Sue Quigley

Belgium: Land of beer, pommes frites and chocolate


Belgium: A tiny little country but huge on beer!

When you think of Europe and beer, Germany springs to mind, Ireland or even the Czech Republic, the ancestral home of Budweiser. 

But Belgium has probably the widest selection of beers in the world and can brew delicious, fruity beers from practically anything — cherries, raspberries, strawberries, apricots, honey, orange peels, cinnamon, black pepper, nuts, chocolate and even wheat. So many of these wheat beers can now be seen to be gracing the shelves in Publix.

Brighter future for girls

Oak Hill Hospital, a major sponsor of the Pace Center for Girls in Hernando County, recently hosted an inaugural breakfast with more than 160 community members attending the event. Diana Jerome is the Community Engagement Manager for the Pace Center for Girls in both Pasco and Hernando counties. “Pace is a free and voluntary year-round program,” she said.

Jericho Road Ministries Launches New Mission

In our county recently, faith-based organizations and caregivers following a point-in-time count determined that the number of homeless is steadily on the rise and far outreaches the amount of sheltered accommodation available.

“Homeless” describes people being sheltered in temporary quarters, plus those living 'rough' in encampments throughout the county, mostly along the U.S. 19 and State Road 50 corridors.

What on earth is Gua Sha?

This is for all the women out there who are spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on skincare ranging from chemical peels to surgery and treatments that require weeks of post-operative care.
It’s Gua Sha. 

It’s okay. I hadn’t heard of it either until a friend in Scotland sent me the lowdown.

Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that’s been around for donkeys of years. Maybe to people in China but not here in the US.

It means ‘scraping’ of the skin with a special stone, usually made of rose quartz or jade. 

Timeworn finds at 41 & Bird




Nestled under a huge oak tree sits the cute cottage shop “41 & Bird” owned by Staci Lewis-White.

Already a successful business woman with her “The Wired Bird” store in downtown Brooksville, Staci Lewis-White said she was delighted to be able to find another venue to display her vintage, home and garden  finds.

A natural pairing: butcher shop and deli

From lamb and pork crown roasts, country bacon and homemade sausages and burgers to thick, 60-day, wet-aged ribeye steaks, traditional butcher shops offer high-quality, unusual cuts of meats prepared on the premises with huge amounts of personal pride.

One such quality purveyor of everything meaty is family-run Carlisle’s Neighborhood Meat Market. Recently relocated and expanded to newer and larger premises, its butcher shop is now at 7635 Horse Lake Road in Brooksville.

Lymphedema treatment at Oak Hill Hospital

Mention AIDS, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease and most people know what you’re talking about. But, mention lymphedema, and the condition is not familiar at all.

Yet, according to the National Institutes of Health, lymphedema affects approximately one in 1000 Americans and as many as 200 million people worldwide. 

Oak Hill Hospital has been offering lymphedema treatment services since October 2018 under the guidance of Felipe Chin P.T. D.P.T. — a nationally certified lymphedema therapist (CLT). 

Congressional action  reintroduced to end abuse of exotic cats


“What is often not understood is that the rampant breeding for cub petting that results in so many untracked captive animals in the U.S. is contributing to possible extinction of tigers and other big cats in the wild. The State Department has confirmed that domestic private ownership of big cats in the U.S. is problematic as they work with other nations to oppose tiger farming and trafficking”

— Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue