The Birds, The Bees, The Butterflies & the Bugs!

By Melinda Myers Photo credit: Melinda Myers, LLC The Birds, The Bees, The Butterflies & the Bugs! A garden filled with flowers, birds, bees and butterflies is a sight to behold. These winged beauties add color, sound and motion to our gardens. Plus, they help maximize a garden’s productivity by pollinating plants and managing plant-damaging pests. […]

On the Road

Bob and Kathy Condon, long time Alexandria residents took a dream trip to France in June. They discovered the Dordogne River Valley to the East of Bordeaux by reading a series of mysteries written by a man named Martin Walker who has had a residence in the Valley for many years. His hero is a small […]

Trips to the Vet Can be Fear Free

By Carolyn Cockroft Trips to the Vet Can be Fear Free A trip to the veterinarian with my cat Ashley always started with her sudden disappearance as soon as she heard her carrier being brought upstairs from the basement. After a lengthy search, then forcing her into the carrier and loading my darling into the […]

Fill the Swamp

By Steve Chaconas Fill the Swamp The Virginia Marine Resources Commission said no to the National Park Service plan to fill Dyke Marsh along the Potomac near Belle Haven Marina. NPS boundary buoys have raised questions by many anglers. Excavation in the 1940s, used to create the Pentagon and Reagan National Airport, left Dyke Marsh […]

North Beach, Maryland – The Jewel of the Chesapeake Bay!

By Bob Tagert North Beach, Maryland – The Jewel of the Chesapeake Bay! With warm weather finally moving in we thought it a good time to head to the beach…North Beach that is! The iconic Chesapeake Bay Bridge was first opened in 1952 allowing access to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Before that bridge, […]

On the Road

Old Town Crier spotted at The Ramgarh Bungalows in India in March of this year. Abraham Borum III and his wife with their extended family in India. They report that they had a wonderful time and enjoyed staying in the 160 year old structures that were built as a summer get-away.

Understanding the Most Common Tests Performed by Veterinarians

By Cindy McGovern I recently took my 11-year old, outwardly healthy cat in for her annual checkup and vaccinations.  In addition to the normal physical exam, this visit included blood work and urinalysis. I’ve had the same vet for almost 20 years and I trust his judgment. But after seeing the $400 bill, I decided […]

June Pets of the Month

Andy – Tree Walking Hound, Tan/White, Neutered Male, 1 year old Bio: I’m a year old pup and I’m in need of a home who will be able to teach me all about how to be a well-mannered dog! I have a ton of energy and my I love, love, love playing with other dogs, […]

Social Me(dia) the Love

By Lori Welch Brown Social Me(dia) the Love Public Service Announcement (PSA) No. 1002-32-A7: To those of you who may be confused, granting someone a ‘like’—or, even better, a ‘heart’—does not constitute a real, honest-to-goodness social interaction. If you are friends (or even family), you must, at a minimum, pick up your smartphone and text […]

Oh no, not another tie!

By Steve Chaconas Oh no, not another tie! Dude, don’t get Dad another tie! He might wear it…only when you are in town or when you mention it. He really dreads having to tie one on for you! It’s Father’s Day, put a bit of thought into the gift for the guy who was always […]