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Beachy Summer Days

Our golden retriever doesn’t like to swim, but she loves water, so on summer days cool enough to walk outside without melting or scalding our feet through our shoes, we like to do nice things for her like take her to the beach. I wander around and see what treasures await me. One time I […]

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Calvert Kettle Corn: A local icon and delicious treat

When I moved to Calvert County, Maryland just over two years ago, there was a single white bucket sitting in my otherwise empty pantry, left, with love, by the previous residents. It bears the logo of Calvert Kettle Corn and comes with discounted refills. They’d go to the North Beach Farmer’s Market every Friday night […]

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The North Beach Polar Bear Plunge

The great New Year’s sleeping in was thwarted this year when I had to pick a tween up from a party. Awake and curious, I woke my youngest two and drug them to North Beach for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. No, we wouldn’t test the Chesapeake waters, though Elise protested. We’ll watch… and then, […]

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American Indian Heritage Festival at JefPat

JefPat is one of our favorite local parks, so we go there a lot. It’s more recently become of my favorite place to do family portrait sessions, so now I’m there even more, but I don’t really get tired of it. It’s a pretty cool place with a lot of hidden nooks and crannies that […]

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If You Go to the Calvert County Fair…

When I thought of the local fair, I envisioned crowds, heat, fattening food, and overcrowded rides and while I wasn’t too far off, there is a lot to see and do at our local Calvert County Fair that doesn’t include any of that. So whether you are going for the rides or avoiding them, you’ll […]

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United Way’s Day of Caring

Sometimes I can’t travel far.  Sometimes “traveling” means traveling where I live and embracing what’s here. While living abroad, I heard countless locals tell me that they hadn’t been “there,” the where ever I’d just gone in their own country. Even here in Maryland, I find myself seeing things that so many take for granted. […]

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The One Room School House

  It’s difficult for me to imagine teaching seven grades in a single room and harder still to think of a time that students would show up only seasonally, but just down the road from me is one of the last remaining one-room school houses in the county, Port Republic School #7. It’s open on […]

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The Sweet of Sweet Sue’s of North Beach

I distinctly remember multiple conversations with my oldest claiming that “the only cheesecake” she likes is my goat cheese cheesecake.  I don’t blame her, it’s amazing,  but today when I brought home a chocolate peanut butter cheesecake from Sweet Sue’s, I didn’t expect her to eat the whole thing either. “I thought you didn’t like […]

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Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail

Chesapeake Beach is a quiet little beach town in Calvert County, MD about an hour south of DC.  It has a little resort, a few restaurants, a water park, a railway museum and a nice walking path, now called the Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail.  The Railway Museum resides in the old train station that was […]

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EZ Thai Restaurant

I noticed this little hole-in-the-wall restaurant just after moving here 18 months ago, but it didn’t appeal to me.  I love Thai food, but the name and placement in a mediocre strip-mall convinced me that it wasn’t worth my time.  I love food, but won’t intentionally waste my time or money on average, so I […]

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