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Merry Carol Cotton

A Surprise Gift

By Merry Carol Cotton

A Surprise Gift

Last June my husband surprised me with a gift that didn’t need to be unwrapped and that wasn’t even immediately useable, but filled me with so much anticipation that the remainder of the summer seemed to drag on forever. You see, he had quietly entered the Antiques Road Show random drawing for tickets for their […]

Just an Everyday Way to Live

By Merry Carol Cotton

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem…I’d tried them all and I’d lost weight, but eventually my lost weight found me, and once again I’d made promises to myself I hadn’t kept. But nothing changed my eating habits until one particular medical exam. I had changed physicians. So, meeting a new physician was a bit unsettling and […]

If you’ve recently moved to South Carolina, and if you’ve moved here from the North, chances are the locals…mainly your new gal pals…have declared you “a clear and present danger” to Southern cuisine. When I arrived in Pawleys Island a few years ago and naively asked how hot I should set my oven temperature to […]

Each year as the holiday season comes, I’d like to be able to tell stories to my friends about how my family gathered together and “roasted chestnuts on an open fire,” decorated Christmas trees that would have made Martha Stewart drool with envy, exchanged heartfelt gifts and sang O Holy Night to celebrate the holiday […]