Things I Like

Polite strangers

 

Days when I don’t have to leave Berlin

 

How exhausted my kids are after a beach day

 

The view from an oceanfront building’s top floor

 

When carryout is just as good as eating in

 

Waking up with a swim

 

Coaching young kids

 

A night out of town every now and again

 

Learning new local history facts

 

Breakfast pizzas

 

A new set of windshield wipers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things I Like

Taking a bucket of fried chicken to the beach   Free valet service at DuPont Hospital   When my kids both sleep past 7 a.m.   All the out-of-state plates in Berlin these days   When the WOC park-and-ride actually gets used   Crispy pizza   A hand-written note from my son   O’s Manager Buck Showalter   Inspirational feature … Continue reading

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Surprises in the mail   Days without a phone call   The few days before new sunglasses get a scratch   World Cup soccer intensity   Friendly health insurance people   The optimism of a new business   Ice cream on the beach   Trying new drinks   People watching at a karaoke bar   Showing my kids old photo … Continue reading

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Monday morning reflections on the weekend   When my wife buys me clothes   Watching the Air Show in the ocean   The 15 minutes my sons and I sat in our beach chairs talking on Father’s Day   A boat with a built-in bar   Carryout for dinner after a beach day   Consumer Reports magazine   How popular … Continue reading

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Watermelon on the beach   How excited my kids get about water parks   A sunrise photo featuring dolphin   Starting the day with a pool dip   A man hugging his adult son   Quiet worriers   Proving a rumor wrong   Pictures of little kids with big fish   A marina on a good fishing day   Not … Continue reading

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Displays of gratitude   Overhearing a great question from a reporter in the newsroom   John Malkovich in “Crossbones”   How hungry my kids get after playing in the ocean   Meeting new people   Family couch time   Boating the back bays   Captains Galley’s crab cake sandwich   Days when no bills come in the mail   The … Continue reading

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Hitting an outdoor shower after a day on the beach   A picnic table full of steamed crabs   All the flags along the Boardwalk on holiday weekends   Going to bed early   Graduation photos on Facebook   Seeing dolphins in the ocean   That Kiss and Def Leppard are touring together this summer   Friendly police officers   … Continue reading

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Smelling lilacs in a yard   Peas mixed in with spaghetti   How much my kids like live music   A nap by a pool   When my son corrects something I said that’s incorrect   Spending a day on Assateague’s bayside   Making a photo book online   The first deck party of the season at Fager’s Island   … Continue reading

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Going in the ocean in May (briefly)   Prom pictures   Granola in a salad   An older man in a bow tie   Praying with my kids   Walking on cobble stone streets   Birds chirping in the morning   Overhearing a smart chat among little kids   Burgers hot off the grill   Listening to a band on … Continue reading