Southern Snaps

Delores & Jerry Blount: 40 Years of Love and Friendship

Most everyone loves weddings. Being around a couple in love is uplifting, as is seeing the glowing, happy bride with her groom full of pride in his new wife. However, for me, seeing that same couple, 10, 20 or even 40 years later, still happy and very much in love is even better. Delores and […]

Full Court Press: Jaida Williams Brings Energy, Enthusiasm and Inspiration to Lady Chants Basketball

Jaida Williams’ stunning presence lights up any room she enters. First, there is her elegant six foot frame – which is hard to miss. Even more striking, however, is the new CCU Women’s Basketball coach’s marvelous smile which reflects genuine joy from deep within her. A phenomenal athlete in her own right, this dedicated young […]

Martha Clarke: Learning to Live Again

Martha Clarke lives a quiet, simple life. Originally from Florence, she is retired from a career in banking and lives in a charming beach home in Garden City, just a few steps from the mighty Atlantic, originally built by her mother and father-in-law. The house was moved from ocean front to its present location after […]

Great Balls of Fire!

By Connie Barnard

Great Balls of Fire!

Nestled in the shadow of the Horry County Courthouse, in an unassuming storefront on Laurel Street, lies a big surprise. Do not be deceived by the modest sign reading “Conway Glass.” Entering this shop is like saying “Open Sesame” to a treasure trove of handcrafted glass. The studio’s owners, resident artists Ed and Barbara Streeter, […]

We (All) Will Survive:  A Conversation with Gloria Gaynor

When I was offered the opportunity to interview singer Gloria Gaynor, I was excited, to say the least. Her legendary hit, “I Will Survive,” has touched millions of people, myself included, with its positive message since being released in October of 1978. Written by Frederick J. Perren and Dino Fekaris, this disco hit won a […]

We Gather Together: A Family Rich in Love, Rich in Tradition

For Elizabeth Singleton Benton and her husband Lawton, there is a heightened sense of happy anticipation this year as their family gathers for Thanksgiving. For the first time in five years, they will all celebrate the holiday together. Lawton and Elizabeth’s daughter Louise, a junior at Clemson, will be home for the holiday. So will […]

Linda McDandel: Sharing Her Strength

When I met Linda McDandel for the first time, I was bowled over when she told me she is 52 years old. Linda, the picture of fitness, blond, beautiful, with a slender, muscled frame, looks years younger. An open, kind person, Linda immediately gave me a hug when we met at Gold’s Gym, where she […]

The Life and Times of Reb Debbie

Deborah Slavitt is a woman you would love to meet. She’s a scholar, a teacher, a mother, a wife and oh, by the way, a rabbi. With a string of impressive degrees, a background in Ancient Greek and Latin, and a voracious appetite for learning, Rabbi Debbie’s life has been a journey rich in depth […]

Shannon Prouty: A Light in the Darkness

Walking into All 4 Paws Animal Rescue in Pawleys Island is overwhelming to the senses. Dogs are barking, cats are meowing and volunteers are hurrying around, busily caring for the animals and cleaning up behind them while talking about each animal’s needs. As we waited in the office for the president and founder of this […]

Pam Martin: Buen Vivir, A Life Well Lived

This is the story of a good life and a small South American country which many of us could not spot on a map. The story belongs to Pam Martin, a beautiful Penelope Cruz look-alike, with a personal story that would be easy to covet if we did not admire her so much. A Fulbright […]

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