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Volume 13, Issue 9

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who’s who Publisher

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Delores Blount

Sales & Marketing Director Susan Bryant

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Account Executives Amanda Kennedy-Colie Erica Schneider Gay Stackhouse

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Art Director Taylor Nelson

Photography Director Patrick Sullivan

Graphic Artists Stephanie Holman Scott Konradt

Accounting Ronald Pacetti

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Administrative & Creative Coordinator Celia Wester

Executive Publishers Jim Creel Bill Hennecy

Featured Dream, Dream, Dream by Erika Hoffman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Presto! by Diane DeVaughn Stokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Mommy Issues by Erin Spatz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 A Fire in My Heart by Diane Stark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Southern Snaps by Connie Barnard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Notes for Newcomers by Phil La Borie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Survivor’s Guilt by Val Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 The Re-admit by Linda DeMers Hummel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Work – The Good, Bad, and the Funny by Janey Womeldorf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Sasee Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

In This Issue Creating Homes: Michele Rappa, GRI, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Myrtle Beach Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Read It! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Promoting the Arts: R. Scott Jacob, Cultural Council of Georgetown County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 A Renaissance Life: Juanita (Nita) Smoot, President of the Board of Directors of Carolina Master Chorale . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Fashion Forecast: Timeless Classic Style by Whitley Hamlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Tea and Memories: Eileen Cyrus, Just Because IYQ Tearoom & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 September Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

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letter from the editor Making and buying my own natural cleaning and beauty products has been a passion of mine over the past few years. Through (a lot) of trial and error, I’ve learned to make a great laundry soap, an all purpose spray cleaner, a to-die-for body balm, a simple face powder and even sunscreen. My next project is going to be soap-making. I’m collecting the necessary supplies and reading a lot about the process. I think I can do it, and if you’re on my Christmas list, you may get to find out how well I do. This is one of the interests I’ve developed since my youngest left home and needed me less. My very unscientific study of female friends and family members tells me I am not alone. Life changes, and we either grow and change with it…or not. And the “or not” will not be me. At first, I missed carpooling, curfews and cooking (I know what you’re thinking, and, yes, I really did), but I soon realized that my new found freedom is a gift. My 50s are my time to begin my life again; finding joy and fulfillment in creative pursuits that inspire and excite me instead of putting everyone else’s needs first. I don’t know exactly what I’ll do next (after the soap), but I do know it will be what I want and need to live a life I love every day. On my list of things to explore is learning to paint. And, while I have yet to put a brush to canvas, I enjoy seeing the work of others. On September 19th and 20th, you’ll find me in the gorgeous historic district of Georgetown during Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art’s Seaside Palette. Artists will gather from around the region to paint outdoors during this two day event, with a wet paint sale on the afternoon of the 20th. The next weekend will also be devoted to the arts with PIFMA’s 5th Annual Chalk Walk, held during Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival in Huntington Beach State Park. Please stop and say hello if you see me there!

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RE: “Knotted Road,” by Lisa Henthorn Beautifully written…such a talented woman! And being strong can also mean finding your strength in yourself to venture in uncharted waters. You ARE strong in yourself and your writing. – Christina RE: “Far, Far Away,” by Rose Ann Sinay I loved it. Sometimes our dreams are far more spectacular when they are only make-believe. How often have we wanted something, only to get it and find out it wasn’t what we thought I would be. – Judi RE: “Yenta Forever,” by Diane DeVaughn Stokes Oh my gosh, this is one of the funniest coincidences/stories ever! Those Playboys sure made the rounds! – Linda RE: “Hello World I’m Back,” by Susan DeBow I know exactly what you are talking about! I quit teaching ten years ago and have enjoyed by solitude and my writing habit. Yet, when I get out in the world and meet delightful folks, I wonder what I’m missing by my selfimposed seclusion. – Erika

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Victoria DeAngelis Alger Dancer in Blue, by Victoria DeAngelis Alger Becoming a watercolor artist had always been an interest of Victoria Alger’s, but finding the opportunity to pursue it never seemed to materialize, until recently in her home of 18 years, the beautiful, coastal setting of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Over the years, she’s had a flair for the physical design world, having been educated as a landscape architect at Michigan State University back in the 1970s. She pursued a fulfilling design and consulting career spanning over three decades that was joyfully mixed in-between with marriage, raising two children and several moves throughout the Midwest and Southeast. Two years ago she traded-in her large paint brushes used on numerous home decorating and renovation projects for the finer tools of trade of watercolor painting. Victoria calls this new direction her passion now. She is primarily selftaught yet actively embraces the inspirational collaboration of other artists and workshop participation. She believes the secret ingredient for her continued growth is not so much the talent, but rather the passion she has for her journey through the world of watercolor painting. Dancer in Blue has a special significance for Victoria, as it depicts her great-niece in a moment of contemplation while waiting for her impending ballet recital. To see more of Victoria’s artwork visit www.facebook.com/ watercolorsbyalger.


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Tell us a little bit about yourself: I have been married for 20 years, and we have a beautiful, 11 year old daughter, Julianna. We’re both from Syracuse, New York, and had only been married a little over a year when we moved here in 1996. My family was in the restaurant business, and we were actually looking for a restaurant to buy in New York. But the real estate agent we were working with was moving to Myrtle Beach and convinced us that there was a lot of opportunity here – so we came! We have never regretted our move. I worked alongside my husband in our restaurant until our daughter was born, and then went back into real estate – the flexible schedule is perfect for a mom. I worked as a real estate paralegal in New York, and here I work with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, formerly known as Prudential, Myrtle Beach Real Estate. I’m also taking classes to finish my degree in Elementary Education. While the real estate market was flat, I worked in the schools and enjoyed it. My first love is real estate though. On the practical side, the hours are flexible, but the customer satisfaction is my favorite part. When a couple buys their first home, for example, there’s a lot of joy in helping make that happen. I even enjoy difficult sales, and the challenges of finding just the right home for my clients. How do you express your creativity? I express my creativity in various ways, all depending on what I am doing. My style of dress expresses me personally. I love cheerful and bright colors. Decorating is something else I love to do, and that’s an important skill for staging homes. When I walk into a home, I can see what it could be and what needs to be done to get it there. I try to market my listings in different ways to make them unique and creative. What types of music do you like and why? I love ’80s music because that was when I was in high school and college. Those were very fun and memorable times in my life. Some of my favorites are Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx and Foreigner. A lot of those older bands are coming to the House of Blues now – I still love them. What do our readers need to know about the current real estate market? The market today is doing great. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful area where people always dream that they want to live. The number of transactions our company has seen so far this year is up from last year, and everything is pointing to a really big finish to 2014. No matter what is going on nationally, the state of the Myrtle Beach market looks very promising. Contact Michele with your real estate questions at 843-997-4772 or email her at mrappa@sc.rr.com.

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Read It! Nicole Says…Read The Walk, by Richard Paul Evans by Nicole McManus 14

Alan Christoffersen had it all, a beautiful home, a fabulous career and his soul mate as his wife. His life couldn’t have been better, but sadly it slowly disappeared after that fateful day when his wife fell off her horse. When his life is virtually destroyed, Alan decides to end it all, but he is reminded of the promise he made to his wife. Since he has nothing left, he decides to go for a walk, but not just any kind of walk; one that will get him as far away as possible. With just a few supplies and his hiking boots, he sets off from the outskirts of Seattle, Washington, towards Key West, Florida, in hopes of finding life again. From the very first page, Evans delivers a powerful and poetic tale. Through first person narrative, the author proves that true human character is revealed during critical times. The quotes from Alan’s diary that start each chapter give a preview as to


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Voice

Dream, Dream, Dream by Erika Hoffman

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” This first line of Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, gives me shivers all these decades later because it evokes emotion with the word “dream.” It hooks you because folks can relate to dreaming about a past place they once knew. Who hasn’t felt the power of a dream? “Dream, dream, dream, dream,” belted out the Everly Brothers. They sang about being a forlorn boyfriend who can do nothing to rekindle the love he had except dream about it. Sometimes dreams are reveries like the lyrics in this classic tune; however, just as often dreams may be prophetic, like Joseph’s in the Old Testament when his nightly visions predicted seven years of prosperity in Egypt followed by seven years of famine. I’ve had dreams that seemed so real that upon waking I wondered if the events had happened or if they were remnants of a movie I’d dozed off watching earlier in the night. But my dreams had a purpose a few years ago. One day I decided to write a novel. Countless times while I was composing it, I’d find myself with a cliff hanger on the paper, but no resolution in sight. Sometimes I’d stare at the monitor willing the words to appear. Often late in the evening, I couldn’t fathom what my main character would do next or what awful situation might befall him. Tired and thwarted by my lack of imagination and therefore lack of progress, I’d quit ruminating over the plot, switch off the monitor with a sigh, and climb the stairs to resign myself to being stuck. In the middle of the night, I’d have my “aha” moment. Suddenly, I’d jolt from my pillow and know exactly what would happen to the protagonist in the next chapter. Like a movie, the story unfurled in my head. The next scene had come to me while I slept. In my mind’s eye, I saw my novel’s sequence of events as though they had already been written. Quickly, I’d pick up a notepad on my bureau and jot down as much as l could recall, fearing that by morning light my dream would have evaporated, and I’d be greeted with a blank page again and nary a creative thought lingering in my noggin. My saga took nine months to pen. Not every night did the muse descend

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into my bed chamber like a tooth fairy leaving me a little something valuable. Yet, I dreamt my next sequence of events often enough that I became a believer. I discovered my unconscious mind did overtime while the physical me reposed. I looked forward to my nightly mental adventures. When I was young and had a problem, my folks said, “Sleep on it. All will be better in the morning.” Now when I stay up past the time that Craig Ferguson has tucked in his puppets for the night and still no idea has popped into my cerebellum, and I’m thwarted with weaving my plot lines and fleshing out my character’s foibles, I mutter to myself, “Get to bed Erika! It will work itself out by morning.” And usually it does in fantastic ways. The old wives’ tale states that kids grow when they sleep. I think modern day scientific research has verified that adage. I maintain that one’s mind grows too when the body sleeps – it expands to entertain ideas that never would have dared appear to a person in her conscious, coffee-laden, focused state. So creative folks and fellow scribes and pursuers of fantasy and impossible happenings – go to bed and dream. And who knows? Something might morph from being a figment of your imagination to being the solution to a long time problem that you couldn’t wrap your head around when you were stonily, consciously, caffeine- stoked awake. Embrace your dreams! Each night we rewind; each morning we begin again.

Erika Hoffman Erika Hoffman likes to write and dreams about having her own column, sort of an Erma Bombeck one.


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by Diane DeVaughn Stokes

“Music is magic for the heart and soul.” That quote may never make the Internet’s list of top musical quotes, but it is my own quote on the topic. Stop and think about it, and you will surely agree. Music can take you back in time, it can transport you to a different place, and it can make you laugh or cry in the first few measures. Presto! Just like magic. What else do you know that can change your mood and do all of the above in no time flat? Even the word “presto,” which is associated with magic, came from the musical term meaning “quickly.” As a radio announcer for EASY Radio, I love playing songs that do exactly that for our listeners. They share their stories with me about various songs and the memories that flash back to them. That happens for me with songs of the fifties and sixties. They all make me feel like a kid again. Just last week, as my husband Chuck and I were going out for dinner, I heard a song that took me way, way back in time. It made me cry then, and it makes me cry even more now! The song is “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Chuck laughed and said the song was about drugs! I said he was crazy. To me it’s about growing up and leaving all of your childhood things behind. It still tears me up after all these years! Only Peter, Paul and Mary know what it is really is about! All of the Beatles’ early songs remind me of my sister’s birth in 1964, one of the happiest years of my life. About fifteen years ago, Chuck took me to a Paul McCartney concert, and I thought I was having some sort of breakdown, as I could not stop crying throughout the whole show. Each song took me back to another precious memory of time gone-by. Talk about cathartic! I would have to say that when I am feeling melancholy, which is a lot lately, it is these two decades of music that spur me on. However, when I want to feel jazzed and motivated to get the house clean or get the closets re-organized or make the toilet bowls sparkle, I play Broadway show tunes. There’s just something about those songs that makes me want to get out my baton and start twirling. I love Broadway music! Living in Newark, New Jersey, when I was a kid enabled me to go to New York City several times a year. My paternal grandfather would take me every summer to see a Broadway show, and my mom and maternal grandmother took me every Christmas season. I was mesmerized, and I still am today when I go to the Big Apple. But I am equally excited just going to local musical theater. I never miss the Tony awards on TV, and whenever Chuck and I travel, we always seek out a

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venue with a musical theatrical performance, as it is a passion for both of us. Music is storytelling at its best. Whether it’s country, jazz, Broadway or rock n’ roll, you can hear a song thirty or forty years later, and the words simply come back to you. Then you laugh and say, how can that happen when I can’t remember where I put my keys last night? Yes, even though the memories from when we first heard that song may slowly fade away, it’s amazing how the words are etched in our minds forever. I have proof of that. A few months ago I attended a musical salute to our country at Brightwater Retirement Center in their memory care unit. Most of these residents do not even know what they ate for breakfast, but it was astounding how many of them knew the words to “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and others. From their wheelchairs they were marching; feet tapping away, clapping their hands and patting the musical rhythm out on the cushions below them. I saw some of them mouthing the lyrics; others were singing as clearly as if they learned the song yesterday. Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love, play on.” Kurt Vonnegut said, “The only proof I need for the existence of God is music.” Bob Marley said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Taylor Swift said, “People have not always been there for me, but music has.” Diane Diane is President of Stages Video Productions in DeVaughn Stokes said, Myrtle Beach, Host and Producer of “Inside Out” “Music is magic for the on HTC Channel 4 and Host of “Diane At Six” heart and soul.” on EASY Radio. Play on!

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Promoting the Arts

R. Scott Jacob:

Cultural Council of Georgetown County Tell us a little about yourself I think I was born to do what I do. My entire adult life has been devoted to helping promote the arts and artists (performing and visual). I grew up in Michigan, in a suburb of Detroit, with an extended family of artists and musicians. I am so thankful for my early introduction to the wonders of music, art, dance, great literature, architecture and even the beauty of nature. My college years were spent in Philadelphia, a cultural hub to be sure, and at age 32 I moved to Myrtle Beach, where I managed the Long Bay Symphony for 6 years. I met the most outstanding people during that time, and am proud to still count many of them as personal friends. My degree was in history, but all of my jobs have been in arts management. In November, 2013, I moved to Georgetown, and live in the Historic District. I so enjoy walking my three Boston Terriers, Oliver, Toby and Gracie, around Historic Georgetown, and they enjoy the treats numerous businesses on Front Street have to offer. Gracie is a regular fixture at Danny McLaughlin’s Tuesday art classes held at the Cultural Council. How do you express your creativity? I have a habit of trying new forms of artistic expression all the time. I usually enjoy what would be termed “crafts” such as creating elaborate Easter eggs, decorating glassware and painting other household objects. I also collect historic photographs, particularly those of Silent Era film stars. For the most part, I enjoy promoting the arts, and my position with the Cultural Council of Georgetown County has been the perfect fit. What is your favorite type of music? It would be difficult to identify a favorite type of music, because I love a wide variety. Basically, I love beautiful music that has strong emotion in it. Poignant lyrics, beautiful melodies and creativity are important to me when it comes to music. Songs now referred to as “old standards” hold a special meaning to me because they have stood the test of time, and contain universal messages that everyone can relate to – “My Funny Valentine” or “Someone to Watch Over Me” come to mind right away. Some songs just speak to people, no matter how old they are, or their circumstance. Why is the Cultural County of Georgetown County important for our community? Of all the arts-related positions I’ve held during my 20-year career, the Cultural Council of Georgetown County stands out as my favorite. With very little money and a single, part-time staffer, we are able to provide the community with some pretty outstanding events and opportunities. The music and art scholarships are my favorite aspect, and it’s such a thrill to offer the talented young scholars performance and exhibition opportunities. We partner with a lot of other organizations in Georgetown County and the region, and I am exceedingly proud of the impact we make. There are a lot of wonderful volunteers and talented artists and musicians who help out regularly, out of the kindness of their hearts. Right now I’m busy working on our annual Chocolate Sunday, our major fundraiser and an excellent showcase for our area talent – particularly the youth. For more information about Chocolate Sunday, call Scott at 843-520-0744. This year’s event will be held on September 14th, at the magnificent Springfield Plantation. Tickets are $75.

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Mommy Issues by Erin Spatz

When I became pregnant with my first child, all my friends with kids told me about a phenomenon called “Mommy Brain” and “Mommy Time.” The premise of this affliction is that having kids does something to your ability to think and tell time. Like all moms-to-be, I thought, this will not be me, because I, of course, will be the exception. Well I was vastly mistaken. The first thing to get me was the “Mommy Time.” With the birth of each child I became five (more) minutes late. So by the time I had baby number four I was, and continue to be, habitually 20 minutes late. Usually, it’s not because I am trying to get ready, but because I am cleaning up the mess that is caused by the kids getting ready. I believe that the fault for this is 50/50. Part my fault for being unable to leave the house a disaster, fit for a perimeter of crime scene tape, and part the kids’ fault for getting ready in every room in the house, including the kitchen. “Mommy Brain” started around six weeks after my oldest was born. While grocery shopping, I forgot to buy dishwasher soap, so I went back to the store four times. Each time I spent $40 and never got the actual soap. Four times people! I finally had to send Eric to get it. I would walk into the store and completely forget why I was there and then get sidetracked by all the food. If you think that it got better, think again. Here is a list of things that I can attribute to “Mommy Brain.” • Driving away with the home phone on the roof of my car, not once but twice • Locking my baby in the car • Washing my hair three times because I couldn’t remember if I had already washed it • Cell phone in the freezer • Pull up in the fridge • Laundry forgotten in the washing machine • Shaving only one leg • Forgetting what day of the week it was and thereby forgetting to pick up my child from school • Not packing sandwiches in lunch boxes • Not remembering to go to work – or going in on a day I wasn’t scheduled

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• Calling my kids by every name in the house, including the dog’s, and still not getting their names right • Forgetting that I was cooking dinner, causing it to burn and fill the house with clouds of smoke I said I would never get “Mommy Brain.” Well, never say never! I am certain there are countless examples of my “Mommy Brain” troubles that I am forgetting because of “Mommy Brain.” Oh the irony…Thankfully no one has been horribly harmed by my affliction. This “Mommy Brain” thing has made me paranoid that I will drive off without one of my kids; which has produced an annoying habit of kid counting. I count the kids continually. I hate math and numbers but I have been forced to do this crazy behavior. As for “Mommy Time,” well my family and coworkers are used to it. I am sure they don’t love it but they love me. What kills me is I used to be so punctual. But, alas, that smart and punctual girl is Erin Spatz is a writer and blogger living in a quaint town gone, and this called Pawleys Island. Erin was born in Pennsylvania and late, hot mess, raised in Palm Bay, Florida. Five years after her first blog, mom of four is Erin creatively turned her diary entries into a published here. Late and book. The book entitled Who Left Me in Charge is a forgetful, but humorous look at parenting and life in general none the less here! Erin is married to a minister and Executive Director of Teach My People, Eric Spatz, and they have four children. www.4ducksinarow.com

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A Fire in My Heart by Diane Stark

For most little girls, growing up in the ’80s meant Cabbage Patch dolls, slumber parties, and Molly Ringwald movies on Beta tapes. But for me, all of those things were set aside in 1984. That year, something else took center stage in my life. Mary Lou Retton had won the Olympic gold medal for gymnastics. She set all kinds of records. And I was truly obsessed. At first, I would just watch her on TV. I mean, for hours. But soon, watching her wasn’t enough. I wanted to be her. (Yes, unfortunately, that included the haircut.) My younger sister and I would play “Mary Lou” nearly every afternoon after school. We would swing as high as we could on our backyard swing set, and then jump off the swing at just the right moment. For just a second, it felt like we were flying, exactly like Mary Lou when she performed her vaults. As we landed, we’d make sure our feet planted firmly on the ground with no hop. Then we’d throw our hands in the air, arch our backs and smile proudly. We would be the judge for one another, and our commentary always went something like this: “And she sticks the landing! What an amazing feat that was, Ladies and Gentlemen! Never in the history of this great country have we seen a landing as great as that one was! Now let’s see what the judges have to say…It’s a perfect 10! And the crowd goes wild…” I swear that we could actually hear the applause of the fans and feel their excitement. I can remember standing barefoot in the grass, listening to my sister’s glowing report on my performance, knowing that someday, I would be a star, just like Mary Lou. Well, it’s not 1984 anymore, and I hung up my leotards a long time ago. I’m now a just-turned-40 wife and mother. And I’m definitely not a star. Recently, I received an email quiz called “How to Know if You’re a Child of the ’80s.” It mentioned all the usual stuff: Brady Bunch reruns, the Super Bowl Shuffle, and of course, Michael Jackson and “Thriller.” But #16 on the list really caught my attention: Which Olympic gymnast received a perfect 10 at the games in 1984? Mary Lou Retton, of course. For the rest of that day, I wondered what my childhood idol had been up to these past few decades. A quick Google search showed that she had married and had four children, all girls. She is the author of several inspirational books. She is available for motivational speaking engagements, and she tries to respond to her fan mail personally. And then I ran across a quote by Mary Lou, which states: “Each of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.” For the next several days, Mary Lou’s wise words ran through my mind. Did I have a fire in my heart? I loved my life, but was washing dishes and changing diapers lighting any fires? I knew the answer was no. I was in a rut, and something had to change.

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But what could I do to light that fire that Mary Lou spoke of? And that’s when I remembered something. As a child, when I wasn’t jumping off our backyard swing set pretending to be Mary Lou, I was holed up in my bedroom, writing stories. They were positively awful, but I loved writing and it made me feel so alive. In that instant, I knew that’s where my fire was. I began writing essays and short stories about my children and my life as a mom. At first, just writing was enough, but after a few months, I decided to see if I could actually get something published. Surprisingly – no, amazingly – a woman’s magazine out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, bought the very first essay I sent them. (Thank you, Sasee!) That was all it took. As I held that magazine in my hands and read my very first published story, I was hooked. I felt a fire in my heart. I earned that first byline nearly a decade ago now and seeing my name in a magazine thrills me just as much as it ever did. I’ve found the thing that lights a fire in my heart. And although I still have dishes to wash and kids to care for, I’m no longer in a rut. Writing reminds me that my ordinary, run-of-the-mill life is interesting. Not because I’m doing anything spectacular, but because I’m doing my best at the everyday Mom stuff, and other people can relate to that. I’m just like them – a sweet, but slightly neurotic woman who just loves her hubby and her kids to pieces and wants to give them the moon and the stars. (Or at least clean laundry and a tasty dinner.) I do my best, but I definitely don’t have it all together. I juggle a lot of balls in the air, and I drop one or two – or all of them – on a pretty regular basis. I’m honest about my own imperfections and that speaks to people’s hearts. It reminds readers that their lives don’t have to be perfect to be interesting either. We all have a story to tell. Writing mine down reminds me how lucky I am to have the family I have. These people not only tolerate me, they love me, dropped balls and everything. We all have a fire in our hearts for something. Mine is writing. Even though I’m not a star like Mary Lou, I’m definitely taking her advice. Diane Stark is a wife and mom of five. She I’m writing and that’s loves to write about her family and her enough to keep the fire in my faith. Her essays have been published in heart toasty warm. over 20 Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

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The Ultimate Road Trip: One Local Family’s Year off the Grid by Connie Barnard

Scott and Beth McNew’s friends and associates all agree: nobody saw it coming. “At first we were shocked,” their close friends Pete and Chris DeSantis confide as they recount Beth’s visit to their home to share her family’s plans to spend the next twelve months camping across North America. “The shock came not only from the fact that we’d never thought of Beth and Scott as campers – but also the enormity of doing it full time for a year!” On August 15, 2013, Beth, Scott and their children, Delaney age 11 and Declan age 5, rolled out of Myrtle Beach in what would be their home for the next 12 months: a Ford 350 Super Duty Diesel truck with a Jayco Eagle 5th wheel travel trailer in tow. During this life-changing experience, the young family visited 39 states, stayed at 80 different campgrounds and put 30,000 miles on that new Ford truck, completing their adventure just in time to celebrate the 4th of July at home with family. Looking back on the year, Beth laughs and says, “I was a pioneer with a microwave!” In truth, the adventure was not as impulsive as it might seem. “It was something we had talked about for a long time but in a someday kind of way,” she says. “Later we started considering it more seriously but held off due to a long list of practical considerations.” Then one day in March of 2013, Scott

looked at Beth and said, “Let’s do it!” Over the next five months, the McNews leased out their home to friends, arranged the details of Scott’s sabbatical from his commercial real estate firm, said good-bye to a host of family and friends and began their incredible year-long road trip across America. “The timing of the trip was right for our family” Beth says. “Our kids won’t always want to hang out with us. We wanted to expand their horizons in ways you just can’t do in a brief summer vacation.” The McNews also recognized a deep need to take a break from a lifestyle she referred to as the race to nowhere. “It seemed like we were in a constant contest to win the prize for being busy – all good and worthy things, but they had taken over our lives. We felt the need to reduce our family’s consumerism mentality and spend more time outside with each other in God’s creation.” Discouraged by public school trends toward too much testing, too much homework and too little quality, the McNews also wanted better control of their children’s education for a while. A former teacher, Beth looked forward to developing a home school curriculum for each of her children built around their first-hand experiences. Fortunately, through the magic of Wi-Fi, they were able to stay in close touch with home. Beth’s online blog, “McNew Family USA Road Trip,” made it possible for friends and family to travel vicariously in their shoes and be assured they were okay. “When we received an e-mail notice about a new posting,” Chris DeSantis remembers, “we would huddle around the computer like families did around the radio in the days before television. Each week we could see how experiencing the adventure together was strengthening their relationship with each other and with God.”


Though Beth had limited experience in this new rugged way of life, Scott had camped during summer breaks with his parents who were educators. They had a general idea of the places they wanted to see but purposely did not lock themselves into a rigid itinerary. “For us, it seemed best not to over-plan,” Beth explained. “When you put it on paper, it just doesn’t work. We had a general time line which included touring the West and Northwest before cold set in and getting to California by December in order to fly home to South Carolina for Christmas with our family. Then we flew back and trekked the camper through the Southwest and Deep South in time for Easter with family in Conway. The final leg took us north to New England and Quebec.” Following a general pattern of visits to significant scenic and historic sites interspersed with opportunities to re-connect with friends and family around the country, the McNews first headed to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pigeon Forge, then visited the graves of Scott’s grandparents in Greenville, Tennessee. From there they headed through the Midwest with plans to reach the westernmost states before winter weather set in. “For me, perhaps one of the greatest surprises was the vast amount of empty space in the middle of the country. We drove miles and miles with nothing but corn fields out our window. There were few fast food franchises or even gas stations and convenience stores. I took advantage of these hours to do school work with the children.” She adds that the lack of accessible fast food and shopping probably contributed to healthier eating and less spending. “The children quickly adjusted to this, and I soon realized that having the time together was important to them as well. Monetary treats were limited to an occasional candy bar and a few carefully selected mementos. We celebrated birthdays with handmade cards and simple, creative celebrations – memories we’ll always treasure.” Asked about the specifics of her home school curriculum, Beth says she joined Vine and Branches Home Educators, (VBHE), a local home school association through which she maintained Delany and Declan’s records. She hand-selected the children’s texts using the Charlotte Mason nature-based curriculum guide. Delany took violin lessons via “oovoo” (much like Skype) and French, music and history lessons on CDs. The most creative aspect, however, was giving their children first-hand knowledge of American geography and history. In each area of the country, Delaney studied classic American novels related to its setting. At Yellowstone, the children had a hands-on science lesson about thermal dynamic activity, watching amazing geysers erupt like clockwork. They even studied a chapter about the Grand Canyon while visiting it in person! Of course, each moment of the trip was not perfect, and living so closely together intensified every aspect. There were hitches along the way but no major disasters. Illnesses were limited to colds and stomach bugs, and technical bobbles to losing their hot water supply for a few days. Winter weather came sooner and stronger than anticipated. “We experienced our first snow at the Grand Tetons in late September. The wildest snow experience, however, was a week later in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska,” Beth says. “It was unlike anything we’d ever seen – blowing sideways, stinging our cheeks and freezing our hands. We woke up to discover icicles inside our windowsill! The next day, however, temps were in the 50s with clear blue skies.”

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The only potentially serious incident occurred on the last leg of the trip in upstate New York en route to Niagara Falls. They sensed something was a bit off balance with the camper then realized that passengers in other cars were waving them over. Scott pulled off the highway to discover that the camper had lost its back tire and the axle was dragging. Amazingly, at the very next exit was a rare sign for a Hampton Inn and a service station. They were able to have repairs done and get back on the road two days later. In her on-line blog Beth provided a running commentary on the variety

“The timing of the trip was

right for our family.

Our kids won’t always want to hang out with us.” of campgrounds and campers who frequent them. National parks were their favorite, and the “America the Beautiful” $80 annual pass gave the family full use of any national park in the United States. At the other end of the spectrum was a tiny campsite in a Midwest cornfield which charged 25 cents for a six minute shower! In between, they discovered a wide assortment of commercial campgrounds, many with full recreational and entertainment facilities, others more of the mom and pop variety. Over their year’s journey, through trial and error the McNews became adept at spotting campgrounds built adjacent to airport runways, train tracks and sewer lines! Asked which places they found most memorable along the way, the McNew family unanimously agreed that Yellowstone was a definite favorite. Beth was also greatly touched by Montana’s quiet beauty where she saw more horses than people. Declan liked visiting the battlefields, particularly the Custer Memorial, and learning to snowboard, while Delaney loved the quaintness of Maine and getting to ski at Lake Tahoe. For very different reasons, the McNews will also remember a certain spot in the California desert. Clemson alums, Scott and Beth, along with the kids, posed for a photo wearing full orange regalia in what they half-seriously refer to as “the other” Death Valley. All too soon the family’s journey was over. “Now that we are home again,” Beth says, “It almost seems like a dream.” Yet even as they fall back into familiar routines, Beth vows to hold on to the sense of calm they experienced on this journey that so enriched each of their lives. A few days after their return, Declan asked his mom when they were going back to the camper! Katie Bence, Beth’s closest friend since their days together at Conway Middle School, says, “When I learned about their plans, I was so surprised. Yet on another level, I completely got it. Beth is solid to the core. She saw this as an opportunity for quality time with her family before it slips away. Most of us can’t do this on the same scale, but we can all learn through their experience.” Connie Barnard traveled the world as a Readers may view military wife and taught high school and details of the McNews trip college composition for over 30 years. through Beth’s on-line blog: She has been a regular contributor to mcnewbeth.wordpress.com. Sasee since its first issue in 2002.

Connie Barnard

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Notes for Newcomers by Phil La Borie

In my latest “Notes” article, I introduced, perhaps more accurately “re-introduced” Sasee readers to women, (both past and present) in the Grand Strand area who have contributed so much to our local culture and history. Since space is somewhat limited for these articles, it was a difficult choice, believe me; to select just a few female contributors from the many who have made their mark on this area. As promised in that earlier column, we now turn to their male counterparts. Again, some very difficult decisions had to be made. But make them I did, and here are my choices for memorable local “personalities,” some famous, some infamous. First of all, let’s start with the infamous, namely, Drunken Jack. Current accounts vary considerably about just who Jack was and his story, but basically the tale revolves around an 18th century pirate who was marooned by his shipmates on a deserted island somewhere along the Grand Strand. And, just for good measure his former pirate pals supposedly left him with a copious amount of rum! Now exactly where this mysterious island was, or is, and precisely how much rum was involved remains somewhat hazy – to say nothing of Jack’s brain! From the fanciful, we turn now to the fruitful, specifically to Archer Milton Huntington, who along with his wife Anna Hyatt Huntington founded the present day Brookgreen Gardens, located south of Murrells Inlet on Route 17 in Georgetown County. The Gardens, which are now a nationally recognized attraction for locals and tourists alike were originally comprised of four rice plantations that the Huntington’s purchased as a showcase for Anna and her sister Harriet’s sculptures. Brookgreen was opened in 1932 and was the first public sculpture garden in America. The grounds cover more than 9,100 acres and contain about 1,444 outdoor sculptures along with nature trails and garden areas. In addition, the Lowcountry Zoo and Lowcountry Center are also located on the grounds. And continuing in the arts, we come now to perhaps Murrells Inlet’s most famous long-time resident – Mickey Spillane. Mickey was the creator of the famous Mike Hammer detective stories, one of the most enduring fictional creations in the detective genre. Mickey produced more than 30 novels in the Hammer series, and often had more than one work going at a time – each written in a separate room in his house. According to our esteemed Sasee editor, Leslie Moore, “He (Mickey) was a very nice man!” In fact, when Leslie was a college student and a part-time waitress, she waited on Mickey and friends. Leslie reports that, “He was a good tipper too!” I find it fascinating that someone who could create such a “hardboiled” character like Mike Hammer could in real life be such a gentle soul. For more information and insights on Mickey’s remarkable life and times, I refer you to Jane Spillane’s book, My Life with Mickey. Our next personality is former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, James “Bonecrusher” Smith. The Champ is a native of Magnolia, North Carolina, and a graduate of Shaw University in Raleigh. He became the WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1986 and because James was a college graduate, he was

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the first in that distinguished category to win a World Boxing Heavyweight title. Today, the Champ heads an international mentoring program for middle school students. The Program is called Champion for Kids and is designed to mentor students to remain in school and continue their education. A fantasy camp and fund-raising fight event featuring “Bonecrusher” will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the X Gym, 568 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach. You can get more information on his website, www.championforkids.org. Turning to the world of culinary delights, from the many outstanding restaurateurs and chefs in our area, I’ve selected Jerome Lorenzo Smalls, a.k.a. “Bubba Love.” According to his website, Bubba began his culinary career at the age of six helping his mother in the kitchen at Oliver’s Lodge. He got his nickname “Bubba” from his sisters when he was quite young and received his second nickname, “Love” from an elderly woman who asked him to create a BBQ sauce that “wasn’t too spicy.” When asked how he’d made the sauce, he replied, “With Love.” That name has stuck to this day. Bubba has always maintained “the world would be a better place if everyone remembered that “Patience is a virtue, and the color of one’s skin does not matter; it’s what’s in the heart that counts.” Amen to that. No tale of this area’s personalities would be complete without a good ghost story, and for that we turn to the case of “The Gray Man.” The story has a tragic beginning, but a happy ending. It seems during the 1800s that a young man was returning to Pawleys Island after some time away, and his fiancée was eagerly awaiting his return. He was riding his horse from Georgetown to the Island and in his haste to see his love, took a shortcut across the marsh. Unfortunately, both he and his horse stepped in quicksand and were killed. His fiancée was so distraught, she was walking the beach when a man in gray appeared and told her to leave the island immediately. According to local lore, this apparition warns Pawleys Island residents to flee the island when a hurricane is approaching. The young lady heeded his warning and left the island just before a hurricane struck! Since that first sighting, numerous accounts of a man dressed all in gray have appeared along with his dire warning. Since our first hurricane of the season arrived in June, I’m wondering if any of our readers saw the Gray Man? Love to hear from you if you did. That’s it for this quick look at just some of Horry and Georgetown Counties’ many influential personalities. Keep Phil is a recent transplant to the Grand an eye out for the next “Notes” Strand; in a former life he was a article, who knows what I’ll Connecticut Yankee with a long history as uncover that may be of interest a writer/creative director in the ad biz. He to newcomers? can be reached at plaborie@voxinc.net.

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President of the Board of Directors of Carolina Master Chorale Tell us a little about yourself. Currently, I am the Volunteer Services Associate at Brookgreen Gardens. I started to volunteer here in January of 2013 and in June I was hired! This position has been the culmination of all of my creative pursuits – music, photography, dance and poetry. I was looking for something new in my life and found something so enriching. I’ve learned a lot about sculpture too. I was born in southeastern Washington, but have lived east of the Mississippi since 1973. I received my Bachelors in Music from Belmont College and a Masters in Church Music/Organ Pedagogy, from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have worked as a music educator and church musician for most of my career. I moved to the area in 2010 from Southern Pines, North Carolina, and served as the organist/choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Conway, until I came to Brookgreen. I have two grown sons that I am very proud of – both are serving in the Army. Alex is stationed at Fort Bragg and Justin is at Fort Campbell. How do you express your creativity? I have so many interests – music, of course, and my work with the Carolina Master Chorale. I am also an amateur photographer, write poetry and do Contra Dancing. I lived in Kentucky for five years, where I was an artist in residence, and that’s where I learned to love folk music and dancing. It was one of the poorest parts of Appalachia, but I loved it there. What is your favorite type of music? I like the Baroque era, it’s so passionate and energetic. Folk music is still a favorite of mine, as well as classic pops and music from the ’60s that I remember from childhood. Why is the Carolina Master Chorale important for our community? The Carolina Master Chorale is recognized as the premiere symphonic chorus in the region, as well as the oldest, covering northeastern South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina. We are starting our 32nd season with 70 volunteer singers and offer music that enhances lives and bridges the past to the present. Music brings joy to people. When you are passionate about art, as I am, you want to share this beauty. It’s a deeper form of connection. Our repertoire encompasses a wide variety of innovative and critically-acclaimed programming that includes something for everyone, from our first concerts in October, “Songs of A Passionate Life,” to our festive “Christmas & Carols and All That Jazz” to our final concert of the season, “A Big Band in the House of God.” Our concerts are held throughout the Grand Strand area, so at least one is close to most everyone. I love being a part of the Carolina Master Chorale. I learned about it through a friend and attended the 2012 Christmas concert. I auditioned in January of 2013, was accepted and by July of that year I was President. We rehearse every Thursday and have extra rehearsals before every concert. Discount tickets are offered for seniors and veterans. Our 2015 Valentine’s Day concert is a tribute to those who served in the armed forces. For concert tickets or more information about Carolina Master Chorale, call 843-444-5774 or visit www.carolinamasterchorale.com.

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Survivor’s Guilt by Val Jones

It was a sunny October afternoon, and as the bell signaled their freedom, my students jumped from their seats and scattered like marbles. Like them, I rushed from the building; free at last, ready to get my sweat on. I put my car in reverse and eased out of the parking space when my phone rang. It was my doctor. She told me I had breast cancer. I remember sitting in my car, stunned after the big news, but thinking I could make it through cancer unscathed. After all, growing up, I’d been taught that I could overcome anything, and up until that point, I’d proven that to be true. I paid for college from my own pocket. I graduated with honors. I overcame an eating disorder. So on that Monday afternoon, headed to the gym after work, I wholeheartedly expected to duke it out with cancer and then put that behind me too. Here it is almost three years later, and that’s not exactly how it unfolded. I can appreciate where I’ve been because I’ve become a remarkably changed woman from having been there, but cancer left its mark on me – both literally and figuratively. Long after I was dubbed “cancer free” by the professionals, I continued to wrestle with emotions regarding the changes to my body. Like any woman, so much of my identity was wrapped up in my appearance – specifically my breasts – and right or wrong, it was a harsh reality. I wasn’t so “cancer free” after all. Long after the treatments stopped, I still found myself grieving the loss of my former body. Breast-sparing: It sounded like the ideal procedure at the time, but the missing tissue from my lumpectomy, coupled with the effects of radiation, left me lopsided and with uneven “girls.” I slipped into my bra on that first morning back to work, and my heart was broken. My left breast, healthy and unaffected, looked perfectly poised in my B cup, while my right breast sat deflated in the other. And as I stared into my mirror, I wondered why no one informed me that radiation would shrink my breast, leaving it small and – ugh – eternally perky. Thoughts of my future 65 year-old breasts popped into my head – the right one would now be “frozen in time” while I tucked the other inside my waistband. Great. Just great. After work, I made a trip to the mall, returning home with new sports bras. And while every woman in America probably credits yoga pants as the greatest invention ever, I’m here to report that they lose their appeal when your sports bra collection dictates them as standard uniform. Forget cute tops and low necklines. Without proper undergarments, clothing options are limited. And if that wasn’t aggravating enough, the additional anti-cancer drugs transformed my formerly fit body into a pudgy mess. Cursed with sports bras and cellulite? Too much. I saw a plastic surgeon. He told me that my problem could be fixed, but his attitude was characterized by his opening statement, “You’re lucky to come out looking this good.” As though my standard of beauty should somehow be lowered because I’d suffered cancer? “Lots of lumpectomies turn out far worse,” he said,

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“and lots of women would be glad to have your breasts.” Guilt. Deflated, much like my right breast, I repeated to myself, “I should be happy with the way this turned out.” But I just wasn’t. I knew there were worse things. I dwelled in a world where my friends recurred and were living with stage IV breast cancer, yet I was concerned with matching breasts. I felt enormous guilt for allowing shallow aesthetics to drag me down when it was such a smashing success to be cancer-free and healthy. But it took me years to whip my eating disorder, and finally happy with my body, both eating right and working out sensibly, it didn’t seem fair that cancer wanted to rip my happiness from me now. More guilt. I’d like to tell you that I had some epiphany and realized that I am not my breasts; that I embraced my “new normal” as they say in the cancer world. But no, I didn’t. I grieved the loss of my appearance, and then I made plans to do what was necessary for me to feel better. This was about my need to win. Restoring my body to its pre-cancer appearance was my way of putting this behind me – for good. After struggling with survivor’s guilt for so long, I finally determined that it was okay to be disappointed with my physical deformities, just as it was to be stoked about my second chance at life. I gave myself permission to feel sad about what cancer took from me, and I realized that my feelings didn’t detract from my gratitude. I made an appointment with another plastic surgeon, and we discussed what I expected to gain from my post-cancer makeover. That was the defining moment when I finally let go of the guilt, put away my grief and took the first steps toward my new beginning. Now, here I am, one month post-reconstructive surgery, and I can say that I “duked it out” Val Jones, a freelance writer from Austin, with cancer and finally put it Texas, teaches middle school English and behind me. is a breast cancer survivor. Founder of Victorious Val & the Breast Cancer Crusaders – a community of encouragement and kindness – she helps women through the emotional ups and downs of cancer. When Val’s not writing or actively advocating in the cancer community, she’s dedicated to fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

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Voice

The Re-admit by Linda DeMers Hummel

I arrived at the assigned classroom and silently rehearsed my opening line. I waited until my English Comp 101 students had all filed in and sat down, the awkward silence of the first day hanging heavy. Then, without any sense of how self-important I sounded, I began. “Ladies and gentleman, from this room you can go anywhere.” It was my first day as an adjunct professor, and I had already walked away with the Full-of-Yourself Award. For the first few weeks, my classes hummed along, and I believed my own hype. But then some students dropped out. A few more disappeared. I liked the word “attrition” for the thinning of the ranks because it made it easier to forget their faces: The quiet, studious kid, who took copious notes but never came back when the paper was due. The young man who worked the night shift and found he just couldn’t get out of bed for class. The ones who ran out of money or succumbed to their addictions or didn’t want to be there in the first place. I blamed myself for not being a good enough teacher. A colleague took me aside and said, “Look, this is community college. Lots of kids bail on their first try. Don’t take it personally.” When I added hours tutoring in the college’s Writing Center, it became a sort of panacea. If too many of my “real” students gave up, this assembly-line approach would save me. In and out students came, wanting only an hour of my time, just a little slice of my expertise. “Can you help me fix this?” they would say, and I would, and then the next person would sit down. On the morning I met Annie, I spotted her leaning against the doorway, deciding if she should enter. Her head was shaved on one side, showing off dozens of piercings on her left ear. She wore army fatigue pants and thick black boots. A tee shirt tight across her chest bore the name and logo of a rock band I’d never heard of, for good reason. As she sat down, I realized she was anxious. She pushed three sheets of paper across the table. “This needs help,” she said. It didn’t. I read it through twice to give myself time to decide how to respond. Sometimes students plagiarized and made it easy for me. I could just hand their paper back to them and say something like, “Uh…William Faulkner wrote this,” and they would feign disgust and storm out. But Annie’s essay didn’t have the telltale hints that it had been lifted from someone else. I went with what seemed an innocent question, “Where do you think it needs help?” If she froze up, I’d know it wasn’t hers. Instead, she pointed to a paragraph on the second page and said, “I think right here I begin to lose direction a little, don’t you?” It was her work, and it was brilliant. Not only had she written this little gem, but she wanted to make it better. I didn’t want to fix everything. I wanted her to come back. The next week she showed up early. Annie was termed a “re-admit,” someone who had dropped out years ago,

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and was now giving it another try. Tutoring was bumpy in those first few weeks. At times she seemed so frustrated with herself that I was afraid she’d give up and be sucked back into her “old life,” her euphemism for the years that had lapsed. She commented on how much older she was than other students, regretting all the time wasted. I lost track of how often I reached for clichés about Rome being built. But every Tuesday and Thursday, there she’d be at the door, and I would exhale and think, “Good.” And then she’d step in and get to work. After a few months, she was still coming to the Writing Center, but I was running out of things to teach her. I began to worry that I was giving her too much credit for work that might have been just average in a four-year school. One day the director of the Center, a woman who’d been teaching community college English for 30 years, sat at the next table waiting for her appointment to show (or not). Annie and I were working on her latest paper. I leaned over, and as casually as I could muster, said, “Would you mind looking at this?” I watched her eyes get bigger as she read. She looked at Annie and asked, “Did you write this?” Annie nodded. “Then we need to find you a better college.” That would come, and when it did, it would be on a full scholarship. From there she was accepted into an English PhD program at a university that had all the trailing ivy and Gothic towers that were missing at the community college where she had taken that first step. She kept in touch. I realized I was no longer qualified to give her advice on anything she was writing. That elated me. When her dissertation was finished, she landed the only position she wanted. Now on the opening day of the semester, she enters that classroom the way I did years ago, on the same floor, in the same building, right down the hall from the Writing Center where she stood in the doorway that first day. I picture all her nervous students waiting for their professor. No grand and bloated Linda DeMers Hummel is a Baltimoreopening line for her. All she based freelance writer. Memories of her has to say is, “I have a story to ten years spent teaching college English tell you.” still inspire her work.

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It’s almost dinner time for the adults. My littlest son, tanned and all smiles, walks clumsily toward me down the boardwalk. In one hand he brings me my old Ray-Ban sunglasses case from the steps leading to the beach, and in the other, a rainbow Popsicle drips down his arm. He is dressed in wide red and white horizontal stripes across a perfectly broken in tee of which he has, without care, patriotically paired with clean navy and Carolina blue Hawaiian print swim trunks, following his third shower of the day. The warm July sun is beating down, the air is thick and still around me. I write this latest entry in my style journal from the ocean front porch of our twice a year rental cottage here on Pawleys Island. I’ve just dropped another ice cube in my glass to chill the wine, but it is melting quickly in the sultry air. I’ve stayed in several different places on the Island with both my mom’s family and my dad’s, including many years at the Sea View Inn as a child and later as an adult. I’ve never laid my head in a place at Pawleys that I didn’t love, but Cat’s Paw, just five doors down from the Sea View Inn, has been my family’s place to call home for the majority of my years here as a parent. After dinner we will migrate to the marsh side pier to check our crab pots, The Chapel just to my right. Everything about this place represents a bygone era of timeless classic style, simple and true. Perhaps that’s why we all escape to Pawleys Island. We arrive with arms spread wide to this “island of simple virtues and lack of pretense,” and we never want to leave. Simply put, Pawleys Island is Heaven on Earth. Is it the stage in my life? The last five plus years have seemed to be in a constant state of change and transformation. I would not call it an upheaval, but only because it sounds so dramatic. At 37, I’ve been married for almost eight years, my husband and I had one child, lost a second during pregnancy, I experienced a somewhat serious medical condition, and we had a second son at which time I decided to switch the gears of my career into a completely different direction. I began running again, more competitively than ever. Friendships have evolved, if for the better, some

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still mind-bogglingly. I find myself trying to keep a firm ground in the centrifugal pull of mommy, career girl, church volunteer, wife, friend, housekeeper, chauffeur and daughter. Who the heck am I for me? And that is when I reach for my running shoes. My little happy place is not meant to serve as a metaphor, but is it? Life has seemed to go from simple to complex. What is all of this “stuff?” Even during those times when life may seem to spin out of hand, one thing we remain in control of is our style. This is not just fashion speak, though certainly an embodiment for it. Style is a representation of who we are; our heritage, our likes, even our values. We all want to like what we see and be made to feel confident by our mirror’s reflection. Trends come and go, and though some create a temporary sense of excitement, as it pertains to even my own style, I constantly find myself attracted to that which transcends time. Having small children bears a constant chaos and often happy chaos as it may be, more than ever I am drawn toward all things timeless and classic. There is a great ease about these beautiful, brilliant things, a sense of peace and confidence that comes from being adorned by them. Effortless Parisian style, a three quarter length tan trench cinched at the waist, Katherine Hepburn, tartan plaid, a perfectly tousled chignon, the right amount of skin, oversized tortoise shell sunglasses, Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde, the color navy, make-up free au naturel skin, impeccable manners and the woman who really doesn’t try very hard but still possesses an unexplained level of attraction toward chivalry, southern refinery and decadence, be it imaginary or real, clever cocktail in hand. Timeless classic is an undefined style which cannot be replicated. Accoutrements of fluff and interest will spark our desire, but we mustn’t lose our firm of who we are to ourselves or for the understanding to that which we are drawn. Just like our Pawleys Island, there will only ever be just one. Photography by Donna Ternigan • momentsbydonna.com

Whitley Adkins Hamlin Whitley Adkins Hamlin is a wardrobe stylist specializing in personal, editorial and commercial work, and the author of the fashion blog, the Queen City Style (www.thequeencitystyle.com). The grand daughter and great granddaughter of wardrobe stylists, Whitley has been exposed to, and collected, one of a kind wardrobe pieces since she was a young girl. As a result, Whitley both learned and taught herself the art of cultivating one of a kind looks she passes on to her clients. In her free time, Whitley is an avid runner who loves spending time with her husband and two young boys, cooking and entertaining and redecorating her house until there is nothing left to redecorate (which is never, ha!).

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Tea and Memories

Eileen Cyrus: Just Because IYQ Tearoom & Gifts

Tell us a little about yourself. I think being a grandmother is the best gig ever – I have three children and six grandchildren! On my one day off, that’s what I do – play with the grandbabies. My career includes 12 years of active duty in the Air Force; I then joined the Civil Service, and retired in 1991. I loved my job, but it was, frankly, a little boring, and I knew I wanted to do something different. First, I accepted a position as Finance Director for Habitat for Humanity of Horry County, and eventually moved to the position of Family Services Director. After eleven years, I resigned to care for my mother who had Alzheimer’s until her death two years ago. After I lost my mother, I told my husband of 26 years, Bill, I was going to, finally, follow my dream. He agreed, and that’s when I started planning Just Because IYQ Tearoom & Gifts. It took me two years to collect all of the tea pots, cups, china, silver, etc. plus find and remodel my space. I did a lot of the remodeling myself. All of the napkins and the table cloths are handmade, but a good friend makes them for me now. How do you express your creativity? This business is how I express it! I’ve always been a crafter; I was the third of three girls and was Dad’s sidekick – we built patios, worked on cars and went fishing. I did everything he did. But, I remember having tea with my English grandmother while I was growing up. I didn’t care for the scones and tea, but I loved the feeling of being special. That’s how I want people to feel when they come into my tea room. This is a relaxing place; no one is rushed here. We even have hats and boas for our guests to wear if they like! What is your favorite type of music? I like most all music, but I think my favorites are the classics – classic rock, classic country, standards – those songs take me back to a happy place and time. What’s new and exciting at Just Because IYQ Tea Room & Gifts? This is a unique place – it only took me 64 years, but I finally figured out what I want to do when I grow up! I work too many hours – six days a week – but I love every minute. All the women who come in have the same reaction. Whether it’s the food or the décor and ambiance, they all love being at Just Because IYQ Tea Room When my daughter was small, she did something naughty and I scolded her saying I loved her, but I didn’t like her behavior. She took it very seriously and for weeks would come up to me and hug me, saying, “I wike you,” (IYQ). It was so cute and we’ve never forgotten it. I knew I would use it one day, and that’s where the name IYQ came from. I have some of the best friends ever and with their help, and God’s grace, this Tea Room was made possible. It’s a true blessing. Just Because IYQ Tearoom & Gifts is located at 2520 S. Highway 17 in Garden City. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. For more info, call 843-651-3071.

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Work – The Good, Bad, and the Funny by Janey Womeldorf

I went back to work last year at 49. What was I thinking? I went from an organized, house-proud, home goddess to a rushed, that’ll-do version of myself almost overnight. How did returning to the workforce shake up my life? Let me purge, I mean, share the ways: 1. The vacuum comes out less often. 2. The dishwasher goes on more often. 3. Sometimes the kitchen floor crunches. 4. There were days I drove to work consumed with such new-job anxiety I thought I was going to throw up. 5. There were days I drove home bursting with such self pride, I sang the whole way back. 6. Friday nights take on a whole new meaning. 7. So does wine. 8. Paychecks are the best thing ever. Let me repeat that… 9. About two months in, I finally slept through the night. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. 10. I had my morning routine down to a science. 11. Oatmeal cooked the night before tastes just as good. 12. The hardest thing about working part-time is staying part-time. 13. There were days when I came home so brain-dead I could barely talk. 14. There were days when I just couldn’t wait to come home – period. 15. The only thing more stressful than work is figuring out what to do for dinner every night. 16. I did not read a newspaper for months. 17. I read the same page of my book eight nights in a row. 18. I had instant soup and pretzels for dinner one night; even that was exhausting. 19. I’ve come home, seen my husband, and burst into tears. 20. I’ve come home, seen my husband, and exploded with excitement. 21. Getting paid a compliment at work lifts your spirit like nothing else. 22. Realizing, after the fact, that you made a mistake with a client and have no way of rectifying it, crushes your spirit and lingers on your conscience like nothing else. 23. I miss garlic. 24. I added “decompress” to my vocabulary. 25. Rushing around like the roadrunner becomes normal behavior. 26. I got to work one day, parked, got out the car and realized I forgot to put my bra on. 27. A new job is not the time to give up drinking. 28. Sometimes after work, the lights are on but nobody’s home. 29. We saved a bottle of wine for that day when colleagues reassured me, “suddenly you know what you’re doing.” Then one day it happened. It was the weirdest thing – it really was like someone had flicked a switch. 30. I have paper plates in my cupboard. 31. I loved having a uniform. It looked like a man’s old suit, two sizes too big, but getting ready for work every night was a breeze, not to mention cheaper on the wallet. Closet bliss. 32. Does work age you? A distraught little girl was lost and looking for her mom. As we attempted to find the mother, a colleague pointed to me and asked the little girl if her Mommie looked as old as me. Without hesitation, the little girl replied, “Oh no, not that

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old.” Two days later, a department store gave me the Tuesday Senior discount without asking. What’s that all about? 33. I remind myself regularly “inexperience and stupidity are NOT the same thing.” 34. I’ve gone to bed at 8:15 pm. 35. I lost weight. 36. I put it all back on. 37. I love having so much to talk to my husband about at the end of the day that has nothing to do with home, family or dinner. 38. Working elevates your confidence, sharpens your focus, and makes you feel good in a way that nothing else does. 39. I bought napkins that read: Wine is better than therapy. 40. I bought more when I ran out. 41. Working is bad for your health; exercise takes a back seat to – well, just about everything really. 42. When I came home from work, I could no longer watch reality shows where people screamed at each other. 43. I had two bags of microwave popcorn and a bottle of beer for dinner one night. (Or was it one bag of popcorn and two bottles of beer?) 44. I questioned whether there’s an age when you are just too old to learn a new job. 45. Incredible work colleagues turn a job you like into a job you love. I hugged regularly. 46. Customers lie. 47. Did I say how invigorating earning real money on a regular basis feels? 48. Once you get past the new-job learning curve (about six brutal, sleep-deprived months), the adrenalin rush of managing your busy life is weirdly addictive – then it eats you up. 49. I dream of retirement like never before. 50. And last but by no means least, I realized I couldn’t have survived the working roller coaster of the good, bad and funny without the support of my husband – oh, and maybe the occasional bottle, I mean glass of wine! One year later, my workload is less, my weight is more, and our work-life balance is a constant work in progress. (Translation: we grab “moments” when we can, spot-clean, and I’ll worry about those five pounds next month.) One thing blows my mind though: How do people who work full-time – especially people with children – juggle their work, life and home and stay sane? My hat is off to you – it would have put me in therapy. Talking of which, I need some more wine napkins. Of course, if I just gave up working, my life of calm would return, and maybe I wouldn’t need them. But then I’d also be giving up the roller-coaster of crushing lows, sensational highs, the paycheck, office scoop, the stress, the hugs, anxiety, pride, constant rushing and fun Fridays. Maybe work’s not so bad after all. But then again, Janey Womeldorf prefers the cone to the ice cream, see number 49. loves elastic, and spends more than she cares to admit on Starbucks’ lattes. She scribbles away in Orlando, Florida.

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Prom is the time to be a prince or princess – this is the first formal dance for many young people and weeks are spent shopping for the perfect dress and accessories. But, for children with handicaps, prom is usually an unrealized dream. Three years ago, Dave Moen, leader of the special needs group at Beach Church and Joy Prom coordinator, was approached by Pastor Todd Elliot, who thought it was time for prom to include everyone. Since then, Joy Prom has provided a magical night for special needs children living in our community.

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Our opening is extravagant,” Dave began. “We have a giant red carpet lined with volunteers who cheer each guest into the prom.” The actual event begins much earlier, with volunteers doing hair and makeup in a staging area of the church. Clothing is also a challenge for many of these kids, but with the help of Katie’s Project and other local organizations, everyone is outfitted in splendorous clothing for the evening, with specially made tuxedos and dresses that can accommodate the medical equipment needed by many attendees.

throughout the night. It’s a very emotional evening. It’s hard to describe the joy these kids experience, most for the first time.” The Conway High School Marching Band led the parade last year

giving dinner. This food choice was made in order to provide the most hypoallergenic meal possible for those on restricted diets. Even the lighting is modified to accommodate special needs. Children with epilepsy can’t be around flashing lights and fluorescent lighting is also banned for the evening. Flash photography is used for those oh-so-important prom photos, but diffusing umbrellas are used by volunteer photographers.

“For that one magical night, we ignore special needs.”

Dave stresses that this event is for the entire community. “Last year we had attendees ranging in age from 5-52. Many volunteers from businesses and organizations from the Conway High School Marching Band to actors from Medieval Times provide entertainment

(yes, they have a parade!) with the song “What Makes You Beautiful,” and have already volunteered to come back again this year. An elegant dinner is as much a part of prom as the music and dancing, so the volunteers work hard to provide that as well. Two seatings are required for the 80-90 guests to eat, and elegant table side service sets the tone for this special evening. Local grocery stores provide most of the food – which interestingly enough, is the typical Thanks-

“For that one magical night, we ignore special needs.” Dave says. “Then all of us go home and cry for the rest of the week.”

To get involved or donate to the Joy Prom, contact Dave Moen at Davemoen@moencomputers.com or visit www.beachchurch.org.

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