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Blissful Thinking: Don’t deny it, you want all the Instagram favorites you can get

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Written by Laura Stetser Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:00 am

Blissful Thinking: Don’t deny it, you want all the Instagram favorites you can get! Blissful Thinking: Don’t deny it, you want all the Instagram favorites you can get! Instagram has quickly grown into this massive social network with approximately 200 million monthly active users, according to an article written by Craig Smith—and yes, I am one of those active users.

In the same article, I found that an average 7.3 billion people use Instagram daily. I know this isn’t too surprising considering how popular this app is, and it is clear that Instagram is still at its peak as it continues to flourish with users, but there is a lot of serious living done through a single app. Obviously, Instagram’s purpose is to allow users to share their lives through pictures, but it’s very interesting to consider just how seriously some users are taking it.

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Joe's Take: Aunt Tess and The Donald

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Written by Joe Wilkins Friday, August 22, 2014 03:49 pm

“They should start answering their phones with ‘Trump’s Casino. Trump ain’t here,’” she chuckled. Assisted living hasn’t slowed Aunt Tess even a little bit. She still gets a kick out of landing one in somebody’s ribs. I was glad I wasn’t today’s target. She got the line from the old radio show, “Duffy’s Tavern,” which opened with a growly-voiced bartender answering the phone with “Duffy’s Tavern. Duffy ain’t here.” Tess was right on the money. These days, Trump ain’t here either.

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The Mom’s Beat: Tips for parents sending kids into high school

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Written by Laura Stetser Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:47 pm

The Mom’s Beat: Tips for parents sending kids into high school The Mom’s Beat: Tips for parents sending kids into high school It’s a whole new world when your child enters high school. The official clock is started. Everything is tracked more intensively, and by most accounts, students should prepare their experiences with the end goal in sight. Whether they are headed to college, the military or the workforce, all of them should be more self-sufficient by the time they leave the school doors for the last time.

Teenagers, however, can be a bit distracted, and may need a little parental guidance to help keep them on the right path.

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At Large with Tom Williams > > The governor, baby parade and Revel

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, August 19, 2014 10:04 am

It’s sad to walk around Revel with the knowledge that it will soon close. It’s sad to walk around Revel with the knowledge that it will soon close. There are very few people who understand the traffic patterns in the center of Ocean City better than Glenn Wiesenthal. After all, he and his brother, Don, plus rock star Chris Hartman and the legendary Al Emenheiser have probably kept half of those cars on the road.

And Glenn, whom baseball fans will remember for his knee-buckling curve ball, thinks it has been a very busy summer, traffic wise. There has been even thicker traffic on Friday nights and Sunday nights, but that is pretty much the same in every resort.

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Blissful Thinking: Listen closer to your wardrobe: It has more to say than you think

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Written by Laura Stetser Sunday, August 17, 2014 12:00 am

Blissful Thinking: Listen closer to your wardrobe: It has more to say than you think Blissful Thinking: Listen closer to your wardrobe: It has more to say than you think

 I’ve come to realize that an outfit says a lot about you. While it’s obvious that judgments are made based upon your appearance—and in this case by the clothes you string together to make up your outfit, I’m pointing out something different. I’m saying that I honestly think one’s wardrobe is reflective of mood. Not only does an outfit depict a certain physical image, but it can also be depictive of how you feel or want to feel—at least it does for me. I’m speaking mainly on behalf of females, but regardless, it’s a thought worth considering.

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Brian’s Blog: Helpful college advice (Part 2)

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Written by Brian Edminston Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:00 am

Dorm room move-in tips Dorm room move-in tips

Moving In

It’s less than a month before the new school year begins, and that means it’s time to quit those summer jobs and start packing for college. But for the freshmen out there, the people who are just starting this incredible four year journey, it will be a new and strange experience. If you’re going to live in a dorm or an apartment, you’re going to become a self sufficient adult. It sounds a little intimidating, but it’s doable. Moving in can be a hassle or a breeze, depending on how much you plan. Take the time to get everything you need to move in. You may find it will save you a lot of time and money.

Meals

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Joe's Take: Few things in life are more fun than fooling around in a Sunfish

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Written by Joe Wilkins Tuesday, August 12, 2014 01:27 pm

We were sitting on the floating dock, listening to the gentle slap of water against pilings, sipping good red wine, and watching the sun set over one of those marvelous flood tides that fills the salt meadows to overflowing and reminds you how generous Mother Nature can be when she’s in a peaceful mood. Now and then small boats cruised past, enjoying a twilight cruise on a perfect night in the water-world that is the South Jersey shore in August.

If you flew in a small plane over the coast on such an evening, and I have, your view would be magical. Vast areas of water from the endless ocean on the east to the flooded bays and marshes west of the barrier islands, which themselves sparkle with the lights of the boardwalks, their intensely green miniature golf courses shining like emeralds set among the white diamonds of street lights and moving traffic.

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The Mom’s Beat: Robin William’s portrayal of divorce struck a chord among the many laughs

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Written by Laura Stetser Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:05 am

As we all reflect on the enormous body of work that actor and comedian Robin Williams leaves behind after his death this week, it’s hard to choose a favorite performance. However, the movie that stayed with me long after the expected laughter subsided was “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

Williams’ character Daniel, a father of three, tries to find a way to stay connected with his kids as he goes through divorce proceedings with his wife, played by Sally Field. Undoubtedly funny throughout, of course, the story more significantly resonated with me as an honest account of the emotions children and parents experience as they navigate the rollercoaster of divorce.

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At Large with Tom Williams > > Even more things that aren’t there anymore

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:03 am

 The Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, where top entertainers would perform, was the largest night club in South Jersey. The Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, where top entertainers would perform, was the largest night club in South Jersey. Every summer we devote this column, at least once, to remembering things that used to be part of our lives in this area, but are not there anymore. Here we go again.

However, since a lot of area residents grew up elsewhere and a lot of you are visiting us for the summer, the month or the week, this time we are including some other things from outside Atlantic and Cape May counties that might have been part of our lives, too.

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Brian’s Blog: Mourning the Loss of Robin Williams

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Written by Brian Edminston Monday, August 11, 2014 12:00 am

In winning an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, multiple Golden Globe Awards, and many more, Robin Williams has proved he was a phenomenal actor and a brilliant performer.

It was shocking to hear he had passed away; everyone I knew couldn't believe it. I even had to check the internet to be sure I wasn't being pranked, but there I found the Marin County Sheriff's Office press release, stating Robin McLaurin Williams was pronounced deceased at 12:02 p.m. August 11, 2014.

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10 things we love about August and September

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Written by Jordan Montgomery Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:00 am

10 things we love about August and September 10 things we love about August and September

Although we all resent the end of summer and the nearing fall, there are some positive aspects that come with this time of year you’ve got to love. 

1. The weather

There’s nothing quite like the change in temperature that the end of summer brings. Suddenly the blazing hot days are no more and a sweet summer breeze is continuously slipping in the window. Sitting on the beach is nothing short of perfect. Though you might need to grab a sweatshirt, feeling that sweetly chilled air is one of the most amazing feelings.

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The Mom’s Beat: Fall schedules can be a nightmare of details

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Written by Laura Stetser Tuesday, August 05, 2014 01:13 pm

The Mom’s Beat: Fall schedules can be a nightmare of details The Mom’s Beat: Fall schedules can be a nightmare of details

I woke up in a cold sweat and couldn’t return to sleep. I relived the nightmare as I lie there at 2 a.m. one night last week and tried to resolve the matter from a more alert state of mind. Instead, I got drawn back into the turmoil, this time wide awake.

 The demanding fall schedules are racing back up on the horizon, and I realized as I woke, that my stressful dream of juggling the who, when and where of our many activities and obligations was not as far off as I thought and that realization that there are only 3 more full weeks of summer was more chilling than my dreamy scenario of forgetting something in the midst of it.

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Brian’s Blog: Helpful college advice (Part 1)

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Written by BRIAN EDMINSTON Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:00 am

 Brian’s Blog: Forgotten advice for college freshmen Brian’s Blog: Forgotten advice for college freshmen

Life On Campus

Freshmen get ready, moving into your dorm is only the beginning of the college experience. Once you’re moved in, there is a huge adventure to be had. I know there’s already thousands of articles giving tips for college, but in my own personal experience, I’ve found that people often forget or disregard these simple pieces of advice. All of these tips are something I wish I could have drilled into my head as a freshman, so don’t take them as lightly as I did.

Be Ready For Change

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Joe's Take: A front row seat for unfolding history

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Written by Joe Wilkins Monday, August 04, 2014 03:15 pm

We were living in Brigantine at the time, half a quiet block from beach and ocean with a cool night breeze coming through the open window as we watched the day’s news about Watergate. A world event was coming to a head that August evening in 1974. The drama was irresistible. For two years the world had watched the death spiral of the Nixon presidency, mostly on television. But for me a chain of unexpected circumstances gave me a ringside seat at the resignation of a president.

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At Large with Tom Williams > > Our lucky 2nd Congressional District

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Written by Tom Williams Monday, August 04, 2014 02:57 pm

The 2nd District was represented first from 1813 to 1815 by Richard Stockton, a Federalist whose father (same name) was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The 2nd District was represented first from 1813 to 1815 by Richard Stockton, a Federalist whose father (same name) was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Those of us who live in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District have been rather lucky. You feel that way when you read the quotes from representatives from other districts around the nation.

“If we took away the minimum wage – if conceivably it was gone – we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” (Michele Bachmann, Minnesota 6th).

“We've got some people who think Shariah law oughta be the law of the land, forget the Constitution. But the guns are there, the Second Amendment is there, to make sure all of the rest of the amendments are followed.” (Louie Gohmert, Texas 1st).

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The Mom’s Beat: Silly kids, tricks are made for moms

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Written by Laura Stetser Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:00 am

Laura Stetser/Jeana Beana pureés are available at summer farmers’ markets in Brigantine and Margate as well as by order. Laura Stetser/Jeana Beana pureés are available at summer farmers’ markets in Brigantine and Margate as well as by order.

Even if you’re one of the lucky ones whose children enjoy eating a variety of vegetables, there have to be some that you can’t get them to try, like beets, kale or squash. Or, while they may eat a few “trees” of broccoli at dinner each night, they don’t consume the amounts that are recommended for daily diets.

For certain, it’s not a new issue for moms, and I am sure that previous generations have some great ways to incorporate more nutrients into the mix. Homemade baby food is not a new phenomenon, but for me, as my kids grew into “real food,” I needed to change up the game.

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