• Picture Perfect

    My daughter and I spent Sunday afternoon at my parents’ house. They live in a beautiful community on the Magothy River, and I decided to take a walk to their community beach that afternoon. With my iPhone in hand, I took some shots. I don’t know if you feel the same way I do about where you grew up, but I absolutely loved the neighborhood, the community, and the schools. When I go to visit, it always feels like I’ve taken a mini-vacation. I was lucky to have spent many years there, and always feel the same way when I visit. As Mr. Rodgers would say, “It was a beautiful…

  • The View from Pendennis Mount

    My dear friend, Debbie, posted this gorgeous photo a few weeks ago on my Facebook page and said, “This is the area of the Severn River (in Maryland) I picture is the kids’ houses in ‘Beneath the Mimosa Tree.’ Am I right?” Indeed you are, Debbie. I’m sorry to bombard you, readers, with photographs of Annapolis scenery this week, but the weather is amazing here right now, and the sky and the water are just breathtaking. In the novel, Michael and Annabelle live in Pendennis Mount. When I attend book clubs and discuss the novel with folks who have read it, people often ask me if that’s the neighborhood where…

  • Weekly Photo Challenge: HOME

    In this week’s photo challenge, we had to select a photograph that in some way means “Home.” I selected this photograph—one I took over the summer—of the beach in Ulmstead, where I grew up and where my parents still live. I got a new camera last year, and I went out one day and practiced taking all sorts of photos. This playset is one that has been around since I was little, as you can see by its aged look. I think that’s part of its charm; the beach is so beautiful, and there are picnic tables and steps that take you to the Magothy River. It’s one of my…

  • Conversations with My Daughter: A Special Place

    This weekend, I had the delightful opportunity to go home and spend the weekend with my parents and my daughter. My son and husband were entertaining friends from North Carolina—a boys weekend—full of baseball, baseball cards, laser tag, and lots of good eats. It is always a pleasure to go home. In fact, I relish it. I call it “a little mini-vacation.” My parents have a beautiful yard, live two blocks from the water, and have a pool and Jacuzzi. Additionally, their neighborhood sports two boat docks, and one beach area that sits on the Magothy River, replete with a playground, picnic tables, and volleyball. There are also tennis courts…