Moving Day

As I made her bed, I felt the lump again. My baby wouldn’t be sleeping under my roof that night. “You’ve already spent so much on my move to school,” my 18-year-old daughter, Julia, said. “You bought my bedding, my towels, and all of my storage stuff. I’m paying for these dorm decorations.” I nodded, … Continued

Cover Artist: Josef Kote

Josef Kote widely regarded as one of the most influential American artists working today. An abundantly prolific artist, Kote has spent his three-decade-long career chasing a vision that he can set down on canvas. Constantly challenging himself, his talents rest not only in his choice of subject matter – the landscapes and people that continually … Continued

Letter from the Editor: No Place Like Home

Almost fifteen years ago, I interviewed with the owner and publisher of Sasee for the job as editor. I clearly remember that one of the “tests” she gave me was to write a sample “Letter from the Editor.” I struggled with that first letter, but to my great delight, I was chosen for the position … Continued

Life in Grande Dunes

From the private Members Club on the Atlantic Ocean to beautiful, planned developments on the Intracoastal Waterway, Grande Dunes is the complete package. Sasee asked Genie and Steve Leonard and Doug and Maureen Ralph to share a little about what life is like in this idyllic resort community. My Winding Path to Life in Grande … Continued

Read It!: October 2020

These three novels stress the importance of friendship. Each book showcases strong, brave women, facing unthinkable life-changing events. These stories will transport you to a different place and/or time. These are books that you will want to read and discuss with your friends.

Safer at Home

And as a teacher, I assigned, corrected, and scored work for my students while monitoring my children’s virtual learning. It was challenging, but we got it done safely, at home. It is true that home is a refuge, a safe space from the rest of the world. Never has that felt more true for my … Continued

Home Repair

My AC debacle started around the 11th. It was a Saturday, when Will, who took over the business from Curt when Curt died, answered our call. Every Friday, my old college roommate sends me a letter. Now it’s an email. We’ve kept this correspondence for 45 plus years. Over the decades, we’ve discussed many topics. … Continued

House of Dreams

As my parents approached their sixties, my Dad wallpapered the living room one more time. Still red, but this time it was fuzzy flock paper. My folks first and only house was not their dream house – that perfect castle on a hill that only exists in fairy tales, but was, instead, a house of … Continued

Letter from the Editor: Smile

I visited my granddaughters Quinn and Ellis a couple of weekends ago to celebrate Quinn’s 7th birthday. She had requested a certain present, which I, of course, purchased, but it was a small item, and I asked what else she wanted. Quinn then proceeded to give me an adorably long explanation of something that wraps … Continued

Bird is the Word

My husband made it clear early on that he would rather build a bridge to jump off than participate in my quotidian inquisition. My favorite morning ritual is reading the Word of the Day posts on my computer while enjoying a cup of coffee. Actually, “word” of the day is misleading. I can’t stop at … Continued

The Eyes Have It!

Now, either no one recognizes me all masked up or nobody cares as they just want to get home in the safety of their own little bubble. So how are you feeling? Are you missing personal contact with your friends and family? I surely am. This COVID 19 has changed our lives in so many … Continued

Nicole Boone: Sharing Smiles

Every weekday, viewers tune in to WBTW to see and hear their favorite news anchor, Nicole Boone. Her friendly, open, personality has made her one of our area’s most popular television personalities. When you meet Nicole, or Nickie, her real name, you soon realize that the woman you see on screen is exactly the same … Continued

Make ‘em Laugh, First

I can speak French. I can read French. But when it comes to translating a French cartoon or joke, I’m at a loss. I don’t find them funny. “Never cook bacon naked,” my husband announced as he turned over the bacon, and it spat and splattered around the cooktop. “Not today,” I replied, smiling. I flipped … Continued

Play Ball!

Knowing all that, for some reason, I’m beginning to have a need to see a game — to experience America’s pastime once more. I was never much of a sportsman. It wasn’t for lack of trying. Being the fastest kid in the neighborhood, I tried out for the track team. The coaches had me pegged … Continued

The Best Medicine

I put on my glamorous paper towel gown and climbed on the cot and nervously waited for someone to reassure me that everything was okay. Early in my pregnancy, I felt a stabbing pain on the right side of my pelvis. It was constant, and I knew it should be checked to rule out an … Continued

The Loose Tooth Lesson

The day was just beginning, and I already felt defeated. I was overwhelmed as I looked at my To Do List for that day. So many things needed to be done that I knew I’d be up all night to get half of them done. The day was just beginning, and I already felt defeated. … Continued


But every night now, the time arrived to end my day and sit at the dining table, quietly fitting pieces together and talking with my loved ones. I found the jigsaw puzzle about a year into the renovating-and-moving-in process. It was at the bottom of one of many randomly-packed boxes. I paused in my sorting … Continued

Dr. Ray Cleary, DDS: Bringing Back Your Smile

Dr. Ray Cleary, dentist and owner of Tidelands Dental, knows a lot about smiles and how important they are to our quality of life. “When you smile, people think you’re happy. Your smile brings back a lot of smiles,” he said thoughtfully. Dr. Cleary and his wife have four children and eight grandchildren between them, … Continued

Dr. Mark Conard D.D.S., M.S.: You Can Save Your Smile

Endodontist Dr. Mark Conard is passionate about smiles. A Clemson University alumnus, Dr. Conard continued his education at MUSC, graduating from dental school in 2009. After working in General Dentistry for a year, he decided to pursue a degree in Endodontics and graduated from Ohio State University. An Endodontist must complete two or more years … Continued