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“70-74 Female, First Place in the 5K goes to Carrie Slayback!” the announcer called out. I hurried up to the stage, snatched my ribbon with quick thanks, and melted back into the crowd. The 74 to 79 places were announced, then I heard, “80-84, Female First Place, goes to… ” Didn’t catch the name, but […]

A World Away

By Sally Gosen Case

I have friends with second homes, empty-nested couples with children long since grown and gone. I know my share of snowbirds, fleeing coastal winter storms to relax in the desert, and then turning tail on the summer heat to cool off on the beach. Not for me, a single gal with a kid in college […]

Survivor

By Beth Pugh

The usual brightly lit hallway remained pitch black as every student exited the room. The light from inside slipped through the glass window once the door was shut, throwing shadows of teenage figures against the walls. Being a female dominated class we were anything but quiet as we walked along. Our whispers came out more […]

Ride The Bull

By Melissa Face

On our last night in Atlantic City, my family and I sat in a bar and watched the night scene unfold. We observed awkward interactions between males and females as they guzzled liquid courage and did their best to appear taller, stronger and more attractive to the opposite sex. It was quite entertaining. Then, in […]

On August 21st our community has the opportunity to view the first total solar eclipse in 26 years. This heavenly event will begin in Oregon, and then sweep the country, giving most people in South Carolina at least a partial view. An approximately 70 mile wide band will see at least a few seconds of […]

Nestled in a quaint shopping center just north of the North Causeway in Pawleys Island, Suzanne Temple spends her days making sure her renters have the best possible stay in our beautiful community. With over 85 homes, this is a huge job, especially in the summer months, managed efficiently with the help of her staff […]

Forgetting the Rules

By Diane Stark

“I’ll be right back,” I told my seven-year-old son, Nathan. “I’m just walking down to get the mail.” “Ooh, can I go?” He asked. “Can I eat a popsicle while we walk?” I frowned. “Not this time, Honey. You’re still in your pajamas.” “So? Why can’t I go? I really want to eat a green […]

Feathering an Empty Nest

By Kay Hollyday Filar

For as long as I have known my husband, almost 47 years, the passing of our lives has been measured by a school calendar. That is because for all those years – from the time we met in college through retirement last October – one or both of us worked in a setting linked to […]

The Magic of a New Car

By Jeffery Cohen

I was perfectly happy with the old Plymouth that I had been driving for more than twelve years. I would probably still be behind the wheel, had it not been for the cement truck that plowed into me, turning my car into something resembling an accordion. In the market for a new car, I headed down to […]

What I Learned at Camp

By Linda DeMers Hummel

There are decisions you make in life when you’re in a good mood. This was one of them. At the end of a triumphant first year of teaching school, I accepted an offer to work at a summer camp in the Berkshires. My boyfriend took a job there, too. We dreamed of wholesome fun in […]

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