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Memberabilia: I’m Now a Halfback

November 10, 2021 6:14 pm Published by

Memberabilia: I’m Now a Halfback by Joan Birsh Lots of painted memories. Here – a country church and view of Grandfather Mountain. No, I haven’t been recruited by the Miami Dolphins. What I have done is rent a lovely house... Read More »

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 »


May 25, 2020 12:59 pm Published by

CABIN FEVER By Joan Birsh I’m happy to report that many Ocean Reef stores are now open and others are expected to open soon – Joan the Shopper I admit it. I’ve missed shopping in real time in a real... 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 »

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 »

American Entrepreneur

March 9, 2020 2:13 pm Published by

American Entrepreneur by Joan Birsch On Feb. 21, Ocean Reef Member Tom Murdough was inducted into the prestigious Toy Industry Hall of Fame Prologue: When my sons were 2 and 4 they shared (not always amicably) their first car. It... Read More »


December 13, 2019 6:43 pm Published by

MEMBERABILIA Did You Know… that Marlene and John Boll’s grandson, JT Mestdagh, is the author of Untether, a memoir that is a bestseller at Amazon Books. by Joan Birsh, Member Since 1997 I met JT Mestdagh last year when he... Read More »

Memberabilia – Julie Walsh

October 28, 2019 6:39 pm Published by

Did You Know… that the cake for Julie Walsh’s 50th Birthday came from Buckingham Palace Julie grew up never expecting to hob nob with Royalty and her life to date is something of a Cinderella story. Julie was adopted as... Read More »