Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Forgotten Veterans Cemetery on Maryland's Eastern Shore

The John Wesley Methodist Church is located in Deal Island, Maryland. On a sunny Sunday in a small waterfront town located along the Chesapeake Bay, I stopped to look at this damaged and forgotten little church.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Predictions and Possibilities: Waiting for Snow in Delaware

I'm torn tonight....really trying not to jump on the bandwagon of excitable panic that comes from seeing weather maps and predictions of potential vast snowfalls. I'm trying not to get too interested because you know, here on the east coast we just aren't set up for "real snow". The coastal winds will come in across the ocean and turn any hopes of a winter wonderland into slush most likely, and while the rest of the nearby states may be reveling in blizzard-like conditions, here in Delaware we will probably be watching puddles of slush cover the ground in 40 degree temperatures. 

I want snow. I grew up with snow in the 1980's, back before the great discussions of global warming. I remember measuring in feet and not inches, building immense snowmen so large it took 6 people to lift the snow-person's midsection onto it's base. There was enough precipitation to build tunnels and forts and we LIVED outside during every waking hour until it got dark  and then we dug a path to get back to the house we'd built a giant wall around. It was AWESOME.

And then I moved to Delaware....and the sarcastic memes began. Bitter over days of hype which turned into slushy disappointment I began cheering myself up by mocking just how little snow this state gets. Even ignoring the hype didn't help because a few days after the warnings came out and everyone in the southern part of the state rushed to the grocery store, I'd always cave in and go too.


Monday, January 18, 2016

First Snowfall of the Winter on Delmarva (January 17th, 2016)

Photos from around Selbyville/Fenwick Island, Delaware and Ocean City, Maryland during the first snow of the year.

On the boardwalk...
A classic beach motel sits empty
This is what the off-season looks like
Fenwick Island, just off of Route 54
Sea grass by the bay in Fenwick Island
Downtown Ocean City
Motel in black and white
...trying to capture the detail of the snowflakes

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Signs, Local Businesses and Familiar Logos of Ocean City, Maryland, part I

Familiar signage and recognizable advertising is generally a sure sign you've arrived back in a place you love, one that's been a part of summers and vacations and fun for years. No where is that more true than in Maryland's favorite beach town of Ocean City, which is home to beloved icons, favorite shops and restaurants and classic signs which have dotted the landscape for decades. Here is the first installment featuring some of the local businesses of the area.

English's Restaurant at 15th Street, taken 2014.
Sadly, this location did not reopen again the following season.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Honoring Our Veterans: the Kent County Veterans Memorial in Dover, Delaware

This is a beautiful tribute located north of the Air Force Base, just off Route 1 in Dover. The park itself is small but very moving, nicely designed and well planned and there are a number of monuments and pieces paying honor to veterans. You can view all the photos on my Flickr album.

General location info at

November 2012 article about Kent County VVA Chapter 850 dedicating a new memorial to Delaware's Gold Star Mothers

Monday, January 4, 2016

Cool Idea To Do on New Year's Eve! "Happy New Year Greetings"

Cool idea for the year....write positive notes about things that happen, etc and then read over them on New Years Eve.

At a party on New Year's Eve....

How will you change and improve in the coming months?

It gives us a chance to reflect on things we may not be happy with, or those we may wish to change.

A few greetings and wishes for you.