THE SANITY & VACATION PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Even if it’s just for a day or a locking yourself in the bathroom for a couple of precious hours, everyone needs to get away. But summer is right around the corner and, to a lot of folks that means vacation time. Anyone can come up with a gazillion places to go and things to do, but the focus of this prayer meeting is those precious minutes that can revive and often times save us from doing bodily harm to those we love and even those we don’t.  So here are some creative mini-vacations to rejuvenate your or at least get you through the day. Some cost money and some don’t but all of them are … [Read more...]

BLUEBIRDS FOR WRITERS

When I was making my bed yesterday, I kept hearing something like a branch hitting one of the windows--only there was no wind and no branch for that matter. Living in our house, stuff like that isn't unusual, but since it was cleansed for good several months ago, my first thought was "They're back." So I ignored the noise and kept at it, but the noise kept at it too. I'd just finished arranging too many pillows on the bed when I gave up and looked at the window to see the culprit--an adult male blue bird. My good friend and fellow author Anna Lee Huber and I commiserate sometimes about how … [Read more...]

Free Cat With Every Purchase

While Charleston was voted the number one tourist destination in the WORLD by Conde Nast Magazine last year, there is more to see beyond the Holy City. SO many wonderful places to eat and things to do without crossing the Cooper river, I thought I’d give you a little taste of the Lowcountry. Just across the connecter from the Isle of Palms is Old Mt. Pleasant. Now, this Lowcountry town has nomountains and is about as flat as you can get, but it is aptly named for it’s fine shops, restaurants andhomes that are every bit as charming as the Battery mansions. One of the more colorful … [Read more...]

Dog Years

Meet Molly, my soon-to-be 10 year old black Lab. Molly is the matriarch of our pack that includes Wylie, a 2 year old 90 pound yellow Lab who will always be a puppy, and Toby, our Jack Russell Terrorist who lives up to his moniker. Toby is a bully, and I was sure he was the alpha of the pack, but after attending an enlightening talk about wolves by Jodi Picoult, I learned that actually Molly is the alpha. The alpha, usually a female, tells the other dogs what to do, and nobody messes with her. I've watched Molly bark out orders (sorry I couldn't resist,) and do her part for the pack, often … [Read more...]

Going Home

                                                                                                  After getting married almost 31 years ago, my husband Mike and I left home, I from New Ellenton, SC and Mike fromAiken,SC. Since then we've lived in St. Louis, Tampa, Charlotte, a little village just outside Milwaukee, and then back to Charlotte. Our hometowns have changed as much as we have over the years, but there's still something about driving down Whiskey Road in Aiken or the rolling hills between there and New Elenton that will always feel like … [Read more...]

DEER BE DAMED Now available in a spray:-)

Pardon me while I write a little rant about Bambi and his family who has twins 85% of the time and NO natural predators (there are NOT enough coyotes) to keep them out of my flowers. I KNOW you’re convinced this winter will NEVER end, but it will soon and Bambi and his obnoxious family will be lining up at your landscaping like it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet. And here’s another news flash, sure my bio says I have 126 rose bushes, but that was three years and many trips to Witherspoon Roses ago, still that doesn’t give deer the right to chow down on the roses or the rubeckia that is trying … [Read more...]

POWERFUL JUJU

“I cut my bangs with some rusty kitchen scissors.” Those nine little words are the beginning of Miranda Lambert’s new hit song that snatch us into her story. Even if you hate country music, you listen because you have to know why a woman would do such a thing? Now, let’s get personal. Think back to the last time you cut your own hair. Were you just trimming your bangs a few days ago or were you in a closet with your pretty locks in one hand and a pair of scissors made for hacking through construction paper in the other? And for God’s sake, why did you do it? Changing your hair to change your … [Read more...]

The Wisdom of Hair

Kim Boykin's THE WISDOM OF HAIR, the story of a young woman from a tiny South Carolina town who escapes an impoverished background to find her calling in beauty school - doing hair, and along the way discovers what real love is and what it's not from a quirky community of lovable women, to Leis Pederson at Berkley, for publication in March 5, 2013, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World English). Foreign: Taryn Fagerness Agency. "The problem with cutting your own hair is that once you start, you just keep cutting, trying to fix it, and the truth is, some things can never be … [Read more...]

REAL LIFE IS JUST TOO DAMN SCARY

I'm 55 and blessed to have both of my parents, nobody has to remind me of that. But somewhere along the way, I've put them on the same level as my people, what most folks would call my characters. My people come to me fully formed, with a story to tell. They talk a mile a minute and to be completely honest, they write the book for me, I'm simply the typist. The thing about them is, for the most part, they never get old and SPOILER ALERT, they never die. To me, my parents are sort of wrapped in the warm cocoon of their own stories, not in a Bill Murray/Groundhog Day sort of way, but they're … [Read more...]

THE SILVER FREAK

  Now if you've got a little gray showing, you're probably bowed up like a Halloween cat by the title of this post, but those are  Jessica Topper's words, not mine. And for good reason. Jessica has gorgeous, and I do mean GORGEOUS gray locks. Jessica shares my philosophy about my hair, which I likened to the way I raised my children. My hair can do whatever it wants to as long as it behaves itself and doesn't hurt anybody. That's meant a lot of things over the years. Pixie cuts. Bangs. BIG HAIR, the list goes on. You'll hear from Jessica in a minute, and when you do, I want you to … [Read more...]