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Elmington: The Life Worth Living

Elmington is the crown jewel among a string of pearls scattered along the shoreline of the North River. Lined with stately homes, whose architecture represents the very best of 17th and 18th century English colonial designs, Elmington’s neoclassical lines stand out as a testament to...

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Open Cockpit Aviator: Michael Kuhnert

It seemed for a moment as if I had happened upon a World War II U.S. Army airfield. As I drove into the parking lot of the Pilot House Restaurant, near Hummel Field in Topping, Virginia, a gleaming blue and yellow open cockpit aircraft landed and parked near the fence. The pilot...

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The Color of Our Water

On the east coast of our country and especially in this area, we are surrounded by and close to water. The Chesapeake Bay is one of the largest estuaries in North America, some say the largest, and one of the most productive in the world. An estuary is a body of water with a mix of...

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A Guide to Culinary Salt

Whether browsing the latest Southern Living cookbook or recipe surfing on Pinterest, you are bound to notice that many types of salts are popping up in lists of ingredients. Gourmet cooks and novices alike appreciate the distinct qualities of various varieties of salts because of the...

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Jacobs Ladder: An Enrichment Program

For centuries, ladders have served as analogies for one’s progress in life, be it up or down. Some speak of ladders as life’s successive steps upward towards excellence; each rung presenting a new lesson, a new challenge that, once mastered, prepares us for the next step in our...

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The Wild Bunch Wildlife Refuge

You’re walking a trail at a nature preserve and you spot a slight movement near the base of a tree. There, half hidden in a heap of leaves, you find two tiny critters of unknown species. You imagine these babies are frightened, maybe hurt. What to do? Whom to call?

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Chili: Warming the Soul

The bitterly cold days of winter have us all yearning for something warm and comforting. What says comfort better than a big bowl of warm and hearty chili? Every chili lover probably has their own tried and true recipe or has tweaked someone else’s recipe to make it their own. A few...

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Gristmills: The Loss of an Industry

The opening scenes in the movie, Gone with the Wind, included an idyllic landscape of a stone gristmill with water cascading over an overshot mill wheel, and people scurrying around laughing and singing as they did their daily chores. As at Tara, the gristmill was one of the most...

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Keeping the Lighs On

Lighthouses stand as solitary sentinels of maritime life past and present. They are stalwart against wind and weather, romantic and melancholy in their isolation. Despite advances in technology, the structures are still considered by the United States Coast Guard to be active aids to...

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The Mad Stone of Essex County

The porous stone is said to be from the rumen of a deer belly or possibly a cow, bison, camel or bear. It is basically a bovine hairball. It starts out as a tiny mineral inside the animal’s stomach and particles, calcium, hair and whatnot start to adhere to it and pack tight as it...

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Say Goodbye to Persistent Heartburn and Mountains of Pills

When the simple act of eating triggers a slow burning tunnel of pain and even reflux, many of us reach for the nearest bottle of pills. And then we try to forget about it - until it happens again. If you’re past counting the number of episodes, now’s the time to make a change.

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