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What is mindfulness and how can it be cultivated?

By Deb Duer By now, almost everyone has heard of mindfulness in some form or fashion. It’s a technique being employed in such places as hospitals to help patients control pain, by schools to help students focus and prisons to aid inmates in uprooting old behaviors in favor of more adaptive behaviors. The applications of mindfulness are almost unlimited and its benefits can’t be over-estimated. After researching about 20 authoritative sources, I have found this to be the most prevalent definition of what mindfulness is: It is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, without making judgements. Without mindfulness it is hard to know what we think at all, or to understand why we react the way we do. Mindfulness notices whatever comes up. It observes change, looking at whatever is passing through the mind but not attaching or holding onto any one thought or impression. We are rarely in the moment. We constantly think about the past, ruminating over our emotions and experiences, or we think about what... ...

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Because when I give a smile, I get a smile.

By Lee Scott Recently on a road trip with my two younger sisters, one of them asked, “Do you talk to everyone?” “Yes!” I replied. “Because when I give a smile, I get a smile.” I have been this way all of my life. I have discovered that by talking to people that most of them talk to me and we exchange smiles. When driving with my sisters that Friday afternoon, we stopped to get fuel at a remote service station in rural Maryland. While my sisters were using the facilities, I chatted with the lone employee who told me that she was working until 10:00 that night. She worked two jobs but she was paying her bills and raising her kids. When I was leaving I wished her good luck. I then told my sister the woman’s story. There in the middle of the rural area, someone took the time to talk to her and smiled at her. Another time that we stopped at one of those large rest... ...

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Beaufort’s Rev. Hodges on Tuesday ballot

The Rauch Report By Bill Rauch The shadow of Clementa Pinckney hangs long over the State Senate District 45 special election, the key Democratic primary voting for which will be held this Tuesday, September 1. For example, in the days before his tragic death on June 17 as one of the nine killed at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston where he had served as Senior Pastor since 2010, State Senator Pinckney had shepherded into South Carolina law the state’s police body camera bill. The need for the measure had become obvious to Pinckney after he viewed a bystander’s video of the senseless April 4th shooting of Walter Scott by a North Charleston police officer. On Wednesday evening August 19th at their one debate the Democratic Party candidates vying for Pinckney’s seat stumbled over each other to pledge that they would continue Pinckney’s work. Of the 11 candidates seeking to succeed Senator Pinckney only one, the Rev. Kenneth F. Hodges, has substantial ties to the Beaufort area. Hodges is... ...

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Claiming Social Security: What’s right for you?

Social Security is an important cornerstone of many retirement income plans. Yet, most Americans aren’t aware of the variety of benefit options and claiming strategies to consider – beyond deciding at what age to begin collecting benefits. This is especially true if you are married, have been divorced or widowed. Because Social Security benefits can account for a significant percentage of your income in retirement, it’s important to educate yourself and evaluate your options before you begin taking your benefits. The difference in various options can amount to tens of thousands of dollars over the course of your lifetime. And, once you’ve made your decision, in most cases it is irreversible. The first thing to consider is whether you want to begin taking benefits early—as early as age 62—before your “full retirement age” (FRA). FRA is based on the year you were born and is 66 or 67 for most of today’s retirees. You will receive a higher monthly benefit for each month you delay collecting benefits until age 70.... ...

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I desire to feel my Core Desired Feelings, my CALFS

By Brittney Hiller Now, now before you look at that title and ask, “What has this yoga teacher been smoking?” Let me explain. One of my power people in life is Danielle LaPorte and she is phenomenal at getting me to think outside of my box. One of her amazing tools is Core Desired Feelings and how do we want to use them in our life? My CDF’s are CALFS and they translate to Courageous, Abundant, Loved, Freedom, and Sensuous. I want to begin to bring these into my life more and more. I want to feel this everyday! So, where do we begin? We begin by asking ourselves a simple question, “How do I want to feel?” Our feelings are different than emotions, she states beautifully on her website, “What if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel in our life, and then we laid out our intentions? What if your most desired feelings consciously informed how you plan your day, your year, your career,... ...

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Should you take a sharp left instead of straight ahead?

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford Sleepy eyes stare off into distant spaces, summer hair fails to see reason in early encounter, backpacks and snack sacks are filled lovingly with sweet treats and hopeful thoughts. Once quiet roadways are bustling with big yellow buses, morning moms and teachers all making their way to a new year, a new adventure and a new set of challenges yet realized. Freshly polished floors, disinfected walls and recently replaced fluorescent lights lead the way down halls to knowledge centers both of academia and the real world. It is back to school, back to schedule and back to wishing Friday had a twin. It wasn’t too terribly long ago I walked for what seemed like a treacherous trail down a long dusty gravel road just to catch the one bus that dared to venture into the woodiest backwoods of Mississippi. I remember the weight of a new book bag almost as much as the weight of expectation. Possibly God intended the long walks to bus stops for... ...

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The Kelly Clan. Alive and well with a reunion to prove it.

By Lee Scott Like many people across the country, I attended a reunion this summer. Although there are different kinds of reunions, mine was a family reunion and included the celebration of my maternal aunt’s 93rd birthday. She is the last of the four Kelly girls, my mother’s oldest sister. Visiting with her, my siblings, my cousins and the next generation, I was once again reminded of how lucky I am to have been born into the Kelly Clan. We are largely a Catholic Irish group although we have branched off as new blood has been brought into the fold and we are spread out all over the United States. As one of twenty five cousins in my generation, we were thrown together as children and regardless of the fact that we only saw each other for a week or two at a time each year we became friends. Of all the things that my mother and her three sisters passed along was the sense of family. And now as... ...

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Bugs come with life in the Lowcountry

By Lee Scott Lying in the hallway under a plastic cup sits a large Palmetto bug that I just caught. My spouse, who is out working in the yard, has not agreed to come in and kill it and so I was forced to catch it. He, the bug, was running as fast as he could but I managed to trap him. Now two cocker spaniels are being kept out of the hallway because I know one of them will walk over, tip the cup over and let him loose. They are not fast enough to stop him. He is doing circles around the cup seeking a way out. There is enough pile on the carpet that he is still getting air. He gets up every once in awhile and does another circle. I get up from my desk and look at him from a distance. When I moved here, I realized I was going to have to put up with certain things. Long warm winters, a beach nearby, Palm... ...

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Santa Fe, NM – a glimpse into Beaufort’s future

The Rauch Report By Bill Rauch Out of respect for their heritage, and appalled at seeing it eroding, The City of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s leadership passed in the 1990’s an inclusionary zoning ordinance. It was one of the first of these programs in the United States. Feeling its way, Santa Fe has continuously tweaked the program.  The program today calls for twenty percent of all the houses in new developments to be affordable, down from thirty percent before 2009. Developers are exempted from the city’s roads, police, fire and parks impact fees, and they are exempted from the city’s expansion fee and water offset fee for these units. The total savings of forgiven city development fees is about $10,000 per affordable unit, Matthew S. O’Reilly, the city’s Asset Development Office Director explained last week. Developers also receive as a part of the current incentive package a density bonus of about three quarters of a unit for each affordable unit they build. Just as Beaufort was a hundred years ago... ...

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Why I absolutely love getting up at 4:30 a.m.

By Lee Scott  On Wednesday mornings at 4:30 a.m. from May through mid-October, I climb out of bed, get my coffee and prepare for a morning at Hunting Island State Park. My friend Gretchen and I carpool together. We are volunteers for the Hunting Island Sea Turtle Conservation Project and she has been doing it for sixteen years. Under Permit Number 2015-537 we are authorized to conduct nesting surveys, relocate nests, conduct public inventories and rescue and release disoriented sea turtle hatchlings. We are working under a Permit because the loggerheads are protected under the Endangered Species Act. My first morning out on the beach in May, we saw tracks from a Loggerhead Turtle which might have indicated a nest. This is called a crawl.  Sometimes there are false crawls. A false crawl is when the Loggerhead decides that the spot she has chosen is wrong and she heads back out to the water. As a mother who has given birth to two children, I just call it “False Labor”.... ...

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