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Elfing Around

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Way back in 1971, I worked at a local department store where the man who was supposed to play Santa showed up drunk, and I was the hero that saved the day doing the Santa gig. And it lasted through two Christmas seasons. In case you missed the article, I wrote about this in Sasee […]

Leaving a Lasting Impression

By Linda O’Connell

On Christmas our small ranch house overflows with family big and small, young and old. Not their presents, but their presence excites me, fills me with joy and makes the holiday memories linger. Our three adult daughters, granddaughter and daughter-in-law offer to bring side dishes or help me in the kitchen. I say, “No, thank […]

In September, Hurricane Florence made her way down the Carolina coast, battering our neighbors to the north, but leaving the Grand Strand mostly unscathed. What we didn’t realize at the time was how much damage the slow rise of our many rivers to history-making levels would cause, and how many people lost most, if not […]

The Joy of Reading

By Landy Reed

When I met Clyde, my first student, he said, “I hope you can help me learn to read. I want to be a bus driver and to do that I need to read.” “Clyde, I’ll do my best to help you achieve your goal.” He wore a neatly pressed uniform with his name embroidered on […]

The Best Gift Ever

By Jeffery Cohen

At four in the morning I crept down the hallway and peeked around the corner at the Christmas tree that reached to the ceiling. Its lights made the room glow as they reflected off shiny glass balls and silvery tinsel draped from pine needle branches. At its bottom, a huge box lay wrapped in holiday paper, topped […]

Holiday Happenings

By Leslie Moore

Saturday, December 8 Tupelo Honey, Market Common, 9-11am, $10 per person, reservations required 843-315-3780 Hard Rock Café, Myrtle Beach, 9-11am, Reservations required 843-946-0007 St. James High School, Murrells Inlet, 8-11:30am, Call for more information 843-650-5600 Saturday, December 15 Travinia Italian Kitchen, Market Common, 9-11am, $11 per person, reservations required 843-233-8500 The Golden Egg Restaurant, Surfside […]

As I lay awake one night, trying to settle down and go back to sleep, I began to think of Mom and how sick I knew she was. It was coming into another year’s holiday season, and I was thinking of the one thing that held my family’s hearts and waistlines together – Mom’s Christmas […]

Recently, I read Girl on the Train. I propelled through it as fast as an express about to veer off the tracks. I consumed it. I flipped the pages trying to discern if the alcoholic, seemingly harmless protagonist was indeed a murderess during her black-outs. She had no memory of what she’d done after a […]

A Hallmark Rescue

By Beth Pugh

When turning the pages on my calendar year after year, I turn, too, the pages of a mental photo album. It was during the fall my mother fell ill. An intended short stay for an infection stretched out into a month in the hospital after a surprise stroke. It then stretched even further in days […]

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