up. I had a sense of deja vu having just been a patient at shock trauma 18 monthes ago. The same attentive staffContinue reading “Auto crash sends spouse to Maryland Shock Trauma”

My daughter’s prom dress

Last night I wore my daughter’s prom dress to a formal gala. And I got plenty of compliments. “What an absolutely beautiful dress,” people were saying. “It’s so gorgeous. Fits you like a glove.”    The original intention was that it would fit my daughter Alex like a glove. And it did. It was too big,Continue reading “My daughter’s prom dress”