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We’re hooked! We had so much fun fishing that we’re offering another chartered fishing trip. Come for a reel-y wonderful time on the water! Don’t worry if you’ve never cast a line, everything is included on this trip — equipment and lessons. Enjoy an afternoon out on the water with other WDP readers. Spots are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Vaccinated women only. We will meet the boat in Edgwater, MD and — if there is interest — there is an opportunity to carpool from the Mt. Washington Whole Foods. Price includes everything except tip for the captain. WDP Charted Fishing Trip Saturday, September 181 PM – 6 PMPick-Up Boat in Edgewater, MD (Attendees will be emailed address closer to event) Purchase Your Ticket https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wdp-chartered-fishing-trip-tickets-166353817747

Our crush this week is Hiba Stancofski! Hiba emigrated to the USA as a young woman escaping civil war in Lebanon and transitioned from an early career in research to teaching beach yoga and mindfulness. Her yoga and mindfulness practices helped her overcome childhood trauma, and she is now using them to help families thrive during the chaos of the pandemic. Tell us a little bit about your background and family I grew up in Lebanon, a beautiful country on the Mediterranean, but left in my early twenties to start a new life in the States after 13 long years of raging civil war. I got my Bachelors degree in Biology from the American University of Beirut, followed by my Masters in Biology from American University, Washington, DC. I then worked in research at Georgetown University, until I moved to Baltimore with my husband, Erik. I worked at the University…

We love when fashion meets function — which is why we’re head over heels for Sand Cloud Towels! Sand Cloud designed its towels to be light, sand-resistant, quick-drying, and soft. (You read that right — skip packing sand and soaking wet towels when you pack-up after a day at the beach). Even better? Sand Cloud is on a mission to help save Marine Life. They are focused on creating the best sustainable products in the world. From packaging to products, everything is designed with sustainability in mind. Their towels are made of 100% cotton, so they are known for being super soft. The cotton actually improves with wear, so a few uses and washes will increase your towels’ comfort. With a variety of designs, you’re sure to find one that fits your personality or hey — matches your favorite suit! You can purchase Sand Cloud towels locally at Karma Fashion Boutique in Lutherville. Want…

Write for the sheer joy of writing! Join Susan Weis-Bohlen and Women’s Daily Post for weekly Salons designed for everyone – whether you are working on a manuscript, an avid journal writer, or someone who hasn’t taken pen to paper since elementary school. Everyone can write — with a bit of encouragement — and thought-generating prompts. Susan can help you find the muse, get the writing muscle moving, quiet the monkey mind that says “you can’t write!”, and find that sweet spot where the words flow. Writing is a form of healing, self-expression, and sharing. Writing with a group you trust creates community. These Salons are based on Gateless Method which helps you access the theta state of mind, allowing you to be fearless and creative. Susan is a certified teacher of the Gateless Method. How Does It Work? We will gather together in a small group and Susan will…

Every summer, one of our ‘must visits’ at the beach is Bethany Beach Books. But did you know you can have their favorite books delivered right to your door through their subscriptions service? The Book Drop is a fabulous way to discover new favorite authors — and support an independently-owned bookstore. When you sign up for The Book Drop, you’ll receive a surprise hand-wrapped paperback book once per month. Each month, the store selects their most favorite titles across a handful of genres and send them to readers around the world. It’s not a complete grab bag; you can sign-up for a curated collection! Books to Tea Collection: Historical and Contemporary FictionThis subscription is for readers who enjoy mostly historical fiction with a mix of contemporary and literary fiction. If you enjoyed books like “The Nightingale,” “Where the Crawdads Sing,” “The Orphan Train,” or “The Light Between Oceans,” this is…

Today’s fave is going to have you craving a dose of vitamin sea! Introducing Kristy Wright and her genuine sea glass art and jewelry. All of the unique pieces that are part of her Beachy Keen by KK collection are handmade with genuine sea glass that is from Kristy’s family’s collection. Growing up in New Jersey, Kristy would take annual summer vacations to Lavallette Beach. One of her favorite things to do after a full day in the sun was to look for sea glass and seashells. The pieces used in designs are the way she found them on the beach, as Mother Nature intended. “I love working with my clients on custom orders,” said Kristy. “It’s so sweet to hear the stories behind their requests and find out who the piece is being gifted to. It’s an honor to be a part of those celebrations.” Kristy made sea glass…

Not once, but twice, Maru Fava has faced a diagnosis of cancer. She looks fabulous, full of energy and has a healthy, vital, radiant glow to her. It’s hard to believe that five years ago (March 20th was her 5-year survivor date!), she was told that she had terminal liver cancer. After talking to her, you can see that not only has her body has returned to good health, she has also maintained the aura of peace, hope and spiritual growth that she found during her illness. Maru’s journey with cancer began when her best friend was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Maru helped her friend through diagnosis and treatment, accompanying her to chemotherapy appointments at Johns Hopkin’s Hospital. The experience gave her an introduction to the world of oncology and education in treatment protocols. When her friend successfully finished her course of chemotherapy, Maru and other girlfriends took her on…

Shawn Nocher and Kelly Gill met each other 30 years ago, as mothers of young children with their whole lives ahead of them. They couldn’t have known then that years later, their bond would become “mothers of addicted children” and that they would form an organization, Love in the Trenches, to help other parents whose children are suffering from the disease of addiction, either in active addiction or in recovery, or who have died from drug use. For several years, Shawn and Kelly were each other’s lifeline as their sons moved through addiction and recovery at different times. Kelly’s son was in recovery, while Shawn’s son was somewhere out west, actively using. In one of the ironic, unpredictable twists of addiction, at the same time that Shawn’s son moved into a recovery phase that he has maintained, Kelly’s son relapsed and tragically died of an overdose. Their stories are only…

Last fall, I met with Mikey Monaghan to hear her ideas for a She Inspires spring campaign at Green Spring Station. It almost hurts to think about how casually we took it for granted that we could meet face to face at a café over bagels and coffee. Feels like another life. It was another life. The Green Spring Station “She Inspires” campaign features the stories of a few of the many women we know who have faced difficult obstacles, family situations and illnesses. They have met their challenges with grace, courage and good humor. Their stories, and the organizations they support, encourage other women to share their experiences, feel more empowered and be moved to help women in need. Little did we know back then, the “She Inspires” campaign would be very timely, and these women will become an inspiration to all of us during the time of COVID-19.…

Our favorite bagels from the grocery store are Thomas’ Everything Bagels. Apparently they are everyone’s favorite because the store is often out of them first, and when grocery shopping during the COVID-19 crisis, you have to take whatever you can get. So one time when plain bagels were all I could find, I googled “Everything Spice for Bagels” to see if I could rig up my own mix. This recipe, and some variations, came up and it is so good, we will never go back to buying the store version of “everything.” We toast the bagel, spread some cream cheese on a half and sprinkle the mix over it. Sesame Seed, Minced Onions, Sea Salt, Minced Garlic, Poppy Seed I use 2 T white sesame seeds because they are readily available at the grocery store. But others go to an Indian or health foods store that carries black sesame seeds,…

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