My Middle Child

By Catherine A. MacKenzie

I was a horrible mother in April 1980 after the birth of my second child, Matthew, the only planned child of my three. I didn’t want to see him; I didn’t want to hold him. Why? Because his name was to have been Melissa. I hadn’t wanted more children after the birth of my first […]

I love to travel. Before becoming the proud parent of three darling cherubs everyone said to me, “Enjoy traveling now because once you have kids you won’t be able to do it anymore.” Well, I proved all the naysayers wrong by hopping on that plane with three kids in tow, sometimes internationally. I didn’t let their age […]

One of my greatest joys is to lose myself for a few hours in a world created by one of my favorite writers – and one of those writers is the lovely Karen White. I spent a very pleasant half hour talking with Karen who graciously agreed to share a little about her writing with […]

While Memorial Day has become synonymous with the beginning of the summer season and all the fun to be had over the next three months, it actually has a much more solemn purpose. Here are a few things you could do this Memorial Day to honor the true meaning of the day. 1. Wear or […]

Lilies add long-lasting color and fragrance to flower gardens and summer bouquets. These stately flowers provide vertical interest and blend nicely with other perennials. And best of all, with very little care, you’ll be enjoying them for years to come. Start off the summer with Asiatic lilies. These compact plants have upward or outward facing […]

Screen Saver

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 […]

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