Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Meaning Behind Memorial Day

"Our Flag does not fly
because the wind blows it;
It flies with the last breath
of every soldier who
died defending it."


There is your reason for Memorial Day. Please don't forget it. This Monday is not all about your cookout or pool party.


A veteran explains "Why I hate hearing Happy Memorial Day" - this article is worth reading. "It’s not Veterans Day. It’s not military appreciation day. Don’t thank me for my service. Please don’t thank me for my service. It’s taking the time to pay homage to the men and women who died while wearing the cloth of this nation you’re so freely enjoying today."




Something to think about here: "Memorial Day is set aside for remembering those that died while serving their country. It is not a happy day. It is a day of remembrance of comrades, friends, and family members who have fallen in service to their country. Never wish anyone a Happy Memorial Day. If you can't think of something more appropriate to say, simply say nothing." Source




"Life on Delmarva" • #delmarvausa

Monday, May 23, 2016

People and Buildings, Faces and Places: Why I'm Failing at Telling Their Stories

Some people may see a photo; this was a great opportunity to speak with this fire chief and his father, both of the Hurlock Fire Company in Dorchester County, MD

A few months ago I was driving down Old Ocean City Road in Wicomico County, Maryland when I passed the Parsonsburg fire department. It was a pretty day to take a few shots and of course, once I got involved looking at the building and researching their history, I wanted to know more. And that's where I run into trouble; I love these local sources of history and stories and legends of unselfishness. I want to find out the details behind the bricks and the logos of our local fire companies, and yet I'm struggling to find even one that genuinely has an interest in saving their memories - and hiring me. There's a post here, written a few months ago where I attempt to describe of a new beginning of sorts, a baby bird which didn't quite get off the ground, and it mirrors my worry that our society might be too willing to let go of our past. Where did I go wrong?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I don't understand what I'm seeing on Facebook anymore

 
 
A chronic neck condition requires me to lie down from time to time with a heating pad, and while doing that earlier I spent some time browsing through posts on Facebook. That's nothing unusual, except that for me Facebook is generally a tool to connect with others on public pages with an assigned purpose; to share photos, pass along information, update the public on certain situations, etc. So just browsing randomly through the most recent posts from friends or pages isn't something I have the time for often, and it seemed that the more I scrolled the more questions I had.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Trying to write but choosing a topic that hits home

My "writing daily" project came to a screeching halt on.....well, the first day. Damn. I'd tried this back in December, following the advice of an online site geared towards encouraging creative and descriptive journaling, along with poetry, narratives and instructional-type material. The goal it seemed, was to spur the mind to offer up content in a wide variety of ways and through various methods. I took the bait and fell into the steps of expanding my abilities.



While reading up on the material I stumbled across the suggestion that by writing creatively each day, one might open new doors and actually increase the ability of the writer to more easily put thoughts down on paper. In short, the gist was that the more you write the better you become at it - and in December, to my surprise, it worked! I didn't follow the exact directions (because of the part of me which rails against being constrained or dictated to), but I did generate content each day of a different type. A poem, descriptive account, instructions for an art project, a motivational speech, more poetry and even a recipe full of flavor. I was on a roll, having completed 16 or so pieces of material and yes - the goal of encouraging the creative process and making my thoughts and words more fluent, appeared to have been achieved.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"You didn't want to see what was right in front of you" | Death of a Small Business

From time to time I come across this piece I wrote about five years ago and feel the need to pass it on, perhaps one more time. Not only was it one of the first things I ever wrote, it was at a time when I'd realized that 1, my brain needed more help than the average person to work correctly and 2, it was possibly the most painful experience in my life. I share it now because of the process gone through, the things learned and that perhaps it will help someone else in a similar situation. (if that sounds cryptic it's because I don't want to give away the whole story until you've read this).





"You left anyway.

You heard me explaining just minutes ago to the other customers that our candies are born here in the USA; often by confectionery families with a tradition of high standards; dedicated to keeping their products USA-made. You saw me hand them some printed material, detailing the more-than-a-century life and journey of classic American favorites, which noted the commitment the family-owned company has offered for generations.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day and learning to let go

For years and years, decades perhaps, I've struggled with holidays, special occasions and dates like today. Mother's Day carries far too much sadness of what was, the things that never will be and those that it's time I let go of. I HATE holidays when everyone else seems to be flaunting their perfect families and fabulous brunches and gifts and flowers. I hate that I don't have the memories my friends are sharing about their moms and I find the entire thing pretty over-commercialized anyway.

But I'm on this new kick this year, well for the last two months anyway, where I'm beginning to see the sadness that comes with holding on to what is gone - or building up castles in one's head about the things that should be. Those two behaviors are what leads to an awful lot of heartache and sadness and disappointment and finally, as my 45th birthday creeps closer and closer, I think I'm growing up and working on loving the life I live now and letting go of part of the past. Still, today does carry some negativity with it so as a coping mechanism I decided to take a ride with my dogs, visit a park and take some ultra-cute pictures of them loving the afternoon. And then life happened which means it didn't quite work out like that and yet I'm bound and determined to write down the things that did take place, that I noticed or was amused by and just take the day at face value.


Friday, May 6, 2016

The Eastern Shore Police Memorial | Rhodesdale, Maryland

Located in the quiet woods of Dorchester County sits a granite memorial bearing the names of fallen officers from the local area. This section of the Delmarva Peninsula is referred to as the eastern shore of Maryland. It lies along the Atlantic Ocean and is bordered on the west by the Chesapeake Bay and Bay Bridge. The nine counties of the eastern shore are Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset, Dorchester, Caroline, Talbot, Queen Anne's, Kent and Cecil.



In 2009 the Eastern Shore Police Association dedicated a memorial to the law enforcement officers from this local area. In addition to the nine counties mentioned above, departments such as Maryland Natural Resources and Marine Police are included.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Remembering Chief Harvey Gregg of the Georgetown Police Department

On April 4, 1998, Chief Gregg died in the line of duty while serving with the Georgetown Police Department. On Saturday April 9th, a wreath laying ceremony took place on the Circle in Georgetown to mark the anniversary of his passing.



Monday, May 2, 2016

Pollen Season | We are the Silent Suffering People

Every year I am faced with the same dilemma, different dates. Spring has sprung and along with it fountains of yellow dust, leaf-like clusters of fresh buds and seasonal growth give way to headaches and sinus pressure. What's worse? I'm the Grinch - the official prophet of doom and gloom; the black sheep; the Debbie Downer. I HATE spring with every fiber of my being and each sneeze. But how vocal can you really be about something that so much of society celebrates? I turn to sarcasm, memes and Grumpy Cat to let out my inner disgust with this time of year......



Sunday, May 1, 2016

Life on Del-Mar-Va | "About the Delmarva Peninsula"

Delmarva refers to an area located along the east coast which includes the eastern shore counties of Maryland and Virginia, along with the state of Delaware. The peninsula is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay, the Delaware River, Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
The hyphenated title comes from the three states included in the name:
  • Del = Delaware
  • Mar = Maryland
  • Va = Virginia
As you can see here, we are almost completely surrounded by water.