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It is time to go green with your lawn & garden

By Susan Stone July is the month we continue weeding, fertilizing roses and other annuals. We are literally enjoying the fruits of our labor and grateful for the frequent rains. Being at mid-season, there is not much to plant other than pumpkins seeds. So this month, let us take a look at our obsession with green lawns and perfect gardens. According to Bill Chameides, former dean of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, we dump over 3,000,000 tons of inorganic fertilizer and 30,000 tons of pesticides on residential lawns and gardens every year. These synthetic chemicals are not only killing bees, aquatic animals and domestic animals, it’s killing us. We carry these poisons back in the house on our feet and paws; contaminating our living space. The runoff in to local water supplies means it’s in our drinking water right now. The problem is so simple to solve, you can begin right away. Stop using them. It is really that simple. Just stop! There are so many alternatives available that... ...

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Who’s kicking your yea but(t)?

By Martha O’Regan ‘Yea, I know I need to (blank), but I can’t/don’t because (blank)’. ‘Yea, I’m sure I would feel better if I (blank), but (blank) keeps getting in my way.’ We call these limiting beliefs ‘YeaBut’ statements and we all have them. They are the ‘I can’t affords’, ‘there isn’t enough time’, ‘yea, I could do that, but…..’, etc. These limiting beliefs were set up early in life and until we dissolve them, will keep us stuck, contribute to procrastination and self sabotage, and basically stifle our progress in life. What are your limiting beliefs? If you’re not sure, begin to listen to your thoughts and comments that begin with ‘I can’t, I shouldn’t, and I always do/never have’, etc. With repetition, these type statements become your truth, keeping you stuck in situations that may not serve your highest good. So, if you are working on a specific health, career, relationship, or financial goal that just isn’t lining up with ease, consider asking your family and friends to... ...

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Ellie May goes to France

By Lee Scott It is that time of year again. The kids are out of school, the mini-vans are packed with luggage and swim gear and families are headed to the beach. We too were headed on vacation when as we were driving out of Beaufort, we realized that we were going in the opposite direction. Instead of the beach, we were headed to the airport and Europe. Like a lot of Americans, we decided that with the Euro so low, it would be a good time to go across “the pond.” We found that traveling to Europe can be a humbling experience. After we landed in Paris, we rented a car and it was not long before we felt like the Griswolds on their European Vacation. It took several loops around the airport to figure out how to get out of Charles de Gaulle airport. Perseverance and patience kept us going. Fortunately we had our GPS with us to assist in navigating around France. But she refused to allow... ...

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To the grass mowers and world changers

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford From time to time I tip toe around those closest to me through my writings, often to best explain my circumstance, lovingly joke at family attributes or define my oddities through the eyes of those that know me best. Filtered and with hesitant hands I type words that fail to paint the portrait clearly seen by my admiring eyes. My preference sits comfortably under the umbrella of humor sheltered by satire and protected from the serious. Like most southern women, it is not what I say that matters most; it is what I leave out that speaks loudest. Noting only his careless hair, his immeasurable patience and his affection for a sport I will never understand, I’ve brought my husband into my musings cautiously. Analyzing his inability to pick up his socks, admiring an infallible skill for managing an unmanageable wife and applauding his mastery of the ultimate pot of black coffee is the extent of my description. Growing up in backwoods Mississippi, being a blonde... ...

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Nukes blast SCE&G rates through the roof

By Bill Rauch Next month South Carolina Electric and Gas will seek approval from South Carolina’s Public Service Commission to impose a 2.8 percent rate hike on the utility’s residential electric customers. If approved, the new rate will take effect in October, 2015 and affect the company’s approximately 650,000 customers, many of whom live in northern Beaufort County. The hike will be the 27th by South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) in the past decade, according to the State Government’s South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff records. There have been no reductions. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (USEIA) most recent figures, at $14.19 in 2013, SCE&G had the second highest per kilowatt hour residential rate of a shareholder-owned utility in all of the southeast. First, at $14.27, was Florida Public Utilities that serves the Palm Beach area. If it isn’t there already, the October hike may well secure SCE&G the dubious honor of charging the highest residential rates of any shareholder-owned utility in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia,... ...

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Remember when

By Lee Scott It is fun as you grow older to recall things that happened in the past. Those amusement parks you went to with a sibling or a friend or the vacation you took with your family. All those childhood experiences that happened or at least your memory’s version of what happened. Sitting around with my siblings recently and reminiscing, I found it was amazing to discover their version of the same event. “No, they say, Jean was not there. That was Martha.” I laugh when this happens because my father used to ask us as we grew older, “What was your recollection of an event?” He understood that because we were at different ages and stages of our lives that our perspectives of past events might be different. He loved to hear the eight different memories. My oldest sister was six months shy of graduating from high school and off to college when our youngest brother was born. Their memories of the family are so different and their... ...

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June is Cataract Awareness Month!

By Dr. Mark S. Siegel The American Academy of Ophthalmology has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of treatable vision loss in the United States, and it is the leading cause of blindness in the world. There are 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts, so it seems fitting that an entire month should be dedicated to education and awareness. In honor of Cataract Awareness Month, here are some common questions and answers about cataracts: What is the treatment for cataracts? Even though cataracts are so prevalent, they are very successfully treated. Cataracts are a clouding of the human lens inside the eye, which prevents passage of light into the back part of the eye. The solution to cataracts is cataract surgery, which requires a surgeon to remove the deteriorated lens and replace it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens or IOL. Over 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery annually, making it one of the most common... ...

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The art of being present

By Barbara Alexander Today I was reminded again of the utmost importance of a well balanced self-care ritual. In this instance, I am referencing the part of self-care that is focused on your emotional well-being. Just think about this for a moment… What do you do to find inner stability and balance? Here is how the typical day unfolds. You wake up and within seconds your mind begins to race with all the things that need to get done that day. Sound familiar? Have you ever caught yourself reaching for the cell phone to check Facebook, messages or even email before you get out of bed? Some of us think we already have a daily self-care routine. We exercise, try to eat right, cut back on sitting for too long… these things are for the body but what about your emotional self care? Is your mind just running amuck during your exercise and better eating habits? An emotional self-care routine helps you to ground and stabilize your personal energy. The... ...

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The heat is ON!

By Susan Stone We were so fortunate this year to have an extended spring season with temps remaining below 90 and the humidity below 90%…that time has passed…the heat is on! Hot dry weather brings us spiders, humid weather brings us fungus, rainy weather brings rot and molds. The aphids have arrived and the whitefly is left over from last year! Ahhhhhhh! It feels like enemies at every turn! Don’t despair…go with the rhythm. Water early in the day to avoid problems with fungus in the first place. Wet leaves and warm nights are breeding grounds for fungi to get a foothold. But it’s nothing that a little garlic juice and dish soap can’t handle. Put a few drops of each into a spray bottle with water and you have an inexpensive, very effective tool against sooty mold and other fungi. The aphids are laying eggs right now…and lots of them! If you catch them on your roses and mandevillas early, you can eradicate them quickly with a few drops... ...

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Uh oh!

By Lee Scott Recently I was at the gym when a friend looked at my arm and said very seriously, “Where did you get that bruise?” I looked at my arm and saw the large bruise blossoming from my elbow to my wrist and although I recalled how I got it, I was hesitant about telling her because I was a bit embarrassed. Then I realized she would have thought worse, so I had to tell her the story. “Well,” I explained, “I was walking my dogs at a Flying J service station and my husband stepped out of our 24 foot RV, shut the door and then said, “Uh, oh.” “Uh oh.” I replied. “What’s wrong?” “The keys are in the van.” He said. “Uh oh!” I responded. Now we were about 500 miles from our home and we had no spare key on us. Even if we had one it would have probably been in my purse which was also sitting in the van. As we stood there... ...

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