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TOTAL BLACKOUT Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse SC F E ATU R E

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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 71 • No. 3 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 573,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033 Tel:  (803) 926-3 1 75 Fax:  (803) 796-6064 Email: letters@scliving.coop EDITOR


Diane Veto Parham FIELD EDITOR


Travis Ward




16 Little green


Four projects that teach kids to dig gardening.

Sharri Harris Wolfgang DESIGNER

Susan Collins



Andrew Chapman

Cooperative news

Susan Scott Soyars CONTRIBUTORS

Mike Couick, Amy L. Dabbs, Jan A. Igoe, Patrick Keegan, Sydney Patterson, Marc Rapport, Belinda Smith-Sullivan PUBLISHER


Mary Watts Tel: (803) 739-5074 Email: ads@scliving.coop NATIONAL REPRESENTATION

National Country Market Tel:  (800) NCM-1181 Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication. If you encounter a difficulty with an advertisement, inform the Editor. ADDRESS CHANGES: Please send

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Periodicals postage paid at Columbia, S.C., and additional mailing offices. © COPYRIGHT 201 7. The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. No portion of South Carolina Living may be reproduced without permission of the Editor. SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING is brought to you by your member-owned, taxpaying, not-for-profit electric cooperative to inform you about your cooperative, wise energy use and the faces and places that identify the Palmetto State. Electric cooperatives are South Carolina’s — and America’s — largest utility network.


Gallop into spring with six of South Carolina’s favorite equestrian events. Plus: Women working to complete their college degrees can now apply for the 2017 WIRE scholarship program.


10 We are all connected

Join the conversation as we search for local solutions to some of the state’s most pressing social problems. ENERGY Q&A

12 Plant trees to help your

home save energy

Smart landscaping decisions today can improve your home’s efficiency well into the future. SMART CHOICE

14 Yard of the month

Make lawn and garden chores more fun with these clever gadgets.



21 A passion for polo

Cristina Fernandez holds her own in a sport dominated by men for one simple reason—love of the game. SCENE

22 Total blackout

Get ready for the once-ina-lifetime total solar eclipse sweeping across South Carolina this summer. RECIPE

30 Low-carb cooking

TOTAL BLACKOUT Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse SC F E ATU R E

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Low-carb cooking

This image shows what South Carolinians can expect to see on Aug. 21, when the sun is eclipsed by the moon. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Nobody said low-carb had to be boring. Try Chef Belinda’s recipes for healthy dishes you’ll enjoy to the very last bite. HUMOR ME

38 Go ask Albert

Does a cluttered desk mean you’re a genius? No, but humor columnist Jan A. Igoe argues it’s a great place to start.



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On the Agenda For a listing complete s, see of Event 6 page 3



MARCH 24–26

RenoFest Bluegrass Festival

Darlington County cranks up its annual bluegrass festival in downtown Hartsville with some of the country’s best bluegrass musicians, including Reno and Harrell (left), Flatt Lonesome, and the Virginia Luthiers. Street concerts, jam sessions and music competitions fill the weekend entertainment lineup. For details, visit renofest.com or call (843) 639‑2988.

APRIL 10–16


South African golfer Branden Grace (left) dominated the final round of the RBC Heritage last year to claim his first PGA win. This year’s tournament, South Carolina’s only PGA Tour event, returns to scenic Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, promising its own drama. The Easter Sunday final round will be preceded by a non­ denominational sunrise service on the 18th green.

Ever hankered to pet a banjo? The Instrument Petting Zoo at this Hagood Mill festival in Pickens is your chance. Kids can have a go at playing traditional Appalachian instruments like fiddles, mandolins and washboards. Make and take your own kazoo, learn milling chores, play old-time games like sack races and jump the creek, and enjoy mountain music all day long.


RBC Heritage

For details, visit rbcheritage.com or call (843) 671‑2448.

Kids Fest

For details, visit visitpickenscounty.com or call (864) 898‑2936.


Off to the races

Get your tailgate tents and sun hats ready—spring brings the return of South Carolina’s favorite equestrian events. Catch the first leg of Aiken’s Triple Crown at the 75th annual Aiken Trials, where young thoroughbreds race March 18 at Aiken Training Track.


For an array of equestrian competitions ­featuring all ages, check out the Aiken Horse Show in Hitchcock Woods, March 31–April 2.

For details, visit aikensteeplechase.com or call (803) 648‑9641; facebook.com/ElloreeTrials or call (803) 897‑2616.

For details, visit aikenhorseshow.org or call (803) 642‑0528.


Mallet-wielding riders bring excitement to Powderhouse Polo Field on April 1 for the final leg of the Triple Crown, Pacers and Polo, with six chukkers in the day’s match.

A perennial favorite is Camden’s spring outing for those who love horse racing and tailgating. The Carolina Cup is set for April 1 at Springdale Race Course.

For details, visit aikenpolo. org/event/pacers-and-polo or call (803) 641‑3406.

For details, visit carolina-cup.org or call (803) 432‑6513.


For details, visit aikentrainingtrack.com or call (803) 648‑4631.

On March 25, horse races are all the rage at the Aiken Spring Steeplechase at Aiken Horse Park and at the Elloree Trials at Elloree Training Center.


WIRE seeks 2017 scholarship applications An applicant for the WIRE scholarship must: apply for some financial assistance through the 2017 WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship. l be a member of a South Carolina electric cooperative The annual WIRE scholarship program provides a onel have graduated from high school or earned her GED at time, $2,500 award to a woman who is an electric cooperaleast 10 years ago tive member, who has been l be accepted into an out of school for several accredited S.C. college or years and who is ready to university, and complete her education. l demonstrate financial Three cooperative need and personal goals. members benefitted from Women who have prelast year’s WIRE scholar­ viously obtained a fourships. Holly Brown of year college degree are not Black River Electric Co-op ­eligible. Applicants may received $2,500 to help have previously earned a Holly Brown Jane Celic-Thompson Amanda Winburn fund her studies at the two-year degree or some University of South Carolina. Palmetto Electric member college credits. The scholarship, which can be used for the Jane Celic-Thompson also received $2,500 toward her fall 2017 or spring 2018 semester, will be paid jointly to the studies at Technical College of the Lowcountry. winner and her college of choice. In addition, a $1,000 scholarship was awarded last year Applications are available at your local electric cooperato Amanda Winburn of Pee Dee Electric to complete her tive or by download from SCLiving.coop/scholarship. The studies at Coker College. deadline to apply is June 3. Mail your completed applicaApplication forms are now available for the 2017 WIRE tion to WIRE Scholarship Committee, Attention: Bobbie scholarship. The program is open to women who may not Cook, Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc., P.O. Box 417, Aiken, have been able to attend college after high school but now S.C. 29802, or fax to (803) 641-8310. —DIANE VETO PARHAM want to further their education. WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification, a community service organization affiliated with the electric cooper­atives in South Carolina) awards the scholarship based on financial need and ­personal goals. WOMEN WORKING TO EARN THEIR COLLEGE DEGREES CAN


Spring officially begins March 20, meaning warmer weather is on the way. Use energyefficient window treatments like blinds, shades and films to reduce heat gain in your home. These devices not only improve the look of your home but also reduce energy costs. SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


APRIL 10, 2017 National Lineman Appreciation Day

It’s time to say thanks to the men and women who work in challenging and often dangerous conditions to keep the lights on. Lineworkers serve on the front lines of our nation’s energy needs, and on April 10, we’re asking members of South Carolina’s electric cooperatives to celebrate National Lineman Appreciation Day. Use #ThankALineman on social media to show your support for the people who keep power flowing 24/7 to our homes, schools, churches and businesses. SCLIVING.COOP   | MARCH 2017   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


On the Agenda O N LY O N




Smashing cauliflower. If you’re trying to cut carbs but missing your mashed potatoes, Chef Belinda’s got a creamy, garlicky, cauliflower version that will satisfy your craving—guilt free—at SCLiving.coop/food/chefbelinda. PEE DEE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

Paychecks with purpose. Notfor-profit electric cooperatives hire people with a variety of skills in order to serve our members with reliable, affordable electricity and excellent customer service. Learn more about co-op career opportunities in our ­featured video section.

People and pets Send us your photos

We know you love your pets. Why not share that love—and their photos—with our readers? Upload a photo of you and your favorite pet, tell us a little about your companion, and take a short survey at SCLiving.coop/snapshot. If we select your image and story for publication in South Carolina Living magazine, we’ll send you a $25 gift card to spend on pet supplies, treats and toys. To be eligible for publication, photos should be submitted as high-­resolution JPEGs by March 31. THE RULES: Entries must be submitted online. No email or mailed entries can be accepted. By submitting your photo and story, you are granting South Carolina Living magazine and The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc., full rights to edit and publish the material in print and digital publications, via social media and on our websites.

SCLiving.coop/snapshot Geared for safety. When you work 40 feet in the air near dangerous amounts of high current, safety is a top priority. Learn about the gear co-op lineworkers rely on to stay safe and get the job done.

GONE FISHIN’ The Vektor Fish & Game Forecast provides feeding and migration times. Major periods can bracket the peak by an hour. Minor peaks, ½ hour before and after.


What’s eating your garden? Get practical advice on humane ways to keep your lawn and garden safe from deer, rabbits and other hungry creatures.


I NTERACTIVE FEATURES Feeling lucky? We’ve tripled your chances to win a $100 gift card in this month’s Reader Reply Travel Sweepstakes. Three lucky readers will be drawn at random to receive a $100 gift card. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a winner. Register by March 31 at SCLiving.coop/reader-reply.




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flavor to our lives. While I embrace modern techI LIKE THOSE WORKDAYS when I can get out of the office and take the back roads to a meeting. nology that allows me to connect in the fast lane While the fastest route to my destination when necessary, I find it does little to cure my is usually the interstate, I’m discovering the occasional sense of terminal uniqueness. rewards of leaving the interstates behind and To me, faster doesn’t always mean better. getting onto secondary roads, county roads and Slowing down to listen and make connections farm-to-market roads often far outweigh the with my neighbors can feel countercultural in a extra time spent behind the wheel. world that wants as many friends and followers If I were back on the interstate, I’d likely be as social media will allow. But instead of ­striving gripping the wheel at “ten and two,” while tailing for 1,000 new friends with whom I can coma car in the passing lane going 60 miles per hour municate in 140 characters or less, I might find that’s passing another car going 59 miles per it much more rewarding to make a few “slow” hour. When I got to my destination, my hands connections. would be sweaty, my neck tense and my mind And with that, I need your help in focusing drained. on our fellow South Carolinians On that back road, I get to who are making big differences WriteUs be thankful for Hereford calves through local, “slow” connecin their pastures, new stands of tions. Looking ahead, we’re Are you part of a community corn in creek bottoms and the taking this Dialogue off the initiative? Share your story smell of green onions clipped interstate and heading toward with the readers of South Carolina Living. Write to: by a bush hog. back roads. I would like to seek As I ride, I encounter other out real engagement and focus Connections lives being lived in real time. I on growth and opportunities in The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina see folks in ways that enrich my our local communities. 808 Knox Abbott Drive own experience. I pass through Whether it’s innovative Cayce, SC 29033 places like Bowman, Hickory teachers improving local school Email: connections@ecsc.org Grove or Trio. I get glimpses districts, compassionate care­ of local folks addressing chalgivers providing hope and com­ fort, or energetic ­volunteers lenges through local effort—a rebuilding their communities one brick at a car wash for a marching band’s new uniforms, a time, let’s explore and share the stories of South church circle’s fall bazaar to benefit the commuCarolinians working alongside their neighbors nity cooperative ministry’s health clinic, or a collaborative garden supplying a neighborhood food to find real solutions to shared challenges. Moving forward, I hope to hear stories cooperative. For the time and effort expended, from your own communities about neighbors output exceeds dollars or vegetables: friendships coming together in inspiring ways. Email me at are formed, a sense of connection develops and connections@ecsc.org, and then meet back here empathy grows. If I were to stop and ask who each month for the next installment—stories of was responsible for all the good works, I’d surely hear a lot more “we’s” than “me’s.” communities turning challenges into opportuniOnce upon a time, neighbors knocked, casties for growth and connection. serole in hand, to say, “We haven’t seen you lately.” These days, we tend to talk, post and tweet at each other all day long. But, by slowing down and actually engaging again, we can cultivate meaningful relationships that add color and


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I am planning to redesign my yard. Are there landscaping features I can incorporate to help my home be more comfortable indoors?

Summer shading

Shading your home is the most costeffective way to reduce heat gain from the sun and air-conditioning costs in the summer, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Having more plants and trees in your yard can reduce indoor air temperature by up to 6 degrees Fahrenheit. Planting deciduous trees on the south, southwest and west sides of your home can reduce heating during summer months, while allowing sunlight through during fall and winter, when the trees have lost their leaves. When planting trees, consider the expected shape and height of the mature trees and where they will shade your home. A tree with a high mature height planted on the south side of a home, for example, will provide all-day roof shading in the summer, while a lower tree on the west side can protect your home from the lower afternoon sun. Plant trees an appropriate distance away from your home, so roots and limbs won’t disrupt your foundation or 12


Late winter and early spring are great times to think about landscape improvements. While the goal of most lawn-and-garden projects is to bring beauty to your outdoor space, a well-designed project can also improve your energy bill and increase the value of your home. The two best strategies for improving the energy efficiency of your home with landscaping are to incorporate shading in the summer and wind blocking in the winter.

Deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home can deflect hot summer sun.

your roof as the tree grows. While it will be five to 10 years before a newly planted tree begins providing shade to your roof, it can start shading windows immediately. Shrubs, bushes and vines can, in the near term, quickly shade windows and walls. Also, consider how you can shade paved areas around your home during the summer. Driveways and patios can reflect absorbed heat onto your home, causing your air conditioner to work harder. Use trees, hedges and landscaping structures, like arbors, to shade paved areas.

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Four projects that teach kids to dig gardening


Rose Fashion fell in love with gardening at age 6. Growing cucumbers and tomatoes in her grandmother’s garden, she reveled in the feel of soil in her hands and the simple joy of harvesting her own food. At that young age, she started to appreciate where her food comes from.


Now an elementary school teacher in Berkeley County, Fashion was teaching a classroom lesson on nutrition in 2012 when she asked her students if they knew where their food came from. “The grocery store,” they answered. Right then, Fashion knew she had to find a way to show her kids how to grow their own food. She created a grantfunded school garden that shows her students “where food comes from and is helping students make healthier food choices.” Many gardeners can trace their green thumbs back to a childhood memory of a family member, teacher or friend who shared a passion for gardening. Passing that love along A cabbage plant freshly harvested from the garden is an armload for Grant Bernard, 8, of Summerville. In the Berkeley Elementary School garden in Moncks Corner, Rose Fashion (above) teaches students to explore where their food comes from.

to the next generation doesn’t require a huge garden or a lot of experience. Simple projects you can do with your young people, in garden plots or patio pots, are enough to sprout a child’s interest in gardening.

1. Sweet potatoes: Buried treasures

In their school garden, Fashion’s students’ favorite activity is planting and harvesting sweet potatoes. Just before school ends for the summer, they plant sweet potato slips. When they return to school in the fall, they have a harvest party, digging in the soil, unearthing loads of sweet potatoes and taking the potatoes home to enjoy with their families. Sweet potatoes are an especially family-friendly crop, requiring minimal resources and simple tasks, says Sue Watts, a naturalist and garden educator at the South SCLIVING.COOP   | MARCH 2017   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


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A garden educator at the S.C. Botanical Garden in Clemson, Sue Watts encourages children to get active in the garden. Learning the art of seed planting are (left to right) Josie Macijewski, William Reid, Cole Reid and Hannah Macijewski.


Below, Jacob Reed, 8, and Ayanna Bradshaw, 12, dig into a planting project with Karen Latsbaugh of Cities and Shovels in Isle of Palms. Seeds, some school glue and a paper towel are all that’s needed for the first step in Latsbaugh’s papertowel gardening activity with children (at left).



When Karen Latsbaugh was a little girl, she was always amazed, she says, “at how a tiny seed could grow and turn into lots of food for us to eat!” Latsbaugh owns Cities and Shovels, a garden-education business in Isle of Palms that teaches children at area schools to “explore, grow and learn about the different foods and plants that come from the gardens they help to cultivate.”


GET MORE Clemson’s Home and Garden Information Center offers guides for planting a variety of vegetables and herbs. For details, visit clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/crops/. The site also has tips for pollinator gardening at clemson.edu/extension/ hgic/plants/other/landscaping/hgic1727.html. For additional ideas, see the March 2015 South Carolina Living article “Gardening for pollinators” at scliving.coop/home--garden/gardening-for-pollinators/. Clemson Extension 4-H Youth Development hosts an annual Small Garden Project each summer to teach young people ages 5 to 19 about how their food is grown through hands-on, garden-based experiences. For details, visit clemson.edu/extension/4h/project_areas/natural_ resources/small_garden/index.html.

2. Paper-towel vegetables


Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson, where she shares her love of gardening with young children. Watts’ grandfather’s garden enchanted her as a child. He grew prize chrysanthemums, she says, “with big, balloon-sized blossoms floating over my head.” By age 7, she was tending her own patch of garden, poring over seed catalogs for exotic and colorful plants. “My favorite thing to do was to dig potatoes and pull carrots,” Watts says. “I loved the sense of a treasure hunt and the anticipation of revealing something secreted underground.” Warm-season sweet potatoes are a great first crop for young gardeners, because they have few pest or disease issues.

They can be planted by busy families prior to summer vacation and harvested as school starts. Start by taking your troops on a field trip to a local garden center or feed-and-seed store to purchase sweet potatoes sold either as rooted stem cuttings, known as slips, or transplants grown in cell packs. Pick a spot for their potato patch that has well-drained, warm soil, or plant in raised beds. Show kids how to dibble a small hole in the soil with their fingers or small trowel. After gently placing roots in the soil, they can firm the soil around the roots and water the plants in well. In the weeks that follow, kid-sized chores for tending the potato patch will include watering the plants occasionally and scouting for insects among the foliage. A small hand lens or magnifying glass can transform even a reluctant gardener into an instant naturalist. Then, finally, harvest time comes. Sweet potatoes are ready to dig up after about 120 days, prior to frost; cool soil will cause them to rot. Adults can help by cutting and removing vines to clear the way for digging and by encouraging kids to dig and lift carefully, because the potatoes will bruise easily.


Her favorite gardening activity is paper-towel gardening. “It’s a great way to teach seed spacing,” Latsbaugh says. It’s also a project older children can do on their own, with minimal supplies. You’ll need paper towels, seeds, school glue and a place to plant the seeds. First, determine the spacing your seeds require. Carrots, a kid-friendly favorite, have very small seeds that can be planted 1–2 inches apart, making them ideal for paper-towel gardening. Have the kids fold a paper towel in half four times to create 16 equal squares. Unfold the towel, and glue one carrot seed in the center of each square. After the glue dries, kids can plant their ing K iD Ti PS paper towel on the surface n Kid-sized water r of a garden row, raised bed cans make it easie rs ne rde ga or even a large flower pot. for your little . ds see eir th in After lightly covering it to water can with soil, water the towel n Young gardeners eir and the soil around it well. document th ng wi dra by Early readers can study progress g hin rap og ot the seed packets to learn or ph plants as they grow. when their seeds will germinate and how long until harvest. Tell them to start looking for seedlings to sprout in 14 to 21 days with two long leaves that transform into lacy foliage, like ferns. Seed starting is a basic step that often encourages young gardeners to want to experiment with growing other crops, Latsbaugh says. “When they come back and tell me they are starting to build gardens with their own families, I know that I am doing my job,” she says.


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4. Befriending garden cri t t ers

Insects in the garden help kids learn about the role pollinators play in growing food. My 8-year-old son, Jackson, a budding scientist, discovered the life cycle of the swallowtail butterfly without leaving our back porch. We grow patio tomatoes, herbs and

3. Luf fas: One plant, two products

With a small hand lens, Grace Brantley, 8, of Summerville can check garden plants for signs of friendly insects.


Unusual plants with weird adaptations and unexpected uses have an almost magical appeal to kids. Exotic luffa gourds, also known as dishcloth gourds or vegetable sponges, are Chinese vegetables in the cucumber family that are both edible and useful. The fast-growing vines need some sturdy support to keep the luffas off the ground. They can cover an arbor or trellis within a few weeks, creating a perfect leafy hideout for young gardeners. You can start the luffas from seeds. As they grow, these warm-season, annual vines delight young gardeners with pale-yellow flowers that develop into small squash-like fruit within a few days. When harvested young, they remain tender and are quite delicious. Eat them raw or cooked, much as you would squash or eggplant. Since the fruits can grow at a rate of an inch to an inch-and-a-half a day, kids can do a daily treasure hunt to find and harvest the fruit that are less than 4 inches long and still tender enough to eat. If your young gardeners leave a few luffas on the vines,

Daniel Brantley, 10, of Summerville peers through the holes of a dried luffa where the seeds used to be.



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With help from Master Gardener Donna Powell, Daniel Brantley stakes a mesh laundry hamper over a plant to create a DIY pollinator hatchery. A Berkeley Electric Cooperative member, Powell volunteers in the community leading gardening programs for kids.

Within a week, amid shrieks of delight (mostly from me), we released our first adult swallowtails back into the garden. Now, when we see an adult swallowtail float through our yard, we both look to see if she’s laying eggs.



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Galloping across a sun-dappled Aiken field, mallet in hand, in an afternoon polo scrimmage, Cristina Fernandez is in her element. Maybe she was born to play this game— daughter of an Argentine polo professional dad and an equestrian mom who took up polo as an adult. Fernandez absorbed polo culture and riding skills from both, emerging as a standout in interscholastic polo competition at her allgirls high school. Recruited to the University of Virginia, she captained her women’s team to a national championship in 2009, her senior year, scoring the game-winning goal. “I’ve taken it for granted that women can play polo,” Fernandez says of the coed-but-maledominated sport. “It never occurred to me that we couldn’t.” Fernandez is one of just 10 women among the 50 current members of Team USPA, the U.S. Polo Association’s selective program to mentor and advance up-and-coming players. That granted her the rare chance to play in a Palm Beach tournament alongside highly rated male professionals and sent her to India to compete with and coach young Indian women. In competition, Fernandez has the flexibility to excel in both offensive and defensive positions, but she loves to captain a team—like a quarterback drawing the best out of his squad, she says. Aiken teams have snagged her to fill last-minute openings; she’s the young talent who surprises the opposition. “Having been in so many different situations throughout my career, you can put me in any situation, and I’ll play a different role,” she says. Traveling the country’s seasonal polo circuit to market USPA clubs means dividing her time between an office job and time on the field, while pursuing her polo dreams. “I’m meeting a lot of very successful, highgoal players and watching the best polo in the country,” Fernandez says. “It’s still really helping me, and it’s really fun.” —DIANE VETO PARHAM

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South Carolina readies for its first total solar eclipse in decades A DAY IS COMING–SOON–WHEN THE SKY WILL GO DARK


in the middle of an August afternoon; the sun will disappear completely. The air around you will cool, and ­chirping birds will go silent. Don’t be alarmed; it’s temporary, and all will return to normal shortly. But while it’s happening, pay attention, because it’s a rarity. On Monday, Aug. 21, South Carolina will experience the first total solar eclipse it’s seen since 1970. That last one passed through only the lower part of the state. The one before that was in 1900, bisecting the upper half of the state. This time, the shadow of the eclipse will cut a 70-milewide path right through the center of South Carolina, ­traveling from the northwest tip and exiting the state after passing over Charleston.



“It’s probably the most spectacular natural event that most people will ever see in their lives,” says Greg Cornwell, planetarium specialist at Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville.

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Aug. 21 will dawn just like any other summer day— without clouds, eclipse watchers hope. You won’t notice anything special until early afternoon. Even when the partial eclipse starts a little after 1 p.m., only people


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IN THE DARK The entire state of South Carolina will experience a solar eclipse on Aug. 21. The gray band indicates the path of totality, the only places where the total eclipse can be seen. The rest of the state will see a partial eclipse. Totality will be visible longer the closer you are to the blue center line. MAP BASED ON VERSION AT ECLIPSE2017.ORG ECLIPSE PHOTO BY RICK FIENBERG/TRAVELQUEST INTERNATIONAL/WILDERNESS TRAVEL




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How to protect your eyes Don’t look directly at the sun. That might seem like odd advice for viewing a solar eclipse. But protecting your eyes is critical. NASA’s eclipse website warns, “Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage or blindness!” Only during the few minutes or seconds of totality is it safe to look at the eclipse with the naked eye. Before and after totality—during the partial-eclipse phases— your eyes must be protected. Often, it is children and young adults who suffer eye damage during eclipses, so make sure they are protected, NASA advises. To view the partial eclipse, watch through a filter that meets the ISO 12312-2 international standard for products made for direct observation of the sun. Special eclipse-viewing glasses certified to meet this standard are available online, and some communities will be distributing free eclipse glasses in the days before the Aug. 21 event. The sun itself—too bright to stare at, even during a partial eclipse—discourages viewers from looking directly at it. Even if you could manage it, you wouldn’t see an eclipse, Matthew Whitehouse of the State Museum points out. “You’d just see the sun, because the glare of the sun doesn’t let you see the moon blocking it out,” he says. Everyone outside the path of totality must use eye protection for watching the partial eclipse. Within the path, you can remove your glasses only to view totality—only when the sun is fully blocked by the moon and no direct sunlight is visible. Be vigilant, NASA advises; put your eclipse glasses back on before any flash of sunlight returns. “Sunglasses don’t provide sufficient protection,” Whitehouse says. “Really, it’s just best to get eclipse glasses. They’re cheap.” Similarly, cameras, binoculars and telescopes without appropriate filters will not protect your eyes, so do not attempt to watch the eclipse through those devices.

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wearing special eclipse glasses will be able to see the moon take its first small bite out of the sun. (You’re going to want those eclipse glasses; see “How to protect your eyes,” at left.) Change comes gradually in this first phase, as the moon crosses in front of the sun and blocks more and more of its light, says Matthew Whitehouse, observatory manager at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. “But as you get deeper into that, it does start to slowly get a little darker,” he says. “Shadows start to become more defined. And then the bottom falls out with the total eclipse starting.” A little after 2:30, communities in the upper corner of the state—looking at you, Walhalla—will be the first South Carolinians plunged into the darkness of the total solar eclipse for up to about two-and-a-half minutes. From the Upstate, the eclipse shadow races across the state at more than 1,000 mph, practically tracing I-26 into the Lowcountry before heading out to sea. The Palmetto State is in prime position to witness this cosmic event, being one of only 12 states in the eclipse’s path of totality— that’s the 70-mile-wide swath where the moon’s shadow crosses Earth and turns daylight to darkness. With three metropolitan areas in totality and several major interstates providing ease of travel across the state, South Carolina could host an estimated 1 million astronomers, eclipse chasers and curious tourists who will travel from all over the world for this event.

Who’s in, who’s out?

Not every part of South Carolina falls within the path of totality. If you’re outside that path, the most you’ll see is a partial eclipse. Of the most populous cities in the state, Greenville, Columbia and Charleston are well inside the path of totality and will see one to two minutes of full darkness in the middle of the day. But Spartanburg, Florence and Myrtle Beach miss the cut.


Moon’s THE GEOMETRY OF AN ECLIPSE During the orbit Aug. 21 solar eclipse, the moon will move between the sun and the earth, blocking light from the sun and Earth’s orbit casting a shadow over North America. The two parts of this shadow are the umbra and the penumbra. The darkest part is the cone-shaped umbra. Where the tip of the cone meets the earth, that’s the path of the total eclipse. The penumbra—the lighter part of the shadow—is where a partial eclipse is visible. (Illustration is not to scale.)

Walhalla, along with most of the northwest tip of the state, is safely in. Landrum, at the upper edge of Spartanburg County—out. Edgefield? In. Aiken? Just out. Pawley’s Island? In. Nextdoor neighbor Litchfield Beach? Out. Both position and timing are critical for viewing ­totality​ —it doesn’t last that long, and the closer you are to the center of the path where the moon’s shadow is moving, the more viewing time you get. The longest stretch of totality in South Carolina will be visible in Central, for 2 minutes, 38 seconds. That’s because it’s so close to the center of the path. Around the edges of the shadow, totality times can be a good bit shorter. In Monarch Mill in Union County and White Oak in Fairfield County—communities just on the upper edge of the totality path—viewing time will be only 22 seconds. In the state’s metropolitan areas, Columbia gets 2 minutes, 30 seconds; Greenville gets 2 minutes, 10 seconds; and Charleston gets 1 minute, 33 seconds. When does it start? Again, that depends on where you are. The uppermost areas of South Carolina will see the beginnings of the partial eclipse shortly after 1 p.m. Totality will begin around 2:36 p.m. In the Midlands, look for the partial eclipse to start around 1:13 p.m., with totality beginning around 2:41 p.m. In Charleston, the partial phase arrives around 1:16 p.m.; totality starts around 2:46 p.m. Wondering if your community is in the path of totality and when you need to be outside to see the eclipse? The website eclipse2017.org has compiled lists of every community in the path and when those places can expect totality to start.

What’s the big deal?

“Experts say that this could be the most-watched eclipse in the history of the world as we know it,” Whitehouse says. For most people, he adds, the chance to see a total solar eclipse comes once in a lifetime, if that. Getting a clear description of what it’s like to view a total solar eclipse is tough, because those who’ve been there say you can’t understand unless you’ve experienced it. They struggle to find a never-quite-right adjective: Jaw-dropping. Eerie. Knee-buckling. Spine-tingling. Life-changing. “For some people, it’s very emotional,” says Cornwell, who witnessed the 1991 total eclipse in Hawaii. “You see things, and because it’s so different from anything you’ve ever seen, you really just kind of feel it deep down inside.” Jack Dunn of Columbia, an amateur astronomer and retired planetarium director, was in Georgia for the 1970 eclipse. He remembers the light changing slowly at first, the shadow moving in faster as totality approached. l l


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Eclipse tips

If you’ll need a hotel room around eclipse weekend, book early. Some hotels in or near the path of totality are already booked full.

Spica Do a practice run on April 22 to map out your view for the August 21 eclipse. The sun will be in roughly the same position both days.

Check with school officials about possible schedule changes for school days or college move-in days.

Put down your electronic devices. Totality goes by quickly; indulge in the experience while it’s happening, then text your friends about it later.

Regulus Mercury

Castor Mars Pollux Venus Procyon Betelgeuse


Sirius Southwest CELESTIAL MATINEE A bonus of the eclipse is that stars and planets not normally seen in our night sky this time of year will be visible. Terry Richardson, a physics and astronomy professor at the College of Charleston, created this star chart as a guide to celestial bodies that can be seen. It depicts the sky at 2:43 EDT Aug. 21, as if you are near the center of the state, on the center line of the eclipse, facing southwest. “Venus will be really brilliant— there won’t be any problem picking that out, even before totality,” Richardson says. Jupiter will be about half as bright as Venus, he says. Try to locate Sirius, the star closest to the horizon, below and to the right of the eclipsed sun. It and the sun are the two closest stars visible to us in the Northern Hemisphere without a telescope.

Watch it with people you care about, amateur astronomer Jack Dunn says. “Because it is such a rare or unusual experience, it’s really nice to be around people who are close to you. It’s a human thing. You want someone to share it with.”

GET MORE Learn more about the August 2017 total solar eclipse, safe viewing tips, the science behind eclipses, and planned events and activities at these websites. Some of these sites also have links to purchase eclipse glasses: NASA’s 2017 eclipse website: eclipse2017.nasa.gov S.C. communities in the path of totality: eclipse2017.org/2017/states/SC.htm Details, maps and graphics about the Aug. 21 eclipse: GreatAmericanEclipse.com Eye safety tips from American Astronomical Society: eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/safe-viewing Charleston: GoDarkCharleston.com Midlands: TotalEclipseColumbiaSC.com; scmuseum.org/eclipse Hammock Coast: ultimatespf.com Roper Mountain Science Center Eclipse Extravaganza, Greenville: ropermountain.org Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, Aiken: rpsec.usca.edu/Events/Eclipse/SolarEclipse2017.html 26



The entire duration of the eclipse, including the beginning and end of partial phases, is about three hours. Plan to have sunscreen, a hat, water, chairs, food, and access to air conditioning and bathrooms.



But the highlights, he says, are that swift drop into darkness, “the environmental change of suddenly going into night,” and then seeing the sun’s corona glowing around the dark disk of the moon. “The corona is that edge of the sun that normally we can never see, except during a total eclipse,” Cornwell says. The bright, wispy ring “extends millions of miles out into space,” he says, “almost like a crown that goes all around the sun.” And there’s more: Planets and stars that aren’t normally visible during the day, or at this time of year, will stand out in the sky during totality. Find Venus, the brightest object visible during the eclipse, then Jupiter, nearly as bright, on the opposite side of the sun. Experienced eclipse watchers rave about an effect called the “360-degree sunset” that makes the entire sky appear as if the sun were setting along the horizon, in every direction, in the final moments before totality. Animals that take their cues from light will react to the sudden darkness as if night has arrived. Birds go quiet; nocturnal animals may emerge and be active; roosters may crow when the sun shines again, as if it’s a new dawn. A welcome change for August in South Carolina will be the air temperature dropping a few degrees while the moon is blocking the sun. Dunn is troubled by folks who say they’ll just stay indoors and watch the eclipse live-streamed on the internet. “No, don’t do that,” Dunn says. “No, it’s not the same. You can watch the videos later.” Even if the worst happens—a cloudy day—go outside to get the total eclipse experience, he says. “It’s a free show that’s put on by the universe, and it’s coming to us.”


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The sun will be totally blacked out here and this is how long the eclipse will last: St. Matthews: 2 min. 36 sec. Santee: 2 min. 36 sec. Eutawville: 2 min. 35 sec. Cross: 2 min. 35 sec. Moncks Corner: 2 min. 35 sec.


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Calendar  of Events UPSTATE MARCH


1–2 • Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee, Village Green, Pendleton. (864) 646-3782. 1–2 • South Carolina Horse Expo, T. Ed Garrison Arena, Pendleton. (803) 230-8810. 1–8 • “Sister Act,” Centre Stage Theatre, Greenville. (864) 233-6733. 2 • Taste of the Upstate, Zen, Greenville. (864) 232-3595. 4 • “Once,” Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson. (864) 656-7787. 7 • 1BlueStringHubCity Grand Finale, University Readiness Center at USC-Upstate, Spartanburg. 1BlueStringHubCity@shrcc.org. 7 • First Friday, various galleries, Greenville. (864) 467-3132. 8 • Bells and Whistles 29835 Day Festival, downtown, McCormick. (864) 378-7032. 8 • South Carolina Chili CookOff Championship, downtown, Belton. (864) 940-3111. 8–9 • Triumph of the Human Spirit, Peace Center, Greenville. (864) 467-3000. 10 • Maker Mondays Community Dinner, Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, Greenville. (864) 255-3385.



Daily through Sept. 10 • “Wyeth Dynasty,” Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville. (864) 271-7570. Thursdays • Learning Safari Thursdays, Greenville Zoo, Greenville. (864) 467-4300. Saturdays in April • Live Music, Art Crossing at River Place, Greenville. (864) 423-8863. Second Saturdays • Heartstrings, Hagood Mill, Pickens. (864) 898-2936.


15 • Harlem Globetrotters, USC-Aiken Convocation Center, Graniteville. (803) 643-6901. 16 • Oyster Roast and St. Patrick’s Day Party, Icehouse Amphitheater, Lexington. (803) 359-6113, ext. 104. 16 • You Gotta Have Art Celebration Gallery Opening, Bassett Gallery, Camden. (803) 425-7676. 16–18 • Disney’s “Jungle Book Kids,” Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, Camden. (803) 425-7676, ext. 300. 16–18 • “Sleeping Beauty” by Russian National Ballet, Etherredge Center, Aiken. (803) 641-3305. 16–19 • Community Youth Production of “The Jungle Book,” Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, Camden. (803) 425-7676. 17 • Friends Night Gala, USC Alumni Center, Columbia. (803) 256-7394. 17 • John Anderson, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436-2616.

8 • Sheep Shearing, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 909-7244. 11 • Spring Break Special, Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 909-7244. 15–16 • Spring Fever USDF Recognized Dressage Show, Stable View Farm, Aiken. (484) 356-3173. ONGOING JEFF BLAKE

16–31 • “Sister Act,” Centre Stage Theatre, Greenville. (864) 233-6733. 16–18 • “Merchant of Venice,” Bob Jones University, Greenville. (864) 241-1634. 17 • St. Patrick’s Day Beer Run 5K, Heritage Park Amphitheater, Simpsonville. (864) 680-7975. 17–18 • Celtic Sounds, Academy of Arts Logos Theatre, Taylors. (864) 268-9342. 17–19 • Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. 18 • Kids Fest, Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 18 • Race the Rainbow 5K and 10K, Anderson County Courthouse, Anderson. (864) 353-5113. 18 • St. Paddy’s Day Dash and Bash, Fluor Field at the West End, Greenville. (864) 406-5522. 18 • Walter Cronkite Chautauqua Talk, Hughes Main Library, Greenville. (864) 244-1499. 21 • Author lecture and book signing with Christina Baker Kline, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville. (864) 271-7570. 28 • SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson. (864) 656-7787.

11 • The Nile Project, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson. (864) 656-7787. 11–16 • “Something Rotten!” Peace Center, Greenville. (864) 467-3000. 13–15 • Living Gallery: “The Savior’s Call,” Bob Jones University, Greenville. (864) 241-1634. 14 • Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach,” Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. 15 • Gardens Then and Now, Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898-2936.

Artists in the Greater Columbia area, such as Henry Foster at The Climb Studio, will open their studio spaces for free, self-guided, public tours during Columbia Open Studios, April 1–2. 17 • Lasagna Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit Second Chance Animal Shelter, Manning United Methodist Church, Manning. (803) 478-5580. 17 • Little Texas, Weldon Auditorium, Manning. (803) 433-7469. 17 • Newberry Irish Fling, downtown, Newberry. (803) 321-1015. 17 • St. Patrick’s Day on Main, Old Town, Rock Hill. (803) 329-8756. 18 • Aiken Trials, Aiken Training Track, Aiken. (803) 648-4631. 18 • St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Main Street, Clover. (803) 222-9493. 18 • St. Pat’s in Five Points, Five Points, Columbia. (803) 748-7373. 19 • Camden Community Concert Band Winter Concert, Camden High School, Camden. (803) 425-7676. 21–April 1 • Aiken Horse Show, Hitchcock Woods, Aiken. (803) 642-0528. 21–22 • Stable View USEA/USEF Recognized Horse Trial, Stable View Farm, Aiken. (484) 356-3173. 24–25 • “Broadway and Beyond,” Aiken Community Playhouse, Aiken. (803) 648-1438. 24 • “Lawn and Disorder,” Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436-2616. 24–26 • Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic Outdoor Show, State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 734-4008. 24–26 • Windsor Trace Combined Driving Event, Courage to Lead Farm, Windsor. (610) 960-8695.

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25 • Aiken Spring Steeplechase, Aiken Training Track, Aiken. (803) 648-9641. 25 • Chase Padget: “Six Guitars,” Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436-2616. 25 • Children’s Day on the Farm, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 909-7244. 25 • Elloree Trials, Elloree Training Center, Elloree. (803) 897-2616. 25 • Pine Needle Basket Workshop, Lee State Park, Bishopville. (803) 428-4988. 28 • Banksia Tour, Aiken County Historical Museum, Aiken. (803) 642-2015. 29–31 • “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities” film screening, Nickelodeon Theater, Columbia. (803) 777-5195. 30–31 • Jump, Jive and Wail with The Jive Aces, Aiken Performing Group, Aiken. (803) 648-1438. 31 • Finally Friday concert, Town Green, Camden. (803) 425-7676. APRIL

1 • Pacers and Polo, Powderhouse Polo Field, Aiken. (803) 648-6851. 1 • School of Hard Rocks: Geology Workshop, Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 981-9182. 1–3 • Columbia Open Studios, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia. (803) 779-4571. 4 • “The Emanuel 9” ballet and Michael McGuirt gallery opening, Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, Camden. (803) 425-7676. 4 • Horses ’n’ Courses, The Alley, Aiken. (803) 642-7631. 7 • Balsam Range, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436-2616. 8 • Hands-on Science for the Birds, Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 909-7244.

Daily through March 26 • “Our Feathered Friends,” Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. Daily through April 9 • “South Carolina and the Great War,” South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Daily through April 9 • “Birds in Art,” Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. Daily through April 30 • “The Way We Worked,” Blythewood Historical Society, Blythewood. (803) 348-6945. Daily through Sept. 4 • “Savage Ancient Seas,” South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921.


14–18 • Charleston Fashion Week, Marion Square, Charleston. naomi.russell@charlestonmag.com. 16–18 • Run to the Sun Car and Truck Show, 2110 North Oak St., Myrtle Beach. (843) 669-3564. 16–19 • Charleston Antiques Show, Gaillard Center, Charleston. (843) 723-1623. 17 • Lucky Shamrock Festival, downtown, Florence. (843) 601-2433. 17–18 • Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, King Street, Charleston. (843) 200-5623. 18 • ArtFest, Mount Pleasant Towne Center, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-8517. 18 • Beaufort Twilight Run, Habersham Marketplace, Beaufort. (843) 321-8309. 18 • Hilton Head Island Shamrock 5K Run, Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. (843) 757-8520. 18 • Swamp Fox Adventure Race, Francis Marion National Forest, McClellanville. (803) 292-1900. 18–19 • Ashley Hall Horse Show, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Johns Island. (843) 795-4386. 18–19 • Pet Fest 2017, Palmetto Islands County Park, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795-4386. 22 • Wine Down Wednesday, Old Towne Creek County Park, Charleston. (843) 795-4386.

24–25 • Myrtle Beach Highland Games and Heritage Festival, Grand Park at the Market Common, Myrtle Beach. (843) 492-0515. 24–25 • Wingfest and Laser Light Show, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. (843) 681-7273. 24–26 • RenoFest Bluegrass Festival, Center Theater, Hartsville. (843) 332-6234. 25 • Dancing with Our Stars Fundraiser, USCBeaufort Center for the Arts, Beaufort. (843) 524-4350. 25 • Kiawah Cup, Sandcastle Community Center and Beach, Kiawah Island. (843) 768-9194. 25 • Shuckin’ for Shelter Oyster Roast, Oakley Farms, Moncks Corner. (843) 729-7498. APRIL

1 • Sand Dollar Horse Show Series, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Johns Island. (843) 795-4386. 2 • Charleston Honey and Bee Expo, Cinebarre, Mount Pleasant. fisherbee@gmail.com. 2 • Lowcountry Cajun Festival, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795-4386. 2 • Starr Ward Chamber Music Series: Lysander Piano Trio, Waters Building, Florence. (843) 260-6210. 6–8 • Puddin’ Swamp Festival, downtown, Turbeville. (843) 598-2116. 7 • Kiawah Island Art and House Tour, multiple locations, Kiawah Island. (301) 404-6605. 13 • Happy Hour at McLeod, McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 795-4386. 13 • Hops and Vines, McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 795-4386. ONGOING

Daily • “History, Labor, Life: The Print of Jacob Lawrence,” Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston. (843) 722-2706. Daily through March 31 • “Remnants of the Rice Culture: Agricultural History as Art,” Verdier House Museum, Beaufort. (803) 771-2477. Daily through April 16 • “Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints,” Franklin G. Burroughs– Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-2510. Daily through April 22 • Festival of Houses and Gardens, various locations, Charleston. (843) 722-3405.




out and admit that I’m messy, let’s award some points for good intentions. Every spring, I renew my annual pledge to scrub the house, clean out all my drawers, declutter each shelf and clear off all the tables last seen before Christmas. None of this comes naturally to me. Many females are born with a neatness chromosome, but it must have been bundled with mathematical aptitude and distributed in a line I totally missed when parts were being handed out. My neighbor Joni is my polar ­opposite. Her home is always ­spotless. The woman can detect incoming dirt a few towns away. She can smell it with one nostril tied behind her back. Joni vacuums three times a day, and her cats signed a no-shed contract. Of course, you could eat off her floor. (Actually, you could do that at my place, too. Sometimes, there’s a buffet.) While piles of unfolded laundry tend to make extended pit stops in my living-room recliner, hers magically transport from dryer to dresser at the exact moment the dryer timer beeps. (It’s possible Joni is a witch.) I’ve tried to master her tricks, but, despite owning every mop, steamer and germ killer on the market, some of us just aren’t wired for championship cleaning. We’re wired to collect pine cones and watch Hoarders to feel


You’re more likely to come up with brilliant solutions to the world’s problems at a desk covered with books and notes. Great ideas might need a little chaos to incubate. better about not having any dead cats in the kitchen. Yet. If Joni’s OCD—Obsessive Cleaning Disorder—were contagious, I’d be sniffing her baseboards trying to catch it. Being messy isn’t voluntary. It causes me physical pain to tear up a $9 Food Lion receipt. As I ponder parting with it over the shredder, the voices in my head start to argue. Voice 1: “Stop! You might need it for taxes.” Voice 2: “Toss it. You’ll lose it anyway.”


Voice 3: “You simply file receipts alphabetically.” Voice 4: “Shred the sucker. You don’t own a file cabinet.” There’s some good news for clutterholics, though. Researchers recently figured out that clutter can be a good thing. Studies have shown that neatness kicks creativity to the curb. It may be fine for doing your taxes, but you’re more likely to come up with brilliant, out-of-the-box solutions to the world’s problems at a desk covered with books and notes than a sterile one. Great ideas might need a little chaos to incubate. Did you know that Albert Einstein​ —the father of modern physics—was messy? Steve Jobs and Mark Twain were supposedly prolific pilers, too. We can assume that the theory of relativity, the iPad and Huck Finn weren’t born on tidy desks. For natural pack rats, this is redemption. “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind,” Einstein asked, “of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” For starters, it’s a sign you’re not married to Joni.  may struggle with cleaning, but if modern physics needs a mom, she’s ready. Write Jan (neatly, please) at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop.



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