Review Category : Contributors

It’s a choice and only one choice matters

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford We all have a manner in which we navigate the storms of life. Our methods of survival vary as wildly as the tumultuous winds themselves. Some find reprieve in social support while others turn to quiet corners until the turmoil subsides. As a child when the undesirable occurred, my small feet played a familiar cadence through the rye grass fields straight to the door step of my hero. Time has changed so much; however, that well-traveled path from my childhood home to hers is as clear as her crystal blue eyes. If there is another human capable of untangling my most complicated of days, it is my grandmother, proud Mary, my Mammaw. My heart can write novels that carefully pay homage to her life, her resiliency and our striking similarities in both the good and the confusing. She is but an honest reflection of my personality, my character and my ability to frustrate a tree stump. Everything that infuriates those that love her rages through my... ...

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What in the world are you looking for?

By Martha O’Regan For the last 20+ years, I have rarely kept up with world news and I honestly don’t feel as if I am missing a thing, except maybe a little added stress. I get enough info through headlines that pop up on the internet and in general conversations, but I prefer to read a book that I know is fiction rather than wondering if the news I’m receiving is real or not. As a broadcast journalism major in the early 80’s, the key points taught were to go out and find news whether there was any or not and that there was no longer a need to confirm sources. So basically we had free reign to report anything we wanted whether or not it was true as long as it attracted an audience. Clearly not much has changed in 35 years except we receive it more and faster due to our immense speed of connectivity to the entire world. Shock value and outrage seem to be the key... ...

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The family junk drawer and the stories they tell

By Lee Scott When I was a child we had a junk drawer in the kitchen. In the junk drawer was a variety of items crammed into one small space. There were rubber bands, and paper clips, tweezers, bills and S&H Stamp books. I thought we were the only family on earth to have a junk drawer. My mother and father were bright interesting people, but organization was not one of their strong points and so I assumed that the family junk drawer was just a reflection of them. Until I became an adult and had my own junk drawer. The first time I realized it even existed was when I was looking for a pair of scissors and I found everything but the scissors in the drawer. Coupons for the grocery store, rulers, pens with no ink, broken pencils and of course my own S&H Green stamp books. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit with two of my granddaughters and go through their junk drawers. Oh the surprises.... ...

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Boundary Street bookends merit a fresh look

By Bill Rauch As the demolition stage of the city’s Boundary Street Project gets under way I am reminded of two long-ago city planning proposals, one at each end of the project. The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Center is currently operating out of The Arsenal at Craven and Carteret Streets. While The Arsenal is unquestionably an attractive, historic and charming building, and while the price may be right for the moment, The Arsenal clearly isn’t where the Visitors Center should be forever.  A Visitors Center should be easily accessible, and essential to that is that perking should be plentiful. We all know, and the Chamber’s Tourism Vice President, Rob Wells, confirms parking is “not easy” at Craven and Carteret Streets. Set aside for the city’s visitors are just eight 90 minute metered spaces, if visitors can find them there at all. The Visitor’s Center should be on the near right corner for incoming motorists of the new intersection that is being created at SC 170 and Boundary Street. ... ...

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

By Dr. Mark S. Siegel January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease. Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight”. There are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. Nearly 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. And among Hispanics in older age groups, the risk of glaucoma is nearly as high as that for African-Americans. Also, siblings of persons diagnosed with glaucoma have a significantly increased risk of having glaucoma. Over 3 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it.... ...

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New Year, New You? No, I refuse to resolute!

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford As I rise from depths of holiday gluttony, the debauchery of romanticizing Auld Lang Syne and clear the glitter covered everything from the empty spot our Christmas tree once stood, I realize the time has come to face routine, schedule and absence of pumpkin spice with trepidation and acceptance. January is full of hope, potential and reflection, offering reprieve from unfulfilled dreams, unattained goals and under used exercise equipment. The air is crisp, the desks are organized and refrigerators welcome unfamiliar greens nestled alongside something that resembles the latest cure for carb indulgence. For most, it is a magical time of possibility, forgiveness and liver recovery. My social media is a rolodex of change and a platform for self-help. It is the one time of the year where everyone so clearly sees the error of their ways. Maybe it is the predictability of it all or my innate determination to do that which I am not supposed to do, I simply refuse to resolute. It isn’t... ...

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I will give you something to do!

By Lee Scott When I was a child and had the nerve to say “I am bored” to my mother, she would respond, “No problem, I will give you something to do.” Now this is something you never want to hear your mother say because her idea of having something to do meant doing chores. Folding laundry, vacuuming the living room, or polishing furniture were always top on her list of things. Consequently, I learned early to avoid ever saying “I’m bored.” And living here in Beaufort, I have discovered there is absolutely no reason for me to be bored because there are so many things going on all the time. Especially now with the incredible warm weather which has provided us the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors longer. For instance, Hunting Island State Park, which is fifteen miles east of Beaufort, is a natural treasure that can keep you busy. Living close by, I have discovered multiple ways to spend the day there especially when it is not a... ...

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Add stormwater fees to the Bluffton cost deluge

By Bill Rauch Careful readers will find another unanticipated cost of the growth explosion in the Bluffton area that was triggered by the Beaufort County Council’s unanimous 1991 vote to approve with few or no revisions Sun City Hilton Head’s proposed zoning. Beaufort County’s top priority for 2016 is cleaning up the waters in its creeks and marshes, Council Chairman Paul Sommerville said last week. At the outset it appears County Council has demonstrated the necessary resolve to push the initiative forward. It wasn’t, of course, all voluntary. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) was required recently by the Federal Government to take a look at Bluffton’s water quality and the government found that the County had to clean up Bluffton, or face fines. Attracted in 2013 by the shellfish beds near US 278 that were being restricted or closed because of stormwater runoff from parking lots in the Bluffton area, DHEC put Beaufort County on notice in 2014 that it must begin phasing in the... ...

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My secret life with Walter Mitty

By Lee Scott “Earth to Lee. Earth to Lee.” is one of my husband’s favorite lines. He says it when he sees me take off on some marvelous adventures. These little journeys are more like Walter Mitty trips than actual adventures. My spouse understands my propensity for daydreaming, where I find myself in new places and extraordinary situations, and he has to bring me back to reality. No, it is not dementia, it is imagination. It happens all the time while doing some mundane task. I get to visit new places and imagine new quests. Like the James Thurber character, Walter Mitty in the book “My world and welcome to it” I playfully imagine myself in different settings. Like recently, while riding in the car down a road lined with moss laden oak trees, I transformed into a Confederate Soldier returning home from the war with my Southern Belle spouse running towards me. And as we near the spot where we are actually going to meet, I snap to awareness... ...

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The Force Awakens in all of us this season

By Lee Scott It is finally here! The movie premier of the year: “The Force Awakens” – the seventh of the Star Wars movies. I realize that there are many people who do not care, but for those of us who love Science Fiction and action adventure movies, this movie hits a home run. I was one of those people back in 1977 that went to see the first Star Wars movie and not just because of my six year old son either. I was just as excited. We sat in the center of the 5th row in order to get the full impact and when the crawl started on the screen I had to lean down and read it to him. He could read, but not that fast. Fortunately, there was a hum in the audience as other parents were reading it also. By the last sentence, excited movie goers were openly reading the lines, “Pursued by the Emperors sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian... ...

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