I have no idea how many times I have heard the word “dystopian” used to describe the situation in which we have found ourselves living with COVID-19. I would prefer to be using the word “nightmare.” You always wake up from a nightmare. But since I am having trouble seeing when we will wake…

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                     “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”  Probably the most famous quote attributed to Jonathan Swift, best known as the author of Gulliver’s Travels.    There were two reasons we made the short drive over to Coosaw Island to look for the…

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“I am in this electric chair not for what I done, but for what somebody else done . . . I am about to go to eternity and I have made peace with my God. Facing eternity, I would not dare tell a lie, for I know, and you know, that nothing can save me…

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We have returned from a travel experience I hope never to repeat. But in the midst of all the pandemonium, we think it is important to take a little time to talk about all the really cool things we did and saw in New Zealand. Of course, we would have rather stayed on and had…

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12 March 2020 – It’s been really nice being away from all the hype about Coronavirus. Nobody mentions it anywhere. It’s just not an issue at the restaurants, bars, and other places we’ve visited; everything is hopping here. The Kiwis are out having fun. I propose Auckland as the control group. We can make graphs and…

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It seems like we are riding way up on the crest of a wave. We have the impression that the world is losing its collective mind over this Coronavirus and anyone traveling right now is surfing along in uncharted, roiling waters. To be honest, I expect it to come crashing down one way or the…

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Tom Yawkey is probably best remembered as the long-time owner of the Boston Red Sox, but in these parts, his name is synonymous with wildlife conservation and philanthropy. Although he was born in Detroit, educated at Yale, and lived his life in the Northeast, his heart was on the coast of South Carolina. Along with…

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I’m just spitballing here, but I fear this coronavirus thing is going to get alot worse before it gets better. If you have a yen for a little Chinese culture, you might want to take a short roadtrip to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. That could be as close as you are going to…

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“Three hundred years ago, wealthy young Englishmen began taking a post-Oxbridge trek through France and Italy in search of art, culture and the roots of Western civilization. With nearly unlimited funds, aristocratic connections and months (or years) to roam, they commissioned paintings, perfected their language skills and mingled with the upper crust of the Continent.” …

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When I was a kid, I was afraid of quicksand. I don’t think I was the only one in the ‘hood that harbored that fear. I can only attribute this weird preoccupation to old cowboy shows on television. Seems like there was always a cowboy getting sucked down with arms outstretched yelling for help. (Rick…

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