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This column originally was going to focus on “empathic accuracy” which means how well you understand and interpret other people’s emotions. The question at hand: when a spouse, friend or child experiences an emotion, how good are you at detecting it? How accurate are you?   But my research...
It’s a balmy night. The Rum Old Fashioned in Casa Marina’s Penthouse Lounge make it even sultrier. From this perch, lively with the hubbub of a suntanned crowd, I marvel at the sunset on Florida’s Jacksonville Beach and eavesdrop on the last few dances of the glamorous wedding in the hotel’s...
After the rioting of Saturday night, I saw the plea for help in cleaning up the damage to business properties in downtown Charleston. Armed with gloves, construction bags, a broom and the hope that I’d be guided to where I might be useful, I showed up at about 9 a.m. on Sunday.   I tend to...
VOTE411 keeps voters in the know   As the June 9 South Carolina primary and June 23 runoff approach, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes to the election process. The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area offers voters the nonpartisan election resource VOTE411.org to help inform...
There are lots of books this month and one of the absolute best was a nonfiction book by Wendy Moore called “No Man’s Land.” I was unaware that in 1914, two pioneering women physicians started the first women-run military hospital in London. While thousands of men were off fighting WWI, these women...
Sometimes a table is just a table, sometimes it is so much more. I remember a round, dark wood table that sat on a big pedestal, where three young girls — their hair rolled up in pink, spongy rollers or empty juice cans — sat on ladderback chairs with wicker seats, along with their mom and dad....
Put stop to establishment politics   Looking at the Republican primary ballot for the June 9 election, I see that my neighbor Boyd Gregg is challenging the status-quo candidate, Josh Whitley. Finally, we have someone whose career and connections in no way benefit from serving Berkeley County...
These last few weeks — the weeks that represent life since coronavirus entered our lexicon, homes, and business lives — created a new normal. And, as we begin reopening businesses and government services again, it’s time to readjust to the next new normal that exists somewhere between before...
Are you agreeable? Conscientious? Open to experience? Do you consider yourself an introvert, an extrovert, or perhaps an ambivert? One hundred years ago the first wave of personality tests reached the marketplace, providing us with a new tool by which to answer the most urgent of questions: Who am...
There is an area at the mouth of Beresford Creek and Clouter Creek that we call home. And one of the silver linings during our extended stay-at-home-cation is that we’ve been able to take advantage of time on the creek with a nightly happy hour. We’ve been astounded at the various activities that...

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