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Phil La Borie

In the midst of enjoying a great dinner at one of the terrific Italian restaurants in our area the other night, I thought back to my grandmother’s cooking. When I was growing up, I was fortunate enough to have two grandmothers. First off, there was Grandma Gertrude who was my father’s mom, and Grandma Josephina […]

The Caviar of the South?

By Phil La Borie

That depends on who you’re talking to and the actual preparation. For openers, there is some contention about what really should be known as “The Caviar of the South.” For some, this appellation refers to soft pimento cheese. This delicious spread, just like fried chicken or grits, has become a traditional symbol of the southern […]

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines retirement as: The act of ending your working or professional career. While that definition seems clear enough, I think it’s a bit limiting. For one thing, it assumes that you’ve had either a working or professional career, which implies that you’ve either been employed by a company or corporation or been […]

Crossing Lake Ontario

By Phil La Borie

Crossing Lake Ontario

An advertisement for the upcoming Wooden Boat Show in Georgetown this fall put me in mind of my own wooden boat adventure, or as it turned out, my misadventure. The story goes like this: One of my high school friend’s dad had a glorious wooden speedboat. He periodically took the boat out on Lake Ontario […]

The Heart of the Matter

By Phil La Borie

Poor Alfalfa, he’s in love again. Porky, from Our Gang* Yes, ain’t it a shame. Buckwheat, another Gang member Those of us who are past middle age probably recall the long-running Our Gang movie series. These days, if you want to see the original movies, which were produced in the 1930s and ‘40s, they’re readily […]

Notes for Newcomers: Who's Teaching Who?

“Give back what you’ve learned, Share your experience.” 365 TAO, Daily Mediations* I try to read a passage from the Tao Te Ching every morning. I find that it’s a wonderful way to get myself grounded and start my day off on the right foot. And now that I’m substitute teaching here in Horry County, […]

Notes for Newcomers: Come to the Church in the Wildwood

The melody and lyrics to “Church in the Wildwood” have stuck in my head ever since I first heard them as a child. The lyrics go: Come to the church in the wildwood, Come to the church in the vale. No spot is as dear to my childhood as the little brown church in the […]

Notes For Newcomers: The Art of Making Art Accessible

If you’re anything like me, the idea of exploring an art museum can be somewhat intimidating. First of all, there’s usually an admission fee. Once you pay it, you’ve invested in the process, so you want to get something worthwhile out of it. Right? Fair enough. However, there’s all that artwork hanging about to look […]

Notes for Newcomers: The Magic of Sea Shells

I think there’s something very magical and mysterious about sea shells. How did they come to be? How old are they? Where did they come from and how long did it take them to arrive here on the Grand Strand beaches? They’re just so nifty; it’s almost as if they are gifts from King Neptune […]

Conversations at the End of the Road: The Green Monster

“What is that awful-looking stuff?” I asked my neighbor one bright spring morning. We were standing at the edge of our front yard, and I was pointing at a massive jungle of vines in the vacant lot next door.  My neighbor is quite the gardener and a very knowledgeable botanist. The numerous plantings along her […]

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