Walking is healthy exercise. Taking time out from your busy life is mentally healthy too. A website recommends planning a 30-minute walk this weekend because "here in the age of binge watching and sedentary smartphones, that we all could stand to move around a bit more." They aren't wrong about that. They have three pieces of [...]


When Gary was a little boy, he sat at the dining table with his mother and made red poppies for Memorial Day. Like her husband, Alta ("Anne") served stateside during the Second World War. She gathered little red cloth petals, wound them onto a wire to be worn in honor of our veterans. My husband [...]


We had never before seen five bald eagles at once on our beach. Clutch size of eagles has been rising ever since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring alerted the general public about the dangers of DDT. (Before we began poisoning crops, bald eagles in Chesapeake Bay had clutches of four or, rarely, five eggs. The average size [...]

I don’t quite HATE FedEx

Just saying. The company has, on occasion, delivered a package to us. Sometimes there has been a guy who knew his way around. More often whoever is delivering it tries a neighbor, leaves it unprotected in the rain, or otherwise screws up. I have cancelled orders online if the only delivery option was FedEx. Some [...]


My computer screen went all magenta last Friday and is being (hopefully) repaired. Maybe by the weekend—they said maybe earlier, but I think it may have died at a mere six months and two days, an infant laptop still under warranty. It has been flakey since I first opened it, and one son shrugs and [...]