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My Name is Mindie B. and I’m a Vera Bradley Addict

Vera Bradley Hipster Crossbody in Heather

I admit it. I am a Vera Bradley addict – a Vera Bradley freak. My 30-something children all make fun of my flowery, paisley, vibrantly colored quilted bags that I carry around everywhere. I had to unsubscribe from Brad’s Deals because they feature a Vera Bradley sale every two weeks that […]

 
 

#18 Come Heres, Born Heres and Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley House in Cambridge, MD

Ties That Bind on the Eastern Shore Most people rushing to the beach don’t realize the rich culture that exists on either side of the highway. They don’t know that Annie Oakley and her husband once chose to live here as did Tom Clancy, John Barth, Sissy Spacek, Tallulah Bankhead, […]

 
 

10 Things You Must Do in Dingle

St. Senan's Church - Kilshannig

What is there to do in Dingle?  Too many things to count. This post only lists 10 things, but one could easily find 50 to 100 things to do in Dingle – a peninsula off the south-west coast of Ireland.  It’s a bit out of the way and often missed by […]

 
 

Hag Breakfast at the Hay Adams – and a ghostly encounter

Hag Breakfast at the Hay Adams – and a ghostly encounter

Hay Adams – Where Nothing is Overlooked Except the White House The Hay Adams Hotel at 16th & H Streets in NW Washington DC has as its motto, “Where nothing is overlooked except the White House.” It’s noted for its fine dining, superior accommodations and the spirit of Clover Adams […]

 
 

REVIEW: A Fine Romance – by Susan Branch

REVIEW: A Fine Romance – by Susan Branch

A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside If you love Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, Beatrix Potter, Tasha Tudor and high tea, you will love A Fine Romance by Susan Branch. A non-fiction writer and artist specializing in Home and Garden genres, Susan Branch makes her home on […]

 
 

The Willard Hotel – Ghosts, Tea & Christmas

The Willard Hotel

The Willard Hotel, a landmark at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (next door to the Prez), has its ghosts – but not just any ghosts. These would be seriously high-class ghosts. US Presidents, foreign dignitaries, movie stars, poets, writers and even a world famous circus master. The hotel is well known for […]

 
 

#17 Take a Lazy Break at Layton’s Chance Winery

#17 Take a Lazy Break at Layton’s Chance Winery

Layton’s Chance Winery   Part of the 100 Things to Do Between the Bridge and the Beach series Layton’s Chance Winery in Dorchester County, Maryland is just a ten minute detour off of Route 50, and a great place to stop, rest, relax and feel the slow pace of Eastern […]

 
 

Korean War Memorial – See it at Night

Korean War Memorial – See it at Night

The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC is situated SE of the Lincoln Memorial between Independence Avenue and the Reflecting Pool.  I feel fortunate to have seen it for the first time when it was dark out – under a nearly full moon.  I’ve taken visitors to see the […]

 
 

Farewell, Whitey Schmidt

Whitey Schmidt shows off leeks from his garden.

The Blue Crab Guru has left us, and the Eastern Shore has lost a great writer, a well-known foodie and a good friend.  Whitey Schmidt passed away on Friday, July 18th.  He had been suffering from chronic illnesses related to his diabetes from many years. I interviewed Whitey for several […]

 
 

Recipe: Granddaddy’s Gazpacho – A Taste of Seville

Blending the tomatoe puree with the vegetable mixture

For a little taste of Sevilla, here’s a recipe for Granddaddy’s Gazpacho.  Load up on the garlic.  After tasting this brew, you’ll have full summer protection from vampires.  LOL. It’s July and tomatoes are being harvested from gardens everywhere.  Gazpacho, the simple tomato based soup served cold, is a popular […]

 
 

Can Fat Girls Ride Bikes?

Can Fat Girls Ride Bikes?

Can an overweight woman successfully ride a bike? In a word – YES.  In this post I’ll admit to being overweight and out of shape and tell you what others are too embarrassed to put in print about themselves.  I’m grateful for the handful of overweight women bloggers who guided […]

 
 

10 Cool – Mostly Free Things to See in Ocean City Maryland

10 Cool – Mostly Free Things to See in Ocean City Maryland

Here are 10 cool – mostly free things to see in Ocean City, Maryland. It’s been a family destination for summer fun for over 100 years, but when you’re looking for something besides the sun, sand and ocean, check out these things to see in Ocean City that you may […]

 
 
 
 
 

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