Review Category : Contributors

Exploring the importance of being a safe harbor

By Susan Stone Last Sunday I heard a sermon on Safe Harbors. The talk primarily focused on personal safety and the state of our world at this time. However my mind went on to ponder the question; in what ways can I/we be a safe harbor for others? If someone shares a secret or a personal situation with you, do you honor that trust and keep it to yourself? In the past I have trusted close friends with personal matters, only to hear about it from someone else I know. This lesson of discernment and finding out who your friends really are can be a painful one. On the flip side, there are those who may never trust me again because I thought it wouldn’t hurt to just tell one person…or two. In my ministerial training I was asked to sign an agreement. The promise I made and signed my name to seemed simple enough, but it has been a challenge to keep. Our human nature is a curious one.... ...

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The good that has come from a Beaufort tragedy

The Rauch Report By Bill Rauch The numbers show the difference Beaufort’s Betsey Robinson (1945-2015) made. In 1989 her 13 year-old son, Reynolds, was accidentally shot and killed by a nine year-old neighbor who was playing with his family’s .22 rifle. The tragedy was the impetus for Betsey to take on the cause of children and gun safety. Reynolds’ death, Betsey knew, had been a preventable tragedy and she did not want other families to have to suffer as she and her family had. One life saved would be worth the effort. In 1990, 10 more South Carolina children (aged 0-17) were killed by the accidental discharge of a firearm, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) statistics. That was the year Betsey set her strategy. From 1990 through 1994, Betsey Robinson crisscrossed South Carolina, traveled up and down the coast to Washington and anywhere someone would listen quietly promoting her Children’s Firearm Protection Act, a proposed new South Carolina state law that would, along... ...

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No, I am not a robot and I have proof!

By Lee Scott The fact that I am not a robot was recently proven by the Beaufort County Library System. The process for that verification started when the Friends of Beaufort Library notified me that the Library was starting to send out e-mails to card holders and the community about information that might interest them. If you wished to participate then all you had to do was click on the link that would connect you to the Beaufort County Library website. Once there, it was explained that the library was going to use Mail Chimp, an e-mail marketing service, to deliver messages to cardholders and if I was interested I needed to sign up. The first step in the Mail Chimp process was to provide my e-mail address and my name. The next step asked me to click on a box that said “I am not a robot” and to take a test to prove I was human. The first screen had about nine pictures on it. The directions said:... ...

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How you can find freedom in your emotions

By Shafiya Eve Are you haunted by previous experiences or events in your life, by things you did, others did, you didn’t do, others didn’t do? Do you feel blocked from moving forward by some unknown barrier? Is your happiness like a “coming event” when a certain something happens, THEN you will be happy, only it doesn’t bring the expected happiness? What would it be like to be free from these mysterious self-defeating patterns and beliefs? EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) also referred to as “tapping” is an emotional version of acupuncture (without the needles) wherein we stimulate certain meridian points by tapping on them with our fingertips while focusing on an emotionally charged memory. Since emotional stress can contribute to pain, disease and physical ailments, we often find that EFT provides astonishing physical relief. The nature of some of this emotional baggage which I refer to as energy disruptions are from negative experiences imprinted in our subconscious. When we experience a trauma or repetitive negative input we develop an energy... ...

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Henny Penny the sky is blue!

By Lee Scott One of the most remarkable things that I have noticed living along the coast in South Carolina is the blue sky in the summertime. It is just something I am not used to seeing. When we first moved down to Beaufort in 2014 and experienced our first “hot” summer, we were pleasantly surprised that even though it was hot outside, the sky was still blue. When you live near a big city all your life, you get used to seeing a hazy white sky during the summer. Either because of the natural haze or the smog, the sky never seems to really get blue. We always had our “air quality alerts” in the Washington DC area in the summer. We got very accustomed to hearing the “color code” of the air quality index for the day. The National Weather Service posts the six colors to correspond to the range in the Air Quality Index values. The colors go from green (good air) to yellow (moderate air) to... ...

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It builds friendships and it builds police reports

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford The sweet scent of suntan lotion, fried chicken and diesel fuel linger as we approach the ever climatic second weekend of Water Festival. We are proud of our tans, our resilience and our ability to stay out of the 10 p.m. news. We have made new friends, new memories and new home remedies for long nights that turned into longer mornings. The first week was a success so we forge confidently into infamous weekend two. The tide drops low and gives way to a notorious Beaufort tradition. Come Saturday morning the faithful will stake their claim, toss their anchor and set up for a day of boat hopping, cooler swapping and belly flopping fun. The Beaufort Sandbar comes alive with music, laughter, folly and faux pas. People watching at its best will offer fodder for many months ahead. There will be adventure, suspense and drama that can easily rival the most celebrated theatrical performance. It is a time honored tradition that takes no prisoners, unless DNR... ...

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It takes a big person to say they’re sorry!

By Lee Scott I was driving along Sea Island Parkway a few months ago when a man drove up along side my car and gestured to me with one finger. It was not the kind gesture one likes to see. Naturally, I was a bit shocked and completely unaware of why I warranted such a gesture. I started to think about different ways to “gesture” back to him. Then I realized that I might have pulled out in front of him. “My fault” I said to myself. At the next intersection I pulled up next to him and mouthed “I’m sorry. I didn’t see you!”. He rolled down his window, looked at me for a moment and finally said, “Well be careful next time. Watch where you are going.” I nodded and we both went on our way. At the next intersection, he pulled over to the right so he was next to me. He rolled down his window and I rolled down mine and he said, “Sorry about the... ...

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Happy Water Festival y’all!

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford In a society where the definition of social has morphed into one sided conversations with a photo and a screen, our little town reminds us of the joys of face-to-face. Few occasions show human nature, soul simplicity, and the basic being that allow a peak through the window of the unbridled original. One of those rare wrinkles in time belongs to none other than the Beaufort Water Festival. If you doubt the potential of pure personality, or the power of true colors, pack up your pessimism, sit back and absorb the enigma that is our beloved Beaufort Water Festival. Watch stress-drained men trade in the business suits for the lighter weight of board shorts, well-meaning mom’s trade in fabric stitched in obligation and patterned in responsibility for skin-baring bikinis that replace years with youth and vitality. Even if just for a few hours, maybe even a few days, the shrimper, the crabber, the lawyer and the preacher become simply Beaufortonians. The shackles of roles and responsibility... ...

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Local firms receive relatively few military contracts

The Rauch Report – By Bill Rauch As our local governments gaze afar, dreaming of businesses they could attract to the Beaufort area, their economic development efforts neglect the elephant that is already in the room – and growing: the U.S. Department of Defense. Beaufort’s businesses are getting the back end business, but — despite their proximity to the work — very little of the front end of the government spending on Beaufort’s bases, an analysis of government documents shows. Of the $2.29 billion the state’s military facilities spend in South Carolina, $173 million or just 6.3 percent is spent with contractors in Beaufort and Jasper Counties, Moore School of Business Research Economist Joseph C. Von Nessen said last week. Yet three of the state’s ten military facilities are located in Beaufort County. This is not the way it always was. As we celebrate Parris Island’s 100th anniversary, it is an appropriate time to recall that Beaufort and Port Royal were once “company towns” for the Air Station and Parris Island.... ...

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Surfing with the girls

By Lee Scott Last week I went for a walk on the beach with some girlfriends. There were five of us and we had decided to wear our bathing suits under our shorts and t-shirts just in case we wanted to go in for a swim. As we neared the end of our walk, three of the women stripped down to their bathing suits and started to run just like little kids into the pounding waves. At first I was not sure if I was going to swim. I did not bring a towel or a hair brush for afterwards. But as I was watched the women run into the waves, I decided to go for it. Who really cared about how we looked. We were just having fun. I ran into the ocean and joined my friends. As the waves came crashing into us we were howling and laughing like teenagers. I had forgotten how much fun it was to be playing in the ocean. As I have grown... ...

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