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A Date with My Dog

My Valentine is 101 pounds of black furry love. We share a love for the outdoors and can appreciate a great tasting brisket. Her name is Willow, and she’s a one-year-old Newfoundland. Photo courtesy of author. Even in the winter months in Maryland, you can catch a beautiful sunny day perfectly…

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Love Is in the Air at Cafe Normandie

{{unknown}}A meal at Cafe Normandie is like coming home to your favorite dish and it’s no wonder; head chef and owner Jean-Louis has been putting his heart and soul into all his dishes ever since he first opened his twelve-seat eatery just a few shops up the street. “I always feel that my restaurant…

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An Ode to Snow

Light and flitting through the air, the wet flakes shimmer as the descend to their final resting place. There is an intoxicating peace that comes from waking up to the earth covered in a blanket of snow. It is one of my favorite things during the winter season. This year we have not been so lucky to…

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A Love Letter to My First Born

We met on a sweltering August day in the mountains of northern Georgia. Before our first encounter, I had asked the woman how it was possible to pick one from many and she said "he will pick you." I was suspect; it sounded too easy. Photo courtesy of the author. So I sat in the corner of a room…

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I Love My Neighborhood

My husband and I moved to Annapolis from Washington DC’s Cleveland Park neighborhood, building a house in a waterfront community on the Severn River. For him, it was a return to the hometown of his boyhood, a move that delighted his parents and childhood friends. For me, a native New Englander…

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4 Highlights - Loving Everything Related to Books

"Books are our friends." My mother explained this to me at an early age. The pages of a book were not to be scribbled in, torn up, or folded. We visited the public library regularly and books were welcomed as gifts. To me, the feel and smell of a new book still continues to be extraordinary. The…

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A Visit to the Maryland State House

One of my favorite things in Annapolis is the Maryland State House. It was built on the highest point of land so from almost every vantage point you get a glimpse of the beautiful dome. It’s the largest all-wooden dome in North America, built of cypress beams held together by wooden pegs instead of…

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Building an Art Exhibit with Jo Fleming

Before an art exhibit goes up, most galleries resemble an empty office space. Plain white walls, a visible chair or two, some power tools, and what could possibly be yesterday’s lunch. This is a special time because from the outside looking in, it seems as though this is a time of rest when in…

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#ShareYourLove

Photo courtesy of VAAAC. Deep down inside every one of us is passionate about something – that person or experience that brings a smile to our face, a twinkle to our eye, a bounce to our step. It’s that connection with the familiar, the comforting, the awe inspiring that helps keep us grounded – no…

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