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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 […]


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 […]


#15 Visit Teackle Mansion

Teackle Mansion - Princess Anne, MD

  There is nothing quite like Teackle Mansion Part of the 100 Things to Do Between the Bridge and the Beach series   Of all the fabulous mansions and plantations, gorgeous architecture and  historically intact buildings located on the Eastern Shore, there is nothing like Teackle Mansion that is open […]


The Holy Island of Lindisfarne – a place of Resurrection

Lindisfarne Castle - Northumbria UK

The holy island of Lindisfarne in upper west corner of England is destination that will feed the pilgrim’s soul.  No one knows how it got its name and the history of this little two by three mile tidal island occupying about 1000 acres is a mystery prior to the seventh […]


#14 Take a Walk Down High Street in Cambridge MD

#14 Take a Walk Down High Street in Cambridge MD

Everyone who reaches the beach by way of Route 50 drives through Cambridge. It’s the town with the big sail on the building that sits at the base of the Choptank River Bridge. That landmark let’s the vacationer bound for the Atlantic beaches know there’s almost there – just one […]


Meatloaf with a New Taste – Hard Boiled Eggs

Meatloaf with hard-cooked egg inside.

Meatloaf has been popular on American dinner tables since the Great Depression. Using cheaper cuts of meat, ground with a hand grinder and mixing in grains or breadcrumbs as a binder stretched the family food budget.   As I was flipping through the 1964 edition of My Favorite Maryland Recipes by […]


#13 See Tallulah Bankhead’s Grave

Tallulah Bankhead's grave at St. Paul's Church in Chestertown

Movie star, Tallulah Bankhead was born in 1902 in Huntsville, AL. After a successful career in Hollywood where she was known for salty language, outspokenness and seriously hard living (cigarettes, booze and drugs), Tallulah ended up with emphysema and went to stay with her sister, Eugenie who lived in Rock […]


Sony Cyber-shot Camera – Review

Sony Cyber-Shor Camera affixed to the iPhone

The Sony Cyber-shot Camera model DSC-QX10 looks like a lens but is a complete camera in itself except for a viewfinder – or LCD screen.  A smartphone can provide the viewfinder. I purchased the Sony Cyber-shot online 30 seconds after I saw the news release.  And it was still back-ordered […]