A New Camera

While some bloggers start out with a camera in their hand, then transfer their thoughts about what they see on paper, I went in the opposite direction. I began many moons ago, by describing what I saw with ink, then took to photographing the world years later. Albeit, I am not a professional photographer and I don’t have aspirations of being one. However, I highly admire skilled and talented photographers and have always wanted to pursue it as a hobby.

Now that my writing is taking off with a fury, it’s become apparent to me that I want to capture more of life’s moments by more than just pen. Armed with my camera phone, I set about in doing just that. I quickly realized that when magnified, camera phone photos just don’t seem to do the job for blogging and writing articles. Even the latest and great iPhone is still lacking compared to real-life cameras. But I stuck with what I had, and still enjoyed every minute of photo-hunting.

Just this past Christmas, my in-laws gave my husband and I a new camera. Oh, it’s not just any camera. It’s the perfect camera for someone like me who is just starting to get her feet wet in this incredible hobby. The Nikon Coolpix B500. This camera has more zoom than I have ever zoomed before.


I know some people might wonder, why write about a camera? For me, a camera is not just a box with a lens. It’s a medium that gives the ability to help capture this world through my eyes. And even then, I still struggle with the right lighting, the right angle, time of day, subject, movement, etc. But I am learning. So far, I have caught birds in flight,  waves frozen in the ocean, flags blowing in the winter breeze, and the moon in its delicate, crescent sliver, hiding from the setting sun.

I took our camera out for a test drive on January 21st and came away with 253 images. I’m finally on my way to using a real camera for my writing and enjoyment. I took photos of the Delaware beaches including Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. I will post the album soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a very special photo that I wound up playing in Photoshop with tonight. I have no idea who the mother and son in the photo are, but his love for his mother was apparent, He patiently helped her out of the car, held her purse, and led her to the edge of a frozen lake on a sunny, Sunday afternoon. The love radiated from them and I felt it. I am not much of a poet, but I tried to express my thoughts about their visit in a small way to hopefully match the sentiment of the photo. I hope you’ll enjoy this moment, too.

Neverending Love
A Mother’s Love is Never Ending, by Cindy Cavett

This is one of the many shots I took along Bethany Beach. I almost submitted this one to the 7th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition contest by the Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts program, but I went with another image instead. This boardwalk scene still speaks volumes to me, and I’m sure I could come up with a hundred more thoughts to go along with it. I chose instead to focus on the path to success and beating the waves of resistance. The wind is usually strong at the beach, and on this particular day, it reminded me of how much strength it takes to resist giving up when you’re on your path to success and meet difficult battles head-on.


Ride the Waves of Resistance
Learn to Ride the Waves of Resistance, by Cindy Cavett


I don’t think my in-laws will ever understand how such a small gift can make a lasting impression. I am forever grateful for having been given the chance to use this tool to help portray this beautiful world that surrounds us with never-ending beauty, inspiration, hope, and peace. Thank you, Ron, Barb, and Alex, for the gift of photography.

Spending the Holidays in Delaware: Ten Unique Holiday Experiences

Delaware is known for its beaches, businesses and vast farmlands, but did you know that it is also home to holiday events and experiences exclusive to the first state? We all know that the holiday season is filled with hustle and bustle, but some of us forget to make new holiday memories that will last a lifetime. My latest blog for Coastal Delaware features ten ways to spend the holidays unique to the first state. In it, you can find details on events that span a weekend, several days, or even weeks. There is something for everyone of every age in our beautiful state, so grab a cup of hot cocoa and take in a new holiday experience with your loved ones this season!

Rockwood Mansion at Christmastime

For more of the Coastal Delaware blog for restaurants, hotels, and entertainment please visit http://coastaldelaware.com/blog/.

Kind to Kids Foundation – My Blue Duffel Community Service Day

When a random email arrived in my inbox, I very nearly hit the delete button before realizing the event being highlighted wasn’t spam. I noticed a teddy bear in the headline of the email and took a closer look. What I found was a small explanation of a huge event taking place right here in Delaware today at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

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The Kind to Kids Foundation held its My Blue Duffel Community Service Day today where over 500 participants came to assemble no-sew blankets and duffel bags filled with books, socks, toothbrushes/pastes, coloring books, crayons and huggable teddy bears for children who are victims of child abuse, neglect or trauma in the state of Delaware foster care system. A note of hope was included with each care package from the assembler.

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This note was sent from my mom with her care package.

Included in today’s event was WJBR’s Charlie Maxx, live music provided by the Club Phred Band, activities for children in the fun zone such as face painting & balloon animals and a buffet lunch. The Wilmington River Rocks mascot “Rocky,” walked around to pump up the spirit of Duffel Bag assemblers and WJBR’s mascot J. Bear posed with children for photos.

Tracey Carney and Lisa Rochester-Blunt thanked the staff, volunteers, and donors on behalf of the children of Delaware for all of their help, donations, and countless hours.

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Lisa Rochester-Blunt recognizing the work of Kind to Kids and DE Children’s Department Director, Carla Benson Green.

Having the ability to participate in such a cause is not just priceless but eye-opening. At the end of the event, if you stand in the front of the conference room you can see hundreds of bears and duffel bags lined up waiting to go to their new homes. Each bear and bag represents an abused child in our state.

I am thankful that the Kind to Kids Organization administers these endeavors for our community to join together and help our children by giving them supplies that they need, a warm blanket and a bear to hug. For more information about the Kind to Kids Foundation, please visit https://kindtokids.org/.

Bears everywhere
Thank you, Delaware, for making a difference in the lives of over 500 Delaware foster children.


Park Place Jewelers for Metropolitan Magazine by Cindy Cavett

I had the privilege of working with Park Place Jewelers on my first article featured in the November issue of the Metropolitan Magazine. The article details the store’s new location opening in January 2018 in Park Place Plaza. The Metropolitan Magazine is distributed to over 28,000 customers in the DelMarVa region. For more information and to read my latest publication, please click here. Thank you!

“She loves horror movies, but she’s terrified of bees,” by Andre Lamar

I had the pleasure of working with a reporter for a humorous Halloween article on phobias this month. I was surprised to see my photo and the article he wrote about me and my bee phobia on the front page of the news this morning at my local Wawa! It was a pleasure working with Andre Lamar of the #doverpost. To read the full article online please visit: http://www.scsuntimes.com/news/20171025/she-loves-horror-movies-but-shes-terrified-of-bees

The 10 Best Steak Houses of Delaware

Picture it – you’re driving down the road with the window open just a crack.  While taking in the scent of the crisp, autumn air you smell something tantalizing and familiar.  Your mouth starts to water and your belly rumbles a growl at you to make a u-turn back towards that scent. It’s time to try one of the 10 best steak houses in Delaware by Cindy Cavett.


Ocean City Memorial Benches Represent Family, Friends and Loved Ones

Earlier this year, an article regarding the Ocean City, Maryland Memorial Benches that I had written for OceanCity.com went viral.  Not many people know that the Memorial Benches now come with a clause that states owners need to pay well over $1,000 every 10 years in order to continue the plaque on the Memorial Bench that they purchased. Memorial Bench owners were both surprised and emotional when it came to the news, particularly since the original contracts did not have this clause.  I was recently in the town of Ocean City enjoying a cup of coffee from Starbucks on the boardwalk when I noticed a woman walking up the boards using her phone as a flashlight over each memorial bench. I realized she was looking for someone’s name.  Here was this stranger, searching frantically for the correct plaque while people strolled by or sat down on the benches to rest their feet.  I felt for her, and hoped that she would find the right bench and enjoy the memory of her loved one.  For more on this and other local DelMarVa stories, please visit OceanCity.com.

The 10 Best Candy Shops in Delaware!

Halloween is right around the corner, and what is one of the most important topics on every child’s mind during this autumnal time of year?  Candy!  Delaware has some of the most amazing candy shops right here in our own backyard.  Step into a boutique like Edie Bee’s of Lewes where you can dip metal scoops into glass jars filled with candies sorted throughout the store by color.  They will have you coming back with friends and family to “ooh” and “aah” them as they relive their youth.  Or travel to Byler’s in Dover where you can purchase candy in bulk for your holiday baking needs. Whatever you decide, make sure to check out this list for the 10 Best Candy Shops of Delaware first so you’ll be set on where to get your next sugary delights.

10 Best Garden Centers and Nurseries in Delaware

While the summer may be coming to an end, and back-to-school season is looming on the horizon, many of us have transitioned our gardening plans to the end of the warm summer season and preparing for the fall/winter.  Whether you are planning on sprucing up your lawn with plugging/seeding or designing a new look in preparation for summer 2018, the 10 Best Garden Centers and Nurseries in Delaware will help you in locating the best garden and nursery center for your property’s needs.

Top 10 Children’s Activities in Delaware

With the solar eclipse fast approaching, children young and young at heart are anticipating the long-awaited moment where the sun and moon will cross each other’s paths.  In Delaware, we can see a partial eclipse Monday afternoon between 2 – 4 PM. There is an Eclipse event happening right at our very own Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation in Smyrna at Big Oaks Park! For more information on the DASEF Eclipse party please read: DASEF_Eclipse_Party.

For more information about the 10 Best Children’s Activities in Delaware including the Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation, museums, theaters, and more, please visit my latest article here.

If you have a children’s educational activity that you don’t see on the list, please feel free to comment or message me and I can share it on social media.

The 10 Best Spots for Paint & Wine in Delaware!

When you think of wine and paint nights, what do you think of?  A night out with the girls?  Date night?  A way to raise money for a cause with your coworkers?  There are many paint and wine companies in the tri-state area, but these top 10 Paint & Wine companies are the best in Delaware!  Originally published on the Best Things of Delaware blog, please feel free to utilize this list to plan your next Paint & Wine event.

The 7 Best Taco Joints in Delaware

Tis’ the season for good eatin’ and Delaware has 7 of the best taco joints around! The restaurants listed in this Best Things of Delaware edition for the best taco joints are all local to Delaware and have some of the highest quality ingredients, and the biggest followings from their customers. I hear about one in particular that keeps coming up again and again as everyone’s favorite taco go-to place, and that is listed #1 on my list.  To see which taco joint it is and more, visit here.

Seaside Cindy’s Blog

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Rehoboth Beach Bandstand May 2017

It’s high time there was a dedicated website to my blogging and writing so here it is!  My name is Cindy Cavett AKA Seaside Cindy.  I am a writer and blogger on the East Coast, based out of Delaware.  I travel up and down the eastern seaboard on many coastal adventures all year long, and enjoy sharing my experiences with others.  I blog about restaurants, events, businesses, books, and any interesting experiences.  Most of my work is published on American Town Media’s Best Things of Delaware blog and on the OceanCity.com blog.  I also write short stories, essays, dabble in poetry, comedy, children’s literature and am working on my second novel (first time fiction novel).  I’m excited to be part of this amazing community of writers, authors, editors and illustrators on the DelMarVa peninsula and have learned so much from so many of them.  I’ve met more people this year in the writing industry than I could have ever dreamed.  I am blessed in my writing life and I hope to share what I learn with others to inspire, educate or even entertain.  For more information on my work you are welcome to contact me at sea.cavett@gmail.com.  Thanks and have a great summer!

Seaside Cindy

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