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As is the case with just about any difficult situation, challenges can often bring out the best in us. It is heartwarming to read and hear all of the amazing stories coming out of places like Barbuda, St. John, St. Thomas, and the Florida Keys in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. In the islands and...
Constitution Week Proclamation in Charleston! Mayor John J. Tecklenburg proclaimed September 17 - 23, 2017 as Constitution Week in Charleston. Regents of local chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution were in attendance representing the Eliza Lucas Pinckney Chapter, the...
I really should have known about this already. On the last day of my month-long trip to Ecuador, I had one day to explore Quito. The sprawling UNESCO World Heritage city confused me. Where to begin? Googling among the many tours and options I stumbled upon some free walking tours. “Free? What’s...
“Willpower is for people who are still uncertain about what they want to do.” – Helia Forget willpower. It’s elusive, ill-defined and hard to sustain. There’s an easier way. Years of scientific research confirms that the key to lasting change has to do with habits. So if you want to make lasting...
Reader enjoys daytime rests! Loved your column on naps (Sept. 7, 2017 issue of The Daniel Island News)! I thought my two-hour daily naps were an anomaly. Grateful to have a siesta soul sister on Daniel Island! By the way this has been my afternoon routine for 21 years. Marty Davis Daniel Island
Many of us know someone who has just left the nest heading for college. The months and weeks leading up to the departure usually involve lots of raw emotion, a scurry of activity around packing and buying new items, and learning the rules and regulations around move-in day. In fact, there is often...
Take a nap. I do. Almost every day. Sometimes my nap lasts up to two hours or more, but usually it’s more like a half hour. I wrote the “Take a Nap” note on my fridge, not because I need a reminder – it comes naturally to me. In fact, my husband says my greatest skill is that I am able to take a...
Mayor Tecklenburg addresses issues of importance to DI A gathering of neighborhood association presidents met recently with City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg to discuss issues important to their communities. I was honored to attend as a representative for the Daniel Island Neighborhood...
Over the years I’ve tried dozens of strategies to reduce anxiety and, shocking though it may seem, some of them actually work. You’re probably familiar with the standard recommendations: exercise, meditate, practice gratitude, improve your diet, re-commit to a budget, challenge negative core...
Exercise your right to vote! Voting is the most powerful way to have citizens’ voices heard, and it is the core of our democracy. Voting is a chance to stand up for what matters most to citizens and have an impact on the issues that affect them, their communities and their futures. Informed voters...

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