There's no doubt that shopping therapy is a boon to many. But when your shopping benefits a cause -- well, some of us believe that practically earns the shopper a place in heaven (or, at the very least, a reprieve from that other place).
-- A miniature hourglass necklace that "holds local beach sand to remind us not to take for granted the precious time we spend in our beaches" ($100).
-- "Day at the Beach" scented candles ($30).
-- "Beach Babysitter" bubble set ($10).
-- "World's Tallest Sandcastle (Starter Kit)" ($15).
It seems our beaches need all the help they can get. A report released Wednesday said the number of times the nation's beaches were closed or posted with warnings because of polluted water jumped last year to its second-highest level in 21 years.
Just something to think about as we head off into the July 4 weekend. Besides, Christmas is coming ... eventually.
-- Alice Short
Photos: Hourglass necklace and glass shell. Credit: Buy the Bay