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Author: Trish McQuillen

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.

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

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

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

Faux Finish

Confession. I don’t tan. When I was young I couldn’t tan.  It wasn’t as though I didn’t try to tan…it simply never happened.  A beach towel, baby oil and a good book kept me in the sun for hours.

Like Nothing at All

  Another day of record high temperatures and heavy humidity has left us wanting to shed our own skin and most everything covering it.  Wearing nothing at all is hardly a daytime option, but

Learn by Watching

Every once in awhile we are fortunate enough to meet someone who leaves with us a lasting, positive impression. Perhaps we are captivated by their incredible intellect or imagination. Maybe it’s their

Packed to Perfection

A good friend of mine dropped off her 12-year-old for a few fun-filled weeks at a YMCA camp.  As she picked up her suitcase to toss into the trunk, she suddenly realized that her over-excited daughter

All Dressed Up

There’s definitely something I love about old houses in the Northeast.  The hardwood floors, the intricate details, the so-called “character” that so many of them possess.  I’ve loved our 125 year old

Above Average

There are certain measurements, times and events in your life where the term “above average” is looked upon as a good thing. Scholastic aptitude test results for your kids, miles per gallon for your