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The Joy of Decluttering

By Cheryl Maguire

“Does this spark joy?” I asked myself. Cradling an apple spice candle in my hand, I sniffed the top of it. The scent is gone probably from sitting in the attic for 15 years, I thought. It definitely isn’t sparking any joy. I tossed it in the overflowing trash pile. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying […]

Dinosaur

By Susan Lewis

I’m 62 years old and my new boss is 29 years old. “29,” I tell myself. “Let that sink in,” I mumble as I start up the monitor and watch it come to life. Everything in my world is digital and I come from “The Planet of the Paper” where everything is…oh, scratch that…was written […]

Explore the Art Trail

By Joan Leotta

With the help of one little rack card, visitors and residents now have a guide to direct art-inspired meanderings up and down the Grand Strand – from Calabash, North Carolina, south to Georgetown. Local art galleries, museums and restaurants with galleries show their connection and invite all to enjoy the many venues promoting visual art […]

Simply Grand

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

It was 1989. Hurricane Hugo was approaching the area and it was the first real scare my husband Chuck and I had with hurricanes since moving to the Grand Strand in 1984. That day we had been shooting a video for a convention in Litchfield. Around noon the hotel reported that an evacuation was occurring […]

Storm Warning

By Rose Ann Sinay

Friends and I decided to crash a local Mediums’ Convention. None of us believed in fortune tellers. It had just seemed like a fun thing to do – like bringing out the Magic 8-Ball at a sleep over when we were teenagers. Though we wouldn’t admit it, we secretly hoped to hear that we would […]

Choral Director at Waccamaw High School in Pawleys Island, Sylvia Plyler’s journey to becoming a high school choral director and leader of an award winning choral group was a little different than some music teachers. A native of Darlington, South Carolina, marriage, education and jobs led Sylvia to Colorado where she was working and raising […]

Call of the Osprey

By Linda O’Connell

Residents in all regions of the United States have had to deal with some type of destructive weather-related and/or natural disasters. My husband Bill and I have witnessed firsthand, damaging thunderstorms and the after effects of tornadoes, typical summer weather in the Midwest. We felt heartsick as we listened to the news accounts and saw […]

Just Breathe

By Erika Hoffman

At my desk in front of my computer within my study, I sit, slumped in my swivel chair slowly pecking out this essay and mulling over the fact that traits one possesses which might be deemed undesirable can turn out to be useful in certain situations. For instance, I don’t like to rush about. I […]

The Hook

By Carrie Luger Slayback

Sunday morning – 5:30 a.m. awoke, fearful. I’m a runner, a 74-year-old runner with a dozen marathons (26.2 miles) to my credit, winning my age group in three and placing in many more. Today’s race was a mere six miles, so what was to be afraid of? Here’s what – this morning’s race clears the […]

Trial by Moving

By Zile Elliven

I’ve always loved moving. The excitement, the indescribable feeling of new beginnings, and, of course, getting rid of stuff I don’t need. Due to the ephemeral nature of my father’s job as a pastor, I’ve moved more times than I can count, so I’ve gotten really good at it. So it stands to reason that, […]

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