Perspective – Let Me Be Resilient

WordPress Photo Challenge – Resilient

“I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13

We often visit our favorite seashore towns the week after Christmas. Winter and summer ocean-scapes couldn’t be more different. You can almost feel the cold and hear the wind blowing when you study this photograph of the beach at Strathmere, New Jersey. In this view we are looking across the water to Corson’s Inlet and Ocean City. It takes a hearty and resilient attitude to walk along the ocean water on a cold, windy December day. It takes even more gumption to attempt kitesurfing in cold weather. I doubt I will ever kitesurf, but I’ve walked on a wintry beach many a time. Here’s to maintaining a resilient attitude toward every worthwhile goal, dream and task in 2017.

Photographs – Mightier Than Men

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.” – This week, share a force of nature from your corner of the world.

The pilings at Strathmere
The pilings at Strathmere

It’s time for a trip “Down the Shore” here in Southern New Jersey. We always find a new “beachscape” on arrival in Strathmere, New Jersey, our favorite beach town. The waves, a true “Force of Nature” have danced to the rhythm of a couple “Nor’easters” and altered the contours of last summer’s beach.

Strathmere Beach/Atlantic City can be seen in the distance
Strathmere Beach/Atlantic City can be seen in the distance

In the distance, men have built huge resorts hugging the water’s edge, but given enough time, the force of nature, in this instance the ocean, will reclaim it all.

Pilings worn away by the force of the ocean waves
Pilings worn away by the force of the ocean waves

“Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea– the LORD on high is mighty.” ~ Psalm 93:4

Photo Challenge – Reward? A Cuppa’ Ocean or Bay Please


“What does reward mean to you?”

Reward to me means a day walking, beachcombing or sitting on a sandy/rocky beach beside the ocean waves. I’ve been blessed in my life to have my idea of a reward fulfilled. Here are some of those ways…a reminder of a day at the beach on a cold Friday afternoon.





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Photo Challenge – X Marks the Spot

Photo Challenge – Gone But Not Forgotten – Strathmere, NJ – X Marks the Spot
Show us something that is lost, but not forgotten.


My husband, our children, and our children’s children all love the beaches at Strathmere. The trouble is Strathmere beaches are prone to erosion.


I’ve always loved this picturesque grouping of pilings that form an X on the beach. I will joke with my husband and say, “There is buried treasure under there.” Several years ago these same pilings were covered over in a beach replenishment project. Strathmere beach, for a time, was a wide, smooth stretch of fine white sand and nothing else. The Atlantic Ocean had other ideas though, in just a few years, the pounding waves, and N’or Easters, much like the one we are experiencing this week, uncovered the pilings once again.

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The ocean is fickle though, and just as easily could throw a blanket of sand back over the pilings during a wicked storm or hurricane. So these pilings, and this beach on the Jersey Shore, were the perfect answer to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

More information about Strathmere beach erosion can be found at Erosion – and what to do about it – worries Strathmere homeowners

Photographs – The Start of Summer


“To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1


The Lifeguard stand at Lake Nummy, Belleplain State Forest.


Ocean City Boardwalk crowded with bikers, surreys, runners and people. The boardwalk has separate lanes marked out for all of the aforementioned categories.



Unfortunately, our favorite beach town, Strathmere, New Jersey, suffered terrible beach erosion this winter.


One of the best aspects of summer: camping, bicycling and barbecuing

Place – Ocean City & Strathmere N.J./Post Hurricane Sandy


December 1st dawned with the weather unseasonably warm, a perfect day to visit Ocean City, New Jersey. The day was sunny with fluffy white clouds in the sky, quite the departure from the grey skies of Hurricane Sandy. As you can see in the picture above, there are still a few storefronts boarded up. We didn’t see any damage in Ocean City. The beaches seem to be intact, and the boardwalk undamaged.


We stopped at our favorite pizza place, we think it is the best pizza in the world. Manco and Manco, in the past better known as Mac and Manco, can’t be beat for delicious boardwalk style pizza.



It was fun to see Santa Claus arrive and climb into his boat, ready to listen to Christmas wishes from the children.



We both left feeling good about one of our favorite places in the world. Our next stop was Strathmere…our favorite beach to visit. The town lies next door to Ocean City, but is more rustic, no boardwalk and very small. The perfect place  for a quiet family outing in the summertime. We were thrilled to see although the beach had a bit of erosion on the point, for the most part the town fared well too.




Places – Strathmere & Cape May, New Jersey


One of my favorite destinations is Strathmere, New Jersey. Only a few miles from Ocean City, Strathmere is a non-commercial beach town. A few years ago the beach was replenished and all the pilings were under the sand. After last winter’s N’or Easters, the pilings have emerged once again to see the light of day. I like the look of the pilings, but I can understand the frustration of those who live near the beach too.



I’ve always called this group of pilings “X marks the spot.” They criss cross each other like a giant X.



This old bunker is on Cape May Point. It is a leftover from World War II.  You can find information pertaining to its history here: Cape May Bunker