Safe or Not? USA Celebrates Independence Day

All ages and sizes, they gathered to watch the first local parade in the state capital since the St. Paddy’s Day festivities of 2020.  They smiled, waved, and hugged. I saw only one person wearing a mask.

Summer in the USA— With or Without a Mask

Everyone wore masks at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. If you didn’t bring a mask they gave you one before you were allowed to enter. Simple. No decision on mask wearing required.  Other situations require you to use your own judgement. The sign on the door outside the supermarket says, ‘”No masks required ifContinue reading “Summer in the USA— With or Without a Mask”

The Best Exercise for Health and Serenity

I’ve kept the same routine for many years and it works. It doesn’t matter where I wake— city, forest, beach—the day begins with a walk. Climb a steep mountain. Look down at the sights below, the world in miniature, and your cares will shrink to minor nuisances. The cure for self-pity is within your grasp.Continue reading “The Best Exercise for Health and Serenity”

How to Plant a Spring Garden When You Really Are Not a Gardener

Spring. Planting time. Knees a little soggy from kneeling in the grass, I’ve been working in the garden.  This morning, my husband and I took a long walk downtown to Annapolis City Dock and then threaded our way through our town’s historic neighborhoods admiring flowers, ferns, trees. We really do live in a beautiful place andContinue reading “How to Plant a Spring Garden When You Really Are Not a Gardener”

Maintaining Traditions or Playing it Safe? Chasing That Wild Turkey.

Bad news is not welcome. The hard fast reality is that our local hospital may have to start prioritizing patients.

Bearing Witness to the Two Americas. The Democratic and Republican Conventions.

Four years is a long time. Think how much has changed in America since 2016.

Positive or Negative? The Wait for Coronavirus Test Results. What If?

Trying to contain the virus without rapid testing results is like trying to fight someone with one hand tied behind your back.  

A Quiet July 4th in Annapolis, Maryland USA During the Pandemic

This year in Annapolis, capital of Maryland, there was no July 4th parade featuring local politicians, floats with hula dancers,  fire engines, candy tossed to waiting children, soldiers marching, bugles and drums.

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”

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.

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.

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”

“Little White Lie” will be showing Saturday March 28th at the Annapolis Film Festival

Just stopped by a panel discussion event at today’s Annapolis Film Festival on “The Pitch” and am looking forward to seeing a few movies this weekend.  In case you’re curious, I got to preview one of the wonderful feature documentaries entitled, “Little White Lie,” written, directed and produced by Lacey Schwartz;  and below I shareContinue reading ““Little White Lie” will be showing Saturday March 28th at the Annapolis Film Festival”

Ice Day Poem by Nadja Maril

Ice Day By Nadja Maril As soon as I see the sun I reach for my coat in the closet. It is time to walk On this ice day. Frozen bits melt into drops Slide down gutters, pipes, trees Plop on to the cold wet mush we once called snow.   I match my stepsContinue reading “Ice Day Poem by Nadja Maril”

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”