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.

What do You Consider a Hidden Gem?

It’s always exciting to discover some place no one else knows about. Sharing that information with others can sometimes be controversial. I remember when the local newspaper published shortcuts for getting over the Bay Bridge when driving from Annapolis to Ocean City. People were furious that their secret routes were revealed. Private neighborhoods were angryContinue reading “What do You Consider a Hidden Gem?”

Goodbye Commissioning Week, Hello Annapolis Memorial Day Weekend

Well it’s Friday, and on my early morning walk downtown I spied a large family, gathered outside the home they had rented in the Murray Hill neighborhood, based on their attire and the excited look on their faces, it was a good guess that they were about to set out for the U.S. Naval AcademyContinue reading “Goodbye Commissioning Week, Hello Annapolis Memorial Day Weekend”

Annapolis Mitchell Gallery Inspires Authors and Artists

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) Number 51: Mannen Bridge and the Fukagawa District (1857) Series: Meisho Yedo Hyakkei (One Hundred Famous Views of Edo) Ink on paper Tucked away in the far corner of the St. John’s College campus in Annapolis, sits The Mitchell Gallery. This handsome modern building, built in 1989 provides exhibition space for visitingContinue reading “Annapolis Mitchell Gallery Inspires Authors and Artists”

Jakarta, Indonesia: Virtual Passport Gets a Taste of China and Holland

Indonesia was once a Dutch colony, and Historic Kota neighborhood with its 19th century style Dutch architecture is a major tourist attraction. We walked around the Taman Fatahillah Piaza, meandered into an adjacent museum devoted to arts and crafts (a disappointment) and then took refuge inside the Cafe Batavaia for a much needed break. Located on on side of the square, the Cafe has been kept very much as it must of appeared at the beginning of the 20th century with rich dark wood floor and bara, comfortable seats, drinks with ice….

Annapolis Scavenger Hunt

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you already know I try to walk downtown to the Annapolis City Dock everyday, so yes I do know where the lovely victorian piece of glass pictured above is located, however if you check out the 24 other photos on the web posted by the AnnapolisContinue reading “Annapolis Scavenger Hunt”

International Annapolis

I’ve been away from my blog post too long… it happens. Life happens and suddenly there just isn’t enough time in the day and when I do have time I need to take a break from the computer. (How to get rid of those tired red eyes?) But at any rate, I feel compelled toContinue reading “International Annapolis”

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”