Letter from the Editor: Starting a New Life

I cannot count the amount of times I have said the words “new year, new me!” What about you? How many times have you spoken these positive words into existence – and then really taken action to achieve it? The year of 2020 was consumed with unanswered questions starting with the anxious phrase of “What … Continued

The Open Door

What we need is always there for us, and if we put out the intention that we are open to receive, the universe will deliver. When my friend suggested I take a yoga class with her several years ago, I wasn’t even thinking of the spiritual benefits.  It wasn’t so much that I was closed … Continued

Let’s See What Develops

Learning something new was fun. I certainly developed a new appreciation for photography skills and off-the-wall fish tales. The newspaper headline announced, “Photograph Your Forest – Summer Contest.” With so much time spent indoors and social distancing this spring, I read the rest of the article with interest: “Capture spectacular views, special moments and hidden gems.” … Continued

Nothing Could Be Finer Than to be in Carolina

Shades of oranges and pinks in the sky over the ocean signal the arrival of that special orb which begins to warm the sand and provide another sunny day. Nothin’ could be finer than to be in Carolina, in the morning – always murmurs in my head as I stroll along the white sand of … Continued

Waking with a Smile

When my alarm went off, I contemplated hitting snooze, then I remembered that I was making time for myself, and it was important. I was important. “I love that you are always happy to see me in the morning,” my son Evan said a few years ago, “That’s one of the reasons you’re such a … Continued

Nancy Aborn Wuennemann: Reinvention with Intention

I officially met the vibrant and brilliant Nancy when I accompanied her to her induction into the Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association. Nancy and I share a passion for connecting with new people and getting the opportunity to share their inspiring stories with the world. I am beyond delighted to share hers with all of … Continued

Cover Artists: M. & I. Garmash

Michael Garmash began painting at the age of three in Lugansk, Ukraine, 1969. By age six he started his formal education at the Lugansk Youth Creative Center. Recognizing rare, natural talent, his teachers sent his works to a variety of exhibitions in the then Soviet Union. An award-winning artist from the onset, Mr. Garmash received … Continued

Jordan Lazarus: Learning to Live the Lekker Lifestyle

Lekker [Lack-ah]: South African slang adjective meaning the best of the best; “Local is lekker!” If there is anyone who can teach us about the lekker lifestyle, it is our very own, Myrtle Beach born and raised, Jordan Lazarus. Jordan takes pride in her roots and loves the tight-knit community we have here. Her family … Continued

Happiness Doesn’t Have Wrinkles

I feel self-care means preventing loneliness, preventing irrelevance, preventing mental stagnation by engaging in activities that promote one’s self-esteem. Le Bonheur n ’a pas de Rides isn’t easy reading if you’re not French. In it are idioms and slang of a present-day 34-year-old French writer, who self-published her novel about an 85-year-old woman, who gets stuck … Continued

Meet Wally Hash: Sunspace of Myrtle Beach

Forgive the past and look towards a bright future – just keep rollin’ on, that is all we can do! Wally did not know his birth name was Walter until 4th grade because he always thought he was just “Wally.” He has 7 brothers and sisters who all go by fun names that are not … Continued

Johanna Maggio: Doctor and Dreamer

Before she ever dreamed of becoming a doctor, Johanna was raised on a five-mile barrier island off the southern coast of New Jersey. She grew up a beach kid, always outdoors exploring marine biology, collecting shells for art projects, rocking her Birkenstocks, and hanging out with the local surfers. Johanna is an only child and … Continued

Lights in the Night

Perhaps the fading year has not been a bright one; all the more reason to count our blessings and share a glimmer with those around us. It begins every October. Some dim Sunday afternoon I climb up and poke my head into the storage space over my garage. Brushing away cobwebs, I totter backward down … Continued

Eleanor Pitts: The Gift of a Strong Family Tradition

Eleanor is a true southern gem filled with love and joy. She grew up in Charleston and graduated from Coker College. Eleanor and her husband, Bill, lived in Kingstree, South Carolina, when she first opened up her shop. She explained to me that it was very small at the time and was located inside her … Continued

Letter from the Editor: Baubles and Bows

My favorite Christmas tradition is truly a southern one. I don’t know about you, but I have always found the idea of eating similar cuisine for Christmas as we just enjoyed for Thanksgiving a bit excessive. Okay, except for the pie! I will always eat another slice of sweet homemade pie baked by my even … Continued

Southern-ish Holiday Traditions

Does Your Santa Wrap? To start, let’s discuss the biggest Christmas tradition debate: does Santa wrap or not wrap his presents? This discussion can be tricky for newly blended families or couples with newly born children. Can the couples survive the negotiation of how to handle Santa’s presents? This is a tough issue to compromise … Continued

Christmas Wine

I had no idea the juice was supposed to taste awful. What was wine, and was I in trouble? It was Christmas Eve 1965 and for the first time in my ten years (or for as long as I could remember) we were having company for the holiday. Dad invited a family who had arrived at their … Continued

Recipe Magic

For a moment, we can be in their kitchens, standing in their shoes, and sharing their stories. This holiday season, there are fewer gifts to buy and cards to mail. There are empty chairs at dinner tables and gaping holes in our hearts. My family is disappearing. In just over a year’s time, I’ve lost … Continued

Cover Artist: Dita Omuri

Dita Omuri is a British painter, living and working in the UK. Her sketchbook was a constant companion throughout her childhood in her native country Albania. It was through art competitions she secured herself a scholarship to a School of Fine Art at the age of 14. In 1998 she moved to the UK to … Continued

We’re Pretty Wrapped Up

Make your Holiday Decor stunningly beautiful with elegantly wrapped gifts that match your style. Sasee says for the lovers of all things Blue and White, the classic Chinoiserie can be stylishly carried into the Holidays. There is more to wrapping gifts than paper and bows. Be sure and compliment your gifts, dressed in finery of … Continued

The Red Umbrella

At least I gave him a neat royal blue sport shirt to match his beautiful blue eyes. But a red umbrella? It was our seventh Christmas together. I know you are automatically thinking about the seven-year itch, but I like to call it the seven-year “switch.” You see, after seven years of married life, I … Continued