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Notes Along the Way · 4d ago

A Special "Pink Lady" in Southern Florida

Over the years, I have enjoyed visiting and writing about hotels, mostly those in the United States, Canada, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Several of the locations I've chosen have beautiful pi...
Notes Along the Way · 1M ago

A House in the Woods Is Special

"House in the Woods Getting New Roof" ©Mary Montague SikesYears ago, when my husband and I were newlyweds, we picked out land for our first house. After exploring many locations in our littl...
Notes Along the Way · 1M ago

What Journalists Expect from Your Website

"Sunset at 35,000 Feet" ©Mary Montague SikesDo you have a website? I expect that most of you do, especially if you are promoting either your book or your art, or maybe both. Perhaps you have...
Notes Along the Way · 2M ago

Journey to Costa Rica

"Last Evening in Costa Rica" ©Olen SikesLast summer, when I went to pick up my painting and piece of sculpture from the Chesapeake Bay Pen Women show at the Bay School in Mathews, several wo...
Notes Along the Way · 2M ago

Broken Heart Syndrome - Is It Real?

"Broken Heart" ©Mary Montague SikesThe death of Debbie Reynolds only a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away has stirred discussions about broken heart syndrome. After I started r...
Notes Along the Way · 3M ago

Creating an Angel Card - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All

"Angel from Xanadu - Mystic Visions" ©Mary Montague SikesFor quite a long time I have painted an angel for Christmas each year and then made cards using the new image. For 2016, devising the...
Notes Along the Way · 3M ago

Joy and Danger of an Artist's Life

"Packing up in my studio" ©Mary Montague SikesThe sad and tragic fire in an old warehouse building in Oakland, California reminds us once again about the importance of safety and vigilance i...
Notes Along the Way · 4M ago

Farewell to a Little Feral Cat

Fluffy Noir ©Mary Montague SikesFor the past two or three years, we have fed a feral black cat. I was first drawn to Fluffy Noir when I saw him with an injured, bleeding chest. Thinking it c...
Notes Along the Way · 4M ago

Hotels Are But a "Snapshot in Time"

When I look out of my writing studio window, the yellow turning leaves capture my attention. They are the colors of autumn. A few years ago, I suspect the trees would be bare by now. With gl...
Notes Along the Way · 5M ago

Visiting the Artist Studio of Dorothy Fagan

"Talking about  journaling" ©Mary Montague SikesLast Saturday, members of the Chesapeake Bay Branch, National League of American Pen Women had the opportunity to visit the studio of artist D...