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September 2018 Volume 17, Issue 9

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Just Breathe by Erika Hoffman

Sasee Asks an Expert Not Your Mother’s Kitchen by Justin Dedio - Prodigy Kitchens & Baths Call of the Osprey by Linda O’Connell Dinosaur by Susan Lewis Read It! Nicloe Says...Read Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird Sasee Asks an Expert The Joy is in the Hunt by Connie Gunter Spahr - Connie’s New to You Our Little Genius by Diane Stark Explore the Art Trail by Joan Leotta

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Simply Grand by Diane DeVaughn Stokes

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Sasee Asks an Expert Dress with Joy by Paula Farish - Fancy Free

The Joy of DeCluttering by Cheryl Maguire Sasee Asks an Expert Beautiful, Versatile Lamps by Marce Singleton - La Faye’s at 79th

Silvia Plyler: A Note of Excellence by Leslie Moore Storm Warning by Rose Ann Sinay

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Sasee Kids Page Kids and Pets – the Perfect Combination by Leslie Moore

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letter from the editor

Cover Artist Kentucky Woman, by Thomas Davis Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Thomas studied Business and Marketing. After completing his Business Degree in 1984, Thomas attended the Art Institute of Atlanta to develop the creative side of his mind. In 1987 Thomas returned to Myrtle Beach to incorporate both the creative and business side of his mind and opened Collector’s Cafe and Gallery; an old idea from Paris where artists sold their works of art on the walls, while guests enjoyed world class dining in an elegant and creative atmosphere. Since its opening, Collector’s has represented hundreds of artists and sold thousands of paintings. Hosting an art show twice a year, Collector’s Cafe and Gallery brings artists, buyers and collectors from the entire East Coast to mix, mingle, eat the very best food, drink the finest wine and observe the most inspiring art Myrtle Beach has to offer.

Along the coast, one of the first signs that fall is coming is the appearance of delicate and beautiful yellow butterflies. Called cloudless sulphur butterflies, large groups flutter around my summer-worn impatiens and lantanas, and I feel the first bittersweet twinge of autumn’s approach. As a lover of all things summer, I have to ease into the idea that my favorite season is nearing its end. I reluctantly let go of the everyday joys of summer as long days and muggy weather are replaced by cooler temps and earlier sunsets. My biggest summer goodbye is putting my son on a plane to start his new job in Madrid, Spain – without a doubt the hardest. But, gradually, I will embrace my changing world and get excited about fun evenings with friends and sweatshirt-clad beach walks. And fall clothes! Joy is found everywhere and in every season. Another way I embrace change is to look for all the things I appreciate. Each morning, I take the time to write down a few and remember my many blessings. Even if you love the approach of autumn, this is a fun practice that will bring even greater joy into your day. Thank you for reading our September issue! As always, we have lots of fun essays and beautiful ads. And, thank you, dear reader, for your continued support of Sasee – producing it is one of our greatest joys!

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-Carlos Santana-

Thomas started his journey into painting and sculpting after a trip with his much beloved, late mother, Nancy, a prolific artist herself, to New York’s MOMA to view a Matisse exhibition in 1991. That exhibit impressed upon Thomas what can be achieved in a lifetime of mixing art, travel and the passion to create. The artist’s works of art reflect his travels around the world and his passion for living. Vibrant colors, nuanced textures, and playful insights express his emotions and carry you across his visions of joy and wonder. The artist has shown in New York at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery and in Palm Springs at the International Art Fair. Numerous galleries in Charleston, South Carolina, have sold his works, and he has participated twice in Art Fields, an annual, nine-day art competition in Lake City, South Carolina, the largest competition of its kind. To see more of the artist’s work, visit Collector’s Café and Gallery, 7740 N Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.

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Just Breathe by Erika Hoffman

At my desk in front of my computer within my study, I sit, slumped in my swivel chair slowly pecking out this essay and mulling over the fact that traits one possesses which might be deemed undesirable can turn out to be useful in certain situations. For instance, I don’t like to rush about. I don’t multi-task well. Often, I lounge in a chair, close my eyes, and just think random thoughts or remember the past without any quantifiable results. Sounds like laziness, right? Perhaps it is. Yet, it comes in handy, sometimes, to have inherited this Rip Van Winkle streak in one’s DNA. Now, as I key these letters and gaze at the blank white cyber page in front of me, I reflect on the last few tumultuous days. Draped on my shoulder is a little body who seems to feel comfortable in this reclining position, preferring it to the roomy bassinet in the next room. A dog at my feet licks my toes, occasionally looking up with worried eyes. Doleful and curious she is about this new visitor in our, ere-to-now, solitary, private realm. Sure, I could be tackling a mountain of laundry, washing an avalanche of dirty dishes stuffed unceremoniously in the sink, preparing dinner for my sleeping, enervated, hurting daughter, paying piled-up bills, or maybe even brushing my teeth. Yet, I’m not unconvinced that laziness isn’t the best policy when you’re tending a four-day old human who’s gone through a tricky journey to arrive here, to my shoulder. He has already had experiences his grandma has never had. Nor will I ever have. I came into this world the regular way – not lifted out of my mama’s tummy; I never had a tube stuck down my throat moments after birth to see if my esophagus was attached to my stomach; I wasn’t given donor milk: I wasn’t circumcised, within 24 hours no less; I wasn’t pricked for blood tests; I wasn’t swimming in a deluge of surplus amniotic fluid; I wasn’t induced; I didn’t have my face stuck in the end zone. And, I wasn’t swaddled. And I wasn’t breastfed. And I very much doubt I did skin-to-skin contact with my old man! Yet, like this little guy, I was loved. I was cared for. I was everything for someone. So, if he and I want to do nothing today, on day four of his life, but exist in our own symbiotic way without having to accomplish anything other than inhale and exhale together and occasionally sigh as a thought passes through our cerebellums, that’s fine. All is right with the world. The sun came up. The sun went down. No hurry. No need to accomplish. No deadlines. No rush to experience anything more than gratitude. Him for me. Me for him. My little grandson and I breathe, and that is all we need to do now. Just breathe.

Erika Hoffman

is a grandma who likes to record the moments in life that make her smile.

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Not Your Mother’s Kitchen

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Call of the Osprey by Linda O’Connell

Residents in all regions of the United States have had to deal with some type of destructive weather-related and/or natural disasters. My husband Bill and I have witnessed firsthand, damaging thunderstorms and the after effects of tornadoes, typical summer weather in the Midwest. We felt heartsick as we listened to the news accounts and saw horrific images pouring in from the Gulf Coast region. Along with the rest of the nation, we’d been tracking a hurricane as it built in category until it slammed into land and destroyed homes and lives all across the South. While not directly affected, our loss seemed insignificant compared to the devastation residents were experiencing. We received news that our favorite vacation spot on a Florida barrier island had been decimated, the road had been completely washed away. A few years later we headed south to witness recovery efforts. A park ranger nodded as we pulled up to the tiny temporary booth at the national park on a muggy summer day. “Road’s been repaired for about a week now. Camping’s strictly primitive, no electric, no bathroom facilities, no dump station; water’s questionable, nobody’s here yet. You’re our first visitors today.” Her tone was as gloomy as the weather.

Every summer, when we towed our camper behind us, I delighted in the breathtaking views of the bay and pastel painted, three story beach homes, hotels, and condos. The moment we crossed the toll bridge and turned onto the campground road, I’d suck in my breath at the vast gulf waters. This time, it wasn’t the seashore images that made it difficult to exhale without crying. It was difficult to fathom complete buildings reduced to rubble, still laying in piles on the two lane road. Swimming pools were undetectable as they were completely filled with displaced sand. The signs of recovery were still far and few between. We turned into the first campground loop and saw a graveyard of skeletal oaks, pines, and tropical trees hunched from the severe wind gusts. Large bushes that used to be lush with tropical pink crepe myrtle blossoms – backdrops for many of our old photos – were blasted white. Every single thing was saltencrusted. Every single thing was dead.

Perseverance and resilience are essential to rebuilding, one step at a time. With a foundation of faith and determination the spirit is bigger than adversity, and life does go on, regardless of the storms one must weather in life.

On every battered campsite, electric boxes dangled, their doors open like mouths agape in a last shout. The camp store was boarded up; the cow bell on the front door silenced. Fifty feet of boardwalk pier, stripped of planks, resembled two long racks of pickedclean rib bones jutting out of the sand into the sea. Our red pickup truck was the only splash of color on that dreary day.

“We won’t be staying; we just want to drive through and take a look at the damage the hurricane did to our little piece of paradise.”

My husband and I exited the truck and wandered around aimlessly. I unearthed buried seashells which evoked so many memories. I felt that to keep one would have made me a cemetery thief.

Nervous and uncertain about what we’d find, my husband and I drove five miles down the two lane strip of new asphalt. A few yards to our left, turquoise waves rolled up onto the white sandy shore. To our right was the calm bay where I used to walk barefoot and pray in the stillness of the early morning. I used to giggle at clusters of hermit crabs scampering into and out of their shells when I passed nearby.

Roaring waves slapped the shore and pounded a recognizable rhythm. I did not want the sea to drown out my recollections: recreation vehicles and campers in all sizes crammed side by side, strung with rainbow lights defining individuality and the delineation of personal space. In my imagination, I heard children’s high pitched squeals, the pierce so real, they echoed from palms heavy with burnished fronds.

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I looked up at the top of a dead Southern Live Oak and gasped when I spied a pile of broomstick-thick branches woven into a nest as deep and wide as our comfortable, overstuffed, living room chair. I nudged my husband and pointed. “Bill, look up there!”

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A fledgling osprey poked its head up and ventured farther out of its nest. It fluffed its downy feathers and screeched at us. Reassured by the call of its parents perched a branch over, the young one snuggled back down into the safety and comfort of its dwelling. The male osprey puffed up its chest like a sentry and blared a warning. For a few moments we stood on that barren ground and ballyhooed with giddiness, echoing one another. As we photographed the birds roosting just below the heavy cloud ceiling, a single ray of sunshine pierced the cloud and spotlighted the ospreys. I learned so much by observing the birds of prey that day. Trusting a fork high atop a dead tree to support their huge nest, they had persevered, built a shelter, and started over. I received an up close glimpse of what determination, hope, and renewal means. I felt privileged to witness a new beginning instead of an end. New life instead of death. Observing the ospreys taught me valuable life lessons. Perseverance and resilience are essential to rebuilding, one step at a time. With a foundation of faith and determination the spirit is bigger than adversity, and life does go on, regardless of the storms one must weather in life.

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Dinosaur by Susan Lewis

I’m 62 years old and my new boss is 29 years old. “29,” I tell myself. “Let that sink in,” I mumble as I start up the monitor and watch it come to life. Everything in my world is digital and I come from “The Planet of the Paper” where everything is...oh, scratch that...was written down, paper clipped or stapled neatly (after banging the papers on the desk to make sure each and every corner was perfect), labels written and put onto folders (if needed) and either neatly stacked up at the edge of the desk for filing later, or walked to a file cabinet, a drawer opened and the paper neatly put away. Pens and pencils were important as well as erasers and “White Out.” I remember “White Out” and open my desk drawer to see if I have any. I don’t. I ask my new boss if we have any. “What is it?” he asks. “What is what?” I ask, certain he was joking. “That ‘White’ thing you just asked about,” he says as he continues to stare intently at his smart phone and scroll. “Did you say ‘White In?”

tears into it. No one saw it coming and at the age of 60, I found myself unemployed for the first time since I was 16. Divorced, unemployed and going through menopause. I’ve had better days. But I somehow convinced this young man at a pizza parlor that he needed someone with my experience, wit, humor and charm to help him run his office so he could concentrate on sales. I had overheard him at the table behind me talking to his friend that he needed someone part-time. I immediately turned around in my chair and smiled as I stuck my hand out and introduced myself as the woman he was looking for. I made sure to put my slice of pizza down and wipe the grease off my hand. He looked perplexed but shook my hand out of reflex. I explained that I had overheard him, and I was looking for part-time work. I didn’t see the need to say I was past desperate and needed two full-time jobs just to catch up with some of my bills. Baby steps.

“No. White Out. It’s this liquid that’s white that you use to hide a mistake in typing...”

His friend, a funny and loud woman, kept poking him in his ribs and slapping him on his arm while we spoke, saying, “You’ve got to hire her! You’ve got to!”

“Just use your backspace key...” “Right! Yes, of course. I was just kidding,” I say as I walk back to my desk and close the drawer. I only have one drawer in my desk. Who only needs one drawer in a desk?

After chatting for a while, we set-up a time to meet. I brought in my resume – which was the first one I had ever done – and gave him some references. I had called them the night before and threatened them with a long, slow, lingering death if they said anything stupid.

People who don’t have White Out or envelopes or stamps, that’s who. I log on and start reading my emails. This is a new job for me after suddenly being laid-off with everyone else from a company I had spent 20 years of my life building and putting my blood, sweat and

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It must have worked because I got the job and found myself looking for White Out along with paper clips, a stapler, notepads, and an eraser.

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“We’re totally paperless, so you know how to scan and save documents, right?” I nodded. I figured I would Google that as soon as he walked away. It took me two days to learn how to transfer a phone call. There was no way to put it on hold, yell for him to pick it up and have him push the blinking light and answer the damn call.

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No. I had to figure out the icons on what was the hold button, tap that and then look at the screen on the phone, find the little circle thingy and use that to scroll to something else, tap that, then go to another screen to put in HIS extension, push another key to ring his line, and then wait for him to pick-up. All the while, he’s sitting 10 feet from me. After the first week, he said he thought it was going well, and it was. He didn’t see me leave in tears on the days when I had no idea how to fax from my computer, or how to get the stupid printer to just print one damn piece of paper or the 20 minutes it took me to figure out how to get that one document onto a flash drive and then over to the hard drive to upload and scan somewhere for somebody to read, because being the professional that I am, I waited until I get into my car to have my nervous breakdown and crying fit. On the days when an ill-tempered and rude client calls or comes in and thinks they can be hateful to me, I smile sweetly and let them know they are attempting to mess with a woman who not only lived in a time when we had rotary phones and only three TV stations to choose from, but who also knew how to use a letter opener that I always have with me (next to the stamps and erasers) and that I would be more than willing to demonstrate up close and personal what I would do with it if they didn’t learn some manners. Being a dinosaur has its perks.

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–Read It!–

Nicole Says…Read These Books Through the year, Sasee will review one tried and true favorite author plus one new favorite to try!

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

It was an average day in Maine; everyone is hanging out at the local mall when the shooting occurs. Despite only lasting a few minutes, this event forever changes the town and its residents. The survivors of that fateful day grow up looking over their shoulders, some becoming heroes, some hiding as best as they can, while some find a reason to love. However, when murders start popping up, the survivors fear they are next. This book is about surviving tragic events. The mass shooting sets a new path for each of the survivors. There is a classic Nora Roberts romance story line that eases the tension of the current day murders. The author realistically shares how one event can forever change a person’s life.

I admit, I have only read four books by Nora Roberts. I read the Guardians Trilogy last year, to see what her writing style was like. (I loved the settings in this series.) As you might have guessed, I read every genre and have read a lot of current authors. However, I have made it a goal to start reading a few well-known authors that numerous readers swear by, such as Robert Ludlum or Nora Roberts. I also read to escape reality, so you must be wondering why I read a book about a mass shooting… I wanted to see how the author handled the emotions and the aftermath. Let’s face it, we all see/hear the daily news, it is heartbreaking and disturbing, and unfortunately they are breaking with new reports from other scenes before the healing process can even begin. I appreciate how this author took the time to share that these tragic events are life altering for everyone involved, and I hope that readers will be encouraged to remember past events and check in/help out survivors who are still reeling.

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird

Cathay Williams was born a slave in Missouri. When the Union army invaded, all the slaves were taken in and forced to help the war efforts by serving as cooks or nurses. Cathay traveled with the army as an assistant cook, watching men of all races fight for their country. Since she was usually mistaken as a man, and determined to find her family, she disguised herself and joined the Buffalo Soldiers after the war was over. Sarah Bird did an incredible job blending real people and events into a page-turning novel. There is a little bit of everything in this novel, from war to romance. Not all is true, so readers who enjoy this story may want to do some research afterwards. The author brilliantly captured Cathay’s spirit and showed her remarkable determination. The author brings to the forefront a woman who helped change the course of history and readers will not want to put this book down! I love historical fiction. It is one of my all-time favorite genres! Over

the last couple of years, there has been a big boom in new historical fiction titles being released, with a vast majority being centered around WWII. This book was one I chose to read purely based on the title. It grabbed my eye and when I read the blurb, I knew it was going to the top of my “To Read” stack for the weekend. I grew up in a part of Virginia where numerous battles took place. In school, we learned about the war through our state history classes, as well as national history classes. I remembered the Buffalo Soldiers, and I vaguely remembered there may have been a woman disguised as a man. However, after reading this story I wanted to do more research on Cathay Williams, as she was truly an incredible woman. I am now on the hunt for more Sarah Bird books.

Reviews by Nicole McManus

Nicole loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at ARIESGRLREVIEW.COM.


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Our Little Genius by Diane Stark

“Guess what Jordan did last night?” I said to my co-worker. He smiled slightly. “What did the most amazing eight-month-old on the planet do last night?” I launched into a ten-minute description of the adorable thing my son had done the night before. At the end, I expected my co-worker to be as delighted as I was with my son’s precociousness. Instead, he seemed almost irritated. “Diane, I have to tell you something, and you’re not going to like it. But I mean it in the nicest way possible.” He paused and blurted out, “No one in this office will ever think your baby is half as fascinating as you do, and the stories you tell aren’t all that interesting to the rest of us.” My mouth dropped open. He shrugged. “Sorry. I meant it nicely.” “So I’ve been annoying everyone here by talking about my baby too much?” He nodded. “Yeah, but we were too polite to tell you. Well, until now, that is.” “I guess I appreciate your honesty,” I said. “And I’ll definitely try to cut back on the baby stories from now on.” And although I did try to talk less about my son after that painful and embarrassing conversation, I found it difficult to fathom that other people weren’t completely enthralled by his existence on this planet. He was all I could think about, and the fact that others weren’t even interested in his latest milestone was hard for me to imagine. He was, after all, just so fascinating. As a Dog Mom, I often feel the same way. My Pomeranian poodle mix, Piper, is the sweetest, smartest, cutest dog on the planet, and the idea

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that a human being exists who wouldn’t fall in love with her is unimaginable to me. Take the furnace repair guy who came to our house last week. I answered the door, holding Piper in my arms. (She has a habit of darting out the open front door so we can play “tag” in the yard, whether I want to or not.) I expected the repair man’s face to melt into the “Awwwww” face I make every time I see my precious pooch. But he merely walked in, put those paper booties over his shoes so he wouldn’t mess up my carpet, and got to work. I was offended on Piper’s behalf. Even my own husband is guilty of not properly appreciating how utterly fascinating our sweet girl is. “Honey, guess what Piper did today?” I said one evening when he got home from work. He pretended to think for a minute. “Um, slept? Chewed on a bone? Pooped outside hopefully?” “Yes, she did all of those things, but she also learned a new trick,” I said. “Piper gave me a high five on my foot.” He gave me a weird look. “Piper has been giving high fives for months now.” “I know, but today, I held up my foot and said ‘High Five,’ and she touched her paw to my foot.” Another weird look. “I wouldn’t really consider that a new trick.” I shrugged. “Well, guess what else she did. This is really impressive. It proves what I’ve been telling you all along about how smart she is.” Eric sighed. “Please tell me.” “I was upstairs folding laundry and I heard Piper in the kitchen, pushing her water bowl with her paw. You know how she pushes it against the wall so we hear the sound and know that we need to fill it for her?” He nodded impatiently. “Well, she was pushing her dish, but I was busy so I ignored her. She came upstairs and stared at me and then ran back to the kitchen to hit her dish again. I called out, ‘Piper, I’m busy, Honey. I’ll fill it in a minute.’” My husband nodded again. “Because she understands everything you say to her.” I stuck out my lip, pouting. “I counted and Piper understands 27 words.

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That’s a huge vocabulary for a pomapoo.” Eric rolled his eyes. “The water dish?” He prompted. “Yes, anyway, so when I didn’t come downstairs to fill her dish, she rang her bell to tell me she needed to go outside. I was worried that if I didn’t take her out, she’d have an accident, so I set the laundry aside and came downstairs right away. As soon as she saw me, she ran away from the door and back to her water dish. She pushed it with her paw and gave me a look that clearly said, ‘I win.’” “So she rang the potty bell as a ploy to get you to come downstairs and fill her water dish?” I nodded triumphantly. “It was a genius move, don’t you think?” Eric smirked. “You’re pleased that you were outsmarted by a pomapoo?” “An extremely intelligent pomapoo,” I corrected. Eric rolled his eyes, but later that night, I caught him snuggling on the couch with Piper. “Who’s a smart girl?” He cooed in her ear. “You are. You’re the smartest, cutest puppy in the whole, wide world.” As I watched my husband love on our puppy, I loved both of them a little bit more. I also realized that one of my favorite things about being married is the unique bond my husband and I share because we love the same little people the exact same amount. Eric is the only person on this planet who will ever be as fascinated with my offspring as I am. He loves our kids as much as I do, and I am so very blessed to be married to him. Plus, he will never tire of hearing stories that start with, “Guess what one of our little geniuses did today.” Even when that Little Genius is a pomapoo named Piper.

Diane Stark

is a wife and mom of five. She loves to write about her family and her faith. Her essays have been published in over 20 Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

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Explore the Art Trail by Joan Leotta

With the help of one little rack card, visitors and residents now have a guide to direct art-inspired meanderings up and down the Grand Strand – from Calabash, North Carolina, south to Georgetown. Local art galleries, museums and restaurants with galleries show their connection and invite all to enjoy the many venues promoting visual art in our community. Called the Grand Strand Art Trail, this rack card list is the brainchild of John Morken, Executive Director, of the non-profit organization. The Arts Grand Strand (theartsgrandstrand.org). The rack card is one of the many efforts of Morken’s group to showcase all of the area’s arts opportunities, including exhibits and performances, and to show the connection between the arts in our community. As Barbara Streeter, a board member of the group and owner of Conway Art Glass says, “The arts here are more connected than most people realize. The rack card offers an opportunity for people to see the vast reach of the visual arts in Horry County and its neighbors. The area is so large; it is especially hard for visitors to learn about places not directly on the beach.” Ginny Lassiter, owner of the Sunset River Marketplace, an art gallery and the northernmost place on the card says of the Art Trail card, “I do not know of another marketing piece in print that does what this one does. It is easy to follow and appeals to the people that galleries and art venues hope to attract.” Pat Goodwin, Director of the Myrtle Beach Art Museum says, “People coming to the gallery often ask us if there are other galleries in the area. We recommend a few but now we have an organized list to offer in the form of the card. It’s great only to see the number of museums, galleries and art-themed restaurants along the Grand Strand and how the card brings us together to tell our collective story.” Anyone who wants can print out a copy of the art trail from the web at theartsgrandstrand.org. Visiting the site is also a great way to find out what is going on in the other arts – music, theater, classes and performances – in our area. The Art Trail cards are also available in the twenty-one trail locations and will be given out at area special events. This fall, paid guided tours of the Art Trail will be available with Robin McCall of Storehouse Tours. She says that because of the size of the county her day trips will be broken into three segments – north, center and south – on October 24, 25 and 26. Check her site for price and availability. Check out The Arts Grand Strand website for the latest information on the wide swath of cultural arts that washes over the sands in Myrtle Beach every single day. (theartsgrandstrand.org)

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of Calabash, North Carolina, has been playing with words since childhood. She is a journalist, playwright, short story writer and author of several mysteries and romances as well as a poet. She also performs folklore and one-woman shows on historic figures.

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Simply Grand

by Diane DeVaughn Stokes It was 1989. Hurricane Hugo was approaching the area and it was the first real scare my husband Chuck and I had with hurricanes since moving to the Grand Strand in 1984. That day we had been shooting a video for a convention in Litchfield. Around noon the hotel reported that an evacuation was occurring east of the waterway, and all activities must come to a halt. We looked outside and everything looked fine, peaceful, a perfect fall day. The folks we were working for were all from Greenville, and the Litchfield Inn’s General Manager suggested they get on the road back home before conditions worsened. We hated it of course, as this was one of the first big jobs with an out of the area company since starting our business, Stages Video Productions. Up until this point, we mostly shot TV commercials and marketing videos in the area.

those on the east were being evacuated, including all our friends and on-air co-workers. So, one by one, they started to ask if they could hang out at our house till the storm passed so they could cover the situation first thing in the morning. It’s important to remind you that back then, WBTW was operating out of a small office across from Waccamaw Pottery with the main studio still in Florence. Cox Cable was on Oak Street, and there were no full time network TV stations here yet. And back in 1989, hurricanes were not tracked and reported on weeks in advance like they are now. But needless to say, the police were serious about getting everyone out of Myrtle Beach, and the Cox Cable newsroom was shut down. Not long afterwards, the evacuation spread west of the waterway, and WBTW’s office was closed down as well. And perhaps we would have gone to our parents’ homes at that point but we had already opened our doors to our friends. Besides, we were young, foolish and invincible.

As we packed up our gear, it was hard to believe the hurricane threat was real, and yet we knew that for a hotel to evacuate all of its guests, this was serious. Both Chuck and I recall, however, a real solemnness in the air as we approached our van, and the sky had a grayness that we have never seen since. But the sun was still shinning. Back in Myrtle Beach, we learned that everyone was battening down the hatches. I was not only working with my husband in our own business at the time, but was also the talk-show host and producer for Cox Cable’s “Southern Style” (later it became Time Warner), and WBTW’s “Grand Strand Gazette.” Obviously, when I checked in with my media employers, I was informed to the status of the approaching hurricane. It was frightening.

The female news anchor from WBTW’s Myrtle Beach office, her five-month old baby girl, Cox Cable’s two anchormen and a sales woman all came to spend the night.

Our parents phoned and begged us to come stay with them in either Florence, where my parents lived, or Sumter, where Chuck’s parents resided. But we assured them that our neighborhood was not under the evacuation.

Every one of our storm troopers, as we referred to them, arrived at our home with wine, beer and booze. First they all drank, and then we cooked hot dogs and hamburgers. The alcohol kept flowing as the winds pummeled the house, and pine tree limbs snapped like the crackling of a winter fireplace. As for me, I have never been much of a drinker. I remained totally sober. My mistake on this night, as I never slept a wink and was scared out of my wits listening to the howling winds, rattling windows, and nature’s chaos as my intoxicated friends and husband slept like kittens whose bellies were filled with their mother’s milk. I was amazed that they could sleep soundly through this devastation. I cried alone and prayed.

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When the sun came up I woke the others, and we were all shocked to see trees down everywhere. The neighborhood looked like a war-zone and the Loblolly pines on Loblolly Lane where we lived, had won the war. Gradually though, everyone went to their offices except for me, as I knew the news departments would be scrambling that day, but no one cared about watching a TV talk-show! I stayed home and took care of my friend’s baby and cried some more after receiving the bad news that so much of our beautiful community was gone, with homes and businesses floating in the ocean. I knew we would re-group, but it would be a long time before we would be back to any state of normalcy. The aftermath was painful for sure, but the strength we gathered as we worked together to rebuild the Myrtle Beach area bonded us in a very meaningful way. Neighbors pitched in to help others they did not know before, and hearts were open to do whatever it took to make the area profitable again and bring back tourism, our main livelihood. And so, each and every hurricane season, I, like so many others, hold my breath and pray. The storm surge of Hugo and other storms since, live on in our memory. And we must never forget, and indeed rally in the spunk and spirit that kicked in amongst us all when we were down and out at our worst. It’s times like these that we realize what is really important. We must put aside the politics and angst of each individual area town and city, and work as one sole community, with hands and hearts outstretched for each other. That is what has made the Grand Strand so GRAND in the past and will continue to make it simply GRAND in the future!

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The Joy of Decluttering by Cheryl Maguire

“Does this spark joy?” I asked myself. Cradling an apple spice candle in my hand, I sniffed the top of it. The scent is gone probably from sitting in the attic for 15 years, I thought. It definitely isn’t sparking any joy. I tossed it in the overflowing trash pile. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo had been a best seller for 86 weeks when I first discovered it. That discovery preempted a month-long marathon decluttering of my house. I emptied every drawer, closet and bin which resulted in eleven bags for donation and ten for the garbage. I consider myself a “neat freak” yet if I wrote a book how I “clean up” it would end up in the clearance bin. My three children get annoyed with my “neat freak” ways. When they’re eating a meal, I’m right there wiping away the crumbs. Labeled bins hold their toys, clothes or sports gear. If they don’t put their things in the proper place, they are going to deal with my wrath.

When I first heard of this book, I couldn’t figure out how she sold so many copies of a book about the least exciting topic I can think of. But as I read her book, I hung on every word. It was more captivating than the psychological thrillers I usually read. The deeper I delved, the clearer the central theme of the book became – to have the reader analyze their relationship to material items. In the book, Kondo states, “Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.” Even though everything I own is neatly stacked or stored in a bin, I rarely get rid of things. Like Kondo said, I definitely was under the delusion I was living a clutter-free life. “You will never use spare buttons,” Kondo states. She’s right I’ve never sewed a button on a shirt in my life, so why did I have a pile of buttons in my drawer? I could no longer ignore the clutter. “If you see an (electrical or cable) cord and wonder what on earth it’s for, chances are you’ll never use it again,” Kondo states. When I looked at the bag of unidentified cords I owned, I realized I had not used any of the cords since I created the collection. The book got me to think about how I acquired each object I owned and why I held on to it. I realized that there was a pattern to why I kept items. I worried I might need it in the future or felt guilty about never using it. It was time for me to initiate step one in her book, “start by discarding, all at once, intensely and completely.” The process of discarding according to Kondo should focus on, “what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” She suggests you do this by holding each item you own and ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” At first, this question seemed ridiculous to me, but I tried it despite my misgivings.

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“If you only keep the items which spark joy, then you surround yourself with things that make you happy,” Kondo says. This reorganization of your material things can lead to a transformation in your life and perception. For me, the biggest transformation came through discarding my unused items and unworn clothing. Kondo refers to this as, “the magic effect of tidying.” She recommends saying to yourself, “Thank you for teaching me what doesn’t suit me.” This simple reframing thought process helped me to take my unworn red shirt with the tags on it and place it in the donation pile. Kondo says when you are done tidying, “You can see quite clearly what you need in your life and what don’t, and what you should and shouldn’t do.” She says it will increase your confidence since the process involves making decisions about whether or not to keep items. You are also forced to confront decisions you made in selecting your possessions and to hopefully learn from poor decisions. When I finished tidying I felt a sense of accomplishment. Opening a drawer and finding a pen without any useless buttons, gave me pride in my ability to get rid of unnecessary things. I experienced a life transformation as well. In the fourth grade, I wrote my first book which my teacher typed using a typewriter and a cloth to create a cover. I found this book while cleaning. It was a reminder of my love for writing which I had dabbled in throughout the years. Once I “cleaned house” I decided to actively pursue freelance writing which has led to publishing my writing in publications such as Parents Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Upworthy, Twins Magazine and other publications. Being a stay-at-home mom can feel isolating. Writing has allowed me to meet other people and feel connected to them. Like Kondo says, I put my space in order, in a way that changed my life forever.

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holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is the mother of twins and a daughter. Her writing has been published in Parents Magazine, Upworthy, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings and Twins Magazine. You can find her at Twitter @CherylMaguire05

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FINE GIFTS Dress with Joy by Paula Farish

We all feel better and more confident if we’re dressed appropriately – whether we’re going to the beach, meeting friends for lunch or whatever we may be doing. At Fancy Free, a Coastal Collection, we focus on clothing geared toward our area. We all know that if you don’t like the weather on the Grand Strand, hang around and it will change! Fun prints and ocean colors are always so pretty. I love blues, greens and sunset colors – things that are light and airy and fun make me feel good. But before you start adding new items, go through your closet and get rid of the things that need to go – you know the pieces that take the joy out of getting dressed. Then, only add new pieces that are comfortable and transitional for our ever changing weather! Let your clothing reflect your personality – not just the cookie cutter styles that are “in” at the moment. Lace is huge right now, but it’s not me. I love it on other people, but if I put it on I feel like I’m wearing someone else’s clothes. If you put something on and you feel like you’re wearing someone else’s clothes, get rid of it!

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Sylvia Plyler: A Note of Excellence by Leslie Moore

Choral Director at Waccamaw High School in Pawleys Island, Sylvia Plyler’s journey to becoming a high school choral director and leader of an award winning choral group was a little different than some music teachers. A native of Darlington, South Carolina, marriage, education and jobs led Sylvia to Colorado where she was working and raising her four children. “I was a church music director, private teacher for years and taught studio lessons at a private school,” Sylvia began. “While my children were still very young, I decided to continue my studies and I auditioned for vocal performance at Lamont Conservatory, University of Denver in Colorado.” Even considering attending this prestigious conservatory made Sylvia nervous, but she took a chance and was accepted – and given a full four-year scholarship. “After I graduated, I went on to earn my Master’s degree in Choral Directing and Education – Vocal Performance, giving me my biggest edge into the public schools.” Sylvia laughs when she remembers those years. “I don’t know how I did it with four small children, but I’m glad I did!” Sylvia taught while her children were growing up and the years passed quickly. One day, she received a call from a friend in South Carolina, encouraging her to apply for a job as music director at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church and move back home. Sylvia knew she was ready to come home to her beloved South Carolina. “I came to Pawleys Island and interviewed, and by December of 2011, I was living here and working at the church.” “After I came to Pawleys Island, I would watch the teaching jobs, not really looking for a job, but, after all, I am a teacher!” Sylvia always enjoyed attending the concerts at Waccamaw High School and at the spring 2013 concert, a friend gave her the news that the current choral director was retiring and asked if she might be interested in the job. The rest is history, and in the fall of 2013, Sylvia took over as the new Chorus teacher for Waccamaw High School. Life in Pawleys Island is just wonderful as Sylvia imagined it would be. “My friend who first asked me to come home said this would be a

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magical place for me,” she remembers. And it has been magical. In 2015, Sylvia married Gary Plyler after they dated for nearly three years. Her four children are doing well; she has two grandchildren, with two more on the way, and a career that is deeply satisfying. This dedicated music teacher has made the choral program her own, bringing the best of the school’s talent together to form the WHS Choralaires, a group that has performed around the Grand Strand area and represents the excellence of Waccamaw Warriors. “I think anytime you go into a program you want to plant the seeds of your own passion. I knew where it needed to go and just had to figure out how to get from A to B.” Today, the group is a huge source of pride for the school and auditions are extremely competitive. “It has taken time and will continue to build. We had to erase the cultural divisions and become a family. Today, I see how much these kids support each other behind the scenes – it affects everything that happens on stage.”

Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art proudly supports the arts in our Georgetown County Schools. In addition to supplying keyboards and choral binders for Waccamaw High School, last year, the organization purchased supplies for the Brown’s Ferry Elementary School band. Each year, Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art takes artists into the schools to provide instruction and mini-concerts. This season, artists will go into five different schools in the county as well as hosting an entire elementary grade at the performance tent. Hundreds of free concert tickets are donated to low income families and seniors, as well as Georgetown County K-12 students and teachers.

“This year, we will continue to maintain the underlying mission. We have some incredible repertoire picked out that will showcase what we learn in the classroom.” Along with teaching music, Sylvia makes sure her students are emotionally ready to perform. “My job is to get them ready for a concert so they’ll be comfortable. Knowledge brings comfort. And comfort brings fun and joy in performing.” Sylvia went on to say she also stresses the importance of appreciating every moment. “I tell my students that everything they do creates a memory. This exact audience will never be sitting in these seats watching you perform ever again. Make it special.” Even with talented students and a dedicated teacher, tight budgets are always an obstacle. “Donations to our program are so important,” said Sylvia. “The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art has donated 20 keyboards to our lab, changing the learning experience for students. One student really struggled in the beginning, but he learned his scales and chords. He says he wants to be a musician for life!” The local music festival also donated choral binders that will be used for many years to come. As we finished our chat, Sylvia told me she had a big announcement to share. “I’ve been named director of the BEACH [gifted and talented] music program,” she told me excitedly. “I’ll teach gifted students from all over the county once a week in Georgetown, and we’ll have a fall and spring concert.” To support these programs, call Sylvia Plyler at Waccamaw High School at 843-237-9899 or email at swarr@gcsd.k12.sc.us. The Waccamaw Chorus and Choralaires first concert will be held Tuesday, December 4th, and is free and open to the public.

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Storm Warning by Rose Ann Sinay

Friends and I decided to crash a local Mediums’ Convention. None of us believed in fortune tellers. It had just seemed like a fun thing to do – like bringing out the Magic 8-Ball at a sleep over when we were teenagers. Though we wouldn’t admit it, we secretly hoped to hear that we would soon meet the men of our dreams, each of us would have a boy and a girl, and all of us would have successful careers. We searched the room filled with self-proclaimed psychics for the perfect purveyor of our dreams. The woman I chose looked like anybody’s grandmother. “I’m getting a strong reading,” she said immediately. You have a boat – an old boat. You must be very careful. It’s been in several . . . mishaps.” I turned around to see if someone was standing behind me. Was she talking to me? This was not the conversation I had imagined. “I see concrete steps in an open field. No house; just steps.” “You must be getting someone else’s vibe,” I said. Disappointed, I moved to the next table. *** “Let’s take a walk on the dock before we eat,” my husband suggested when we arrived at our favorite seafood restaurant. It was a beautiful evening, and the marina was dotted with an assortment of boats casting their reflections on the silky calm water. “Wouldn’t it be nice to go sailing on the weekends?” Terry asked. “It’s something we could do together.” “We can dream about it,” I said admiring the yachts in their slips. He pointed to an older wooden boat. It was streamlined and cut low for speed. Its white canvas was furled around the mast. Terry had the same expression on his face as he did when he looked at a coveted golf club, Red Sox tickets, or a juicy prime rib.

“The one with the blue trim?” I asked eyeing the fiberglass beauty floating just beyond the sailboat. It was bigger than the older boat, had a good-sized engine, and sat much higher out of the water. I could picture myself lounging on the cushions while a gentle breeze blew my hair into a sexy tousle. My husband shook his head. “That’s a powerboat. We’re going to sail through life. Happy first anniversary,” he said with a smile, knowing he’d just delivered a romantic line. I bought it – hook, line and sinker. *** Surprisingly, sailing wasn’t the chore I thought it would be. I learned how to tack, come about and trim the sails. I deftly ducked the boom and was able to raise the jib for maximum speed in a light breeze. The wind in my hair left a knotted mess instead of a sexy tousle, but I didn’t mind. It was fun working the boat as a team. We hadn’t planned to be out so long that particular day, but time had just slipped by. We barely noticed when the wind turned up a notch. But, when thick black clouds seemed to come out of nowhere, it was cause for concern. Within minutes, we were traveling faster than we’d gone before. We cut through the (now) slightly choppy water like a shark on a mission. Terry turned the rudder to luff the sails, slowing our speed, and allowing us to change the direction of the boat. We scrambled when a large powerboat raced by us close enough to create a wake that made our small boat heave back and forth as our sails waffled. My husband regained control of the lines and began to tack into the wind. Fat raindrops fell from the dark fast-moving clouds. The wind continually changed direction. At the rate we were going, it would take hours to get back to shore. I pulled on the mainsail rigging and felt a pulley at the


top of the mast let go. In a frenzy of activity, we managed to get the sail down and lashed. After a few minutes, we realized the wind was too strong and unpredictable for our skills; we needed to lower the jib, as well. We would have to use the small motor saved for windless moments.

That night, as I lay in my bed safe and sound, I thought about the psychic’s warning. Was it just coincidence? Had her words actually been meant for me? Either way, we had “weathered” a storm and come out of it a little stronger and a lot smarter.

Terry lowered the motor in place. The first pull on the cord produced nothing; the second – not even a cough. The fortune teller’s comments (from the convention years ago) came back to me like a strike of lighting: you have an older boat . . . mishaps . . . you need to be very careful. On the third pull, the motor sputtered, but caught. It propelled us forward at a snail’s pace. The tiny engine wasn’t meant to power through a storm, but it could buy us time for it to pass.

As for the cement steps in an open field – well, that’s a whole ‘nother story.

Finally, we reached the cove, but we weren’t home free. Between the swirling currents and altering winds, we had to maneuver our boat to the mooring without hitting any of the anchored vessels. I ran to the bow and laid across the top in time to push us away from the blue-trimmed beauty I had coveted months before. A few more close calls and we were in position to grab the anchored buoy. My husband quickly attached the boat to the mooring. We sat motionless for a moment letting the rain wash over us. I started to giggle. We could have been knocked overboard, eaten by sharks, or tangled in seaweed. I had been too busy to be scared out of my mind. I had actually used my body as a buffer for the boats! Between my trembling knees and fits of uncontrollable laughter, I barely made it into the dinghy.

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Kids and Pets – the Perfect Combination A Conversation with Devon Smith, Executive Director of St. Frances Animal Center

Devon Smith, the energetic leader of St. Frances Animal Center, is passionate about her work and loves talking about how our pets enrich our lives. “There is so much research to indicate how good pets are for kids,” Devon told me when I asked her to talk about families adopting a shelter pet. “Kids who have a dog or cat have fewer allergies and actually get sick less often. Pet ownership improves kids’ self-confidence, and their ability to relate to other people. Children on the autism spectrum can also greatly benefit from the one-on-one relationship with an animal.”

not going to happen. “Parents have to be ultimately responsible while teaching their child how to be a good pet owner.” Shelters like St. Frances Animal Center and other animal rescue organizations have trained staff to help you choose the perfect new addition to your family. “Give the shelter an idea of what you’re looking for – think about size, energy level and what type of pet you’d like, whether a dog or a cat or even a guinea pig or ferret.” She adds that dogs usually involve more work – they have to be trained and walked every day, requiring more attention than cats or other animals. “Most shelters can recommend which dogs are best for children. We know our animals.”

There are so many reasons to adopt a new four-legged family member, but Devon wants to make sure you set yourself up for success. “It’s important to assess your resources in order to make a successful “I wish more people would consider adopting match,” Devon began. “Parents need to think a senior pet,” Devon said emphatically. about several things before adopting – How “Adopting a cute puppy is fun, but if you don’t much time do you have? Do you have a yard or train them properly, you will end up with an unruly do you live in an apartment or town home? How one-year-old that is hard to handle. Senior dogs are old are your children?” As a shelter worker, Devon sees already trained, more laid back and generally easier for the tragedy of unsuccessful adoptions. “It’s hard to adopt A n t o i n e h o l d i n g T o b y an active family.” an animal and then realize it’s not going to work out. Adopting an animal and then returning it can be hard on the animal and the child. It doesn’t teach your child the correct way If you’re not sure about adopting, volunteering with your child is a great place to start. St. Frances Animal Center encourages children to volunteer to bring an animal into the family.” at the shelter and has ongoing programs for kids and their parents to learn Children under the age of six should always be supervised with any how to interact appropriately with animals. Children can read to animals or participate in organized walks during the cooler months. animal and taught to respect the animal’s body language. “It’s important to talk to your child about how animals communicate with us,” Devon said. “Teach them how to pet their dog or cat, and how to discern when St. Frances Animal Center is located at 125 North Ridge Road in Georgetown. Call 843-546-0780 or visit www.sfanimals.org to find out more about how the animal is not happy.” She also stresses that young children are not to help an animal in need! going to be able to be responsible for all of the animal’s care – it’s just

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Music on Main Thursdays, concerts 7-9pm, Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, free. For more info, call 843-280-5570 or visit http://parks.nmb.us.

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Annual 9/11 Benefit Dead Dog Saloon, Murrells Inlet, doors open at 11am, free All American Buffet all day, live auctions, silent auctions, 50/50 raffle, all proceeds to benefit local police and fire departments. For more info, call 843-651-0664 or visit www.deaddogsaloon.com.

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SOS Fall Migration various events, Main St., North Myrtle Beach. For more info, call 843-281-2662 or visit www.shagdance.com.

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Bullfrog Band Sounds of Summer Concert Series, 7pm, NMB Park & Sports Complex at the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater, Little River, free. For more info, call 843- 280-5594 ext. 3 or visit http://parks.nmb.us.

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