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August 2017

One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things -Henry Miller


August 2017 Volume 16, Issue 8

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Desperately Seeking Susan, My Ancestral Quest to a Remote Spanish Village by Susan Yanguas Read It Reviews by Nicole McManus Sasee Asks an Expert Preparing Your Child Financially for College By Deborah Borroughs - The Citizens Bank Ride the Bull By Melissa Face Sasee Asks an Expert A World of Magic – Adventures by Disney by Tracy Burczak - Mickey’s Travel Survivor by Beth Pugh Sasee Escapes! Suzanne Temple - Tidelife Vacations by Leslie Moore Sasee Asks an Expert The Hidden Gems in Financial Aid! by Susan Thompson - HGTC Kids Read It Reviews by Nicole McManus

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Sasee Looks Up! (While Wearing Extremely Stylish Eclipse Glasses) By Leslie Moore Sasee Asks an Expert ALWAYS Trip Check Your Car Before Your Family Vacations By Myra Levine - Carolina Car Care The Magic of a New Car by Jeffery Cohen Sasee Asks an Expert Preserving Memories for Future Generations by Alice Yerkes - Brightwater Feathering an Empty Nest by Kay Filar Sasee Asks an Expert Revisiting the Old Classics, Discovering the New Europe: Part I by Maria Cartwright - Premiere Travel Forgetting the Rules by Diane Stark Passage to Anywhere by Rose Ann Sinay What I Learned at Camp by Linda DeMers Hummel August Calendar


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Cover Artist Summer Read, by Maryanne Jacobsen Maryanne Jacobsen is a colorist and contemporary impressionist. She began painting in 2006 after an early retirement from a performing arts career allowed her the opportunity to indulge in a childhood dream to become a visual artist. With color the motivating factor in her desire to paint, she picked up a palette knife and the magic of creation began.

letter from the editor Every year, in July or August, I go to the North Carolina Mountains with two good friends. Another friend owns the picture perfect mountain cabin – no cell phone service, no internet, no cable television – just a beautiful mountain stream and time to enjoy it. My trip is coming up this month, and I am excited to feel the cool mountain air and enjoy some down time. One of my friends, Gail, loves to hike and the other does not. Marcia would rather stay in the cabin or sit on a bench and read while the two of use traipse through the woods. Last year, as always, Gail and I set out on a beautiful trail that goes by a waterfall, while our non-hiking friend enjoyed her book. We decided we were not ready to stop when we got to our turn around point and extended our hike by taking a different fork on the trail that we thought made a loop back to the falls. That was our first mistake. We soon noticed things did not look familiar, but we were having fun and just kept walking, thinking we’d probably see something we recognized soon. After about two hours, we stopped to rest by a stream. By then we were thirsty and hot, of course we hadn’t brought any water or a map. That was our second mistake. As hard as it was to admit, we were lost. And those gorgeous woods got a little scary all of a sudden. Then we saw a huge pile of what we thought was bear poop and our moods darkened considerably. I had my cell phone thank goodness – it was the only thing I did right that day. I learned that even if you don’t have a signal you can make an emergency call. So I did. It took them another two hours to find us and counting the command center they set up at the waterfall, there were probably 50 people involved in finding the two crazy ladies from the beach. I’ve never been so embarrassed in my entire life. This year, I think our hikes will be much less adventurous – or maybe we’ll join Marcia on the porch and just read our books while sipping a glass of wine. Happy Trails!

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Over the past few years Maryanne has been juried into many local and national shows including the American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. She has won many awards including First Place and Best of Show, and also paints en plein air as often as possible. While frequently participating in juried plein air events, Maryanne is happiest in her own studio in sunny Florida, painting scenes from the places that she loves most. She is collected both nationally and abroad and recent corporate collectors include The Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida. Although primarily self-taught, she has taken workshops from artists that she most admires. Maryanne is represented by galleries throughout the United States. To purchase or see more of her work, visit www.maryannejacobsen.com.

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Desperately Seeking Susan:

My Ancestral Quest to a Remote Spanish Village by Susan Yanguas

All my life I’d wondered about the origin of my uncommon last name. A few years ago, a stranger’s Facebook post led me on a quest that differed from any vacation I’d ever taken. According to the post, all those with the last name Yanguas can trace their lineage to a small, eponymous town in the Soria Province of Spain. I was desperate to learn more about this town and its people in an attempt to become better acquainted with my Spanish ancestry. Thus, the seed for my adventure was sown.

took Yanguas as their last name. To my surprise, my father and I were the only Yanguases in town.

I decided a visit to this ancient town might prove an interesting trip for my 84-year-old father and me. He had often professed that his people descended from Spanish royalty, which I had taken with a grain of salt, given that he was known to embellish a tale. But according to the Internet, there was a medieval castle in Yanguas! I was intrigued, and as I prepared for our journey I joked about staking a claim to the castle when we arrived.

The next morning I went out exploring. The first thing I did was climb the steep hill to “my castle,” which turned out to be a dilapidated fortress less than a quarter mile from our hotel. Scaffolding and a huge crane sat idly in its front yard. It had been uninhabited since the 1600s and was currently closed for repair, as were many other places I passed. I was disappointed at not being able to see the inside of the castle so I could better envision myself hosting elaborate parties attended by European nobility.

With a hotel reservation but no real plan, we flew to Madrid, rented a car, and drove five hours over lonely, winding roads into the foothills of Soria. We eventually found our destination nestled in the countryside. If it weren’t for the random automobile and electrical wires strung from building to building, I would have thought I had driven us back in time to the Middle Ages. The town had no new construction; everyone lived in the same stone structures that had been erected centuries ago. We checked in to our hotel and told the innkeeper how we came to be there. Word of our quest spread quickly and people came by the hotel to meet us. According to them, when the original inhabitants left this town in search of a 8 better life, they

We were introduced to many of the 45 residents that day, and even more the next. We spoke to most of them in Spanish. My father is a native speaker, but I am not. Although I got less rusty as the week progressed, the conscious effort to communicate was exhausting.

One evening we met a local who claimed to be a tour guide, so we took him up on it. Felipe was a small, spry man whom I judged to be in his early 60s, and we struggled to keep up with him as he walked briskly down the steep cobblestone streets. Felipe proved to be a knowledgeable guide who warmed to his subject, gesturing broadly with both arms, as more people joined our group. I peppered him with questions and learned that my ancestors were sturdy peasants who enjoyed a privileged past. According to history, Yanguas, whose name comes from the Latin ianuas meaning “door” or “portal,” was the gateway through which all commerce in the region passed. Therefore its residents were exempt from paying


taxes on goods and could afford to sell their wares at a lower price and bigger profit. When I heard this I tried to figure out a way to claim, once I got home, that I was exempt from paying taxes due to my heritage. A few days into our vacation I fell ill. Our innkeeper was tending the hotel’s bar when I approached him and asked if there was a doctor nearby. He said a traveling doctor visited the town regularly and would be there the next day. He explained that Spain has socialized medicine, so the visits are free for Spaniards. When I inquired about those who weren’t citizens, the bar patrons conferred in low tones and then urged me to just show up at the appointment and not say anything about being American.

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The next morning I stood in line with others suffering from various ailments. By now I recognized several of them, and we exchanged pleasantries while we waited. After the doctor checked my vital signs and heard my complaints, she handed me a prescription slip and sent me on my way. My new-found friends were waiting for me, and when I showed them the prescription they told me it was an antibiotic. They also explained how to arrange for it to be delivered by the pharmacy in the next town, and where to pick it up. After feeling so miserable, their helpful concern nearly brought me to tears. On our last full day in Yanguas we drove along the windy, narrow road in a direction we hadn’t yet explored, to an even tinier town called Diustes. After parking the car, we set out on foot. Up one street and down the next, we didn’t see another person until we happened upon an elderly woman and her husband gathering potatoes from their garden. They didn’t seem to mind being the only living souls in this ghost town. We struck up a conversation, and when we were ready to move on they tried to give us the only thing they had to offer: potatoes. It appeared the gift was motivated by the fact that no one ever came to visit their town. Everywhere we went during our vacation we were treated like celebrities. I guess I’ll have to get used to that if I ever plan to lay claim to Yanguas Castle!

Susan Yanguas

is a writer/editor of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of the novel Bluff, and her stories have appeared in international anthologies and Baltimorearea magazines.

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He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

Laura and Kit are excited to witness a rare total eclipse. In the eerie calm after the event, Laura is in a daze when she happens across a man attacking a woman. She decides to intervene and the police get involved. Thinking they did the right thing, Laura and Kit go about their lives. Years later, strange things start occurring and they begin to question the events from that day. Did they help save a woman or is the past going to destroy their future? Are you as excited about the total solar eclipse on August 21st as I am? When I learned this book had an eclipse in it, I figured it would be great timing. Sure enough, this thriller is an exciting read, as we count down the days to this special event. The book reads like an eclipse, slow building at first, then a powerful incident, and then the aftermath. Readers will be forced to continue turning the page to see what happens with the couple. I enjoyed reading this one at night, as the quiet enhanced my goosebumps.

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Bella is a mixed breed puppy that faces a lot of challenges, due to being labeled a dangerous pit bull. When she spots Lucas, she immediately recognizes a kindred spirit, so she leaps into his arms. Lucas lives in an apartment with his mother, a disabled veteran. Dogs are not allowed in his complex, but he can’t resist Bella’s charm. He brings her home and the three souls bond, but when Animal Control forces them to separate, it is up to Bella to find her way home. Did you know National Dog Day is celebrated on August 26th? This is the perfect day to curl up with your furry friend and read this sweet book by W. Bruce Cameron. The author is known for A Dog’s Purpose, which was turned into a movie earlier this year, but in his third novel, he is sure to make life-long fans out of readers. Animal lovers will appreciate the honesty and the raw emotions that A Dog’s Way Home evokes. This book will have you smiling, crying and cheering Bella as she works hard to get back to her humans. As a child, I was obsessed with the movie, Homeward Bound, and, of course, I have been a dog lover all my life, therefore this book is one that will stay in my heart forever.

Nicole McManus

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Preparing Your Child Financially for College by Deborah Burroughs

Preparing your child financially for college entails teaching them money management, the importance of saving money, and tracking/budgeting for expenses. For many of them this will be the first time they are “on their own� and actually starting to manage money for themselves. They will have new responsibilities and will need to learn to budget their time and money. There is a delicate balance between preparing your college age children for financial freedom and limiting their financial mistakes, which can follow them for many years. It is extremely important to have a conversation with them about being financially responsible and developing a monthly budget that will allow for unexpected expenses. From a banking perspective, a checking account is an essential tool for the college student. Aside from the cost of college, they can expect to have additional expenses such as food, utilities and extra-curricular activities. Maintaining a checking account would be extremely beneficial in managing those funds. In conjunction with the checking account, most college age kids will need a debit card, as well as, access to mobile and online banking. Debit cards can be used at a point of sale or at an ATM machine. Funds can be transferred from their checking to a savings using online or mobile banking. Parents can also transfer or wire funds to their children easily with these types of conveniences. Finally, establishing a credit card with a low spending limit will allow them to start building credit early on as long as they are responsible in making timely payments and not maxing out their funds. At The Citizens Bank, customer service is our priority and we still operate upon the same principals of service and commitment that it was founded on in 1943. Solid Traditions, Smart Solutions. We have three locations in Georgetown County and we offer a comprehensive mix of Consumer, Commercial and Mortgage services to meet the needs of our customers.

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Ride the Bull by Melissa Face

On our last night in Atlantic City, my family and I sat in a bar and watched the night scene unfold. We observed awkward interactions between males and females as they guzzled liquid courage and did their best to appear taller, stronger and more attractive to the opposite sex. It was quite entertaining.

limits item, but in the sense of planning. Eating well requires constant preparation in terms of grocery shopping, lunch packing and restaurant dining. I made peace with my new obsession and decided to kick my extra pounds with the same gusto and persistence that I used to cease my smoking habit.

Then, in the middle of the floor, staff members unveiled a large, dark object. It was a mechanical bull! I had never seen one in real life before. The line grew quickly as brave souls stepped up to challenge the ominous beast.

It worked. My persistence paid off, and I am fifty pounds lighter than I was a year ago. This journey toward getting my life back has been incredible. I feel energetic, social and happy. I love my life, and I feel that I am living the way I always should have.

I so badly wanted to be one of them, but I wasn’t feeling the least bit brave. I was feeling overweight, self-conscious and insecure. And as much as I wanted to ride the bull, I feared being laughed at if I fell off. I would look ridiculous and feel humiliated.

Now I have the confidence to take risks and do things that scare me a little. I enrolled in an exercise class at my local recreation center; I improved my 5k finish time by two and a half minutes, and earlier this year, I read one of my essays in front of my students and fellow faculty members at a school assembly.

So I watched others fall off and saddle up a second time, and as I watched, I wondered what happened to me. Where did my confidence go? When I returned from my trip, I knew it was time to make a change. I had dieted and exercised before. It wasn’t my first weightloss rodeo. I had counted fat grams, cut carbs and reduced calories. I had even bought a treadmill, practiced for several 5k races and worked with a personal trainer. Despite all these efforts and all that change, I hadn’t seen any more than a 10-pound loss in about 6 years. It was disheartening to say the least. The one thing I hadn’t changed though was my attitude; I was simply going through the motions. It was time to get serious. I was uncomfortable: in my clothes, in my skin and with my life. I turned down social invitations because I didn’t have anything to wear and shopping for new clothes was depressing. I refused opportunities to speak publicly because I was afraid that people would be critiquing my size instead of listening to my message. My weight gain was interfering with my life: socially, professionally and romantically. When I first began my new, healthy lifestyle, it was all-consuming, an obsession not unlike when I quit smoking. I thought about food constantly – not in the sense of depravity and longing for an off-

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I have made some serious progress, but I’m still a little afraid of the bull. I could fall off. But missing out on exciting opportunities is even scarier to me. The next time I’m in Atlantic City, I’m going to get in line and ride that bull. And as for the rest of my life, I’m grabbing that by the horns, too.

Melissa Face

lives in southeastern Virginia with her husband and two children. She teaches English, writes essays, and spends a little too much time on Facebook. Email Melissa at writermsface@yahoo.com.


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Multi-generation vacationing is a wonderful way for the extended family to reconnect, and Adventures by Disney has this down to a science! The destinations vary from touring America, to exploring European destinations, to a River Cruise on the Danube! From the moment your trip is booked, the magic begins. Virtually every detail is handled–every meal, every reservation, every excursion – all handled. There is no waiting in line when you are with an Adventure by Disney guide. Anywhere your guides (yes, plural!) put up the magic Disney paddle – the line magically disappears for your group as you move to the front of the line – even at stunning sights like the Louvre and the Vatican. At least one of your two guides speaks the local languages and is familiar with the area. There are no worries about language barrier, not knowing how to get to an attraction, worrying the cab driver is taking the long route – none of that. The entire trip is all handled for you by your personal guides who greet you at the airport. The tours themselves are full of magic as only Adventures By Disney can be! For example, imagine touring the town in Germany that was the inspiration for “Little Red Riding Hood,’ and seeing Red herself scurrying across the road with Wolf in hot pursuit! This type of wonder will keep you enchanted at every destination. And you would expect nothing else from Disney! Magic and family are what they do best! I encourage you to consider this rewarding vacation experience. The memories you will make with your family will be talked about at gatherings for generations! How many times have you recalled a moment spent with a loved one who is no longer with us? That is why we place such importance on time with our family. These precious treasures are what make a family strong. A multi-generational vacation specialist, Tracy Burczak is an expert at arranging vacations that include the entire family–from infants and toddlers to grandparents with mobility needs, Tracy can take care of everything but your family’s good time. Contact her at Mickey’s Travel, 843-685-2527 or tracy@mickeystravel.com.

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Survivor by Beth Pugh

The usual brightly lit hallway remained pitch black as every student exited the room. The light from inside slipped through the glass window once the door was shut, throwing shadows of teenage figures against the walls. Being a female dominated class we were anything but quiet as we walked along. Our whispers came out more like chirps despite our best efforts to keep the chatter to a minimum as we strategically took our places. Excitement continued to build as our eyes adjusted to the dark, waiting for the signal.

Ms. Fain was unlike any teacher I’d ever met before. While the majority of teachers ate in the lounge or their classrooms, she ate in the cafeteria most days. She stood with the student section instead of in the stands for all sporting events. In fact, her voice could be heard loud and proud leading chants for the Blue Crew during basketball games. Her personality was big, bold and beautiful. No one that walked the halls of Shelby Valley High School could rival her excitement, student or teacher alike. There was no denying she was made for the spotlight.

Thankfully, the wait wasn’t long. Someone yelled action and our planned chaos ensued. High school corridors created for silence and slow steps echoed our squalls as we stampeded through. Behind us ran Ms. Fain. Her usual teaching attire was replaced with head-to-toe camouflage, boots and eye black. After nearly a minute of running down one hallway and up another, the video camera stopped rolling. With that, the first phase of her audition was a wrap and we all returned to the classroom to begin phase two.

To all our dismay, Ms. Fain wasn’t chosen for the show. It’s a shame, too. The enthusiasm she lived out daily spread like wildfire, igniting whatever or whoever was in its path. She could have single handedly shot the ratings through the roof.

The audition was for the ever popular reality show Survivor. Ms. Fain knew she had what it took to be the last man, or woman in her case, standing. She enlisted her best, brightest, and favorite class to assist with her audition. I was beyond thrilled to be a part of it, as was the rest of my AP English class made up of all seniors. Any kind of break from the normal routine was a welcome one, especially one where we could run and scream through the halls without facing punishment. Phase two was set up as a press conference. Ms. Fain stood behind a podium in the front of the class. We were no longer students sitting before her, but reporters eager to ask our burning questions. She called on one and then another, each question and answer ultimately highlighting her superior survival qualities. The interview was meant to be the nail in the coffin for the judges solidifying her as an obvious choice.

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It’s been going on thirteen years since I last walked through the door of her classroom and the spark she lit then is still starting unquenchable fires within me. Her courage to take a risk despite the probability of failure continues to inspire me to chase after my dreams no matter how improbable and farfetched they may seem. Though she never claimed the title of survivor, her legacy of enthusiasm and courage certainly has survived the test of time.

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Nestled in a quaint shopping center just north of the North Causeway in Pawleys Island, Suzanne Temple spends her days making sure her renters have the best possible stay in our beautiful community. With over 85 homes, this is a huge job, especially in the summer months, managed efficiently with the help of her staff and her husband and partner. After visiting for years and falling in love with Pawleys Island, Suzanne relocated from Chicago six years ago with her children; Rachel, 8; Jackson, 11; and Emma, 21. “I have been coming here all my life and went to college in South Carolina,” said Suzanne. After years of working for a large corporation in Human Resources, Suzanne went to work as a property manager for another company in the area. And she loved it! Soon, Suzanne’s husband told her it was time to open a business themselves. Suzanne was hesitant at first, but eventually warmed to the idea. “My husband convinced me I could make more of an impact through my own company. And I have!” she told me enthusiastically. “We opened on April 1, 2014, with no houses, just faith and hope. Now we manage over 85 vacation rentals – I just booked five more this week.” Passionate about making sure her homeowners are successful and that her guests find the perfect property for them, Tidelife Vacations has become an annual favorite for vacationers. “We have everything from one bedroom condos to an amazing eight bedroom home in DeBordieu.”

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“Women travelers, in groups or alone,” usually come to our area in the off season,” Suzanne told me when asked to talk about the growing number of women journeying alone. “As women age and are either widowed or divorced, they begin to take trips alone. It’s a very empowering experience. We have quite a few women who stay with us for two or three months every year.” Suzanne explained that women travel differently than men. They want to know the details: What kind of washing machine does the unit have? Where is the best

place to eat? Will I feel comfortable alone? “We have to be on our game and make sure they have all the information they need to feel comfortable. For example, two years ago, we had a writer come from New York City to work on her novel. She stayed in one of our oceanfront homes and had such a great experience, she kept adding more time. And, when she left, she told us that some of the people she met in Pawleys Island became characters in her book!” Women are also making more trips together – many make it an annual event. “It’s so much fun to travel with your women friends, I know I love bonding time with my tribe,” Suzanne told me. “We have a group of nurses who graduated together many years ago – they come every year and play cards, reminisce and just catch up on each other’s lives.” I asked Suzanne to offer some advice on traveling alone or with a group of friends. “Make sure you are comfortable with whoever books your vacation – I would always recommend a licensed property manager, someone with a brick and mortar business who can be held accountable. Check their reputation online and verify as much as possible. Finally, do your research. It’s okay to go out of your comfort zone, but make sure you have a basic knowledge of your surroundings and always be aware.” “It is so rewarding working with women travelers – we meet them on a different level. Most of them leave us with hugs and compliments – we become friends. They really keep us on our game,” Suzanne added laughing. “I always try to put myself in my guest’s shoes and make them feel comfortable.” Stop by and say hello to Suzanne at Tidelife Vacations, located at 10744 Ocean Highway, Unit H, or call 843-314-0376. Suzanne’s current list of properties and availability can be found on her website, www.tidelifevacationrentals.com.


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The Hidden Gems in Financial Aid! There Has Never Been a Better Time to Begin or Continue Your Education! by Susan Thompson

I’m often asked, “How can I attend college? I can’t afford it!” The answer is simple. Students wishing to attend HGTC can secure financial assistance through a variety of state and federal programs that allow students to earn a degree or certificate practically debt-free! How do you know if you qualify? Many people don’t believe they qualify for assistance because they make too much money or they don’t have a good enough GPA, but that’s not true! Tuition programs such as Lottery assistance and the new Workforce Scholarships are unique because they are not based on financial need. So what does this mean for you? This means that South Carolina residents qualify for college funding through these programs no matter what their income level is, so it’s a win-win situation for anyone wishing to go to college! Let me give you an example… The Workforce Scholarship program offered through the State of South Carolina is “designed” for students wishing to gain employment in a variety of lucrative career fields such as health care, engineering, culinary arts, computer technology, advanced manufacturing and more! This program, when combined with Lottery Tuition Assistance, covers all tuition costs with an allowance of up to $750 for books each semester, leaving a student with no out of pocket expense. Take the first step. We can help! The first step to obtaining a degree or certificate, transferring to a fouryear university or landing your dream job is to fill out the FAFSA, and HGTC is here to help you every step of the way. Call the Financial Aid Office at 843-349-5321 to apply or visit www.hgtc.edu/financialaid to learn about assistance programs and get registered for fall 2017 classes! Start at HGTC and Save – you won’t regret it!

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The Magic of a New Car by Jeffery Cohen

I was perfectly happy with the old Plymouth that I had been driving for more than twelve years. I would probably still be behind the wheel, had it not been for the cement truck that plowed into me, turning my car into something resembling an accordion. In the market for a new car, I headed down to the local dealership.

all of our models are bluetooth compatible.” I thought maybe he had me pegged for a dentist, when he explained that bluetooth compatible meant that I could answer my cell phone by simply pressing a button on the steering wheel.

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A smiling salesman met me at the door beneath a sign that read, “Come and experience the magic,” a sleek red, sporty sedan pictured below. He spent a few minutes telling me why his cars were the best and most reliable vehicles on the road. Then he invited me out to the lot to take a look at the latest models.

I explained that I didn’t own a cell phone. He looked surprised. “You really should have a cell phone.” “I don’t need one,” I answered.

(While wearing extremely stylish eclipse glasses)

“Make yourself comfortable.” He smiled as he ushered me into the driver’s seat, then he slid in on the passenger side. It was such a tight fit, I felt as if I had squeezed into the cockpit of a fighter jet.

“Is the steering wheel to your liking or would you like to adjust it?” the salesman asked. “The steering wheel moves?” I was confused.

“Of course. Guess it’s been a while since you bought a new car,” he said as he hit a lever and angled the steering column up and down like a seesaw. Then he pressed buttons that raised, shifted and angled my seat. “Comfy?” he asked. I nodded. “So, start her up.” He grinned. “The key? I think you forgot the key.” I shrugged, surprised that a car salesman would bestso absent minded.

On August 21 our community has the opportunity to viewpress the the firstbutton. total” solar eclipse in 26 years. This heavenly “Just He nodded. event will begin in Oregon, and then sweep the country, “Button? No key?” giving most people in South Carolina at least a partial view.key. AnJust approximately 70 “No press that button. ” mile wide band will see at least a few seconds of totality, with the longest duration at the So I did, andofwhen did, a dashboard that rivaled the control panel of midpoint the Iswath. the Starship Enterprise lit up. Gauges and dials all came alive. There were levers and and buttons. Graphs bounced, colorsyou flashed. According to switches www.eclipse2017.org, this is an event will I froze, afraid that if I touched any of these gadgets, or even stepped on notgas, want miss! Even if you’ve a partial eclipse, the theto thing would take off like aseen rocket, and I’d solar wind up in the it is not nearly as exciting as being in the path of totality. stratosphere somewhere.

A solar eclipse is when the moon goes between the Earth

The recognizing the panic in my eyes,Ifcalmly to and salesman, the Sun, and its shadow hits the Earth. you’rebegan in that explain just what all the bells and whistles were for. There was the shadow, you see the eclipse. speedometer marking my speed and total mileage – the things that I expected. Oil pressure was checked, outside temperature was measured, To learn moreI was about this of cosmic how many miles getting per“quirk gallon calculated. Thegeometry,” car read the visit www.space.com forautomatically lots of fascinating But, degree of darkness, and then  switched details. the headlights on off. A needle measured the to rpms, whatever that was, a in aand nutshell, expect daylight turn to twilight andand the gizmo even let me much air the tires temperature to know drophow rapidly. When theneeded. last sliver of light

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fromcar theis equipped sun is covered, sun’s atmosphere, the “This with USBthe ports” the outer salesman explained. Before becomes The port corona from an “Of indistinct Icorona, could ask what thevisible. heck a USB was,ishefar continued. course

“What about in an emergency?” he said. “What happens if you’re out driving and you breakdown?” “If this car is as good as you claim, why would it breakdown?” He just smiled and invited me to take a look at the engine. Now, I have to admit, I don’t really know a whole lot about mechanics, and I think the salesman saw that. I got light-headed just lifting the hood. So, he described all of the mechanical features – every nut, bolt and piston. Then his eyes lit up. “Oh, and by the way, this engine is equipped to drop out,” he said with great pride. “Come again,” I said, thinking I hadn’t heard him correctly. “In the event that you should have a head on collision, the engine will instantly drop out of the car.”

haze; you would may see and ribbons of light, twisting “And...why it dogreat that?”jets I asked. and curling out into the sky. This will be an awe-inspiring “Ahhh. If the engine drops out, you avoid slamming into the engine experience! block and being crushed!” “I think I’d us justalong ratherthe haveGrand air bagsStrand, if it’s okaythe with you.” place to be For all of closest in the path of totality is Pawleys Island, located on the outer “Oh, you can count on plenty of those, too. The engine drop-out is edge of ”the path of totality with 39 seconds of darkness. standard. He smiled. Drive on to Georgetown and you will witness 1 minute All and the car seemed have everything neededthe and road, more, and 46 all, seconds. Just atofew more milesI down especially the things that were important to me – like a great CD player McClellanville has the longest duration in our immediate and an AM/FM radio. So we strolled into to negotiate. area with a whopping 2 minutes andhis33office seconds of totality. Negotiating a car price was something I had learned by keenly watching

All the information you willcarever and more available my father manipulate salesman, afterwant car, year after year.is It was always the same. The salesman would tell you the sticker price. You would say it online – www.eclipse2017.org has a page just for South was too high.listing He would makeand a counter offer. You would ask one more Carolina, events information to make finding time for a lower price. That’s when he would tell you he had to check the best viewing spot easy!

with his manager. Then he would go into a back room, have a cup of coffee, pretend he was negotiating with a superior, then return in five DO NOT forget glasses. You could minutes with a finalyour price.eclipse Admittedly, it was a game, butpermanently I was ready to damage your eyes looking at the sun during its travel across play.

the moon’s shadow. Sunglasses WILL NOT protect your “Well, here’s our sticker the salesman showing the actual precious eyes! If youprice,” haven’t orderedsaid, them – dome it now.


sticker he’d peeled from the car window. Here are the start times for each area mentioned: My turn. “Can’t you do a little better than that?”

Pawleys Island – Partial eclipse starts at 1:18 pm, with totality at 2:47 pm

“Well, maybe I can take a hundred dollars off,” he said, wrinkling his brow. Georgetown – Partial eclipse starts at 1:17 pm, with totality at 2:46 pm My turn again. “That’s just not enough.”

McClellanville – Partial eclipse starts at 1:17 pm, with totality at 2:46 pm

“That’s the best I can do,” he explained, folding his hands on his desk.

Find exact times for other areas on www.eclipse2017.org.

I was confused. That was it? No counter offer? “Maybe if you talk to your manager?” I suggested.

Sasee hasdofound few fun places toiswitness this Icelestial “Wouldn’t me anya good,” he said. “This the best price can give show you. ” off! IThe figured he was trying the old Library squeeze play. It was my move. Waccamaw Branch in Pawleys Island“Okay, will then. I’m still looking around. Maybe I’ll try a few more dealerships.” I feature streaming, photographers withit,special lenses shrugged live and began to head for the door. As I opened I heard him call.

and other activities within the library. You must reserve a “Mr. I turned waiting that finalglasses. offer. “Good luck. I spotCohen?” ahead of time around, to receive freeforeclipse hope you find what you’re looking for.”

In Georgetown, House Museumday. is There hosting Trying to save face, The I left...Kaminski only to return the following he an eclipse 1-4 pm.me. There will bethe special viewing was, waiting,event as if hefrom were expecting So we made deal. As I drove out the dealership thatNASA day, I couldn’t helpof butthe remember andofstreaming of the Coverage eclipsethe on first the car I’d ever owned. It was a pale blue Pontiac Catalina convertible that lawn of the museum, along with music and cold beverages. I nicknamed the “Blue Moose.” When my Dad bought it for me for Admission is $10. two hundred dollars, it was already ten years old, had over a hundred

Look up while visiting Blue Pearl Farms in McClellanville. This small teaching farm is offering a camping package complete with meals and eclipse glasses! Farther south, Awendaw Green is hosting a Total Eclipse Barn Jam. BYOB and enjoy some great tunes! A $10 donation is requested. Wherever you decide to go, Sasee encourages everyone to get out and enjoy the amazing, heavenly show!

thousand miles on it, a bit banged up, but it was everything I’d ever There in the Georgetown dreamedare of.several I tooledother aroundpublic in that areas old jalopy with the top down,area the AM radio blasting, for two months before I blew the engine, top and perfect for the eclipse experience. The Old Bridge Fishing bottom. For those ofthe youbridges who know little about like from me, it Pier is between coming intoautomotives, Georgetown means the engine ran out of oil and turned into a block of melted metal.

Myrtle Beach. The Harborwalk, located along Front Street is another spot, Morganbrand Parknew has“spaceship” wide opentoward fields As I set the good controls andand pointed my home, I had to laugh. Even with all of its modern conveniences and and lots of parking. state-of-the-art technology, it would somehow just never compare to the magic that my first car had for me.

Hampton Plantation State Historic Park is a few miles past Georgetown heading toward McClellanville. They are hosting a free public viewing event with rangers to answer questions and possibly a food truck. Visitors are encouraged to bring food, water and chairs. A trip to Bull Island located in the Cape Romain Wildlife Reserve would give you the honor of being one of the last people to see this event on American soil. Public tours are already booked, but if you have a boat, this is a great day to put it in the water! ?


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The Magic of a New Car by Jeffery Cohen

I was perfectly happy with the old Plymouth that I had been driving for more than twelve years. I would probably still be behind the wheel, had it not been for the cement truck that plowed into me, turning my car into something resembling an accordion. In the market for a new car, I headed down to the local dealership. A smiling salesman met me at the door beneath a sign that read, “Come and experience the magic,” a sleek red, sporty sedan pictured below. He spent a few minutes telling me why his cars were the best and most reliable vehicles on the road. Then he invited me out to the lot to take a look at the latest models. “Make yourself comfortable.” He smiled as he ushered me into the driver’s seat, then he slid in on the passenger side. It was such a tight fit, I felt as if I had squeezed into the cockpit of a fighter jet. “Is the steering wheel to your liking or would you like to adjust it?” the salesman asked. “The steering wheel moves?” I was confused. “Of course. Guess it’s been a while since you bought a new car,” he said as he hit a lever and angled the steering column up and down like a seesaw. Then he pressed buttons that raised, shifted and angled my seat. “Comfy?” he asked. I nodded. “So, start her up.” He grinned. “The key? I think you forgot the key.” I shrugged, surprised that a car salesman would be so absent minded.

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“Just press the button.” He nodded. “Button? No key?” “No key. Just press that button.” So I did, and when I did, a dashboard that rivaled the control panel of the Starship Enterprise lit up. Gauges and dials all came alive. There were levers and switches and buttons. Graphs bounced, colors flashed. I froze, afraid that if I touched any of these gadgets, or even stepped on the gas, the thing would take off like a rocket, and I’d wind up in the stratosphere somewhere. The salesman, recognizing the panic in my eyes, calmly began to explain just what all the bells and whistles were for. There was the speedometer marking my speed and total mileage – the things that I expected. Oil pressure was checked, outside temperature was measured, how many miles I was getting per gallon calculated. The car read the degree of darkness, and then  automatically switched the headlights on and off. A needle measured the rpms, whatever that was, and a gizmo even let me know how much air the tires needed. “This car is equipped with USB ports” the salesman explained. Before I could ask what the heck a USB port was, he continued. “Of course all of our models are bluetooth compatible.” I thought maybe he had me pegged for a dentist, when he explained that bluetooth compatible meant that I could answer my cell phone by simply pressing a button on the steering wheel.


I explained that I didn’t own a cell phone.

“That’s the best I can do,” he explained, folding his hands on his desk.

He looked surprised. “You really should have a cell phone.”

I was confused. That was it? No counter offer? “Maybe if you talk to your manager?” I suggested.

“I don’t need one,” I answered. “What about in an emergency?” he said. “What happens if you’re out driving and you breakdown?”

“Wouldn’t do me any good,” he said. “This is the best price I can give you.”

“If this car is as good as you claim, why would it breakdown?” He just smiled and invited me to take a look at the engine. Now, I have to admit, I don’t really know a whole lot about mechanics, and I think the salesman saw that. I got light-headed just lifting the hood.

I figured he was trying the old squeeze play. It was my move. “Okay, then. I’m still looking around. Maybe I’ll try a few more dealerships.” I shrugged and began to head for the door. As I opened it, I heard him call.

So, he described all of the mechanical features – every nut, bolt and piston. Then his eyes lit up. “Oh, and by the way, this engine is equipped to drop out,” he said with great pride. “Come again,” I said, thinking I hadn’t heard him correctly. “In the event that you should have a head on collision, the engine will instantly drop out of the car.” “And...why would it do that?” I asked. “Ahhh. If the engine drops out, you avoid slamming into the engine block and being crushed!” “I think I’d just rather have air bags if it’s okay with you.” “Oh, you can count on plenty of those, too. The engine drop-out is standard.” He smiled. All and all, the car seemed to have everything I needed and more, especially the things that were important to me – like a great CD player and an AM/FM radio. So we strolled into his office to negotiate.

“Mr. Cohen?” I turned around, waiting for that final offer. “Good luck. I hope you find what you’re looking for.” Trying to save face, I left... only to return the following day. There he was, waiting, as if he were expecting me. So we made the deal. As I drove out of the dealership that day, I couldn’t help but remember the first car I’d ever owned. It was a pale blue Pontiac Catalina convertible that I nicknamed the “Blue Moose.” When my Dad bought it for me for two hundred dollars, it was already ten years old, had over a hundred thousand miles on it, a bit banged up, but it was everything I’d ever dreamed of. I tooled around in that old jalopy with the top down, the AM radio blasting, for two months before I blew the engine, top and bottom. For those of you who know little about automotives, like me, it means the engine ran out of oil and turned into a block of melted metal. As I set the controls and pointed my brand new “spaceship” toward home, I had to laugh. Even with all of its modern conveniences and state-of-the-art technology, it would somehow just never compare to the magic that my first car had for me.

Negotiating a car price was something I had learned by keenly watching my father manipulate salesman, car after car, year after year. It was always the same. The salesman would tell you the sticker price. You would say it was too high. He would make a counter offer. You would ask one more time for a lower price. That’s when he would tell you he had to check with his manager. Then he would go into a back room, have a cup of coffee, pretend he was negotiating with a superior, then return in five minutes with a final price. Admittedly, it was a game, but I was ready to play. “Well, here’s our sticker price,” the salesman said, showing me the actual sticker he’d peeled from the car window. My turn. “Can’t you do a little better than that?” “Well, maybe I can take a hundred dollars off,” he said, wrinkling his brow. My turn again. “That’s just not enough.”

Jeffery Cohen

Freelance writer and newspaper columnist, Jeffery Cohen, has written for Sasee, Lifetime and Read, Learn, Write. He’s won awards in Women-On-Writing Contest, Vocabula’s Well Written Contest, National League of American Pen Women’s’ Keats  Competition, Southern California Genealogy Competition, and Writer’s Weekly writing contest.

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Feathering an Empty Nest by Kay Filar

For as long as I have known my husband, almost 47 years, the passing of our lives has been measured by a school calendar. That is because for all those years – from the time we met in college through retirement last October – one or both of us worked in a setting linked to the academic year. And probably one of the most challenging years we have experienced was that of 2002-03. It began in August around my 50th birthday, a milestone I was determined for months before to take in stride. I had been preparing myself for an upcoming empty nest as our youngest child made plans for college in the fall. Kaitlyn, a fine student and the setter of her very successful volleyball teams, had been recruited to play at the collegiate level. After visiting a variety of schools and having lived most of her life in a tiny town just blocks from a small liberal arts college, Kaitlyn was ready for a big-time university experience. A place where she could take courses as far-ranging as sports psychology and Swahili, and where every team – from intramural to varsity – provided exciting competition in a festive atmosphere. Kaitlyn couldn’t wait to become a University of Georgia Bulldog! The only complication was that in July husband John had been contacted about a new job while we were vacationing at North Litchfield Beach. He reluctantly had given up coaching Davidson College’s women’s basketball team the year before over disagreements with the athletic director. Fortunately he had found a position that he was enjoying as Dean of Students and girls’

basketball coach at a nearby independent high school. The offer was for an assistant coach at a large state university – the kind of position he often had wondered about since leaving Davidson. The job sounded super . . . except for the fact that it was in Lincoln, Nebraska! That phone call led John to reconsider giving up his college coaching clipboard. After much discussion and prayer, we both concluded that he needed to take this job so he could figure out what he truly wanted to do. After dropping Kaitlyn off at UGA for her volleyball preseason, we pulled into a South Carolina rest stop. John called the head coach to accept the position and agreed to be there the day after my birthday. We also had decided that I would remain in Davidson for fall term, just to be sure Kaitlyn had a good start, and then join John in Lincoln after the first of the year. A little farther up I-85, we made a quick stop in Greenville to let son Travis know about our decision. He was working at his alma mater, Furman University, and anticipating his wedding the next summer. Thankfully, my being involved with some planning and participating in several prenuptial events for that special celebration would help to keep my spirits high in everyone’s absence. Finally, a few days after my birthday, I found myself hugging son Jesse goodbye in the parking lot of Bed Bath & Beyond. Three years out of high school, Jesse had been on a circuitous route to his future that included almost attending Davidson as a student/soccer athlete, installing irrigation systems, and taking courses at UNC-Charlotte and Cape Fear Community College. Now, after buying some student necessities, he was returning for his second semester to Elon University. As if the radio had sensed my feelings, Stevie Nicks’ song “Landslide” began playing while I watched Jesse drive off in his red Jeep Cherokee. I sang these words with tears running down my cheeks: “Can I sail through the changing ocean tides? Can I handle the seasons of my life? . . . Well I’ve been afraid of changing ‘Cause I’ve built my life around you But times make you bolder Children get older and I’m getting older too”


So began my empty-nest year, with only our 100-pound Golden Retriever Kodi to keep me company. And what a perfect companion he was! We shared long walks along Lake Norman, blankets in front of the gas fireplace on December nights without power, and bites from my hit-or-miss culinary dabbling. I tried to make the best of the situation by becoming more involved in church ministries, College activities and book club reading and discussions. I reconnected with old friends, kept a gratitude journal and strummed on my nearly forgotten guitar. Jesse and I had Thanksgiving dinner with Travis and his future in-laws in Birmingham, Alabama, and were warmly welcomed into their family football game. I spent memorable weekends in Athens and Lincoln, savoring cafeteria food that was a far cry from my college days and getting lost in the intricate and colorful creations of quilt and art museums. I watched TV reruns in John’s converted Howard Johnson efficiency apartment and Harry Potter in Kaitlyn’s cramped dorm room bunk bed. I met the Bulldog and Cornhusker mascots, preferring the slobbery licks from Uga over Lil Red’s creepy antics. I tried my first (and last) runza, a unique Midwestern pocket sandwich with a filling resembling canned cat food and devoured Cracker Barrel comfort food before a roaring fire, a respite from the brain-freezing cold of Nebraska’s plains.

Somehow we all made it through that very long and enlightening year. John realized that Nebraska was not where he wanted to be, and the rest of us were relieved. He was grateful for the chance to pursue a dream, but ready to return to high school. Travis had a beautiful wedding to which Jesse and Kaitlyn invited those who would later become their spouses. And I learned, in true “Landslide” fashion, that my extremely empty nest was also the ideal opportunity to spread my own wings and fly!

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“I’ll be right back,” I told my seven-year-old son, Nathan. “I’m just walking down to get the mail.” “Ooh, can I go?” He asked. “Can I eat a popsicle while we walk?” I frowned. “Not this time, Honey. You’re still in your pajamas.” “So? Why can’t I go? I really want to eat a green popsicle.” I thought of all of the reasons I didn’t want my son walking down the driveway in his pajamas. What if one of the neighbors saw him? It was nearly noon, and he wasn’t dressed yet. What if someone drove by? I’d always believed my children are a reflection on me, and a little boy walking down the driveway in bright yellow Minion pajamas at 11:43 am would not reflect well on his mother. “It’s just that… well, you’re in your jammies, and we don’t go outside in our jammies,” I struggled to explain. “It’s summer, Mommy. It’s OK to do things like wear jammies all day in the summer.”

come over me as I observed the beauty around me. “Nathan would love this,” I thought, and then I remembered the reason he wasn’t standing right beside me. I hadn’t let him come outside because I was worried what the neighbors would think. I shook my head, amazed at my own ability to forget what is important in life. We’d lived in our house for six years, I’d walked down the driveway to get the mail nearly every day, and this was the first time I’d seen a deer in our pond. And my son was missing it because I was too concerned with other people’s opinions. I rushed back to the house to get Nathan. “Hurry, Honey, but you have to be very, very quiet,” I said. “There’s something in the pond I want you to see, but if we’re too loud, we’ll scare him away.”

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He was right that our schedule was definitely more relaxed in the summer. But I couldn’t shake the thought that one of the neighbors would see him and think badly of me.

Nathan did his best to be quiet, but he is a seven-year-old boy who’d just been promised a really cool surprise. “Is it a turtle, Mommy?” He stage whispered. “Because I saw a turtle in the pond last summer.”

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“I’m just going to run down and get the mail and when I come back, I’ll make lunch and then we can play a game. And you can definitely eat a green popsicle too.” I smiled convincingly. “Sounds good, right?” His shoulders slumped. “I guess so.” I tried to ignore the disappointment on his face as I headed out the door. I was walking down the driveway when I heard a splashing sound coming from the pond next to our house. Quietly, I snuck over there and gasped when I discovered the source of the noise. It was a fawn, still with the white spots on its back. I watched as it 38 splashed through the water and then paused for a drink. I felt a peace

I put my fingers to my lips to motion him to be quiet. But he was just too excited. We got to the pond just in time to see the fawn running into the trees next to our house.

“Oh, I missed him,” Nathan said, clearly near tears. “It’s not your fault, it’s mine,” I said. “I should have let you come outside when you asked the first time.” “But I’m in my Minion jammies,” he said. “I know, but that shouldn’t have mattered,” I said. “I should have just let you come with me and not worried about what anyone thought.” I hugged my son. “Because what you think of me as a Mom is way more important than what the neighbors think.” “Plus, it’s summer,” Nathan said, “and there’s just less rules in the summer.”


I smiled. “You’re right. And less rules is one of my very favorite things about the summer time.” Over the next two months, I tried to remember our “Summer has Less Rules” rule. I tried to say yes as often as I could. I stopped worrying about what the neighbors might think. And I definitely decided that wearing jammies until noon was completely acceptable summer time behavior. Nathan is my youngest child. He has four older siblings, two of whom just graduated from high school. Their summers are now busy with work and preparing for college. They don’t have a three-month vacation anymore. They’re almost grown-ups, and grown-ups are too busy for that.

A really smart little boy once told me that summer has less rules. And that smart little boy is going to be a brilliant young man before I know it. So to minimize my regret ten years from now, I’m following his advice today. It’s summer time, and I’m throwing away the rule book.

And as sad as it makes me, even little Nathan has just ten care-free summers before he too graduates and gets too busy to hang out and eat popsicles with me all summer. It breaks my heart, but it also reminds me that I need to enjoy the time I have left with him. So what if the neighbors see him wearing his jammies at noon? I’m done worrying what they think. Besides, I’m so busy with my own kids that I hardly notice what other parents are doing with theirs. So the chances are nearly 100% that the neighbors aren’t even noticing my parenting successes and failures, or a little boy walking down my driveway in bright yellow Minion jammies.

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Our bucket list is a page long. It’s split into three columns: “his,” “hers,” and a space for a (happy?) compromise.

the big one. Our friends, Judy and Chris called again. They were ready to do a return trip. Were we ready, they asked? “Hell, yes,” we replied.

The first item on my list is a trip to France – Paris – the heatbeat of the country. I want to see the Eiffel Tower. I want to walk under the great stone arches of Notre Dame breathing in the history, the drama, the lives and the ghosts of years past. I want to eat bakery fresh croissants at an outside café with a cup of strong coffee, and then, spend hours at the Louvre Museum (tourist all the way) absorbing all the dust motes that float through the air carrying centuries of creative energy. At the end of the day, I would enjoy a dinner of duck confit before laying my head on the pillow at the Hotel Ritz. Ahh. . . it’s my idea of a dream vacation, but not one that my husband shares with me.

We prepared again. We re-read our literature and planned our itinerary. It was time to purchase tickets. We were doing it! I didn’t even mind that the croissants we would consume on the ship would be not be the savory pastry served at a quaint French restaurant.

My husband’s idea of a real adventure is going to a dude ranch in Montana. Think Billy Crystal in City Slickers – round ‘em up cowboys – or is it, shoot ‘em up cowboys? He wants the raw adventure: eating pork and beans in a tin cup, herding cattle, sleeping on the ground with a jacket rolled up for a pillow staring up at the stars, surrounded by the smell of horses and their sweaty riders. So what lies between the historically romantic ambiance of Paris and the giddy-up-go of a dude ranch? Alaska. Or, at least it is on our map. Some lifelong friends had the same idea. We could go together. The plan was sounding better and better – luxury cruise, good food and drink and a spa! Once on land, there would be all the elk and moose walking through the woods that my husband could ever want to see. Maybe, he could fish the salmon swimming upstream and catch one for our dinner. We read books on Alaska, talked to friends whom had already made the trip. We were ready. And then, as it happens in reality, our trip had to be postponed. We were disappointed, but Alaska would still be there when we were ready – hopefully before either of our knees (or other body parts) gave way. Two years passed. Our small vacations were lackluster, to say the least. It was time for

And, just as our plans gained momentum, it happened, again. Life stepped in the way. Plans were cancelled. Were we ever going to get there? After a hectic and emotional year of family “happenings,” we were too tired to think about planning a vacation. The only trip we considered was my husband’s 50th high school reunion in Connecticut. That meant, of course, side trips to New York and Massachusetts to see our grandchildren, Addie and Mila-Rose. That, in itself, would make the long drive worth it. Our first stop was our son’s house in the woods of the Berkshires. Addie informed us that we would be sleeping in her room that had been recently decorated in a forest theme. Stuffed squirrels, bears, dragons and a moose peeked at us from the corners of the room. White birch tree decals lined the walls. The ceiling was covered with constellations of stars that made me dizzy as I tried to sleep that night. My husband was in his glory sharing a pretend camping trip with his granddaughter. Between the walks in the forest with Addie and the “possible” bear sightings, our indoor/outdoor camping experience was as close to Montana or Alaska that my husband was going to get for a while. Finally, we were off to Connecticut to my husband’s high school reunion – to the guessing game of faces that would have changed considerably over the past 50 years. It was further proof we couldn’t ignore the expiration date on that long bucket list any longer. Judy and Chris, the couple whom we had made and ditched vacation plans, were the first people we saw on our reunion weekend. “Want to try again?” they asked. They’d been to Alaska so many times they could be our own personal guides. So maybe a fifty-year high school reunion is an event everyone should attend. It reminds of who we were, where we are, and how far we can go. Sure, we all look a little different and walk a little slower, but the hopes and dreams are still the same. I think this is the year we make it to Alaska . . . the third time’s the charm.

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What I Learned at Camp by Linda Hummel

There are decisions you make in life when you’re in a good mood. This was one of them.

So the problem wasn’t camp. It was me.

At the end of a triumphant first year of teaching school, I accepted an offer to work at a summer camp in the Berkshires. My boyfriend took a job there, too. We dreamed of wholesome fun in the rolling countryside of Connecticut. We thought of it as a summer off – rustic log cabins, fresh mountain air – trust falls, color wars.

Not willing to take one more campfire filled with chatter and singing, one more clique-fueled battle with teenage girls in tears, one more hour-long staff meeting when I’d rather be washing a cat, I bailed out of the job after the first 4-week session. I’m all for being out of my comfort zone once in a while, but after four weeks of being a camp counselor, I was out of my mind. My leaving was – as they say in the medical business – prophylactic.

Doubt arrived as the first campers jumped out of their parents’ station wagons and began screaming and hugging each other. It was noisy. It was crowded. There was running and jumping everywhere. I was one of the few counselors they hadn’t known since second grade. They were wary. And who knew the Berkshires sun could be so blazing at 9 am?

My supervisor insisted on putting my evaluation in writing even as I was packing my things and sobbing out of embarrassment and shame for not seeing the summer through. Her comment at the bottom of the page remains one of the truest sentences ever written about me: “Linda’s personality is not in synch with the intensity of the camp experience.”

Here’s the thing. I had never been to camp. I had never even been at a camp. I had never been in charge of 13-year-old girls. I didn’t know that 13-year-olds would bear no resemblance to the 11-year-olds in my fifth grade class back in New York, the ones who spent a whole year thinking I was mildly cool. I didn’t know that everything in a camp is half a mile away from the next thing in a camp. Trails were dusty and hilly. Mice ran across the floor of the platform tent where I slept. I hate mice.

In all the years since, I’ve realized that camp was only the first indication that I am not cut out for large groups of anything. I am fine at cocktail parties, but they are work for me, and though it sounds ridiculous to count them as “accomplishments,” I do. Volunteering for field trips when my kids were in school was an act of love. I will never know the joy of Black Friday that some people describe, and as much as I wanted to be part of the Women’s March on Washington this past January, I knew myself better.

Whoever built this camp knew a few things about hormones and had the foresight to put the girls and boys sections as geographically inconvenient to each other as humanly possible. The only time I got to see my boyfriend was at meals. We’d look at each other from our respective tables, across a cavernous room throbbing with camp songs, the lyrics of which I didn’t know. I never caught on to the ten minutes or so of rhythmic table slamming and chants that sailed back and forth after dinner every night about who had spirit. Clearly, spirit was not in my repertoire.

I’m a person who comes home at the end of the day, takes a deep breath, and loves the idea that I don’t have to talk to another person until the morning. Being alone for part of Wednesday is what fuels me for Thursday.

My one day off a week was consumed by hours at the Laundromat trying to get the campfire smell out of my clothes and cataloging the new names I was being called behind my back by adolescent campers. My boyfriend, on the other hand, found out that waterfront games of trying to upend canoes was much more fun than being a graduate student. A week in, he announced he wanted to come back the next year.

I also figured out that I’d completely fail in prison. I’ve heard it’s noisy and there is no privacy.

Thanks to camp, I was able to make two life decisions. First, I knew at my core that I would never become a member of a cult. They usually have to eat in dining halls, too. And I believe there may be chanting involved. Maybe about spirit and who has more of it, but I’ll never know.

So, no surprise that you’ll never find me searching the internet for a group of tortured souls in Colorado who have found bliss by eating radishes for breakfast and worshiping Zeus. I’ll continue to stay on the sunny side of the law, too, just in case. All thanks to what I learned. At camp.

Linda DeMers Hummel

is a Baltimore-based writer who has recently completed a memoir, “I Haven’t Got All Day.” She spends a lot of time lately hoping to get good news from her agent.


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Calabash Concerts Tuesdays, 6-9 pm, Calabash Community Park. For more info, call 910-575-0000 or visit calabashconcerts.com

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Music on Main Concert Series Thursdays, North Myrtle Beach, 7-9 pm. For more info, call 843-280-5594 or visit NMBParksAndRec on Facebook

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Concerts in the Gazebo in Village Park 7 pm – 9 pm, Sunset Beach, NC. For more info, call 910-367-6396 or visit sunsetbeachconcerts.com

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Fun for Kids at Myrtle Beach State Park Tuesday – Saturday, various nature programs, most free with park admission. For more info, call 843-238-5325 or visit southcarolinaparks.com

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Ocean Isle Concert Series Fridays, 6:30-8 pm, Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot, E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. For more info, call 910-579-6030

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Moveable Feast Joy Callaway discusses Secret Sisters, 11 am, Kimbel’s, Wachesaw, $30. For more info, call 843-235-9600 or visit classatpawleys.com

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Ingram Planetarium Laser Light Shows laser light display set to classic rock and country music, Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., 7 pm & 8 pm each night, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, NC. For more info, call 910-575-0033 or visit museumplanetarium.org

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Farmers Markets Saturdays, 10 am - 3 pm in Market Common. For more info, call 843-839-3500 or visit marketcommonmb.com; 8 am - 1 pm, 122 Screven Street, Georgetown. For more info, visit historicgeorgetownsc.com

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Total Solar Eclipse at Kaminski House Museum 1-4pm, special viewing and streaming of the NASA Coverage on the lawn, music, cold beverages, $10. For more info, call 843-546-7706 or visit kaminskimuseum.org

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Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South exhibit at the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. For more info, call 843-238-2510 or visit myrtlebeachartmuseum.org

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Tru Sol 7 pm, Brookgreen Gardens’ Cool Summer Evenings, free with garden admission. For more info, call 843-235-6000 or visit brookgreen.org

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Beach Boogie and BBQ Festival 4017 Deville Street, Market Common. For more info, call 843-626-7444, or visit visitmyrtlebeach.com


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Accessory Cottage...............................................................................................................................23 All Sufficient Insurance......................................................................................................................17 B. Graham.............................................................................................................................................40 Barbara’s Fine Gifts.............................................................................................................................32 Bleu........................................................................................................................................................49 Brightwater...........................................................................................................................................33 Broadway Grand Prix.........................................................................................................................44 Brookgreen Gardens...........................................................................................................................19 Calabash Photography.......................................................................................................................40 Callahan’s of Calabash.......................................................................................................................... 3 Carolina Car Care...............................................................................................................................28 Carolina Gardens - Garden City......................................................................................................17 The Citizens Bank...............................................................................................................................12 Coastal Luxe.........................................................................................................................................49 Conway Medical Center....................................................................................................................51 Doggies & Divas..................................................................................................................................22 Doodlebugs..........................................................................................................................................24 Dr. Grabeman........................................................................................................................................ 5 Dr. Sattele’s Rapid Weight Loss & Esthetic Centers........................................................................ 37 Eleanor Pitts........................................................................................................................................... 5 Flamingo Porch...................................................................................................................................25 Fringe.....................................................................................................................................................17 Going Coastal......................................................................................................................................35 Good Deed Goods..............................................................................................................................24 Grady’s Jewelers..................................................................................................................................25 HGTC...................................................................................................................................................52 Home Couture....................................................................................................................................39 Homespun Crafters Mall...................................................................................................................15 Hopeologist..........................................................................................................................................47 Hospice Care of SC............................................................................................................................36 Joggling Board.....................................................................................................................................23 La Fayes Lamp & Lampshade Shop.................................................................................................. 9 The Lakes at Litchfield......................................................................................................................... 7

Long Bay Symphony..........................................................................................................................25 Mickey’s Travel....................................................................................................................................15 Myrtle Beach Estates..........................................................................................................................40 Nicole’s Consignment........................................................................................................................10 Oreck.....................................................................................................................................................47 Palmetto Ace........................................................................................................................................28 The Palmettos Assisted Living & Memory Care..........................................................................25 Papa John’s Pizza.................................................................................................................................36 Paper Whites........................................................................................................................................29 Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art...........................................................................................16 Pure Compounding............................................................................................................................44 Purpleologist........................................................................................................................................47 Resourceful Realty..............................................................................................................................29 Rice Museum.......................................................................................................................................47 Rose Arbor Fabrics.............................................................................................................................32 SB Turf & Mulch.................................................................................................................................21 Sea Island Trading Co.......................................................................................................................... 2 Seven Seas Seafood.............................................................................................................................29 Shades and Draperies.........................................................................................................................19 A Silver Shack......................................................................................................................................49 Sola Salon Studios...............................................................................................................................11 South Atlantic Bank............................................................................................................................43 Southern Living Showcase Home...................................................................................................45 Southern Women’s Show...................................................................................................................13 Strand Security....................................................................................................................................21 Studio 77...............................................................................................................................................44 Take 2 Resale........................................................................................................................................21 Taz............................................................................................................................................................ 5 Thrive at Prince Creek........................................................................................................................19 Two Sisters with Southern Charm..................................................................................................23 Wallpapers by Lynne..........................................................................................................................43 WEZV....................................................................................................................................................50 Women in Philanthropy....................................................................................................................41


MAMMOGRAM A New Point of View

CMC Center for Breast Health is now seeing breast tissue from a new point of view using 3D mammography. As an imaging leader, CMC Center for Breast Health is focused on providing the latest technology available and is the first facility in Horry County to offer 3D mammography. Three-dimensional mammography, also called digital breast tomosynthesis, is a revolutionary screening and diagnostic process in which multiple x-rays of the breast are taken at different angles which the computer then forms into a 3D image. This state-of-the-art technology allows our radiologists to view breast tissue as a whole or one layer at a time – discovering more details with greater clarity and accuracy.

Early detection is the key to fighting breast cancer, and using 3D mammography technology is just another way CMC is bringing better health to life.

For more information, please call 843.347.8108.

801 Farrar Drive / Conway, SC www.conwaymedicalcenter.com


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Sasee Magazine - August 2017  

"The Great Escape"

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