Building a Strong Mid-Shore with a Buy Local Guide to Exceptional Gifts!

Did you know that for every $100 you spend with an independently owned local store $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures? Spend that same money at a national chain store and $43 stays here. Spend it online and $0 is returned to the community. [check out the 3/50 Project for more information] 

This year Mid Shore Life is setting up the Buy Local Guide to Exceptional Gifts to promote and encourage everyone to keep those hard earned dollars on the Shore. All types of gifts will be showcased, including traditional presents, gift certificates to local restaurants, tickets to local shows, sports lessons, art classes and more. Think funky, original - and LOCAL! 

Right now we're busy gathering gifts and businesses to be included - so spread the word! Contact me at cyndi@ 아메리칸 룰렛 www.worldclassbookagency.com or 443.993.3823 for details on how to be included.  These next two weeks will be crucial - we need to get the gifts listed early to beat the holiday rush!  Thank you!

4 Effective Tips for Finding Your Purpose in Life

These days, we hear more and more about the importance of finding “our purpose.” In most cases, a “purpose” is defined as the reason for which an individual—or group of individuals—is placed on the earth. Most experts agree that finding one’s purpose is a difficult process that can take months, years, or even decades to pinpoint. Individuals who are especially interested in finding their purpose may be able to speed the process by being willing to try new things, being patient, becoming educated, and never giving up. 

1. Try New Things
One of the best ways by which individuals can learn their purpose in life is by trying new things. This may refer to seeking education or employment in a variety of areas, dating individuals who are unique and different, even participating in church groups, social clubs, or other organizations that are outside one’s typical comfort zone. By participating in a variety of activities that are varied and unique, individuals will be able to get a better idea not only of what interests and intrigues them, but what also suits their lifestyles, personal passions, and goals for the future. 

2. Be Patient
Most people want to find their purpose as soon as possible, so they can do the work or objective that they were designed for. Unfortunately, finding one’s purpose is not something that can be done in an afternoon—as stated above, some individuals need several years to completely discover their purpose in life. To ensure optimal results in this process, people should be willing to be patient when it comes to identifying a specific purpose. Don’t set a time frame—just be open and ready for a purpose to identify itself, and when it does, you will be the first person to know!

Dr. Vaidyanathan wins 2012 Cecil Award

Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, is the winner of the 2012 Arthur B. Cecil, Jr., MD Award for Excellence in Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Vaidyanathan was chosen from among five nominees for her work in developing a palliative care program for Shore Health System. Palliative care is a coordinated approach of physical, emotional and spiritual care with the goal to relieve suffering for patients with advanced illnesses.

The Cecil Award for Excellence in Healthcare Improvement is named for Arthur B. Cecil, Jr., MD, a surgeon who practiced at Memorial Hospital from 1950 until 1988. The award was established to recognize Dr. Cecil’s commitment to using grand rounds to share the latest developments in the field of medicine.

“Physicians are lifelong learners and they want to share what they learn with their colleagues,” says Michael Tooke, MD, chief medical officer for Shore Health. “Today, the Cecil Award recognizes physician leaders for their contributions to educating and engaging physicians and other members of the healthcare team in quality improvement initiatives that continuously enhance the care available to our patients.”

Dr. Cecil’s son, Arthur Cecil, III, presented the award to Dr. Vaidyanathan on October 18 at a special ceremony at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. Mr. Cecil, who serves on the Shore Health Patient Quality and Safety Committee, says, “Tonight we pay tribute to everyone who provides patient care at Shore Health. This award is one of many ways that Shore Health recognizes the teams of people who are committed to caring for patients.”

Rosa Mateo, MD, and Paul Monte, MD, were finalists for the Cecil Award along with Dr. Vaidyanathan. Dr. Mateo, an infectious disease specialist, was cited for her role in eliminating healthcare associated infections through the Target Zero initiative. Dr. Monte, a specialist in hospital medicine, was cited for leading the venous thromboembolism risk assessment and prophylaxis initiative.

Identifying the Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

We've all heard that many prescription drugs can become addictive. In fact, many legal prescription drugs can be just as addictive (if not more so) as hardcore illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Some of the most addictive prescription drugs on the market today include:

Also known as Demerol, pethidine is in the opioid classification of drugs. Because of the rapid onset of pethidine it's more likely to be abused than other prescription opioids. Side effects include hypotension (low blood pressure), respiratory system problems, and dizziness. For those who are chronically addicted to pethidine, convulsive seizures are a big risk, as are chest pains, tremors, and fainting.

Probably one of the most well known, and publicized addictive drugs, Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid. Generally prescribed for pain that is mild to intense, it is highly addictive. The side effects are quite severe, and can include tremors, an irregular heartbeat, vomiting, and itching and/or redness of the skin.


Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) invites local artists to submit original artwork for use as the poster image for the 2013 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival.  The selected artwork will be used on the Festival’s publicity materials, including the Festival poster, flyers, print and online advertising, event programs and the CCM website. Posters will be placed throughout the Eastern Shore during the spring, especially during the months of April and May preceding the June Festival, and the image will be featured in both local and national publications to promote the Festival.  The selected work will be auctioned at the CCM Gala on March 2, 2013. The artist will be compensated for his or her work. The Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival will be held in various Mid-Shore locations from June 5 through June 18, 2013.

Chesapeake Chamber Music is looking for artwork that will promote the Festival, emphasizing the beauty of the Eastern Shore as an appropriate setting for beautiful music.  The artwork should be an original, one-of-a-kind piece, created by the hand of the artist.  Artists who are residents of one of the Eastern Shore counties, including Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Kent, Dorchester, Caroline, Wicomico, Cecil, Worcester and Somerset, are eligible to submit entries.

Q&A with Great Storms of the Chesapeake author David Healey

Local author David Healey always has an eye on history, and recently he wrote a book about the Chesapeake Bay’s legendary hurricanes, blizzards, fogs and freezes. Whenever possible in the pages of Great Storms of the Chesapeake, he focused on how the weather impacted the people who lived—or didn’t live—through the storms. 


How far back does the book go?


I focused on the last 400 years, which is really the scope of European settlement here on the Chesapeake Bay. The book starts off with how William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest was likely inspired by stories about New World storms—particularly a hurricane that shipwrecked the future governor of the Virginia colony. You can imagine how these wild, wild storms captured the imagination back home in England. One of the worst storms of all time on Chesapeake Bay struck in 1667 and was quite devastating to early Marylanders and Virginians.


What was the worst blizzard here?


Though it would be hard to beat the record snowfall of the 2009-2010 winter, if you look to the 1800s there are a couple of storms that really knocked Marylanders back on their heels. For example, the blizzard of 1888 devastated coastal areas from the Chesapeake up to New England. But I think the blizzard of 1899 was particularly noteworthy for a couple of reasons. First, it was bitterly cold with temperatures in the single digits. Second, the snow lasted over several days so it was hard to dig out. Drifts piled up in downtown Baltimore and reportedly up to the second-story windows of homes west of the city. It was the cusp of the modern era with telephones and H.L. Mencken traipsing through the snow as a cub reporter, and yet we had to rely on shovels and horses to clear the roads and streets. By the time the next big storm hit in the 1920s we had cars and snowplows on trucks.

아메리칸 룰렛Mason Recognized as Everyday Hero

Richard Mason, MD, was recently recognized as an Everyday Hero. A grateful patient made a donation to Shore Health System after receiving a joint replacement from Dr. Mason.

The Everyday Hero Program gives patients and their families an opportunity to thank a Shore Health physician, employee or volunteer by making a financial donation in their name. For more information, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5915.

Cutline: Michael Tooke, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Shore Health, congratulates Richard Mason, MD, (center) for his Everyday Hero recognition. Also pictured (right) is Pat O’Shea, Director of Development for Shore Health.

Entrepreneurs Invited to Get on the Bus and Celebrate Their Innovations and Businesses During the Pitch Across Maryland Tour

 Startup Maryland Teams with Regional Innovation Stakeholder to Co-Host Tour Stops Across the State of Maryland

Startup Maryland is launching Pitch Across Maryland, a state-wide startup tour and business pitch competition. Taking place September 11 - 28, this two and a half week tour across the state will travel from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland; from Cecil County to St. Mary’s County; from the Baltimore Beltway and the DC Beltway -- and everywhere in between.

The bus will travel the state to visit incubators, economic development agencies and universities—all in the name of celebrating entrepreneurship.  At each stop, Startup Maryland will hold rallies sharing information about the incredible entrepreneurial resources across the state and within their region. Additionally, entrepreneurs will get coaching and support from business mentors and other leaders of Maryland’s innovation economy.

Startup entrepreneurs will be videotaped giving their business pitches at each tour location. Then, videos will be uploaded and open to public voting.

A Lighthouse, Rumrunners, Watermen, and Murder


The Chesapeake Bay in the 1920s stars in a new book.
In a lonely lighthouse on the bay in 1924, a lighthouse keeper lies dead. The identity of the killer is hidden in a tangle of bootleggers, speakeasy operators, watermen, oyster pirates, and Prohibition police in the waterfront towns of St Michaels, Cambridge, and Crisfield.

Death at the Lighthouse, a new mystery by Easton author John Reisinger is based on a real-life case, and blends fact and fiction to bring back the Eastern Shore in the Roaring 20s. The story even includes appearances by H.L. Mencken, Houdini, Gaston Means, and J. Millard Tawes.

The real star, however, is the Chesapeake Bay area of the 1920s, with its fleets of skipjacks, majestic steamboats, and its thriving oyster industry centered in Crisfield, not to mention its bootleggers and rumrunners. As picturesque as it was, the bay was a hard and unforgiving place, with danger and disaster always close by. The areas around the bay are shallow, but passions can run deep.

Mediators Needed For Expanded School Program

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center is holding an additional basic mediation training course this year to prepare more volunteers to handle an expansion of its services. While the Mediation Center usually conducts basic mediation training once annually in November, training also will be held this year in August.

The fifty-hour course of intensive training will be held over six days, August 3 and August 6-10, at the new Dorchester County Career and Technology Center in Cambridge. Those interested must register by June 30th.

The primary purpose for scheduling the extra training, according to Mid Shore Mediation’s Executive Director Peter Taillie, is to train more volunteers for an expanded mediation program in the Dorchester County Public Schools. 

Recently, volunteers have been participating in a pilot program at one of the county’s middle schools to provide conflict resolution, anger management and attendance mediation services. The program’s success led to a request for Mid Shore Mediation to expand the program to four additional schools in the coming academic year.

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