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By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

I love nature – but nature does not always love me! I am one of those women who like to camp out, but hubby Chuck prefers a hotel room. As a kid, my parents had one of those little Scotty Campers. We would come to Myrtle Beach from Florence packed to the hilt for the […]

Wedding Carnations

By Hope Yancey

I’m a native North Carolinian, and Audrey lived in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, before relocating to North Carolina in the 1980s. I moved to the neighborhood in 2008. We had known each other a few years when she invited me to her house in 2011 to share wedding traditions important in her circle of family […]

The Best Part of Me

By Diane Stark

“Did you notice that Nathan has an under bite?” My husband’s cousin asked me at my son’s first birthday party. “He is turning one tomorrow, and he only has four teeth,” I said. “How could he have an under bite already?” But sure enough, when I asked Nathan to smile, it was clear that his […]

Two New Teachers

By Deborah Straw

I’ve always kept my eyes and heart open to new teachers. In the past, I sought out women 20 to 30 years my elder, but this prospective group has diminished as I am now in my 60s. My recent teachers sometimes appear in surprising forms. My first recent one, Roy sits up tall on the […]

Not Fun and Games?

By Terri Elders

“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” Andre Maurois I’d just started junior high when some scowling soul first told me that marriage wasn’t all fun and games. I can’t remember who it was…it could have been Aunt Violet or my home economics teacher. Mostly I remember the tone of […]

“Three glorious days in the great outdoors. A chance to commune with Mother Nature. The adventure of a lifetime.” That’s how my brother and his girlfriend described it when they enlisted me for a three-day canoe trip riding the whitewater of the Delaware River. With a promise like that, how could I say no? As the sun […]

Destination What?

By Erika Hoffman

“I’d like a destination wedding,” my daughter stated as I picked her up from the airport. I didn’t look over at her but kept my eyes fixed on the road instead. “Lots of my friends have them now.” I remained mute. I turned on the signal as we approached our neighborhood. “I’ve been to ones […]

Happy When I’m Hiking

By Sandra R. Nachlinger

“I’m happy when I’m hiking, pack upon my back.”(Old English hiking song) I sang those lyrics as a Girl Scout, but only recently did I really take them to heart. Last spring I picked up a brochure from the Auburn (Washington) Senior Activity Center and studied the list of hikes and walks scheduled for the […]

My husband deliberately dresses shlumpy. As a veterinarian, he wears scrubs to work. Dressing up means putting on good jeans, and no outfit is complete without pet hairs. To me, saving animal lives is way higher on the manliness scale than his fashion profile. But there are times in life when you must dress up. […]

Each year at the end of April, thousands of shaggers from all along the east coast come to North Myrtle Beach for the SOS Spring Safari. For ten days the biggest adult party on the East Coast features a wide variety of activities. Popular bands show up along Main Street playing crowd favorites, and shag […]

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