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Are you true to you or do you hew to what others think of you? In the Land of Me, let independence be your key. Want a tattoo? Wear it proudly. It’s been a respectable tradition for thousands of years. High tops at 70? Game on! Dress

from the inside out, not from fashion magazines. Nobody remembers a copy cat. That gap between your two front teeth? It’s adorable, not a dental disaster.

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“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde


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presents

Sponsored by

The Ultimate Girls’ Weekend

Three days of fashion, style, beauty, cooking, entertaining, crafts, healthy living and shopping.

September 27-29, 2013 Charleston Area Convention Center

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Free Day Getaway - Friday, Sept. 27, SHE is offering FREE admission from 10am until 3pm

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JOIN US FOR OUR GRAND OPENING!

SEPTEMBER 5 - 22 Stop in and explore special grand opening festivities. Enjoy free cooking classes, Thursdays Uncorked wine tastings, live music daily, lunch specials and activities for the whole family. View details at www.southernseason.com Like us on Facebook.

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Thurs. Sept. 5

8:30a - Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

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11a - Open House in Cooking School 11a - Southern Biscuits Cooking Class

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Monday

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Summer has arrived and Varicose Veins are not only unsightly, they’re also a sign of a treatable, underlying medical problem. Call now for a FREE screening

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ESD We’re here. We’re open. We’re fabulous.

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WE’RE READY! And you probably are, too! Clean out your closet, bring us your fall clothes that you won’t be wearing again. Then, find something new and change up your look for the season. It’s easy, and fun! Come back often…because we’re ALWAYS changing it up!

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Regional Vice President Michelle Schneider michelle.schneider@morris.com Founder/National Editor Nikki Hardin nikki.hardin@skirt.com Creative Director Caitilin McPhillips caitilin.mcphillips@skirt.com Senior Editor Margaret Pilarski margaret.pilarski@skirt.com Associate Publisher Jenny Dennis jenny.dennis@skirt.com Account Executives Justa Debnam justa.debnam@skirt.com Rachael MacQueen rachael.macqueen@skirt.com Bailey Peters bailey.peters@skirt.com Ad Design Cristina Young CHSads@skirt.com Office Manager Justin Burke justin.burke@skirt.com Contributing Writers Katie Toussaint Haley Shaw Photography Marni Rothschild Durlach Alice Keeney Fashion & Product Stylist Alexandra Munzel

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The Land of Me Issue FEATURES

Tiny Tattoos Debra Larson .............................................................................................. 36 The First Big Break Stacy Appel ...................................................................................................46 On the Page, On Stage Lauren Hopkins Karcz ..............................................................................56 Taking the Plunge Emily Rogan ....................................................................................................74

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Women make more than 80% of all purchasing decisions.

IN EVERY ISSUE

Letter from the Founder ........................................................................33

Letter from the Editor .............................................................................33 Women spend almost 2 of every 3 healthcare dollars.

Women control 2/3 of the nation’s disposable income.

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He’s So Original ...........................................................................................42

Crave ..................................................................................................................51

Hello September.........................................................................................52 Women influence 80% of all car sales.

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Me & My City ................................................................................................66

25 Things That Make Us Happy..........................................................79

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Time for a change?

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The United Skirts of America

The United Skirts of America was founded on the blood, sweat and estrogen of our

The Land of Me Issue

foremothers, who

All my life I’ve had two first names: the one I’ve used since birth (Nikki) and my legal

won us the freedom to

one (Lloyd). And to make it even more complicated, my middle name is Nickson, so

choose...to break The

Nikki is not even my “real” name. I used to think it was just an ongoing pain in the neck

Rules, to wear combat

because all the official documents you need to navigate the world and its bureaucracy—

boots or high heels, to

birth certificate, passport, bank account, social security card, driver’s license, mortgage,

run for office or run a Jackie Besteman

Jackie was raised in South Africa and Holland and settled in Toronto with her family after high school.

From the founder and National editor

marathon, to form our own rock groups instead of being groupies, to shatter Glass Ceilings

etc.—are all in my legal name. And of course when I need to deal with any of the associated entities, I’m always asked to put my husband on the line. It has caused me lifelong confusion, but I’ve never once considered legally changing my name to Nikki because I consider Lloyd to be my secret identity. And how many people get to have that? I’ve always felt as if there’s another life attached to that name that I never got to live. Lloyd would be a novelist or movie director, unafraid of water, willing to jump into

and Glass Slippers, to

the world without a lifejacket. She would travel the world with just a backpack, but it

Ontario College of Art and

shoot hoops instead

would always have a little black dress in case of emergencies. She would know how to

Design, she started making

of settling for hoop

ride a horse and drive a stick shift. She wouldn’t care what other people thought of her,

her colourful illustrations

skirts. The ones who

worry about the future or regret her past. I’ll always be Nikki out in the world, but I

for many publications and

came before us made

could use a few lessons from Lloyd.

has been doing so for over

it possible for our

20 years. Going digital 10

daughters to dream

After graduating from

years ago and recently learning Illustrator has opened up new doors and her style has evolved into what she calls “Urban Whimsy. ” In the

Nikki

nikki.hardin@skirt.com

bigger, to have the chance to grow up to be President and turn the Oval Office into the Ovary Office. In

last few years she has

the United Skirts of

started making patterns.

America, every day is

She is currently making

Independence Day!

From the Editor

Over a long weekend in New York City, I made a point to meet up with one of my oldest friends for a walk on the High Line. When my other traveling companions asked how we met, visions of our 12-year-old selves popped into my head. I wore glasses and overalls and climbed trees and talked to the dog. Jess wore lip gloss and platform shoes and taunted boys and talked back to teachers. We found in each other a partner in crime for adventures, philosophical arguments and drugstore-binge beauty experiments. She’s now a brilliant PhD candidate doing HIV/AIDS research while I plonk around on a lap-

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are made up of friends like Jessica, where one-on-one conversations and challenges gave way to a trail that would lead, unmistakably, to here and now. This month we found women in Charleston who know the value of those one-one-one relationships. Lauren will treat your best friend as if it’s her own, Susan will bring you back to your body, and Madeline has led hand-to-brush-to-canvas exercises when needed. Who knows, maybe they’re your next stop on the path to a new you.

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“You suck the fun out of everything.” Emily Rogan

Jump, Emily, just jump!” My brother Josh and my friends were screaming down below. I stood on a wooden platform, 15 feet above a pond of 38-degree water. I’d already had a taste of that icy water in the obstacle before, “The Ball Shrinker,” where I slowly inched my way across a fire hose submerged and stretched underwater, holding onto a rope above my head, with at least 20 other people swaying and struggling to keep their balance at the same time. I was really cold, my heart was racing, and there was no way, no way, I was going back in again. Except I had to. This was Tough Mudder, New England—not Wimpy Mudder. My team was waiting for me to finish this obstacle, “Walk the Plank,” so we could move on to the next. I’d already wasted precious minutes stalling. I turned to the young woman next to me, easily 20 years my junior and said, “Look, I’m twice your age. If I jump, will you?” She agreed and with one giant inhalation, I leaped. (She actually climbed down instead.) My body sliced through the arctic water. For a panicked moment, I thought that my heart had actually stopped. Then I couldn’t feel my legs. My head surfaced, and I started swimming with my frozen limbs as fast as I could to the edge. I scrambled up the slanted wooden ramp and joined my team as we ran through the trail. Thank god the sun was shining, because my feet were numb and felt like heavy bricks. I couldn’t stop shivering. What was I doing, the day before Mother’s Day, in Mount Snow, Vermont, running 10 miles up and down 13,000 feet of elevation, complete with 29 military-style obstacles?

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I am a runner. Training for a half or full marathon involves hard work but not much risk. Skydiving, bungee jumping, scaling Mount Everest—not on my bucket list. Not even close. I’m a 46-year-old mother of two, whose most recent brush with death was riding the Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios theme park. I’ve reluctantly climbed mountains and canyons in Utah and ridden horses up narrow paths in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming until my derrière was covered with saddle sores. But really, my idea of a good time is dinner out with my husband and a nice bottle of Barolo. Yet for Tough Mudder, I had to willingly sign a death waiver. That’s right—a death waiver. The average age of participants is 29; just 20% of the entrants are women. Still, there I was, alongside my 50-year-old brother and two 40-something friends, geared up and ready to go. It started innocently enough. A few months after my brother and I ran the Philadelphia Marathon, I found a fun, obstacle-style 5K for us to try and e-mailed him the link. “That’s for weenies!” he fired back, and sent me to the Tough Mudder site. How bad could it be? I asked myself. They probably hype it up and make it seem worse than it really is. Not knowing exactly how to prepare, I ramped up my strength training and started running hills and trails more frequently. I was still coasting from my marathon experience months before and feeling a little invincible. Dangerous? Nah, I wasn’t worried. The danger factor kicked in when we were on our bellies, crawling through two horizontal drainpipes partially filled with water, rocks and mud. In the “Boa Constrictor,” there was a person directly in front of you and one right behind. And there was just enough water to make you feel like you could


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drown. Not for the faint-hearted or claustrophobic, you could only move as fast as the person ahead. As I tried to stay calm, a memory of myself as a fearless little girl in pigtails and Chuck Taylors came flooding in. The youngest of three and the only daughter, I was a true tomboy, the first girl in my grade to wear Levi jeans instead of dresses to school. I had my share of scrapes on the playground and wasn’t afraid to stand up to the bullies who threatened my friends or me. I preferred playing with boys over girls, running hard and fast in the woods behind our house, wrestling on our front lawns. I played in mud on rainy days. I loved bugs. I was tough. Moments later, I emerged from the pipe intact and ready to move on. When we arrived at “Funky Monkey,” a monkey bars obstacle, I was exhausted. We had to pull ourselves across the bars that went up and down over yet another body of freezing water. Some of the rungs were greased to make a fall inevitable. My brother made it almost to the end when he lost his grip and fell in. Our friends both dropped after several rungs. I stood at the beginning, trying to muster the courage to go across. Some people were walking around; others climbed on top. Finally I went, hand over hand, rung after rung. At some point, I realized that I was more than halfway done and felt surprisingly strong. I was aware of cheering and clapping in the background, but didn’t realize it was for me. I kept going, my eyes focused ahead, and suddenly, I was on solid ground. People were shouting for me and giving me high fives. This wasn’t the first time I’d accomplished something challenging and potentially scary. I spent my junior year of college in Seville, Spain. To completely immerse myself in the language and culture, I bought a round-trip bus ticket to the Pueblos Blancos, several small villages deep in Andalucia’s hills, where no one, no one, spoke English. For four days I traveled alone from village to village, speaking only Spanish, eating, drinking and dancing through the nights with the townspeople. This was 1985. There were no cell phones then, no Internet. My mother had no idea where I was or how to get in touch with me. I could have simply disappeared. But I wasn’t afraid for one moment. In fact, I felt pure, unadulterated joy during those days of solitude and immersion. Not unlike the way I felt when my feet touched ground after the Funky Monkey. How did I lose sight of that adventurous girl? When I became a mother, I experienced the kind of anxiety and fear that only other mothers can understand. Suddenly, cars barreled down on us at every turn, strangers lurked to steal my babies from their strollers as they slept, lead paint and other toxins threatened to render them brain damaged. In my attempts to maintain a sense of order and keep my children safe, I became rigid, controlling and well, not very fun to be around. I worried about having that extra glass of wine, of speaking too loudly in public, of drawing attention to myself. I worried about everything. As my children grew, I realized they noticed these qualities about me and I didn’t like it. “Mom is so serious; she never laughs at anything.” “Mom’s too afraid—she won’t try that!” In fact, a friend dubbed me “the fun sponge” because as my son once said, “You suck the fun out of everything.” And then came Tough Mudder. Five hours of pain, fear, laughter, tears, constant icy wetness, and maybe worst of all, the unknown. We scrambled under barbed wire, scaled a man-made glacier, climbed rope walls, boosted each other over wood walls and ran up curved, slippery walls. We trudged up and down hills with logs on our shoulders. We waded through garbage dumpsters filled with ice cubes and dyed water and pits of vinegar and maple syrup. We got blasted with torrents of frigid water from a fire hose while running “The Gauntlet” uphill. We ran through live electrical wires. And always, everywhere, there was all that mud. We didn’t skip a single obstacle. Not one. I’m not foolish enough to believe that this experience will stop me from worrying. Nor do I have any lofty goals to climb Kilimanjaro or swim across the English Channel. But I did something very few people would even try. Tough Mudder reminded me of what I had forgotten about myself. I am a strong, brave and determined woman. I can take a risk without the world falling down around me, while enjoying myself just a little bit. Somewhere inside of me, the little girl with unruly braids and the college student discovering a foreign land nodded their heads in approval. Emily Rogan is a New York-based freelance writer who writes about health & wellness, food and education. Her work has appeared in Woman’s Day, Cooking Light, Newsday and several other publications. She’s a contributor to the anthology, Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart and her essay about the cancellation of the New York City Marathon was published in the Huffington Post.

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Working in a hospital department is rewarding in so many ways, but as we all know, heaven help you if you come down with anything not immediately terminal.

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hey say winning isn’t everything, but standing here before you tonight, gazing out into a sea of rapt friends, admirers, co-workers, a couple of neighbors (hey, Wilson family!) and even seat-fillers, I have to say it feels pretty darned wonderful. I don’t think I ever expected anything like an Oscar when I began. I was simply motivated by collaborating with an amazing group of people, and I wanted to create a body of work I can look back on and be proud of one day. So this means something, that’s what I’m trying to tell you. Wow.

Thank you all so much. Receiving the award tonight for Best Office Illness means I was chosen from a group of outstanding fellow nominees, all of whom are equally deserving, if not more so. Sue Hobbs gave a mesmerizing performance in “My Ankle, Probably Sprained, But Very Possibly Broken,” and no one could help but be moved by Terry Gianelli’s “Middle-Aged Chicken Pox,” her first serious venture after a spate of humorous cameos. Vince Sandusky’s heart-wrenching turn in “Headache, Stomach-Ache, You Don’t Wanna Know” surely deserves a mention, and Poppy Moreland, nominated three years successively for similar roles, outdid herself again this year in the edgy, thrilling “I Think I’m a Goner.” These are only the top nominees, culled from so many accomplished performances. I’ve had the good fortune of working with these folks every day, and I know them well, though Poppy’s in Accounting so I actually only see her at staff parties. Each contender was convincing, dedicated, and worked harder than anyone could guess to wring emotion from the smallest elements of their individual stories. If a separate award category existed for “Best Family Drama Resulting in an Unexplained Three-Day Absence,” it would unequivocally be granted to Paul Jasper McNab, our mail clerk, whose brother and father were arrested outside Dooley’s bar the same day his sister delivered her first child. P.J., we salute you. We’ll get that mail backlog sorted out eventually; glad you’re back. I didn’t prepare a speech for tonight, since naturally I never dreamt of winning and I think I left my notes in the car. I’m told I only have 44 seconds before the orchestra cuts me off. So I’m going to try to acknowledge a few of the folks who helped me on this journey into the limelight tonight, and forgive me if I leave anyone out. First, I’d like to thank the entire cast and crew of “My Walking Pneumonia”—my general practitioner, his cranky receptionist who, after I threw a very small hissy fit, got me in without an appointment the same day I called, and the terrific radiology staff at Arden Hospital. I can’t forget the cute pharmacist at Pinewood Drugs, who asked me on three different occasions how I was feeling, and proffered complimentary tissues on the afternoon I broke down crying. I wouldn’t be up here tonight without the creative genius of Pfizer and the other pharmaceutical companies who manufacture the astronomically expensive antibiotics my physician ordered. It’s not their fault none of them worked very well,

and if I’d gotten well quickly, there could have been no dramatic arc. Thanks more than I can say to my health insurance plan, which first tried to wriggle out of paying but eventually was entirely sensible about the legal ramifications of denying both my chest x-ray and the brand-name drugs. After a hundred phone calls back and forth, I almost feel as if we’re friends now. Speaking of friends, I’d be remiss in not thanking my wonderful BFF Hayley, who squealed, “No way! My mother had that!” or “My boyfriend had that!” every time I mentioned a new symptom. Working in a hospital department is rewarding in so many ways, but as we all know, heaven help you if you come down with anything not immediately terminal. So I’d like to acknowledge my boss at the hospital, Dr. Jack Kip, who said, “You don’t have pneumonia! Who told you that?” but nevertheless took time from his busy office schedule to splash my X-ray up on one of our wall viewers and have a look for himself. I believe he’s watching this from home tonight. Remember, Dr. Kip? You said, “That’s only a little bitty pneumonia. You don’t need time off.” Well, I guess you were wrong about that, you big goofball—I was pretty sick there for a while. But here I am, healthy at last, proud new owner of a gold statuette, so let’s put all that behind us. Which reminds me, I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone in the Human Resources Department for overriding Dr. Kip on the sick-leave pay. My biggest debt of gratitude is owed to my parents, who unfortunately can’t be with us but I feel as if they’re here in spirit. They prepared me for tonight’s triumph from the time I was small, remarking on every slight symptom, theirs and my own, and imagining the endless possibilities. They let me stay home from school at the first sign of a sniffle or a headache. When I was well, they pretty much ignored me, but when I was sick, I was treated like royalty. Daytime TV, French toast in bed, magazines, hot compresses, a new Barbie, you name it. I wish they could see me now. Even after I’d gone off to college, Mom inundated me with newspaper clippings about stroke symptoms or how to tell if you’re having a heart attack. The summer I came down with mono and ended up in the hospital for a week, Dad totally freaked out. So this award is really as much for them as it is for me. Gracias and then some to all the little people—those who sent cards, called, brought videos, books or pistachio gelato. “My Pneumonia” would never have had this long a run without your tender attentions. And you can’t win a Best Office Illness award without a great office: Gina, our meticulous front-desk receptionist, called almost daily to keep me up on all the office gossip, and Dr. Kip’s wife Sally dropped by to tell me I wasn’t fired after all. She said Jack had only been kidding about getting my “butt back in the office by Friday or else.” I can hear the orchestra starting up, so before they cut me off, I’d like to send a high five to my cats watching at home—don’t barf on the white bedspread, okay, guys?—and to coworker Poppy Moreland, who I’m told fainted in her seat a few minutes ago and was rushed to the E.R. Way to go, Poppy. Looks like you’ll miss the after-party, but what a great head start on next year’s nominations. Thank you, Academy, and thank you to all who believed in “My Pneumonia” when no one else did. You kept it going. I owe this first big break to you.

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Gets at least 15 mosquito bites a year

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Watches TV 2.8 hours a day

Spends 12 minutes in the shower per day

Can only keep a secret for about 47 hours


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On the Page, On Stage She’d seen my site. She liked it. I was officially noticed.

Lauren Hopkins Karcz

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found my identity in a college library one summer morning. I had just turned seventeen, and was sweating it out at an honors program in south Georgia, making generous use of the library’s Ethernet in my best attempt to avoid the humidity and a confrontation with my social awkwardness. This was 1997, when I could still use the Internet as a place to hide. I’d already created my first homepage—a monstrosity of blue text/black background with winking stars and smiley faces everywhere—but when I went deeper into my study of the personal website, I discovered something amazing: journals. People were publishing their journals online. The social side of me dug out of the awkwardness for a minute and said me too. I began my online journal in October, with an entry declaring that I was starting a journal. Two days later, I happened upon the first actual subject for an entry: across the parking lot at school, I saw my best friend making out with her boyfriend. Wait, no—my ex-best friend. The more I reminded myself of her silent dismissal of me after my return from the honors program, the faster it would sink in. Maybe. I wrote the entry about just that: me, the girl across the parking lot, watching her, wondering why she ditched me, and still hurting over it. Writing it felt tough and good and faintly criminal. Seeing it on my page felt even better. I kept writing. A brilliant moment came at the end of 1997, just before my parents and I headed out to a New Year’s celebration: I got an e-mail from one of the popular teen journalers. One of the ones whose site was a fixture on everyone else’s links page, including mine. She’d seen my site. She liked it. I was officially noticed. Everything took off from there. Links, e-mails, numbers going higher on the little hit counter I installed at the bottom of my site’s homepage. If I was giving so much of myself to these journal entries, and if people liked the entries, then, by logical extension, they liked me as well. Didn’t they? I poured as much of myself as I could into my writing, and then I squeezed for more. Everything was potential content: overheard conversations in math class, the ongoing (silent) drama of my ex-friend and me, and the daily explication of my moods. A month went by. Six months. A year. By the time I was in college, I had a daily audience of several hundred and a proven formula for writing a journal entry. I wanted each entry to be a self-contained essay, with a title and a clear theme and a dramatization of the ideas I’d chosen to explore, and I tried not to comment on politics or pop culture, save for the occasional quoting of Tori Amos lyrics. And thus, the subject of every entry was me. They were pieces of the longitudinal psychological study of the Me-Ness of Me.

The self of my journal became a shadow version of me, growing larger or smaller depending on the time of day, and sometimes walking ahead of me versus walking behind. But always there. She reminded me to live for a theme at all times. If I were to go for a walk on campus at night, the question for myself was not, “Where am I going?” but rather “What does this walk mean?” Not a terrible question in itself, but an inconvenient one with regard to getting to the dining hall. I stockpiled a bunch of Meaningful Walks for use in future journal entries. I collected and categorized epiphanies. The journal had a limitless appetite for problems, of both the small, interpersonal variety and the large, existential variety. The ideal problem for an entry would be, say, a tense discussion with a friend that led me to a greater truth. So I had some tense discussions. Some with friends, some with my boyfriend. I felt no greater truths rumbling under my feet. I went to therapy. I figured, if nothing else, it was a long walk across campus to the counseling building, and the experience of it would make a good story. I could get a few good paragraphs… no, I could get a whole entry about the nervous wait for my counselor to appear. And then the Part Two would be all the things I told her, and the exciting conclusion would be her probing questions and my search for the right answers. As it was, I mainly talked about the journal. “Nothing really happened to me this week. But I didn’t post enough to my website and I’m stressed out about that.” My counselor didn’t understand how so much of my life happened in this third space. This hidden-but-not-hidden place where I told my secrets. And I understood it less and less myself. A college friend’s boyfriend found my site. I don’t know if he just saw the entry on the front page detailing their relationship, or if he’d read into the archives for the more thorough examination of their personal history. Either way, he harangued my friend, and when my friend asked me about the website, I made the great sacrifice of taking it down for two days, leaving a white screen in its place. It was clear my journal couldn’t be a place to hide anymore—it was more like a sign hung around my neck that displayed all the confessions and accusations I’d committed over the years. Even the cozy term “journal” was passé, having been replaced by blogs. I needed to quit—for my own sake, and for everyone else I’d written about. I needed that third-act epiphany that would bring together all the plot threads and make the theme apparent. But it didn’t come. I wrote for several more years, and the journal finally ended in the whimper of a lack of updates. That was okay: those last entries had moved outside the strict world of myself and had dared to describe such topics as my trip to Canada and my dog. I’d figured out how to walk with purpose but without meaning. I’d learned how to be myself, in front of only myself.

Lauren Hopkins Karcz is a writer, project manager, and third-place “Jeopardy!” finisher living in Atlanta, Georgia. She doesn’t have a website.

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10 Signs You’re Too Into You Parking in the fire lane at Starbucks. Too many selfies on your Facebook page. Tooting your own horn. Blowing your horn at a slow driver. Obsessively checking your phone during a lunch date. Texting during a business meeting. Googling yourself on a regular basis. Justifying a purchase with “I deserve it.” Trademarking your name. Stressing how stressed you are to everyone you meet.

~Nikki

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Betrayal A beautiful but unhappily married photographer begins a love affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland In the World of Wonderland, nothing is ever quite as it seems. In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice tells a tale of a strange new land that exists called Wonderland.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the saga that began in The Avengers continues with Marvel’s Agents of shield on tV.

For these great shows and your local news, ABC News 4 is the one to watch!

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Trophy Wife twenty-something Kate finds herself with an insta-family after falling in love with Brad, a man with three kids and two ex-wives.


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Or maybe not. 36 million Americans

have outstanding student loan debt, to the tune of nearly 1 trillion dollars!

Declining state funding has forced students to shoulder a bigger proportion of college costs*, and tuition has almost doubled as a share of public college revenues over the past 25 years from 25 percent to 47 percent. Tell your legislators to give more than lip service to lowering tuition. Our country and our democracy depend on it.

*Do your homework. Before you take on debt, check out the 2013 list of 150 Best Value Colleges from The Princeton Review. The University of South Carolina, College of Charleston and Clemson all made the cut.

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SEE WHAT’S IN STORE Hwy. 17 N Mount Pleasant • Mon-Sat 9am-5:30pm 884-9738 • www.abideawhilegardencenter.com Gift Certificates Always Available

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Complimentary beverages from Girl Go Lightly wines and Smirnoff Sorbet Light, food samplings, lip print readings from Lipsologist Ariana Lightningstorm (one of only 6 certified Lipsologists in the world!), a photo booth and the Indulge in Luxury fashion show. OPENING NIGHT SPONSORED BY SKIRT! MAGAZINE Elise Testone will rock the party at 6:30pm. Tickets: $8, SHEchas.com (Parking is free.)

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Falling for September:

There's a great quote by Malcolm Forbes that goes: "Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are." If I were into face tattoos, these words would go directly onto my forehead. Reminder: You're pretty great, so respect yourself!

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While the weather may not exactly call for it here in Charleston, I celebrate the coming of September by keeping my favorite, worn-in, cozy cardigan within reach at all times. After all, you never know when the temperature may drop into the high 60s! Other ways to celebrate include evening bike rides, dinner on the porch, guitar strumming, and camping trip planning. Summer slips away, and Fall just scoots right on in.

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Maybe Today I Will

Write an encouraging, "just because" note to someone special. Visit Indaco on King Street for an Italian, family-style meal with friends.Their pasta is crazy delizioso! Work up a sweat during a Pilates class at Coastal Body in Mt. Pleasant. Set aside some time to work on new music.

Pick up a smoothie from Dellz Vibez. The Grandma Vera is my favorite! Photo by Abigail Marie

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Feminine Touch

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Haley Shaw is a singer/songwriter, style enthusiast, food lover, blogger, and Charleston native.You can find her EP “Magnolia” on haleyshaw.com. Photos: Charlie Harvin and Haley Shaw

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OneonOne

Susan King is a self-proclaimed “body mechanic.” The physical therapist found the freedom to experiment in a lab when she was first hired by a multidisciplinary research team through MUSC’s department of physical medicine. “The things we stumbled upon that had to do with pain, with muscle re-education, they were cutting edge.” As another experiment, she opened her own business bent on rehabilitating women by using Pilates equipment, but has since returned to the hospital scene. Now she’s also applying de-rotation techniques to treat those with scoliosis, and East Cooper Medical Center is her workspace. “They have provided me with the opportunity to carry on and continue to reach out for untapped avenues of how Pilates and one-on-one specialized, individualized therapy can be applied.” And when it comes to sizing up a client’s pain source, she said: “Sometimes the answer is so profound. If you just took two steps back you’d see the reason.”

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Madeline Dukes changed her perspective through oil painting. When her young son was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Madeline gave up her marketing job to be a full-time mom—and painted portraits. She featured other families receiving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and shared art supplies for crafts. “It was a way for everyone—the patients and the patients’ families—to connect outside of the hospital.” Lately she’s cultivating connections in Charleston, showing her work at Atrium Art Gallery and getting active with Arts for Arthritis. The program paired her with Lauren DeMarco, an adolescent with arthritis, to paint a single canvas to be uncovered September 19. The two have spent time tapping sources of inspiration in Palmetto Park, particularly water reflections, with Madeline guiding the observance of and connection with subject matter. “I really want to help the Juvenile Arthritis patients,” she said. “It’s not fun to be a child and be sick.” For more information on the Arthritis Foundation’s event, dvineaffair.com.

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Stop looking for a bathroom. Start living your life.

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Lauren Clawson left the New York City corporate world to work for (wo)man’s best friend. The founder of Charleston Dog Walking Company says, “There’s nothing that you hold closer to you than your home or—if you don’t have children—your pets.” Lauren offers services from doggie chauffeur to dog walking to in-home dog sitting, not to mention any unique needs. “My clients know they can pretty much call me for anything.” Whether she and her staff cater to clients who work long hours or opt for occasional assistance, they stress customer service, individual interaction and trust. “Their dog’s not just another one in the bunch.” She even provides peace of mind with texts and picture messages to keep her clients in the know. As for the traditional stroll, she nixes “the New York model” of leashing up 10 dogs at once to focus on one. “It provides for more personalization between the human client and the dog.”

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I had new clarity that we are not in control. We are not the final authors of our lives, nor are the endings ours to write.

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ur first baby was six days old when my husband Andy said, “I have something to tell you.” We were standing at the foot of our bed after I’d just set our sleeping newborn in his bassinet. “It wasn’t good news about my neck.” My heart lurched. Still off balance from a 36-hour labor and struggling through ongoing sleep deprivation, I couldn’t absorb that Andy was telling me he had cancer. The soft fleece of his shirt pressed on my cheek as he embraced me, and we stood together silently for a long time. Six weeks earlier, the doctor had insisted the almond-sized lump on his neck was a run-of-the-mill benign mass. A swollen lymph node, harmless, happened all the time. They sent him home with instructions to stop worrying and focus on his baby’s arrival. “You mean they’re not going to biopsy it?” I’d asked, incredulous. It wasn’t like any swollen gland I had ever seen. “If that doctor won’t do it, we’ll find one who will.” Andy’s doctor agreed to a biopsy. Three days before I went into labor, Andy had the simple operation. The doctor released him, saying, “Now relax, everything will be fine.” It wasn’t. Andy was now telling me he had stage-three nasopharyngeal carcinoma, manifested as a tumor in the cavity behind his nose. This rare and serious cancer was not uncommon in Asian males and English furniture workers. Andy was neither. He was a 31-year-old Caucasian American. Now he was a dad, too. But the joy of our newborn, John, was riddled with worry. Would Andy witness little John’s first steps? First words? Would our baby even know his father? Every muscle ache or sniffle Andy had could be the beginning of the end. I feared the cancer had reached his bones. Or his lungs. If so, it would have been untreatable. We waited for symptoms to appear. It just didn’t seem right that Andy should die so soon after having a child. Nor did it seem fair that after charming me in high school and dating me off and on for almost a decade, our “forever” should last only three years. Our story was not ready for an ending. The next six months were full of tests, each holding our lives in the balance. Weekends were particularly miserable. Worst-case scenarios played out in my

head as we awaited test results that only seemed deliverable on Mondays. Andy became a marked man. They tattooed him with tiny but visible dots, the reference points for the radiation machine. And a constant reminder of his sentence. He had one on either side of his neck and one centered on his collarbone. Why did the marks have to be permanent? Somehow this seemed like a lack of confidence in the efficacy of the treatment. It was as if they could disfigure him because they didn’t expect him to have to live with it. Concerned family members offered suggestions. “Perhaps you shouldn’t have any more children…until, you know.” I remember thinking, Know what? That their father would be around? Sometimes metastases didn’t show up for a decade, or more. Did that mean we should wait, fearfully, for ten years, and if my husband were still around we would work on creating the rest of the family? Every night, after every nursing session, I walked with baby John in our freezing, old house. If I didn’t, he would scream, and Andy needed quiet to sleep. So I paced with my baby an hour at a time, in the dim orange glow of the streetlights that seeped in at the edges of the drawn shades. Sometimes I fell into a mantra as I walked, my arms burning with fatigue. “Please, baby,” I’d whisper with one step, and, “Sleep, baby,” with the next. I often paused at the crucifix hanging in our hallway. “Please, God, let my baby have a father. Please, God, let us have just ten years.” I wanted to know what my husband, whom I’d met in high school, would look like as a 40-year-old. In those silent early morning hours when the world sleeps but lone minds stir, I thought about how we believe that we control our lives. We guide our futures with the jobs we take, the person we marry, the friends we cultivate. But it’s a false sense of security. At any moment, those choices can mean nothing. I had new clarity that we are not in control. We are not the final authors of our lives, nor are the endings ours to write. But comfort comes in forcing oneself to carry on. Letting fear take hold kills us, because it removes us from our daily life. Throughout the years to come, we welcomed three more children, immersing ourselves in the demands and distractions of parenthood. Over time our worries faded, but it took five years before cancer wasn’t my immediate thought when Andy didn’t feel well. The dread was still there, though, and likely always will be. Andy traveled to Portland in August to help John settle into his dorm room for his first year of college. And those permanent dots on his neck? Now I like them. The center one peeks out at the “V” of his shirt, right at my eye level. A spot unnoticed by most has the power to flip my sour mood in a blink. He lives.

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The September 2013 Land of Me Issue  
The September 2013 Land of Me Issue  

The September 2013 Land of Me Issue – Featuring local Charleston, SC women, events, products, and loyal advertisers.

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