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who’s who Publisher

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Sales & Marketing Director

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Editor

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Account Executives Amanda Kennedy-Colie Erica Schneider Gay Stackhouse Celia Wester

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Art Director Taylor Nelson

Photography Director Patrick Sullivan

Graphic Artists Stephanie Holman Scott Konradt

Accounting Ronald Pacetti

Administrative Assistant Laura Lenhardt

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Executive Publishers Jim Creel Bill Hennecy

Featured To Fly by Joan Leotta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Yenta Forever by Diane DeVaughn Stokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Road Trippin’ With Grandma by Cathy C. Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Low Country Garden Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 My Walgreen’s Moment by Janey Womeldorf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Southern Snaps by Connie Barnard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Expecting Decadence by Diane Stark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Hello World. I’m Back by Susan DeBow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Notes for Newcomers: Women Shaping the Grand Strand by Phil La Borie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Sasee Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

In This Issue Sustainable Seas: Chris Conklin, Seven Seas Seafood Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Read It! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Mom in Flight: Suzanne Kelley, Weekends Around the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Jetsetting Job: Andrew Schwarek, From Sasee Intern to Travel Writer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Journeys of the Heart: Clarice Holden, Island Breeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 July Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

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Pen & Brush readers’ comments

letter from the editor A few weeks ago, on Father’s Day, I was riding along the Blue Ridge Parkway with two good friends. Marcia, Gail and I spent a long weekend at another friend’s mountain cabin and had decided to spend the day hiking and seeing a few of the spectacular sites along this scenic highway. I hadn’t been on the Parkway for quite a few years, but spent a lot of time there growing up when my parents would go to visit relatives and enjoy the cool mountain air. My daddy grew up in the North Carolina mountains and instilled his love of this unique and beautiful part of the world with me. He grew up the son of a poor farmer who made most of his money selling homegrown moonshine and left home when he was a teenager, only returning years later for visits. But, his heart stayed in those mountains, and when we would visit, I would see a different man, someone a little freer – maybe a little more like the determined young man who left that red clay farm so many years ago to make his way in the world. Daddy was an older father, 52 when I was born, and I lost him many years ago. But that day, I heard his voice, his laughter and saw his face reflected in the water of clear mountain streams. A few times his presence was so strong I found myself in tears. In a short six hour drive, I found my father again, a blessing I never expected to receive. May the travels you embark upon this summer bring you unexpected gifts and peace. As always, I would love to hear about your travel blessings – find me on the Sasee Facebook page or website – or just drop me a note or email.

Love the June cover and use of collage expression – may use the idea with some of my projects. Great issue…I read my mom’s when I go visit! – Alice RE: Sasee essay, “Beautiful From the Inside Out,” by Francine L. Billingslea Looking – and feeling – beautiful from the inside out is the best way for all of us isn’t it? – Cheryl RE: Sasee essay “The Long and the Short of It”, by Kim Seeley Great article. It all sounds so familiar to me and brings back days gone by of miniskirts and knee boots! – Brenda Beautiful [June] Cover! It is simply awesome to see you present opportunities for artists as such. There cannot be a better way to honor and celebrate them and their work – especially in their lifetime. – Roopa

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Patrick Bornemann The Sower of Poppies,, by Patrick Bornemann Born in Africa and raised in Europe, Patrick Bornemann has been painting since he was a child. His artistic training was accomplished in Marseille, Nice and Venice. He started his family young and, concerned about supporting them as an artist, went into a career in design and film. He traveled extensively and created great international projects, but never gave up his art. Because he painted many murals, Patrick naturally began to paint on large canvases, enjoying the larger movement of the brush strokes. Three years ago, a friend from Los Angeles asked the artist to exhibit 16 large canvases in Beverly Hills. It was such a success that Patrick began to sell his paintings to collectors, designers and architects in the U.S. and around the world. Today the artist spends more time in his studio than on construction sites, but still works on movie sets because he is inspired by the people he meets, living somewhere between loneliness and a busy social life. Patrick’s only immediate project is continuing to experiment and explore his artistic life. To see more of the artist’s work, visit his Etsy store, www.etsy.com/shop/ ArtCalifornia or his website, www.patrickbornemann.com.

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Voice

To Fly

by Joan Leotta Domenico Modugno sold me my first car. Although a Northern Virginia Chrysler Plymouth salesman pocketed the commission, all the work of convincing me to buy the car was done by Modugno’s award winning song, Volare. The rolling lyrics of this ballad about love, achieving one’s dreams, and the simple freedom of dreaming one’s way into the sky, were stamped on my psyche. I was twenty-seven when I bought my first car. Although the “sporty” car I looked at in the showroom was really nothing much more than a re-named “Duster,” the brand’s name of Volare caught my imagination. I had no idea what to look for in a car. My dad tried to give me some advice. I duly wrote it all down. The Volare that had caught my attention seemed to fit all my needs. My father and other male relatives were in Pittsburgh, so in order to avoid the real or imaginary dreaded “She’s a girl so ignore her” syndrome of car shopping, I asked a male friend to drive me to the nearest Chrysler Plymouth dealership. A friend drove me to the dealership. After telling the salesman I was interested in a Volare, he walked us to the back of the lot. There he showed me a blue, two door model of the car inspired by the song. As soon as I saw it, the words Nel blu dipinto di blu (in the blue sky, painted blue) wafted into my brain. What a beautiful machine! The salesman asked us to walk back up to the showroom while he extracted the car from its back row space and brought it up for me to test drive. Distracted by the car’s beauty, I didn’t notice how long it took the salesman to meet us back at the main showroom with the vehicle. By the end of the evening I had signed the papers, and the car was mine. I named it, “Victor.” Victor was all I had dreamed and more. However, there was a problem with the starter that caused me to have to warm it up for a full ten minutes before putting it into gear after turning the key. That was why it had taken the salesman so long to bring it up to me from the back lot. Those gas guzzling, idling warm ups were not very green and definitely not fun. Gasoline was cheaper back then, but my blue baby’s fill-ups managed to burn a hole in my budget. I headed back out to the dealership at least once a month for several months, often the first person in line at the dealership’s repair bay. After a couple of hours, they would say the car was fixed. Of course, as soon as I got the car home, Victor would declare defeat and refuse to start without ten minutes of engine warming. Victor’s good nature was only paint shop deep. My job offered me a two-month assignment in Dallas, Texas. I accepted with alacrity and opted to make the trip as a three day drive instead of taking a plane. The mountains of Virginia seemed to irritate Victor, and we almost didn’t get him going after our stop at Luray Caverns. Victor somewhat redeemed himself with his strong headlights on the second day of the trip along a deserted country road in Arkansas, in fog so thick that even with his lights I had to peer out of an open passenger door to see the edge of the road and not veer off into a ditch.

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in Dallas.

His starting problems continued, so I took Victor to a Plymouth Dealer

Lo and behold, after one visit the car worked perfectly. They explained what was wrong with the start up sequence – car stuff blah blah blah. All I knew was that now Victor was truly able to fly! I turned the key, and we bolted out of our parking space onto the highways of Dallas. We explored Ft. Worth, made a ten hour pilgrimage to New Orleans, explored suburbs and small towns and generally enjoyed the open road in Texas. When my assignment was almost over I sent a postcard to a guy I knew back in DC, a guy who had laughed when I told him I had bought a Volare – he laughed really hard when I named the car. A few months after my return to DC, in the fall of 1977, I married Joe, the laughing guy. Our wedding album boasts a photo of Joe holding open the door of Victor Volare so we could zoom off on our honeymoon. Not long after the wedding, Joe and I sold Victor Volare in favor of a station wagon; something big enough for children. In the intervening years, I’ve become much more practical about cars. All post-Volare cars have remained nameless. I suppose I don’t want to get too attached. I no longer buy a car based on beauty. The first question I ask is the acceleration rate. I want to know if the transmission is reliable and what the service package is at the dealership. If the car is parked in the back of the lot, I walk back and start it up myself. However, no matter how hard-headed I seem to have become about cars, no matter how often I spout the truism that a car is nothing more than transportation from point A to point B, there are days when I point my vehicle north or south on Route 17 and gasp for joy. I look into the wide expanse of blue across my windshield, a sky so big that the road seems to disappear into it and sing, Blu dipinto di blu. Often, I even start to hum, la musica dolce of that song as I escape happily piu in alto, (higher) than the sun, My everyday self disappears lassu (up there) and my dreams take over. Volare! Joan Leotta is a writer and story performer living in Calabash, North Carolina. You can follow her at www.joanleotta.wordpress.com when she is not flying in the blu dipinto di blu on Route 17.

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Yenta Forever

by Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Talk about family mishaps! About twenty years ago, after my husband’s father’s death, we went to Sumter to help my mother-inlaw downsize. It was a sad time getting rid of many of my father-inlaw’s prized possessions, but the one that took the cake was his collection of Playboy magazines. He had hundreds of them, some in excellent shape, if you’ll excuse the pun, and others were moldy from being in the backyard storage room for years. My mother-in-law, Pat, wanted to throw them out, but I insisted that some of them would be valuable. A collector might pay a good penny for them. However, she wanted them out of the house immediately, because as you can imagine, she always hated them and would be embarrassed if anyone from church ever saw them there. Chuck and I decided we would bring them to Myrtle Beach to see if we could locate a buyer. As we were moving them from our van to the office, the hand-truck broke spilling all of the magazines out onto the sidewalk. The folks walking by got a free show and even gave us dirty looks like we were perverts. Actually we felt like perverts, but we would have done anything to help Pat, who was left with lots of medical bills. Once we got the magazines safely inside the office, I made a few phone calls to local pawn shops and used bookstores. As I was speaking to one of the shop owners he said, “You sound like that woman on TV who does the talk show.” I was so embarrassed to be caught trafficking Playboys, that I simply said, “Yes, people tell me all the time that I sound like her.” I wouldn’t dare admit that he was right. I was the TV lady! While at the office, still searching for the right collector, I kept sneezing and wheezing having allergic reactions to the mold, mildew and dust from the center-folds that were stored only a couple of feet from my desk. I had to get rid of them fast. So I got the idea to call a friend in Florence. I had known Mickey Foster, for thirty-five years and knew he dealt with antiques and collectibles on the side from his full-time job as Vice President at Florence Darlington Technical College. “Mickey, you’ve got to help me out,” I desperately pleaded. Being the generous guy he was, he offered me $300 sight unseen for all the magazines. Alleluia! We drove to Florence as fast as we could before he changed his mind. A few months later, Mickey’s wife died, and I kept in touch, trying to cheer him up. As the months went on, he told me none of his friends understood his loneliness because they all still had their spouses. So, I suggested he call my mother-in-law, Pat. It had been a little more than a year since Chuck’s dad had died, and she had said the same thing about loneliness. Ironically, both Pat and Mickey

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were married to their spouses for over forty years and never dated anyone other than those they married. They were both lost souls. Weeks went by and I ran into Mickey and his son at the Senior PGA Tour in Myrtle Beach. Thousands of people were there so I always felt it was God’s will that I ran into Mickey and his son, Bobby. I told Bobby that I wanted his dad to call my mother-in-law because I knew they would have a lot in common and could possibly cheer each other up. Bobby agreed and encouraged his dad to give her a call. That was the green-light Mickey needed, knowing that his son would not feel resentment that he was going to call another woman only three months after his wife’s death. Mickey finally called Pat, and they talked for hours on the phone. Then he made the trip from Florence to Sumter to meet her. It was magic. They became inseparable and after a year or so of serious courting, they tied the knot. This wasn’t the first time I made a romantic match, but it’s surely my proudest. Here’s the irony of the story. Mickey still had the Playboys, so as he moves in with Pat at her home in Sumter, she now has the magazines back! Nevertheless, she really came out a winner. She got $300 for the magazines, got a new husband, and she got the dreaded magazines back to sell again! Yet, we too were winners getting a wonderful man like Mickey as part of our very close family. A few years later we were thrilled when Mickey and Pat moved to Myrtle Beach, and guess what? The magazines came with them, as Mickey still had not sold them. Thankfully, he unloaded them to a dealer right after moving here and actually made a profit. It’s a funny true story, and one that we all enjoy telling to anyone who will listen: How hundreds of Playboy magazines brought two lovebirds together, with a little help from a Yenta… Me! Diane is President of Stages Video Productions in Myrtle Beach, Host and Producer of “Inside Out” on HTC Channel 4 and Host of “Diane At Six” on EASY Radio.

Diane DeVaughn Stokes


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Seven Seas Seafood Market Tell us a little about yourself? My wife, Jean, and I have a two year old, Celeste, who is my little princess – she plays me like a fiddle! I grew up in Murrells Inlet and spent my childhood on the water. When I was 12 years old, I mowed lawns and washed boats to save money for a paddle boat. When I got the boat I took people for rides around Drunken Jack Island for a dollar a person! My dad, who started Seven Seas Seafood, was a commercial fisherman – I had a great family life growing up. When I graduated from the Citadel, I hadn’t decided if I was going to go into the family business. But, when the business burned, the same week I graduated, I knew I wanted to help my dad, and I took over the business. He’s still here every day! What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken? I mostly stayed in Murrells Inlet during the summers, but we did go to the mountains on fishing trips. Once we went to the Caymans for nine days of fishing – I made friends with a few locals my age and still stay in touch with one guy. It was an amazing trip. Do you have any summer travel plans? I feel like all I do is work! But, I was appointed by the Governor and Secretary of Commerce to the S.C. Atlantic Fishery Management Council, an appointment that requires me to travel about 10 weeks a year. Our next conference is in Ponte Verde, Florida, and I’m taking my wife and daughter with me. We’re going a few days early to enjoy some R & R. This will be our first trip together as a family. What are your 4th of July traditions? It’s our busiest time of year, so I’m usually exhausted on the 4th. But, we will have family in town and go to the Murrells Inlet boat parade and have a cook out, ending the day with fireworks on the Marshwalk. What’s new at Seven Seas? We have something new every day! Our market is an attraction, a grocery and a learning experience for visitors; we spend a lot of time with our customers making sure they get what they want. We have the bait shop across the road, and we do an online market. During the summer months, we have a mobile market at several farmers markets in the Myrtle Beach area. Most people don’t know that we run 11 or 12 fishing boats all the time and are building a new processing facility. Our seafood is sold to quality restaurants and wholesale outlets from here to Canada. An 18 wheeler pulls in from Toronto once a week and takes a load back. In addition to the freshest seafood, our customers love our homemade crab cakes and our smoked fish dip. We work hard to bring the very best to the table. Seven Seas Seafood Market is located at 3476 Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. Contact them at 843-651-1666 or visit www.sevenseasseafood.com.

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Read It! Nicole Says…Read Miss Julia Strikes Back, by Ann B. Ross by Nicole McManus

Miss Julia’s new husband and friend are each away on their own dream vacations, so she decides to throw a party to occupy her time. Unfortunately for Miss Julia, the day after the party, she discovers her prized engagement ring is missing. Someone has stolen several of her friends’ jewelry as well. She is determined to get her

possessions back before her loved ones return. Miss Julia’s search takes her, Little Lloyd and Miss Wiggins on a wild adventure down to Florida in hopes of catching the unsuspecting criminals. As if Miss Julia didn’t have enough on her plate, she must also sober up Florida’s most prominent investigator to help her go under cover, before the Feds confiscate her rings as evidence. Will Miss Julia’s plan work or will her items be lost forever? This book is the eighth installment in the Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross. The first person narrative takes readers on a wild ride with Miss Julia, allowing them to feel everything that she is feeling. Ann B. Ross has created a pristine character full of southern charm and class whom readers have adored since the beginning of this whimsical series. Miss Julia Strikes Back takes this beloved character on the road, and it takes several chapters before the real fun begins. This is a delightful series for fans of cozy mysteries with a southern twist. Readers will be chuckling at Miss Julia’s tenacity and willingness to do just about everything to get her rings back. I would recommend reading these books in order to get a better understanding of Nicole McManus loves to read, to the characters, setting and point that she is sure she was born with a previous happenings. book in her hands. She writes book However, I found this reviews in the hopes of helping others story to be a charming find the magic found through reading. introduction to the wellContact her at established series. ariesgrlreview.com.

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Road Trippin’ With Grandma by Cathy C. Hall

Bringing my mother-in-law along on a road trip to Florida was not exactly my idea. Our family then consisted of two children: our two-year-old daughter, Laney, and our five-yearold son, Joey. Two adults should’ve been able to easily handle two kids, right? But my husband thought maybe we should bring an extra pair of hands that might be willing to entertain an obstinate toddler while the rest of the party went on a scary ride. Someone who didn’t really care about Disney World as much as she cared about two children. Someone who might find it fun and exciting to watch those same two little children while, say, Mommy and Daddy went out for a night on the town. And so Grandma was invited to join us. Honestly, my mother-in-law was a very nice, Southern lady. She could cook anything from scratch, and her home was always immaculately clean, including her oven. She never left the house without “fixing her face.” She wore stockings to church in the summer while the rest of us heathens went barelegged. Her hair was always perfectly in place as well as her demeanor. In short, she put the “p” in prim and proper. Whereas I…well, I was more of an earthy Southern woman, the kind of gal who just wanted to make sure the pee got into the potty. She and I had never spent a vacation together, much less the close quarters of a road trip. But prim-and-proper Grandma seemed pretty darn excited about the idea. So we gamely piled into the car in the middle of a scorching June – my husband and I in the front seat, Grandma (in her freshly-pressed skirt) and the kids in the back. This would be our seating arrangement for all travel, and it suited me just fine. For the first leg of our trip, we’d stopped a couple hours outside of Orlando and spent the night. The jaunt had been remarkably delightful. The next morning, we eagerly loaded up and drove straight to the Magic Kingdom. The trip, at this point, took a somewhat less delightful turn. Laney, who had recently pottytrained, insisted on checking out every bathroom in the entire theme park. She didn’t always need to avail herself of the facilities; she just wanted to “make sure.” Joey had a different avenue to check out. Every time we approached a kiosk or gift shop, off Joey raced to see what he could find. He didn’t actually buy anything. Oh, no. He only had ten dollars (courtesy of Grandma). So he needed to carefully consider every toy, every hat, every sword, every gift possibility before laying down his cold, hard cash. By the end of the day, I think we’d been on a ride about five times. And three of those times were on the same ride. So when Daddy loaded up the car, and we took our travel positions, the kids were cranky, the parents were hot and hungry, and even Grandma seemed a tad frayed. But before we could eat, Daddy decided that we needed to check into the hotel. We drove up and down and up and down the strip in Orlando (in a time long before GPS) until at last, we found our hotel. Daddy went inside the lobby to get the keys; we’d reserved two adjoining rooms so that Grandma would have her

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privacy but also be right there, next to us. But from the moment my husband stepped back outside, I knew something was wrong. And my husband is not the stony-and-silent type. He’s more of the venting-and-loudly type. Especially when he’s tired and hungry and has spent quite a bit of money for his children to visit bathrooms and gift shops. So he began to rant about a mix-up with the rooms. We had two rooms, he said, but the rooms were on separate floors. Why, he yelled, would he book rooms for the same party on two separate floors? The guy behind the desk, he said (reaching a crescendo), was being a complete and total jerk. Except he did not say, “jerk.” I’m sorry to say that Daddy used a part of the anatomy usually restricted for sitting. And not just one’s posterior. He used a very specific part of one’s posterior. He did, however, realize immediately that he’d perhaps said something he shouldn’t. Especially in front of his prim-and-proper mother and a couple of innocents. A hush fell over the car. I didn’t dare turn around to the back seat. Suddenly, a five-year-old voice rang out: “Daddy, what’s an ***hole?” Followed by a cherubic two-year-old voice: “Yeah, Daddy. What’s an ***hole?” Oh. My. Lord. I could just imagine what my mother-in-law was thinking. Because even though it had been her son who said it, I was sure she was somehow blaming me, the earthy wife. And then she laughed. Thank you, Lord, she laughed! We all laughed! To tell the truth, it was sort of a turning point in my relationship with my mother-in-law. I no longer viewed her as simply a prim-and-proper label but as a wonderful, down-to-earth woman. Maybe not as earthy as me, but we got along a lot better after that trip. The first of many roads we happily traveled down Cathy C. Hall is a (mostly) humor writer, published together. in both adult and children’s markets. Her home is Georgia, and her online home is c-c-hall.com.

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My Walgreen’s Moment by Janey Womeldorf

Does anyone develop their vacation photos anymore? Years ago, you would take out your rolls of film and trot off to Walgreens, always managing to arrive ten minutes too late to get them in that day’s pick up. Major dissonance then ensues as you wrestle with whether to pay an insane amount to get them back within the hour or cut your losses and return the following Tuesday. You may have spent a thousand dollars on a fantastic vacation but the prospect of spending an extra $12 to get your photos back sooner grates on you. Reluctantly, you take one of the clumsy envelopes, boldly write your initial in the top corner, complete your life history then search for the slot you’re supposed to drop it in. After nervously double checking with the attendant that you dropped your film in the right place even though the sign clearly states “drop film here,” you leave impatient but excited because here’s the thing – the wait is always worth it. Nothing lights up a person’s face in the middle of a Walgreens more than that moment when they lift the flap and see their first vacation photo. It’s priceless, and it still makes me smile just thinking about it. The irresistibility of the rest of the photos then roots you to a random spot somewhere between photo and the exit because no-one can look at just one. You stand there, oblivious to the people having to walk around you as holiday memories consume and delight you. I have forgotten appointments, but I never forgot which day my photos would be ready. My husband and I used to have a rule that we could not look at our photos until we were together. Driving home would be brutal. It’s tough not to peek, and I didn’t always make it; holiday photos are just too magical. Were the good old days of real photographs better? I’ve always cherished glancing through old albums so when digital cameras first came on the scene, I was skeptical. In the beginning we went through a phase of taking photos with our digital camera but still printing them. My husband would save them onto a stick, (which apparently has an official name but I have only ever called it a stick) and I would take my stick to the store, plug it into their machine, follow the touch screen commands, and voila. More photos meant more albums and as album nostalgic as I am, their days were numbered – not only are they huge space hogs but I challenge anyone to make a mish mash of albums on a shelf look attractive. Shoe boxes in the cupboard soon replaced albums on the shelves and knowing that our most precious memories lived in one labeled “Size 9, Men’s Nike,” gnawed at my heart to the point of stress. Fortunately, technology delivered my epiphany. The first time we watched a slideshow of our photos on the computer I was hooked; figuring out we could run it through the television was Christmas come early. On date nights, we would pick a past vacation, pour a glass of wine, then let the slideshow play over dinner. Nostalgic memories flooded back and before we knew it, two hours had flown by filled with laughter, fun and long-forgotten moments. It was, and still is, one of my favorite (not to mention cheap) ways to spend a date night.

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Several years ago, I read an article in USA Today about a company who would scan all your photos and put them on a disc. It cost $300 for all the photos you could fit in two shoe boxes. Four weeks of deliberation later, I decided it was an investment not an expense and got to work pulling out thousands of old photos from our vast collection of albums. My labor of love became a full-time project as it was impossible not to linger. I separated my photos by size, per the instructions, and banded fading polaroids together, then 3X5s, 4X6s and so on, striving to keep them all in chronological order. My 4X6 photos spanned decades of vacations so at the front of each holiday I would take a discarded photo, turn it over, and in permanent marker on the white side, write “Christmas 1985” or “Italy 2002.” I reinserted each “title” photo in front of its respective vacation and prayed their machine would scan it like all the others. One week and a serious backache later, our life left in the mail. Three weeks later, it all came back along with three discs. I ripped open the box, downloaded the discs onto my computer, organized the vast collection by vacation or meaning and eagerly awaited date night. I selected the folder I had titled “When we first met,” poured the wine, hit the button and waited. When that first photo from one of our earliest vacations filled the screen, our faces exploded in delight. For that brief moment, we were in Walgreens all over again. Now when we take a trip, I doggedly tell the story through photos. I click from the time we leave home till the time we get back and snap everything from the hotel to the room, even the shopping cart from our first day’s shop. (This one always generates a hit-the-pause-button moment of laughter as we zoom in to see what grocery indulgences we considered necessary back in 2001.) Our computer slideshows have provided us and our visitors countless hours of fun and it was the best $300 we ever spent. Regardless of your plans this summer, take photos, lots of them then make time to save and organize them. When you watch the slideshow twenty years from now, you’ll be ecstatic you did. We just got back from vacation and the slideshow is 348 photos long. I can’t wait until date-night. Maybe I’ll stop by Walgreens to buy some wine for the evening – for old time’s sake.

Janey Womeldorf Janey Womeldorf prefers the cone to the ice cream, loves elastic, and spends more than she cares to admit on Starbucks’ lattes. She scribbles away in Orlando, Florida.


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La Petite Goffinet: The Story of a Name by Connie Barnard

Many of us have names with ties that bind us to the past. We carry around the history of a barely remembered relative, the admired friend of a parent, maybe even a film star from another era. Few, however, tell a story like that of Goffinet Hutton McLaren who was named in tribute to a Belgian village priest who sheltered and protected Goffinet’s father after his British plane was shot down over Europe during World War II. A native of Northern Ireland who has lived in the U.S. since 1979, Goffinet says, “I did not fully appreciate the depth of this honor bestowed on me until my husband, Ian, and I retired to Litchfield Beach in 2006. While going through boxes which had not been touched for nearly half a century, I found yellowed photographs of my father as a young man surrounded by a collection of unfamiliar faces. One of the photos was Father Georges Goffinet, leader of a Resistance group in Belgium whose members risked their lives to protect American and British airmen.” Over time Goffinet learned that tragically, a few weeks after her father was handed off to the care of another Resistance family, the young priest with the code name “Night Owl” was captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in a concentration camp where he died three years later. Goffinet knew that she must tell the story of this brave man and her father. Thus began a two year research project involving multiple trips to Europe, culminating in a newly published book, TOM: A Life Saved – Lives Lost. Goffinet grew up in the picturesque town of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, with its ancient Norman castle and historic St. Nicholas Anglican Church adjacent to the renowned Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. An inveterate adventurer, Goffinet joined the flight crew of Aer Lingus Airways in 1967 and traveled the world with the airline until 1980. In July of 1976, on a flight to Boston in celebration of the USA’s bi-centennial, she happened to notice a handsome young man seated in Seat 14-C. With uncharacteristic boldness she said to him, “You look like a fine Irish rugby man.” Ian McLaren, also originally from Northern Ireland, was living outside Boston, doing post-doctoral research in physics at MIT. However, he was indeed a dedicated rugby aficionado and skilled player who served as president of the New England Rugby Union. Ian would go on to found and serve as president of Umbro USA and vice-president for Global Brand Development, but on this warm summer day in 1976, Goffinet Hutton and Ian

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McLaren met and fell in love 35,000 feet above sea level. They married in 1979 and moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where they would live for the next 26 years. While living in Greenville, Goffinet was actively involved with a number of service projects, including one she personally initiated at her son’s elementary school. “Book Buddies,” a reading program for underserved children, was recognized by the South Carolina Board of Education in 1993 as the Volunteer Program of the Year. A breast cancer survivor, McLaren also led volunteer efforts for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and created the fundraising campaign “Caroling for the Cure” at Furman University from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1992 with a degree in political science and history. “Caroling for the Cure” quickly became an established annual event which raised significant funds to support cancer research. Ian and Goffinet’s son Moutray is an attorney currently serving on a Congressional staff in Washington, DC. In 2006, the McLarens retired to Litchfield Beach. Goffinet says of the move, “We loved Greenville. It had everything we wanted except the ocean. I had grown up surrounded by the sea. It feeds my soul.” Since their move to the coast, Ian and Goffinet have stayed active and involved. They enjoy competitive tennis and support local Sea Turtle efforts. Both are dedicated environmentalists, particularly concerned with the devastating effects of plastic debris in the ocean. They are also leaders of an effort to encourage the elimination of plastic bags by local shops. Goffinet’s concerns regarding the damaging effects of plastic debris prompted her to add the job title of author to her already extensive resume. Seeking an interesting way to educate the public about the dangers to sea creatures, she wrote and published the children’s book, Sullie Saves the Seas. A popular seller at Litchfield Books, the story targets 8-12 year olds, but its appeal is universal, teaching important lessons with wisdom and humor through the courageous antics of super-seagull Sullie. After Sullie’s successful completion, Goffinet knew the time had come to tell the story of her father and the brave citizens of Belgium who sheltered him. With boxes of labeled photographs and her father’s handwritten notes, the McLarens began to piece together Tom Hutton’s amazing war torn journey from Carrickfergus and back again. It is the story of the madman Hitler who directed the murder of millions and the physical and emotional torture of millions more. It


Southern Snaps is also the story of brave British and American troops who answered the call of duty to stop his insatiable fury and of the courageous citizens of the Resistance Movement who fought to save civilization in Europe and provide safe passage for air crews shot down in their battlefields. Through several ongoing Resistance organizations including the British and American Escape and Evasion Societies, the McLarens were able to meet family members of those who assisted in Tom’s escape. Several of them, young children at the time, clearly remember their secret British houseguests. Step by step, the McLarens pieced together Tom’s story and established a deep friendship with these Belgian families who greeted her with the warm words: Ah! La Petite Goffinet. On April 16, 1943, Tom was a wireless operator on the RAF Lancaster Bomber W4366, part of a seven man crew on a mission to destroy a factory in Occupied Czechoslovakia which produced ball bearing and other munitions for the Nazi war machine. In his pocket he carried a small white pebble from the beach in Carrickfergus given to him by his wife as a good luck charm. Tom wrote, “As we approached the target city, I was standing at the rear of the aircraft when I saw a huge flash under the fuselage and felt the plane shudder…I could not see the damage. However, the Lancaster’s starboard engine was on fire.” They released the load of bombs targeted for the Skoda Works and circled to return home when Tom heard the Captain shout the orders every crew member feared, “Pilot to crew: Prepare to bail out!” Tom and another crew member landed uninjured in the top of a tree near Aix-Sur-Cloie, Belgium. His amazing story is a journey of Providence in human form via a chain of Resistance Movement members who three months later delivered him to the neutral boundaries of Spain and ultimately back to England and Northern Ireland, his lucky white beach pebble still in his pocket. In Belgium the first to come to provide shelter was Father Georges Goffinet, the village priest of Musson. Tom and his fellow crew member, Len, stayed hidden in the local Presbytery for ten days while preparations were made for their next move. This courageous young priest consistently endangered his own safety while assisting flight crews to escape and evade Nazi capture. The upper level window blinds of his home boldly displayed V (for Victory) signs. Tom Hutton and Father Goffinet quickly bonded in friendship and mutual respect. When the timing was right, Tom was moved to a home in the Belgian town of Sprimont where the DeFosse family with two small daughters, Marie and Adele, maintained safe space for evaders through a secret trap door leading to a cellar. Tom easily connected with this lively family, particularly Marie with whom he spent lonely hours teaching her English and learning French. In late June a guide arrived at the Defosse home with carefully planned instructions to move Tom into France and ultimately to Whitehall, England. Thanks to their dedicated support, on July 25, 1943, Tom sailed down the Belfast Lough and

soon knocked on the door of his beloved home on Essex Street, Carrickfergus. After hugs and kisses all around, he reached in his pocket and handed Mamie the white beach pebble which had kept him safe. Two years later in the early hours of July 10, 1945, Tom Hutton watched the sun rise as his new baby daughter was born. He and Mamie agreed to name their daughter Dawn Marie in celebration of her early morning arrival and in memory of Marie, the little girl in Sprimont. Later that same day, however, a letter with a Belgian stamp arrived at the Hutton home. Tom learned that shortly after

“…the first to come to provide shelter was

Father Georges Goffinet, the village priest of Musson.”

his departure from Musson, a Nazi agent posing as a priest had betrayed Georges Goffinet. The young priest was arrested, condemned, and sent to the first in a series of concentration camps. Tom learned that Georges had subsequently been shot only hours before American troops had arrived to liberate the area. Tom and Mamie immediately decided that their baby daughter’s name should perpetuate his memory as well, and changed her name to Dawn Goffinet Marie Hutton. Today visitors to the town of Musson, Belgium, will find a bronze plaque on the presbytery wall bearing this inscription: In honor of Georges Goffinet (1905-1945) Priest of Musson to whom I owe my very existence. During the 2nd World War, in 1943, Father Goffinet hid my father, RAF Sergeant Tom Hutton for 10 days in the cellar of this presbytery, before helping his evasion and escape back to Northern Ireland where I was born two years later. I carry his name with pride. Goffinet McLaren nee’ Hutton Editor’s note: Copies of TOM: A Life Saved – Lives Lost are available at Litchfield Books.

Connie Barnard Connie Barnard traveled the world as a military wife and taught high school and college composition for over 30 years. She has been a regular contributor to Sasee since its first issue in 2002.

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Mom in Flight

Suzanne Kelley:

Weekends Around the World Tell us a little about yourself. I live in Murrells Inlet with my husband, Lee, a chiropractor in Conway, and our three children: Ian is 15, Sean is 14 and Samantha is 12. I grew up in Texas but spent my summers at my grandmother’s beach house in Windy Hill, selling snow cones on the beach. After graduating from Appalachian State University, I worked for a cruise line and then decided I wanted to work in the skies instead of the seas. Twenty-five years ago, I became a flight attendant for American Airlines and am based in New York and fly international routes. During the week, I’m a mother, and then I fly off to exotic destinations for the weekend. Sometimes I cannot believe that I get paid to do something that I love! What is the best vacation you’ve ever had? One of the perks of my career is the free flights, and I love taking my kids on my layovers with me! In November, I took my son, Ian, to Tokyo since he’s studying the Japanese language. Watching him speak Japanese to the locals made me so proud! Rio de Janeiro was on my son, Sean’s, list to see, so I took him in March. Feeding the monkeys on the mountain overlooking Sugar Loaf was amazing! Just this past weekend, I took my daughter, Samantha, to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and eat crepes. Next I’m going with my husband, Lee, to Dublin, Ireland. In my family, everyone keeps their bags packed, because you never know when we are going to hop on a plane and go somewhere. What is the best thing about working as a flight attendant? Every day is different. I love not having a 9-5 job, and I never know what might happen. I might have a trip to Paris, and then at the last minute, go to London with friends to a concert. Once, my crew on a London flight was invited to a concert to see Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney with VIP tickets and then to an after party with Bon Jovi! My brother, Michael, has been a flight attendant for US Airways since 1987. We love meeting on layovers, like London or Rio de Janeiro. Soon, our two companies will be merging, and after all of these years, we will be able to fly together as part of the same crew! What are your July 4th traditions? For many years we spent July 4th in Pawleys Island with family and friends, watching the boat parade and staying on the beach until the fireworks that night. Recently, we’ve been going to my brother, Michael’s, on Lake Wylie, near Charlotte, to celebrate. Do you travel much for pleasure? I love to travel. Anytime I am able to get on a plane, it is going to be an adventure. For my birthday this year, I went to New York to shop, eat and see Broadway shows! You would think that an airplane would be the last place that I would want to be when I am not working, but it is the opposite for me. Put me on a plane and I am happy!

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Expecting Decadence by Diane Stark

I grew up in a large family where family vacations were a big deal. We went somewhere every single summer, but because there were six of us, we drove everywhere we went: In our green station wagon with the wood paneling on the sides. One summer, we drove from Indiana to New Mexico to visit my Aunt Betty. Another year, we drove from Indiana to Mount Rushmore. We went up to Vermont and down to Branson. And we headed to Florida many, many times. Because there were six of us, we not only drove everywhere, but we brought our own snacks. No expensive fast food stops or unhealthy gas station fare for our family. Nope, my mom sat in the front seat with a cooler at her feet. The cooler held ice, ham sandwiches and fresh fruit. She also had a two liter of Pepsi and plastic cups. So essentially, my dad drove the old station wagon while my mom played waitress to my siblings and me. We kept her hopping with our food and drink requests. In addition to her waitressing duties, she also got to referee our arguments. And I won’t even mention the stomach bug we caught on the way home from one trek. Once a year, on my parents’ anniversary, they left us kids with Grandma and Grandpa and went away by themselves for the weekend. Although I enjoyed playing with my cousins, I never understood why my parents would want to be alone when they could be with us. But now, after 15 years of parenting, I totally get it. I am now the mother in a large family who drives for all family vacations. We don’t own a woody station wagon – thank goodness – but our seven-passenger SUV gets a workout every summer. While on vacation, we do usually splurge for fast food meals, so I am not doling out ham sandwiches like my mom. I am in charge of the snacks, as well as the arguments, which are both plentiful in a car full of five kids for five hours at a stretch. Unless someone has to potty, which also happens more than we’d like. Family vacations are certainly fun, but sometimes, they just aren’t that relaxing. The sad fact is that being on vacation with children isn’t a whole lot different than being at home with them. You do all the same things. You just do it in a more exotic locale. Sometimes, vacationing with my kids just doesn’t feel like a vacation should. I rarely get to lie on the beach and soak up the rays. Instead, I build sand castles and jump through the waves and watch the tiny little crabs dig back under the sand. It’s fun, but it’s not relaxing. Upon returning home, I

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often feel like I need a vacation from our family vacation. When my husband and I go on vacation by ourselves, we sleep in and take naps. We lie on the beach and catch up on our reading. We hold hands without a kid trying to wedge in between us. We eat yummy food that I didn’t have to cook. We do exactly what we want to do every single minute. It’s not just relaxing. It’s downright decadent. In October, I will be taking a family vacation of a different variety. I am going on a cruise with my mom, my sister and my sister-in-law. We are flying, not driving, to Miami to catch a quick three-day jaunt to the Bahamas. This is not our first trip together. Four years ago, we took a four-day shopping trip to the Mall of America in Minneapolis. But that time, we took our kids with us, and two of them were toddlers at the time. We took the kids to the amusement park in the middle of the mall. We bought stuffed animals at Build a Bear. We ate at kid-friendly restaurants. It was definitely fun, but it also fell into the not-so-relaxing category. We still had to change diapers and cut chicken nuggets into toddler-size bites. We still had to wipe tears and settle arguments. I did the same things I do at home, but in a different location. I became a stay-at-home mom at the Mall of America. But this trip is different. It’s an adults-only, girls-only cruise. Like my heavenly vacations with my hubby, I am expecting decadence, but of a different type. There will still be beaches and yummy food. But I am also expecting shopping and girl talk, two things my husband doesn’t enjoy all that much. Although our trip is still months away, I am beyond excited about it. I’ve been on two cruises with just my husband. We’ve taken our children on a cruise. And last spring break, we even went on a cruise with our kids and both sets of grandparents. But this will be different. This is Girl Time. It’s like Me Time, but with three of my very best friends. Yep, I’m definitely expecting decadence. 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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Hello World. I’m Back by Susan DeBow

For over 18 years I have been a writer. From the comfort of my office in my house, I have written columns, essays, a novel, poems, articles and short stories. The people I have met have been mostly in my head. Enjoyable people, for the most part, and if they bother me, I can shut them out, make them disappear. But last fall, a few things happened that led me in a new direction, one that includes people. My husband and I, like millions of Americans, pay out the nose for health insurance. Although we have insurance through a former employer, our monthly premiums are nearly as much as our house payment, deductibles have risen as well as out of pocket expenses. Gas costs, food prices, house insurance, or in one big gulp, the cost of living, has increased too. The only thing that has not increased is our income. Seeing that money doesn’t fall from the Bradford Pear tree, and the ship we were hoping might bring a boatload of cash was probably the Titanic, both my husband and I decided that we should alter our courses and, gulp, go back out in the world. So, after a twenty-some odd year break from real estate, I decided to use my broker’s license that I had kept current but hadn’t used. The brainstorm to do this came innocently. A friend of mine is a Realtor. She was going to be on vacation, and she needed someone to talk to an elderly client of hers and have a paper signed. She asked if I would do it. In a weak moment I said yes. Wouldn’t you know that the woman was delightful? I stayed and talked to her and eased her mind about a couple of things, and after I left I thought, you know, I enjoyed that, and I used to be good at that thing called talking to people. I felt like I really helped her by listening and offering a steady hand to guide her. This surprised me as for so long I was in my internal mode. That world was out there as were my written words, but my body, personality and presence were ensconced in my home. My husband and I talked about my little venture back into real estate land. Of course, talking with a nice woman was only one aspect of the business. But was it enough to get me thinking about a future that included people? Should I? Could I? Could I go from my solitary world that was in a pretty controlled environment, back into a world that was filled with people, potential potholes, rules and regulations, and the unknown? A mysterious thing happened. I got excited. I could, should and would do this. The potential for making a living was there, I had maintained my broker’s license, and, yes, I was ready. Well, almost. I was aware that much had changed in the business. So, instead of racing back in half-ass backwards, I chose to take as many courses as I could to update me on changes in the law, business, marketing and most of all, technology.

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In the next month and a half I took nearly 70 hours of courses, chose a company to associate with, reorganized my desk from art and writing to real estate central. I obtained several professional designations. And…tada, I got a smart phone! Let me tell you, you can’t be a dummy to operate a smart phone. Well, it helps to have kids that can set you up and answer your questions. My goal was to begin starting my business by the first of the year. But in December, when we decided we had to have some work done on our bathroom, I mentioned to the man we hired to do the work that I was in real estate. Wouldn’t you know his girlfriend was going to look for a house? I almost said, “Not yet, it isn’t January!” but I bit my tongue. Within two weeks I had a sale. It was a bit of a hairy deal, as some real estate transactions are, but I got in the groove quickly and got the deal closed ahead of the contract date. Three more sales followed. Last time I was in the real estate business I had four kids to raise, school projects to help with and ballgames to attend. This time, the kids are raised and are raising their children…or dogs. I don’t have to worry about babysitters. My time is more my own. There have been adjustments. As a writer, I have been able to say and ask most anything I want, within reason. In the real estate business, conversations and information are dictated by law and ethics. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that real estate is only partially about houses. It is more about people, circumstance, dreams, hopes and reality. I can’t say that I miss writing, because I am still able to write. Time allows me to do art, also. Instead of wiping my professional and creative slate clean, I added to my repertoire. At age 62, I altered my course: necessitated by need, accomplished by choice. And here is a little confession. At the beginning of November, after I decided to return to real estate, I questioned whether I could learn all that I saw out there that I needed to know. Did I still have it or was I fooling myself? It’s not necessarily easy to change careers, to put yourself out there in a different light. When more of the future seems behind you it is easy to accept defeat before you try. But I don’t look at the future as 20 years down the road. For me, the future is today, and that is good enough. I am doing what I have to do to live in a world that has changed and will continue to change. Change is part of continuing to be alive. I have changed. I have learned. I have done what it takes. And you know what? If I can do it, so can you. Susan is a writer who enjoys selling houses to nice people. She just got a pedicure and has lovely feet.

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Andrew Schwarek:

From Sasee Intern to Travel Writer Tell us a little about yourself? I was born and raised in Pleasantville, New York, and caught the incurable travel bug when I started planning family vacations up and down the East Coast at eight years old. I attended The College at Brockport in Western New York and majored in Journalism with the intent of working in the travel industry. I landed my first internship with Strand Media Group in 2008. Fast forward six years and I now live in New York City and work at Jetsetter.com (a TripAdvisor company) as a Senior Producer. What’s the best trip you’ve ever taken? In August 2010, I traveled to Australia for work and learned to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef – it was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life! For three days, I stayed on a 16-cabin boat and made nine dives, getting up close and personal with gigantic clams, loggerhead sea turtles, barracuda, whitetip reef sharks, clownfish and more. And, as if that wasn’t memorable enough, I received a free upgrade to Business Class on V Australia for my 13-hour return flight from Brisbane to Los Angeles. Do you ever get tired of traveling? Never! Don’t get me wrong, traveling can be exhausting, and I’ve definitely had my fair share of planes, trains and automobiles, but I like to have a trip planned at all times (even if it’s just a weekend getaway from New York City visiting friends from college). It’s funny, the first time I went on a plane was when I was 18, and the first time I left the country with a passport in hand was when I was 22, so even though I’ve logged a lot of air time in the past five years, I’m really just getting started.   What is the best thing about working for a travel company? The best thing about working at a travel company (besides getting to jetset for my job every once in a while) is establishing a close network of friends who are as passionate about the industry as I am. For example, last fall a friend of mine got wind of a mistake airfare sale on a foreign travel website that was selling round-trip tickets from New York City to Milan on United Airlines for just $150 over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, so we immediately e-mailed other friends and booked tickets. Milan was a blast (and this was my first time to Italy). One night, we made the mistake of not reserving a table at a popular restaurant, so we ended up wandering the streets of the city trying to find a spot that wasn’t booked. We finally stumbled upon this place called Curò, and decided to just eat there. The food was just OK, but later in the evening, the low-key Italian atmosphere transformed into an all-out party. Servers were distributing free bottles of limoncello and before you knew it the entire restaurant was dancing on tables (including myself!). Apparently my dancing was a big hit with the locals – I had people coming up to me asking to take a picture with them; other diners told my friends that I was an “icon.” It was hilarious and so fun! It’s experiences like these that make traveling so incredibly addicting. What are your 4th of July traditions? Every year, my sister throws a big bash at her house in Pearl River, N.Y. The town’s fireworks are launched on a field right in front of her house – it’s so close that sometimes the embers rain down on us. It’s a great time filled with lots of food and beer (what better way to celebrate America’s birthday?).

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Notes for Newcomers: Women Shaping the Grand Strand by Phil La Borie

As a longtime resident of Weston, Connecticut, I was accustomed to seeing movie and TV stars on a regular basis. It was not unusual to see Robert Redford riding his motorcycle or Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward grocery shopping. So when I moved here to the Grand Strand, I thought it might be interesting to look into historical and current personalities who have been instrumental in shaping our shores. Some are light-hearted looks, others more serious. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Ms. Woodward and Eartha Kitt both lived in South Carolina and that in fact, Woodward still lives in Weston, and that Ms. Kitt passed away in my old hometown! Here is just some of what I discovered about the famous, and not so famous, women who helped shape the Grand Strand. First off, how did Myrtle Beach come to be called Myrtle Beach? Accounts differ, but I’m sticking with the version supplied by visitmyrtlebeach.com. In 1907, a contest was held to give the beach community its official name. The winner, Ms. Addie Burroughs, suggested “Myrtle Beach” because of the numerous wax myrtle shrubs that grow along the coast. Makes sense. Nice thinking! The oceanfront boardwalk from the 14th Avenue Pier to Plyler Park is called “Gloria’s Way,” in honor of Gloria Lindsey Sapp, a longtime teacher, hotelier, volunteer, businesswoman and civil leader. You may have noticed the bronze plagues at both ends of the “Way” honoring her contributions. Thanks to visitmyrtlebeach.com for that information as well. Next we come to Julia Pryor Macklen, who according to Old Times in Horry County, by Randall A. Wells and History Press, “…was a pioneer of pies.” Julia and her husband bought a grocery store in 1935 and eventually operated Lloyd’s Hotel, which was located between 15th and 16th streets in Surfside. Here’s what Julia had to say about the grocery business and how difficult that was.“There were so few people here and we were having so little business, the need was urgent that we sell something. So we would serve the people if they came to the store, but if they didn’t come, there were times when my husband would go to them and ask if they wouldn’t like something he had particularly good that day. Then he’d come back to the store, go back and deliver it to them, wait a week and then collect from them.” Try that in a modern grocery store! Then there was Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington, a prolific artist and sculptor. Along with her husband, Archer, she was responsible for the founding of Brookgreen Gardens. Largely self-taught, Anna’s work appears in approximately 200 American museums today. Thanks to Palmetto Profiles, W. Eric Emerson, USC Press, Columbia, South Carolina, for that information. So that was the past, what about the present? In conversation with Judy Collins, the proprietress of Judy’s House of Oldies in North Myrtle Beach, I learned that she has been involved with the Grand Strand’s musical scene for more than 50 years. In fact, she has produced a half dozen Beach Music and Shag dance CDs! Judy says, “In the old days, men were always the featured performers. Nowadays, there are classes all over the state where women are learning the Shag dance steps.

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We have local and national dance competitions all the time.” The steps, by the way are very intricate and involved. You can look them up online and see for yourself. Just go to YouTube or Wikihow. Judy went on to say, “As a newcomer, you might not know what Beach Music is, but just listen to the radio stations around here – you’ll hear it all the time, and maybe even want to learn the Shag so you can dance it as well.” While where the Shag originated is in dispute, one song, I Love Beach Music went on to be a national hit And for a little additional trivia, not only is the Shag the official dance of South Carolina; the 1989 film, Shag starred Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Annabeth Gish, and Page Hannah as four high school friends on their last road trip together before graduation. The movie was filmed in Myrtle Beach and features the Carolina Shag. Wonder why it wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award? Finally, female contributions to Grand Strand history would not be complete without a good ghost story. While there are many to choose from, I’ve selected the case of poor Alice Belin Flagg. Our story begins sometime before 1849 when Alice fell in love with a man who her mother and brother considered vey much below her station in life. As Alice’s mother whispered to her,” Every woman must leave her mark on earth, how can you etch on this earth anything that’s worthwhile if you attach yourself to this common lumberman?” Despite the strong opposition, Alice secretly became engaged to the young man, but since she knew her family would refuse to let her wear the engagement ring, she wore it on a string around her neck but concealed it under her dress. In a final shouting match with her mother, Alice agreed to move away from the family homestead and attend a boarding school in Charleston. The school had strict orders that the two lovers were not to even correspond with one another. However, she missed her fiancé so desperately that her health was affected and eventually she passed away. Now that would have been all there is to the story, but Alice’s engagement ring was strangely missing at her funeral. The story goes that her brother discovered the ring while she lay ill, was furious and threw it into Murrells Inlet. It’s been said that on certain nights, Alice can still be seen searching the Inlet for her missing ring. After all this time, hers might be a lost cause. What do you think? My thanks to Nancy Rhyne and Sandlapper Publishing for permission to draw upon the story in their publication, Coastal Ghosts. That’s it for this edition of Notes for Newcomers. Stay tuned for my next look at Phil is a recent transplant to the Grand Strand; in Grand Strand personalia former life he was a Connecticut Yankee with a ties. The men will be on long history as a writer/creative director in the ad deck. Argh, matey! biz. He can be reached at plaborie@voxinc.net.

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Journeys of the Heart

Clarice Holden: Island Breeze

Tell us a little about yourself? I am a native of Calabash – my parents opened and owned the first restaurant here. This month, my husband, Ronnie and I will celebrate our 45th anniversary. We opened Twin Lakes restaurant in 1970 and are still in business 45 years later. In 1985, we opened Island Breeze as a small, 600 square foot store and today it has grown to 7200 square feet! In April of next year, we’ll have been open for 30 years. What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken? We went on a mission trip to the Philippines through the Christian Broadcasting Network. While we were there, we visited several orphanages. There was a young girl, 12 years old, who had club feet, but was considered too old for the surgery to correct it. We found a doctor to do the surgery, and she is now walking on her own! Today, little Jennifer is at the top of her class, even though she lives with no electricity and does her homework by candlelight. I also travel to help Widow’s Mite Experience, a charity that raises money to dig wells so people will have access to clean water. So many children die every day from water borne diseases. We dedicated a well in Kenya that was so expensive, we almost didn’t do it, but it turned out that over 10,000 people a day get clean water from this one well. If anyone is interested in helping, please contact me or Widow’s Mite Experience directly at 910-547-4668. It cost $1,800 dollars for a well to be built, which is a great gift for anyone and a small price to pay to give life to so many others. Do you have any summer travel plans? Most of my travel is for mission work, and this summer I’m going to South Africa with Orphan’s Promise. We will assess the needs and try to raise money to help. What’s new and exciting at Island Breeze? We are always trying to improve and give our customers what they want. Our customers are like family. Whether you’re in a bathing suit or dressed to the nines, we want you to come in and enjoy yourself. Of course, we can’t beat the big box prices, but our customer service is amazing! Our staff is the best, and I am so grateful to have each of them. We have customers who have been with us for years and get new ones every day – coming to Island Breeze is a “feel good” experience for women – we pray, laugh and cry right along with our customers. We are now a Shop in Shop for Pandora, a Heart Store for Brighton and also carry Alex & Ani. We’re always searching for the latest and best –something unique and different! We also cater to all ages and sizes. We have sizes ranging from XS to 2X. The Island Breeze experience is like no other! Island Breeze is located at 101 Shoreline Drive in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Contact them at 910-579-4125. To learn more about the Widow’s Mite Experience, and how you can help, call 910-547-4668.

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Surprise the kids with a day’s adventure! A short drive in almost any direction will lead you to an adventure that both you and the children (or grandchildren) will enjoy. Sasee has come up with a few suggestions to help plan your“Daycation” fun!

Fort Fisher North Carolina Located at Kure Beach, North Carolina, Fort Fisher (www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher) kept North

Carolina’s port of Wilmington open to blockade runners providing supplies to Confederate Troops until the last few months of the Civil War. Today, this historic site is also home to the North Carolina Aquarium that offers free daily programs for children. (www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher) The best part for most kids will be the ferry ride across the Cape Fear River from Southport to Fort Fisher.

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Water Parks Charleston, SC

The Charleston County Parks & Recreation operates several water parks that will get even the most jaded kid excited (and the adults will love the reasonable admission prices). Splash Island in Mount Pleasant has milder thrills and water play for the little ones, and Splash Zone in James Island has more exciting The Ingram Planetarium in Ocean Isle, North tube slides, water falls and a 500 foot lazy river. Carolina, is another fun stop, especially for older (www.ccprc.com) kids, with daily programs including laser light shows. (http://museumplanetarium.org)

You’ll have a hard time deciding which fun activity to try on a day trip to Charleston. Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, is a good place to start. Boats to the site leave from Patriot’s Point in Mt. Pleasant and from the South Carolina Aquarium in downtown Charleston, (www.scaquarium.org) another fun site to explore. (www.nps.gov)

Lighthouse Island Shell Tour Georgetown, SC

A little closer to home, but sure to feel worlds away, the Lighthouse Island Shell Tour leaves from Georgetown for a four hour ocean jaunt offering plenty of time to wander on unspoiled beaches and collect treasures left by the sea. (http://www.lowcountrytours.com)


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Located on Highway 701 near Conway, the farm offers tours and programs for children, but call first! (843-236-1400)

Children’s Museum of SouthMyrtle Carolina Beach, SC Local and fun, the Children’s Museum of South Carolina is right in the heart of Myrtle Beach, with exciting exhibits and discoveries for families. (http://cmsckids.org)

These are only a few suggestions to get you started on your own special “Daycation!” Hit the road and have fun!


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Atlantic Discount Spirits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

CHD Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Eleanor Pitts Fine Gifts & Jewelry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Heartfelt Calling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Barbara’s Fine Gifts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Christopher’s Fine Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Fabric Emporium of Garden City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Homespun Crafters Mall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Bistro 217. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

The Citizens Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Feather Your Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Hot Fish Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Bloomingails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Classic Antiques & More. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Finders Keepers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Island Breeze. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

The Blue Heron Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Coast Apparel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Flamingo Porch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

The Joggling Board. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Boom Boom Wine Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

The Crab Cake Lady Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Gallery of Oriental Rugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Just Because IYQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Brookgreen Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

David Grabeman, D.D.S., P.A.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Grady’s Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

The Kangaroo Pouch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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La Festa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Morningside of Georgetown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Rose Arbor Fabrics & Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Swamp Fox Art Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Lakeside at Sanfords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

My Sister’s Books. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

St. Somewhere. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Take 2 Resale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Legacy Antiques. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Myrtle Beach Singles Seach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Sea Island Trading Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Tara Grinna Designer Swimwear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Litchfield Dance Arts Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Palmetto Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Seaside Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Taylor’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Long Bay Symphony. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Palmetto Ace Home Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Seven Seas Seafood Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Taz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Making Change Consignment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Shades & Draperies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

The Thinking Monkey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Maycom Satellite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Pawleys Island Swimwear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Shop the Avenues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Two Sisters with Southern Charm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

McLeod Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

The Pink Cabana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Simply Divine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

WEZV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Me & Mommy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Pounds Away of Myrtle Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Something old Something New. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Miller-Motte Myrtle Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Prenatal Peek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Studio 77. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Millie’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Pure Palmetto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Sunset River Marketplace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

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Track of the Rainbow Serpent: Australian Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Street Crater, exhibit at The Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., 843-238-2510 or visit www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

Sunday Serenades, 2-5 pm, concerts held in Gazebo in Passive/Fuller Park, Surfside Beach, free. For more info, call 843-450-7281 or visit www.surfsidebeach.org.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series, McLean Park, North Myrtle Beach, 7-9 pm. For more info, call 843-280-5570 or visit www.nmbevents.com.

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Music on Main, Thursdays, Main St., North Myrtle Beach, 7-9 pm. For more info, call 843-280-5570 or visit www.nmbevents.com.

Coastal Kayaking, 10 am - noon, Mondays, Huntington Beach State Park, $35. Call 843-235-8755 by 4 pm the Sunday before to reserve a spot. Visit www.southcarolinaparks.com for more info.

The Ross Holmes Band, 7 pm, Brookgreen Gardens, free with garden admission. For more info, call 843-235-6000 or visit www.brookgreen.org.

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Coastal Birding, 10-11 am, Wednesdays, Huntington Beach State Park, bring binoculars and field guide. For more info, call 843-235-8755.

Theatre Under the Oaks, Aaron and Theodosia, 7 pm, Brookgreen Gardens, free with garden admission. For more info, call 843-235-6000 or visit www.brookgreen.org.

Into the Woods, Brunswick Little Theatre, Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College. For tickets and more info, call 800-754-1050 or visit www.brunswicklittletheatre.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 information, call 910-579-2166.

Moveable Feast, Lawrence Thackston discusses Tidal Pools, 11 am, Pastaria 811, $25. For more info, call 843-235-9600 or visit www.classatpawleys.com.

Craftsmen’s Classic Arts and Crafts Show, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Fri. & Sat. 10 am-6 pm, Sun. 10 am-5 pm. For more info, call 336-282-5550 or visit www.gilmoreshows.com.


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