Hints of Style

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Trish McQuillen

Too Cool for School

The backpack. I can’t recall when the actual craze took off, but I can remember toting a teetering pile of books in my arms each day to high school.  That and a lunch bag made navigating the bus steps quite a daunting and dangerous task. After watching my son heave his heavy nylon “knapsack” over […] [Read More]


    For many years an “app” was simply a shortened term for the quick, tasty course served before the entree.  Menu order has hardly been rewritten, but the software that causes a computer to perform useful tasks is now what we refer to as a software application…or app. A few years back I wanted to […] [Read More]


  With all the end-of-summer sales happening in stores and online, you can justify almost every purchase you make from now ’til Labor Day.  You’re actually saving money each time you spend money. And that’s what I told myself as I handed my credit card to the manager at Bling.  I dropped in to peek […] [Read More]

Trending Tones

According to the calendar, we’re in the middle of the summer season despite the days getting shorter and the back to school sales becoming more abundant.  Fall is still about 6 weeks away, but the fashion magazines and retail stores are already in the thick of sharing what’s hot and happening for the upcoming days.  Hard to believe winter wools are right […] [Read More]

remember when…..

There’s a great little eatery in our town serving organic coffee, freshly prepared sandwiches, all natural ice cream and other homemade delectables throughout the year to locals and visitors alike. But it’s definitely the summer season that has Brendan’s 101 bustling with all ages craving the perfectly, sweetened scoop.  I stopped in the other day […] [Read More]

Cause and Effect

A cause is WHY something happens. An effect is WHAT happens. Example – Mama Jane’s Global Boutique in Southport. The WHY…After spending time in Kenya with her family, Barbara Johnson was moved by both the beauty of the land and the warmth of its people.  She was especially touched by the mothers, or “mamas,” and their eternally maternal quest to […] [Read More]

One Giant Step

On July 20th, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to ever land on the moon. Relatively speaking, the journey was quick – 3 days to reach lunar orbit and another day to land on the surface. But with speeds of about 24,000 miles per hour, there’s hardly enough time for a […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot

There’s a long standing tradition we have at the Jersey shore dating as far back as I can remember. We gather our daily beach belongings, pile them into a rickety old Radio Flyer, and wheel them to the end of the street where the pavement meets the sand.  When we arrive at that point, the […] [Read More]