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Ever since I was a kid, I have loved to watch television. I am not particular either. I have always loved 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, Reality TV, thrillers, romance, you name it I have enjoyed it. I remember as a small child waiting patiently for TV Guide to be delivered so I could see what each of my shows was going to be about that week. I also remember being disappointed when after the summary it said, “Repeat.” I was also disappointed when my strict mother also read the summary and said, “Beth Ann, you cannot watch The Facts of Life this week, the content is inappropriate for someone...

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Restaurant  Etiquette

Over the years my family, friends and I have all worked in the restaurant industry. I used to say everyone should have to do a semester of hospitality work to become empathetic with the workers and understand walking a mile in their shoes. Unfortunately, not everyone has taken that semester of working in the restaurant industry, so a lesson in restaurant etiquette is needed. Since I know so many people in the industry, I sent out a few texts to servers from local restaurants and this is what they had to say: *The one thing all restaurant managers sent me was: If you make a reservation and are...

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Beach Etiquette. Part 2

Thank you so much for all of your emails this past week. Everyone seems to be on the same page with people needing beach etiquette. I just want to note these rules are for everyone, not just our visitors. I just am so sad we had such a poor weather weekend that we could not try to implement the rules.  Here are some we ran out of room for last week: Rule 4: PDA. Our beach is a public beach, not a private beach on a romantic getaway. You may hold hands but do not make out in the water or on your blanket. I have seen women straddling their partner on their blanket, on a weekend! Last summer I...

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Beach Etiquette

I should have had this column in last week, but I did not know it was going to be such a spectacular weekend. I usually do not go swimming this early in the year and I almost went in for a dip! Here is my annual beach etiquette column and it is for all of our new residents and our visitors that were pouring off of the ferry this past week. One loyal reader said Kevin should place my column as one of the photos on the boardwalk, but my suggestion has been ignored!  Rule 1: When you get to the beach and there is a lot of space, please do not sit directly on top of people already at the beach....

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Reading Rules

For those of you who read my column regularly, you know I am a high school English teacher. One of the reasons I love being an English teacher is I get paid to do what I love: teaching reading and writing and oftentimes spreading that love to my students. Being an English teacher is challenging, but there is nothing greater than when students inform you about their enjoyment for a novel or short story you just finished. During the last month of “regular school” in 2020, my ninth grade class read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Before we read it, we had a respectful conversation about Steinbeck’s...

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A Well Deserved Day

Mother’s Day has a long history. According of History.com, the Greeks and Romans had festivals honoring mothers and England had celebrations during Lent to honor mothers. The American holiday can be traced back to Anna Jarvis from West Virginia, who around the time of the Civil War, started “Mother’s Day Work Clubs,” which helped mothers learn skills to raise their children. Ms. Jarvis then changed the focus of the club to “Mother’s Friendship Day,” where mothers of former Confederate and Union soldiers gathered together in order to bring the country together. Jarvis then campaigned to have...

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Good News, Too

During the last year, many of us have realized that the news media is sensationalized. I think we always knew that it was, but the events of the last year have really brought it out. I remember as a young elementary school student learning about yellow journalism, and I feel that has truly taken hold in our mainstream news media. Not all news publications have great covers such as “Smells Like Summer” or “April Fools: No Joke Connolly’s to Reopen!” I have taken to Twitter quite often to see news stories not on the mainstream media. Last week while scrolling through Twitter I saw a few great...

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Elf on the Shelf: Pro or Con?

It is that time of year again where we will all be subjected to the crazy elf pictures when many of our social media friends try to outdo one another with their elaborate poses and shenanigans. Will this year be easier or harder? Tell the children that the elf is quarantined? Or does that make life harder, as now you had to order a mask, and supplies to quarantine the elf? For those of you like me, who either have older children or no children at all, the Elf on the Shelf is a book that was published in 2005 by the genius mother-daughter team of Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. They are paired...

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Reasons For Thanks

As I wrote in last week’s column, I love Thanksgiving. I love the food and the low pressure of no presents and just getting the house ready. My house is all autumnal and we will start the Christmas decorations this weekend. Here are a few things I am thankful for: My friends: Again, when I speak to my friends at work, not many have friends they can trace back to elementary school. I am very lucky to have a group of both old and new friends who live all around me. From book clubs, to Christmas in July to Friendsgiving, we always have such a great time. I texted one of my friends this morning...

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