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Butt Heads: The Road Is Not Your Ash Tray

Cigarette butt on side of the street

Picture if you will: You are driving down the road, listening to music, minding your own business, and the driver of the vehicle in front of you rolls down their window, you see smoke come out followed by a hand dropping low, pausing for a second or two, and then discreetly drops a cigarette butt […]

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Mushroom Meatloaf / My Favorite

If you make this mushroom meatloaf, you will not be disappointed.

Digging through my Grandma’s recipe box, I have discovered a recipe for the best meatloaf I’ve ever tasted. I’ve eaten meatloaf all my life, and after nearly 50 years I have discovered something I wish I knew about long ago — Mushroom Meatloaf. It’s an easy, simple dish to make, and will have the whole […]

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Texas Slow Oven-Roasted Beef Brisket

Texas Beef Brisket Sandwich.  Simple to make.

We recently brought home our side of beef from the butcher — 600 pounds worth — which has filled our chest freezer to the rim. With the recent cold weather, what better time to cook a nice beef brisket for sandwiches. A brisket needs to be slow-roasted for tenderness and flavor. Let me tell you, […]

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Captain, My Captain / Photographing an Oil Painting

Oil Painting of Captain John Webster

A client out-of-state needed a photograph of an oil painting of Captain John Webster, which is hanging in the Harford County courthouse, for an article he was writing. Sounds simple, right? Yes, and No. The simple part is that your subject is very good at standing very still, for as long as you need (duh, […]

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Don’t Shoot Till You See the Whites of Their Eyes: Tips to Taking Better Sports Pictures

Baseball Pitcher

Go to any high school or recreational league where sports are being played, and you’ll find parents, grandparents, and friends with cameras. From my observations, I see many folks whip out their pocket camera or digital SLR and just snap away when “Little Johnny” hits the field,  most likely capturing many pictures of his back, […]

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No More Guess Work / The Secret to Boiling Shrimp Consistently

Boiled Shrimp

If you’ve ever looked for a recipe for boiling shrimp, you probably have found out that “how long” you cook them once the water is boiling, is not a standard answer. I’ve seen times stated from 4 to 12 minutes. When you put your shrimp into the boiling water, do you start the clock immediately, […]

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Play it Again, Cham-ios

If you are anything like me, it seems as when you need something, you can never find it, or the item is always in a location that you are not.  Well, this used to happen to me a lot with me when I wanted to clean my lens.  I either had my lens cloth in […]

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Yay, No Green Peppers / Grandma’s Pasta Bolognese Sauce

Grandma's Spaghetti Sauce

As a child, having spaghetti at my grandma’s house, I remember how happy I was that her recipe did not include green peppers. Yes, I am in the anti-green pepper crowd. My mom’s recipe included those diced bits of nasty, and when I complained, was told to “just pick ’em out.” Didn’t my parents know […]

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Turning the Old into New

Grandma's Recipes

Need a recipe? Jump on the computer, go to Google and search for what’s gnawing at your gut. Perhaps, you’ll just grab one of your cookbooks you purchased at your local Barnes and Noble that has shelves and shelves of books related to food and cooking. Simple. Contrary to what is commonplace today, published cookbooks […]

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100 Push-Up Challenge / Quit Your Bellyaching

Week #2 is in the books. I am one-third through the 6-week hundred push-ups training program. For those that also started this program as an old, overweight, out-of-shape individual, week two brings out the weakness in your abdominal muscles. Who knew push-ups would put a hurtin’ on your belly? The first two workout days of […]

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A Chicago (Made in Maryland) Favorite: Italian Beef

Italian Beef Sub

Having grown up in the Chicagoland area, the Italian Beef is a sandwich which I often ate. Unfortunately, once I moved from the friendly confines of Chicago, finding an Italian Beef is a hard proposition. We (actually my wife) will make homemade italian beefs for us to enjoy. She has tried a few variations, but […]

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100 Push-Up Challenge: Week 1 Complete

Proper Push-Up

NOTE: This image here is not me, but rather how Wikipedia shows as the proper way to do a pushup. This is the standard I am using, where I go down to a 90-degree angle, and then back up. Whew! I have just completed Week 1 / Day 3 of my training to 100 push-ups […]

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Hope For the Unlikely: 100 Push-Ups In-a-Row

Can an out of shape, overweight, 50-year old man do 100 push-ups in a row? Unlikely. I turn 50 in just over 3 months, and I am going to attempt to perform 100 push-ups on my birthday. Come along with me on my journey to success or failure. Since after Thanksgiving, I have been trying […]

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