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Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand Seabiscuit rose to fame by being a long-shot and winning the Triple Crown and people’s hearts. Laura Hillenbrand brings to life the entire world of horse racing during the Great Depression. My reading group had read Unbroken, several years ago, but I had not read this Triple Crown biography. It was […]

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, […]

First, let me say that I am, and have always been, a dog person. But, in spite of my canine proclivities, I was awakened this morning, as I am most every morning, to the tune of Ruby the cat purring in my ear. Ruby is always given the task to wake me up by her […]

Arrivederci Siena

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Buongiorno! Oh, forgive me. I keep forgetting I am back in the USA. I have just returned from eleven days in Italy where I have vacationed several times before. This time, however, it was a special gift for my niece Regan. My husband Chuck and I made a promise to her when she was ten […]

A Hole in my Map

By Rose Ann Sinay

I am directionally challenged. A long list of verbal instructions used to send me into a panic. As soon as multiple route numbers and four-lane highways were mentioned, my ears filled with cotton. Multiple directions – a left, a right, and another left – the words unconsciously sent my hands into a flurry as I […]

Summer means working or relaxing for most college students, but for some, summer is a time to make a difference. Sasee recently met with a group of ten rising sophomores from Duke University who spent their summer in Georgetown County working with various non-profits. All of these bright young people are from North or South […]

A year after my brother had transferred from a college in West Virginia to one in New Jersey, he began to miss his old classmates that he’d left behind. During his semester break, he decided to take a road trip back to his old school and invited me to come along. “A road trip? Where […]

The rule in our house for travel has always been the same. Each person’s responsible for toting personal luggage. Unless I was eight months pregnant or in a full leg-cast with crutches, I knew my porter would be me. This wasn’t a problem when we were young and usually schlepped backpacks. We traveled Europe with […]

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