Things I Like

Finding old business cards

Spotting an eagle while kayaking

When my kids cooperate during Ravens games

Warming the car up on cold mornings

Swimming in a pool by myself

Donating old clothes

Pizza with chicken on top

Good listening days with my boys

Big Sunday mornings breakfasts at home

Homemade meatballs

Close college basketball games

Things I Like

Reading local historical accounts How my kids react to surprises Big chicken wings My wife’s passion for Halloween Warm November days Steamed crabs for lunch Tiny pumpkins A row of homes with an American flag hanging out front Bountiful offshore fishing trips Large water bottles on road trips A great back scratch

Things I Like

When it doesn’t rain on Halloween Eating soft crabs without bread Backyard picnics with my kids Visiting somewhere new Fresh fruit in the morning Clean public rest rooms Humble police officers The Sunday paper Playgrounds without litter Being on time A big backyard

Things I Like

Dropping my kids off at school An expensive steak that tastes like it A pleasant surprise in the mail Watching a thunderstorm over the bay A bowl full of sea glass When it’s peaceful in my house Taking a swim before breakfast The look of the new Tanger Outlets When my memory serves me right Small conch shells Picking my … Continue reading

Things I Like

The first nice day after a Nor’easter Getting a new appliance Kids with a sophisticated sense of humor Carryout on the weekends Seeing deer on Assateague Wrap-around front porches Playing ball with my boys Random things you discover when you live in an old house long enough Children running in the sand Boardwalk arcades on rainy days When sincerity is … Continue reading

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Seeing my son use a pencil sharpener on the wall Carryout dinner after a beach day Not needing a wetsuit to swim in the ocean in October Big, soft beach towels People who still “develop” pictures Tiny conch shells A parking space near the Boardwalk The last couple miles of a road trip A full tank of gas Recalling the … Continue reading

Things I Like

Driving on the beach with the windows down That ‘Homeland’ is back on Sunny days off Pictures of my kids hugging Beach days in October Leaving the office after a deadline When a preconceived notion is wrong Trying out a new restaurant The smell of an old book Polite teenagers Booking winter trips

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Little kids using their imagination Watching a good auctioneer in the act Photos on canvas Fishing stories Shrimp with pasta A good back scratch Dipping cookies in milk The back roads on the Eastern Shore of Virginia Being skeptical of a so-called bargain Sunfest on the last day Monday morning school runs

Things I Like

September beach days Watching my boys playing together on the beach A heated pool on a cool fall night Splurging on myself once in a while A new pair of running shoes Days when there is no mail at home Early Monday night football games Seeing my 5-year-old son walk in school by himself Learning something new every day Paying … Continue reading

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The excitement of a new school year An ocean dip before breakfast How no two sea shells are identical The stillness of the ocean on foggy days A busy marina when the boats are returning A beach bonfire Making it home just in time before a storm How my kids think I write for every newspaper there is A cloud-less … Continue reading