Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"22 Miles to Raise Awareness for Veterans Stuggling with PTSD"

Seaford, Delaware 12/20/15 Operation Yellow Spear held another event to raise awareness for veterans issues. Suicide claims the lives of many soldier' each day due to PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, depression and substance abuse. OYS has been working to bring such topics to the public and encourage people to get involved and reaching out to those who are in need. 


On Sunday, December 20th, Richard K. Pope and Jeremy Dulis launched on a 22 mile journey from Millsboro, DE to Seaford, DE. Leaving at 5:45 AM they arrived at Gateway Park around 3:15 PM. During their walk, local reporter from ABC 47 (WMDT) Julian Sadur caught up with them and took a selfie. Link to the facebook post and Julian's selfie here

You can find his page at https://www.facebook.com/juliansadurtv

Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Firehouses of Delmarva" on Maryland's Eastern Shore

These photos are featuring vehicles, departments and apparatus from eastern shore departments. The Delmarva Peninsula includes eight counties in Maryland and some of these were taken at shows or events, or just stopping at a fire house. You can see all the albums for local fire, rescue and emergency equipment on Flickr.

  • Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Department
  • (Somerset County)
  • Website

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Maryland's Eastern Shore Towns: Snow Hill (Worcester County, MD)

Midway between Berlin and Pocomoke, just off Route 113 and situated along the banks of the Pocomoke River, sits the town of Snow Hill. It's a lovely little town, a wonderful place for an afternoon visit or day trip from nearby Ocean City, MD (about 35 minutes north). There are small and distintive shops, eateries, antique stores and more. If you go, you simply must take some time to just look at the historic buildings along the main streets with their architectural details and beautiful brickwork. Check out the links at the bottom of this post for more info on this town!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

"A Beautiful Light Has Gone Out In Our World"

On Monday the news arrived just after 9PM. First a text, which I missed initially, leaving me to read the words we thought wouldn't come quite so soon on facebook. We messaged and shared the sad update, felt the loss across our laptops, states, groups and hearts, and we grieved for her husband.

I'm not sure how one person was ever able to light up a room with such joy and laughter, but I know I'm better for having witnessed it. There should have been more time and too many things were left unsaid; the fault is mine for not having taken the chances to do so. But what do you say when a life is preparing to depart and as a friend says "I'm ready to go"? And yet I wish I'd said more....

Fly high, dear friend. I'm hurting over this loss tonight as I just posted your obituary and schedule of events for the coming weekend. We'll all be there but I'm not going to sugarcoat it - it's going to be really difficult to keep our composure. You took a big piece of our hearts when you left and that's going to be even more painfully obvious standing there to honor you on Sunday.

These are some pictures from Sunday when we visited the funeral home to pay our respects. It was very moving to see so many people come to honor Marlene and to to offer support to her husband.

 "Life on Delmarva" • #delmarvausa
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dispatch from Hell: Return to the Craft Fair Circuit

After a long time of not being on the show scene, today I plunged back in. It's been a decade since I've done these types of events and over a year since leaving the world of retail. Earlier in the day I attempted a tongue in cheek list of things I would do and not do, since setting goals seemed reasonable, right?

1. I will not

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Live Well" | About Friendship and Respect

Friends may appear in many different forms. It may not always be what you think someone is, but rather who they turn out to be.

It's often during the cloudy or stormy times in life that the true friends shine through the darkness.

It's not all about who are you are related to.
Sometimes, you will find your family in the people who
you turn to and who you are there for.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

"What Lies Beneath: Struggling To Learn"

I've been dying inside for a long time now, just waiting for "the perfect thing". I'm not wishing for a fancy trip around the globe, or a huge diamond ring, or even a million-dollar house; part of me is just constantly, desperately, craving a way to let out some of the words and creativity and passion that is stuck deep down inside my soul.

It's been a long time coming, since as a child I struggled with what felt like trying to run in a pair of flip-flops, worn over a cowboy boots. Today it would be called "learning disability" or labeled a disease titled with a string of capital letters mashed together such as "ADD" or "ADHD", but back then I only knew it as mind-numbing, scream-worthy, frustration. The words didn't come out right when I spoke, and when I sat down to try and explain on paper, the words looked crooked and demented and I fumed upon seeing the pages of scribble that had taken so much effort. Maybe that explains why there is so little left of my childhood; sure, there's a box or two out in the shed with papers and a yearbook, a few ribbons, ticket stubs and cards, but little of anything that was "good enough to save".

Monday, November 30, 2015

"Christmas in Motion" Holiday Light Show in Pittsville, Maryland

It's that time of year again!

"Christmas in Motion" is a holiday light display located off Route 50 in Wicomico County, MD. Tucked back in the woods of Pittsville, sits a house with an amazing array of lights which are skillfully displayed and choreographed to music. Just tune your car stereo into the station and listen right along with many popular holiday melodies.

This display is also a Toys for Toys collection station and while it is free to visit, bringing a new, unwrapped toy is always a nice idea. There is a mailbox for letters to Santa too.

Visit the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsville-MD-Christmas/124469590999107

Saturday, November 28, 2015

One Step Away: Our New Threat

I'm not defending the violence in today's world or making excuses for people who spin out of control and take lives. I'm just pointing out there there are increasing numbers of people out there who are angry; bitter; hurting and disgruntled. So many appear to be just a few steps away from a breakdown, which lately seems to progress to acting out publicly to make a statement. And sometimes that statement is about taking lives, either in a final bid for attention or a desperate wake up call.

I believe it's going to get worse. Maybe all these things that are happening are showing us something. maybe our society is broken because so many people are walking on edge. Phrases such as "he's like a powder keg", "disgruntled employee" and "disturbed" - aren't those words we hear over and over? How many people are actually too close to shattering?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Reach out to someone this holiday season

I think it's very important to remember how many people are sad or feel alone during the holiday season. From now until New Years can be a very painful time for many of us - some don't have families or loved ones might have recently passed. Perhaps work has taken someone away from friends and relatives and for the first time they are finding themselves all alone in a strange place.....but we can do something.

Even small kind acts such as inviting a neighbor over for coffee or to take a walk.....asking a co-worker to lunch...bringing homemade treats to an acquaintance who seems down. It's no secret that suicides increase during this time of year - but we an ALL do something to help. Please consider reaching out to someone during the next month and spreading kindness.

Find us on facebook and tell us about your journey to connect with someone.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Life after "Death of a Small Business"; One Year Later

I caught sight of that ol' familiar excitement again over the weekend - not as passionate or energetic as it once was - but still, it was a glimpse of interest towards something new. I've been struggling to find myself again following the closing a beloved small business after almost two decades. Letting go has been painful and finding the next chapter of life has proved elusive. So much so in fact, that I've almost given up ever having something of my own again, instead just searching for employment without really caring what I ended up with - believing that nothing could ever come close to the thrill I'd felt being the captain of my own ship. 

How's the employment thing going? Well, it's been tough for so many reasons and factors, ones that might potentially daunt even those who hold more qualifications than I do or who possess all the necessary skill sets needed in this day and age. While that sounds both depressing and discouraging it's true; one of the hardest things about moving on after burying my friend the small shop, is learning that 19 years in retail didn't necessary give me experience where I need it. If I stayed in that exact line of work maybe, but when you've lived and breathed retail 24/7 for so many years because it was yours, starting over doing that for an employer doesn't hold nearly the same excitement or challenges. And I'm almost much older now, not as suited to the long days and physical stress that once seemed like nothing in my younger years.  

To be honest, I had hoped to pick up and start fresh with a more sane line of work. Maybe in an office or a medical receptionist type of gig - perhaps at the nearby hospital which appeared to continually have slots open for a variety of positions. After riding the waves of a fickle and tumultuous economy, the ebb and flow of retail sales and the stress of constant juggling and worry, part of me longed for a bit of stability in a world that didn't fluctuate as wildly. Consistent employment was the key I told myself a year ago as I locked the door for the final time and walked away from that chapter of life; finding a normal job would be a refreshing and a needed change. All I had to do was find something.

It's been a challenge that I never saw coming. Assuming that having been a juggler of many tasks and duties qualified me for other roles, I didn't foresee this rough road but in a small town jobs aren't as plentiful as I'd thought. And it turns out that holding a title such as "wearer of all the hats" doesn't mean you have the skills and knowledge of data programs that are now standard in so many industries. Finding out that there is far more I'm not suitable for, than the positions I could get has been a harsh reality, and at a time when I'm floundering emotionally and needing to move forward into something new, it's been rough. While the idea of learning new applications, making myself marketable and taking classes has been looming over my head, knowing exactly which ones to pick is daunting.

Back to the spark that I had caught sight of over the weekend......it's there; I definitely saw the familiar glow. But somehow I just can't channel it into a fire, let alone see how it might grow. I feel like I'm stuck after thinking and working and living in such specific ways for so long - and yet inside of me - something I can't put into words is dying to be born.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Days of the Year | National Monopoly Day is November 19th

It started as an innocent Google search for the origin of this holiday, celebrating one of the most loved/hated/adored/despised board games. Ever. Once I started finding amusing graphics, giggling and spitting across the keyboard it was time to share them with you.

Considered by some as "the most popular board game in the world", it is based on a game designed in 1902 by Elizabeth Magie. Published by Parker Brothers in 1935, it's estimated that more than 5 million people have played it. (wow. but they didn't all "play", ha ha)