Review Category : Contributors

Pre-sent from the past and into the future

By Martha O’Regan We are living in a very exciting time as human consciousness continues to expand in ways that even a few years ago were only shared by a small number of open minded individuals and certainly not in a public arena. Now the lines that have kept so many structures separate are beginning to soften, blur or completely vaporize as families and communities come together to discuss ways to grow, create change and evolve as a culture. Diversity in ideas and beliefs are more accepted as the need to judge someone else’s views as right or wrong, bad or good, is being replaced with the ability to see that many parts create the whole. No longer are we settling that everything has to look a certain way or that we need to follow the ‘sheeple’ by doing what everyone else is doing. We are beginning to believe again in the power of love, compassion, equality, and joy more than we can remember. There are many scientists, teachers, guides... ...

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February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

By Dr. Mark S. Siegel Macular degeneration is a major cause of irreversible vision loss in the United States and around the world. As many as 11 million Americans have some form of macular degeneration. To observe Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month, Sea Island Ophthalmology is offering tips for prevention, early detection, and treatment of the condition. Facts about Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) The number of people living with any form of macular degeneration is similar to that of those who have been diagnosed with all types of invasive cancers. As many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of AMD. This number is expected to double by 2050. AMD is the result of deterioration of a central area of the retina called the macula, which is the location of central vision. This deterioration can make vision become blurry or wavy. It can also result in a blind spot in the center of your vision. Age is a major risk factor for developing AMD. Other risk... ...

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The reason why I am still on social media

By Lee Scott Have you considered trying out some of the social media? Maybe Instagram, Twitter or Facebook? Are you hearing bad things about them? I feel your pain. When I opened up my first Facebook account, I was not quite sure how it worked, but I knew that I could connect with friends and relatives from all over the country if they had an account. What a treat to log onto Facebook and see the latest baby pictures or vacation videos from friends. But now many people are turning off their accounts because social media has become a forum for people to express their political, social, and religious opinions, and sometimes not in the friendliest manner. It seems that the stream of offensive posts has become more prevalent. However, it has occurred to me that if I turn off my account, I would be denying myself the joy of seeing my niece Kiera’s new kitten or my cousin Pam’s boating activities. I would miss the amazing pictures of Beaufort... ...

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As the Democratic primary season ends, the race tightens

By Bill Rauch Hillary Clinton’s 21 point trouncing by Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire sets up a tough test of her “South Carolina firewall” in the upcoming February 27 Democratic Party presidential primary here. Early polls showed Clinton, formerly a First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State leading U.S. Senator Sanders by 2:1 and even 3:1 margins, but pastors of African-American churches here now say the race is still “wide open,” and that they will “give Sanders a look.” “Some of the things he has been saying for years – police brutality, the widening wealth and poverty gap, his plans for improving education and raising the minimum wage – will be beneficial to him here, but he has to have people who will interpret his message and get it out,” Rev. Kenneth Hodges at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Craven Street in Beaufort says. “Right now he doesn’t have enough interpreters,” Hodges added. “But what I’m seeing is the more Sanders reaches out the more of a preacher following... ...

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We are perfect, just the way we are!

By Susan Stone You are perfect! We all are…we may be perfectly flawed, but we are perfect all the same. What would change in your life if you KNEW you were the right size, the right gender, the right height, the right color and you were in the right and perfect place? We place so much importance on the “form”. The world tells us what is beautiful…is it true? The world tells us how much we are worth, by the bottom line of our bank accounts…how can that be? True and TRUTH are two different things. They often have little to do with one another. Whatever we believe to be true shows up in our lives that way. We will find evidence to support whatever we have decided is true for us. And we will join with others who agree with us. Just think back a decade or two. What did you believe was true when you were 10, 20 or even 40? What belief did you think was worth... ...

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Snowstorm Jonah versus Sir Purr

By Lee Scott There was quite the competition for attention going on recently between the snowstorm, Jonah and the football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals. We were riveted by the television reports as city by city got hit by the powerful storm. Instead of inches of snow being counted, the Meteorologists were talking in feet. We understood their pain after having lived through our own storm named Joaquin last October. But as we watched Storm Central, we in the Carolinas had one question. Was the NFC Championship game still going to be played Sunday night in Charlotte? As we sat there watching the snow hit Charlotte it was not long before even Beaufort had a few flurries. But the storm tracked north and the crews got busy cleaning up the streets, the stadium and the airport to allow fans to get into the city. Now truthfully, I have been a football fan of other teams. My real first football team was the Cleveland Browns back in... ...

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Donald Trump and the Evangelical vote

By Bill Rauch Widespread disgust with Washington’s ways has given rise in the current presidential primary season to the twin phenomena of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, outsiders who say clearly and convincingly that if they are elected President, they will do things differently in the nation’s capital. Of these two, because he is a “billionaire businessman” and because as a reality TV star he was known for his signature catch phrase “You’re fired!” (Excepting the brilliant David Petraeus, who has the current administration fired?), and because he has never before tarnished himself by running for elective office, Trump is the most different. And as such he is on a roll. But elections don’t get certified until all the votes are in. And the Trump campaign still faces a significant challenge in Iowa and South Carolina where GOP voters who describe themselves in exit polls as “Evangelical” typically comprise the majority of both states’ GOP primary electorates. The Trump campaign knows this, of course, and they have been discreetly working... ...

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I’ll admit, I’m the picky eater in my family

By Lee Scott Every family has them. Those children that will not eat their peas or the crust on the bread. They moan when you tell them that dinner is a chicken casserole because they hate to have their food mixed together. You beg, you plead, you threaten or reward and still they will not put certain food into their mouths. Dinners become a battlefield when you just wanted to have a peaceful family meal. I know about this problem. My family has a picky eater. I know because I am the picky eater. I was reminded again of this affliction while talking to a medical professional from Beaufort Medical Center at a recent Health Fair. He asked me about my diet and I told him I did not eat eggs. His eyes lit up as he asked “Texture or smell?” I grabbed his hand and smiled. A kindred spirit. We picky eaters identify with one another. “Texture” I said and off we went onto a discussion of all the... ...

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Scientific breakthrough promotes graceful aging

By Dr. Robert Knitzer What if there was a new, safe way to accelerate the body’s natural ability to heal itself; a way to bring about positive changes in health by selectively removing damaged or destroyed cells and protecting already healthy cells; an approach that was native to the body so that it didn’t interfere with one’s current medication or dietary regimen? This was the type of hypothetical medication we sought to create in my very first Pharmacology class in medical school several decades ago… It is now available! The nature of the human body is to seek balance and to heal itself. Despite all the toxins in our food and water supplies, from sun exposure, chemicals, stress, over-exertion, infection, etc., the body is constantly trying to make adjustments to return to balance. Over the past 20 plus years, basic medical research has moved to a greater understanding of how the body functions by looking at its smaller and smaller components. In this way, researchers begin to see the body... ...

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Saying goodbye to Lady Mary

By Lee Scott There is a moment after watching a great show or reading a good book when you realize you have to say “good bye”. Those new friends (characters) that you have gotten to know and have allowed into your life, suddenly disappear as the credits roll or the last page is read. People talk about watching movies multiple times or rereading a classic that they read years ago, but I’m sorry, it is just not the same. Those initial introductions and story lines have a unique impact on you that very first time. It is because of this feeling that when I am getting to the end of reading a really good book, I read slower so I can somehow extend my characters’ lives. But unless there is a sequel, the characters are gone. Only shadows of their former selves to be brought out again in our memories or discussions with others. The real indications for me as to whether or not I truly loved a show or... ...

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