Winter by Helen Chappell
So, this is what happened to me during that long freeze we had. I give you my word as a spinner of tales that this is more or less true, although some names have been changed to avoid embarrassing people. I wish I could change my name, but this is my story, and I guess I have to stick to it.
One freezing night around twilight, the house starts to smell like gas, and there’s no hot water and no heat. Uh-oh!
I figure the furnace is out, so I call the furnace guy. Read More …
Inspiration at the Naval Academy by Bonna L. Nelson
Our neighbors, Paul and Susan Haddaway, enjoy taking local day trips as much as we do. We often share our stories of adventure during our monthly dinners together. The four of us love Harrison’s Friday-night oyster buffet. Read More...
The Stewarts and Their Pink Castle by James Dawson
In Praise of Rest by Michael Valliant
John Goodman doesn’t roll on Shabbos. Goodman’s character in the movie The Big Lebowski, Walter Sobchak, wouldn’t bowl in tournaments on Saturday because he observed the Jewish day of rest, the Sabbath. Goodman portrayed it in a funny way, but he makes a point worth considering: there is benefit in making time to rest. When I grew up in Talbot County in the late 1970s and early 1980s, pretty well all the stores were closed on Sundays. Maryland Blue Laws, or Sunday laws, were in place to promote a day of worship or rest. Read More…
The Tithing Quilt by Gary Crawford
This past January was awfully cold, as I’m sure you noticed. Day after day, the temperature remained below freezing, and the nights were worse, dipping into the low teens. We were grateful for our heating system and very thankful that the electrical power stayed on (almost) the entire time. Plumbing systems break down so quickly when a house goes cold, as we learned many years ago when we first had our home here. After the first cold winter, we discovered the importance of draining all the pipes and shutting off the well pump before driving back to the city. Read More…
Changes: A Dog’s Life ~ Hamish (Part 2 of 2) by Roger Vaughan
Nina, Hamish’s human, sprung a big surprise. We were going to visit Juanita, a Portuguese woman who comes every day to clean Nina’s apartment and walk Hamish. When Nina travels for business, Juanita and her family take Hamish in. At Juanita’s, the dog is never a problem. At the sound of “Juanita” and the sight of the leash, Hamish perked up.Nina dropped us at Juanita’s house in a quiet subdivision of small homes in Arlington, Virginia. Eager, Hamish pulled me toward the house. Inside were Juanita, her husband, two daughters, a boy of three and one son-in-law. Hamish reacted like he owned the place. Read More…
Tidewater Times was established in 1952 as a specialized monthly magazine which would appeal to the tourist, the prospective land buyer, and others for whom the Eastern Shore has a special allure. It was created to be small enough to fit into a woman’s purse or a man’s coat pocket. Today it has blossomed as a vital symbol of our thriving community.
Our award-winning group of Feature Writers include Helen Chappell, Dick Cooper, Gary Crawford, Pamela Meredith-Doyle, Roger Vaughan, Bonna Nelson, Michael Valliant and Marc Teffeau. Distribution covers an area including Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties.
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