Things I Like – September 10, 2021

The mixed feelings of a Labor DayIsland Creamery for dessert after eating out in BerlinLeaving school on the first day backPool daysSmoked fish dipStanding on the Inlet jettySquirrels chasing each other around a treeNo bills in the mailboxRocking chairs on a porchA storm to cap off a hot dayShort phone calls

Things I Like – September 3, 2021

Sleeping on a great pillowA smile from a strangerAn iced latte to start the dayA brand new knifeAnything cooked on the grillPeople with nice handwritingA back yard full of kids at playQuick rainstormsThe first shave with a new bladeSteamed crabs once a monthThe sense of accomplishment after something is put together

Things I Like – August 27, 2021

Watching the families’ reactions at Surfers HealingCounting down to the NFLSeeing changes in my kidsHow each sunrise/sunset is differentWhen an injury is not as bad as it looks initiallyFall sports practicesA flat brick sidewalkLook of fresh pavementPeople in recovery sharing their storiesRemembering mix tapesEmbracing, not fearing, change

Things I Like – August 20, 2021

Finding sand everywhere this time of yearNight pool dipsSeeing national music acts 20 minutes from homeHitting the beach early in the daySeedless watermelonGetting lucky with a parking spotPoke tuna bowlsA kid’s excitement for catching wavesSolar lights that actually workWatching adults act like kidsAn excited dog at meal time

Things I Like – August 13, 2021

The occasional rainy weekend dayPeyton Manning commercialsWhen there is sleep at a ‘sleepover’Drama-free daysA lab’s love of the oceanCold fruit on the beachHearing giggles from my kid’s roomFreshly mulched flower bedsSquirrel-resistant bird feedersComputer-free weekendsA cold beer from the bottom of a cooler

Things I Like – August 6, 2021

Learning the stories behind the Olympics athletesBreakfast for dinnerThe White Marlin Open’s growthPeople watching on the BoardwalkNetflix’s “OzarkNorthside Park on a summer nightThe ribeye at Coastal SaltOld Bay on chicken saladA breeze out of the east on a hot daySea glass collections in a houseMovies with my kids on a rainy day

Things I Like – July 30, 2021

Daily Olympics highlightsChristmas in July at Fish TalesThe movie, “Black Widow”Giannis Antetokounmpo’s humblenessJolly Roger water park daysAerial views of Ocean CityAcai bowls for breakfastSkateboarding and surfing as Olympic sportsAnswering questions from my teenFamily Feud bloopersSleeping through a summer storm

Things I Like – July 23, 2021

Dinner on the BoardwalkA eulogy that brings laughs and tearsBeing first at somethingSeeing my son doing his summer readingWatching kids try to play poolA scrapple, egg and cheese sandwich every now and againGetting lucky with no bay bridge trafficPersonalized picture calendars‘We Heart Berlin” bumper stickersS’mores and a bonfire on a Saturday nightThe last few pieces… Read more »

Things I Like – July 16, 2021

Getting to Assateague early on a weekend dayAll appetizers for dinnerA marina’s atmosphere during a tournamentService with a smileThis year’s NBA Finals teamsA group of kids in my backyardBurgers hot off the grillSeeing my wife relaxingWrinkle-free clothesRiding on bike tires full of airA baby’s giggles

Things I Like – July 9, 2021

How great the local corn is nowBoth my kids falling asleep early from summer fun in the sunSpecial events in BerlinNewspapers hung in restaurant bathroomsBeing surprised by good newsWhen my kid repeats something I taught himA weekend of no shoesWhen a teenager’s politeness is realSwimming before breakfastSmall conch shellsSand on the floor of my truck