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Memberabilia: Top of your game…

September 14, 2020 1:09 pm Published by

MEMBERABILIA Top of your game… by Joan Birsh Championship Season Of course we are all excited about the young ORC Member Tyler Strafaci, the new US Amateur Champion, but, albeit on a less glorified level, three of Ocean Reef’s finest... Read More »


August 10, 2020 1:46 pm Published by

MEMBERABILIA Coping with COVID By Joan Birsh ORC in the Time of the Virus This spring many Ocean Reef resident Members, who usually depart after Easter, chose to stay later. The “shut-down” of the Club offered a temporary safe option... Read More »

Market News & Views

June 1, 2020 10:06 am Published by

Market News & Views By Gertrude Mann The Cheese Lover Good news for all cheese aficionados! The Market hosts a new purveyor – The Cheese Lover. Rosa Perez is the owner, and her business sells only in the Keys. The... Read More »

A Mother’s Day Whodunit

May 27, 2020 11:36 am Published by

A Mother’s Day Whodunit By Terry Baxter Jane Silverman gave me a jolt when she posted on Facebook that an anonymous gal sent her an orchid on Mother’s Day with a note saying “All You Need Is Love.” Sweet. Sweet... Read More »


May 12, 2020 10:27 am Published by

CABIN FEVER By Joan Birsh I’m a confessed doodler. Armed with a pencil and paper, I’ve been able to transform coronavirus days of “nothing to do” into a time of joyful artistic activity. I became a serious doodler, when from... Read More »

The Hummingbird I Held in My Hand

May 8, 2020 10:57 am Published by

The Hummingbird I Held in My Hand By Jim Leenhouts While I’ve had falcons on my arms and parrots on my fingers, I would wager few individuals have held any live bird cupped in their hands, let alone a Hummingbird.... Read More »

CABIN FEVER: “Cart-tails at 5pm”

May 7, 2020 9:23 am Published by

CABIN FEVER “Cart-tails at 5pm” And Other Diversions By Joan Birsh Words, Words, Words A couple of weeks ago my husband and I had a little contest to see which of us could come up with a word or phrase... Read More »


April 30, 2020 10:56 am Published by

CABIN FEVER SWEET STREAMS by Joan Birsh Streaming films and TV shows represents an invaluable distraction. But what to watch… I like lists. Not long lists (e.g. The 100 Most Popular Movies Ever). But short lists, like the one that... Read More »

Lost in Thought

April 28, 2020 11:26 am Published by

Lost in Thought “Dot.calm” by Jane Silverman Today, I am NOT thinking about COVID-19. I need a break from the daily anonymous numbers and shouting headlines, don’t you? Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global working-from-home wellness site thriveglobal.com, recommends “moderating our negative news... Read More »