Bonna Nelson

Bonna Nelson is a former Social Security Administration Director. She has enjoyed teaching memoir and creative writing programs at Harford Community and Chesapeake Colleges, and at the Genesis Pines Healthcare Center, and has served on the board of Pickering Creek Audubon Center and on the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference Steering Committee. She has also served as an Outreach Volunteer for the Talbot County Free Library for several years after moving to the Shore in 2005.

Bonna and her husband John love to travel and enjoy boating from their “base camp” on the Tred Avon River in Easton. Bonna has a passion for writing and she takes her notebook and camera wherever they go, always looking for the perfect story or beach! Being a columnist, writer, artist and photographer, Bonna has contributed hundreds of articles, essays, stories and photographs to periodicals and newspapers around the area.

Between traveling and writing, much of Bonna’s time is now spent as a member of the “sandwich generation,” lovingly coordinating care for her mother and spending quality time with her granddaughter.


  • April 2007Tidewater Day Tripping: Blackwater Biking and Birding
  • August 2007Tidewater Day Tripping: A Pickering Creek Pilgrimage
  • December 2007Tidewater Day Tripping: A Tilghman Island Trek
  • April 2008Tidewater Day Tripping: Adkins Arboretum
  • August 2008Tidewater Day Tripping: The Salisbury Zoo
  • March 2009Tidewater Day Tripping: Exploring the World of Wetlands with Environmental Concern
  • June 2009Tidewater Day Tripping: Walkin’ the Trails at Wye Island
  • September 2009Tidewater Day Tripping: My Really Big Fish Story
  • December 2009Tidewater Day Tripping: Duck Blinds
  • April 2010Tidewater Day Tripping: Discovering the Underground Railroad
  • August 2010Tidewater Day Tripping: Chasing the Log Canoe
  • September 2010Tidewater Day Tripping: Exploring Peru
  • November 2010 – Jan Kirsh Creates Beauty in Art and Nature
  • December 2010Tidewater Day Tripping: Poking Around Pocomoke City
  • March 2011Tidewater Day Tripping: Angling for Antiques
  • July 2011 Tidewater Day Tripping: Contemplating the Labyrinth
  • September 2011Tidewater Day Tripping: Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
  • December 2011Tidewater Day Tripping – Holidays in Historic Dover
  • April 2012 – Cape Town, South Africa
  • September 2012 – Heritage Cruise on the Nathan of Dorchester
  • October 2012 – Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia
  • December 2012 – The Spirit of Giving: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • February 2013 – Sampling the Cuisine of Canada’s Eastern Shore
  • July 2013Tidewater Day Tripping – Mielke’s Work Horse Farm Rescue & Exotics
  • August 2013 – Fifty Shades of Blue
  • October 2013Tidewater Day Tripping – Bison Stomping Grounds: S. B. Farms, Inc.
  • December 2013 – Hope for the Homeless – Talbot Interfaith Shelter
  • May 2014 – Two Chesapeake Ladies Tour China – Part I
  • June 2014 – Two Chesapeake Ladies Tour China – Part II
  • September 2014 – Abacos Adventures
  • November 2014 – Historic London Town and Gardens
  • December 2014 – Keeping the Umbrella Open
  • March 2015 – Emerald Surf
  • June 2015 – The Sensory Pleasures of “Middle America”
  • September 2015 – Indiantown – Sacred Grounds
  • October 2015 – Spocott Windmill and Stanley Institute
  • November 2015 – Adventures in Ireland
  • December 2015 – ACE Mentor Program
  • January 2016 – Namaste from India!
  • May 2016 – Roatan – The Island of No Shoes
  • August 2016 – Speechless at the Pantheon, Parthenon and Pompeii
  • October 2016 – Sea Glass and Sunsets on Smith Island
  • November 2016 – Clavert Cliffs and Solomons Island
  • December 2016 – Mid-Shore Pro Bono – Making Our Community a Better Place
  • February 2017 – Disney Cruise Magic
  • March 2017 – Jamie Buckley’s Kayaking Quest to End Polio
  • May 2017 – Guatemala ~ Land of the Maya
  • August 2017 – An Antiguan Escape
  • September 2017 – Harper’s Ferry – At the Confluence of History and Nature
  • October 2017 – Charming Cape Charles
  • November 2017 – A Longwood Gardens Christmas
  • December 2017 – The Neighborhood Service Center
  • January 2018 – Pennsylvania’s Elk Country
  • February 2018 – A Mother-Daughter Afternoon in Havre de Grace
  • March 2018 – Inspiration at the Naval Academy
  • April 2018 – South America and Antarctica Adventure (Part 1)
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