In our stress-filled modern world, the ancient practice can offer mental, physical benefits

By Pam George | Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the June 2019 issue


When Alexis Brown wakes up in the morning, she doesn’t fumble for the alarm clock or stumble toward the shower. “The first thing I do when I open my eyes is to meditate for 45 minutes to an hour,” she says. “That’s how I start my day.”

Brown, who meditates for up to two hours a day, shares the benefits of this practice with others through a class called “Meditation for the Fast Track.” “It’s for people with busy lives and busy minds,” she explains. “It’s specifically designed to reduce stress.”


Once rare, female lifeguards do the same job as their male counterparts, and meet the same standards

By Lynn R. Parks | Photograph by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From the June 2019 issue


In June 1979, the Sunday News Journal in Wilmington ran an article on its front page announcing a milestone for the Rehoboth Beach Patrol. Teresa Olewnik — who stood 5 feet 9 inches, according to the paper — was the first female to “break into the ranks of the traditionally all-male clique of good-looking jocks” in the resort town, reporter Carol Shochet wrote.

Coastal residents are quick to greet passersby, but the ways we wave say something about us

Photographs and Text By Bill Newcott
From the June 2019 issue


At first I was a little weirded out. I’d just moved to Delaware — so how did just about everyone here seem to know me?

It didn’t matter if I was walking in my new neighborhood, bicycling along the back roads, or even sitting at intersections in my car. Just about every person I encountered … waved.