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Rocky Mountain High – Was the Weed Worth the Wait?

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Editor’s note: Recreational marijuana has about as much chance of being sold legally in South Carolina as, for instance, a person has of jumping from the moon and landing on Earth – more on that later. In Colorado, however, you can now pick up some weed at the local pot store. One of our crack reporters just happened to be high in the Rocky … [Read more...]

Rocky Mountain High

Customers line up Wednesday morning inside Rocky Mountain Remedies.

Was the Weed Worth the Wait? Editor’s note: Recreational marijuana has about as much chance of being sold legally in South Carolina as, for instance, a person has of jumping from the moon and landing on Earth – more on that later. In Colorado, however, you can now pick up some weed at the local pot store. One of our writers just happened to be … [Read more...]

Who Do You Love? A Lesson by Valerie the Valentine

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Editor's Note: February is the time of year everyone thinks about the meaning of true love. We asked Valerie the Valentine, who's quite a card, to compose an essay on the topic of love and how to feel the abundance of joy inside your own heart this year. Read on, and you'll see why we got the warm fuzzies. My opinion about Valentine's Day has … [Read more...]

Southern Gothic – Ghosts East of the Cooper

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The Kiln Ghost at Brickyard Plantation Near Wampancheone Creek and the ruins of a 19th century brick kiln chimney appears the startling image of a woman standing in the grass on the side of the road. The woman moves her hands close together in repetitive, spastic thrusts as if in a trance. She is dressed in ragged, dark clothes. Her face is … [Read more...]

Life’s a Beach and Then You’re Laundered

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A pair of slender, French-manicured hands reach inside the linen closet and yank me into the daylight so quickly, I blink in surprise at the bright, Lowcountry sun. “What a great shade of pink,” muses the owner of the hands, affectionately stroking my fibers before rolling me and stuffing me into a beach bag. You’d think a beach tote … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day: The View from the Valley

Valentie's Day from Bianca the Brassiere's point-of-view

Editors’ note: We asked Bianca the Brassiere to write a clever and engaging essay about Valentine’s Day from her perspective. We hope you will enjoy this rare and interesting look at Valentine traditions. Remember, true love conquers all – even the most confounding of undergarments. Not all bras are decorative. Let’s get that straight. I … [Read more...]

How NOT to Get Eaten: A Seasonal Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving

"My first suggestion, and most likely the easiest, is to work out regularly."

Editor’s Note: We asked Terrance, a turkey who has lived East of the Cooper for many years and has yet to be captured and turned into a Thanksgiving feast, to explain how he has managed to survive when others have not. If you or someone you know has ideas about rescuing a turkey this year, feel free to pass along this article. Life as a turkey … [Read more...]

Over a Barrel – Mount Pleasant, SC: an essay by Darrel B. Barrel

Darrel and his friends direct traffic in Mount Pleasant, SC

Editor’s Note: Darrel, one of the many construction barrels playing an important role in Mount Pleasant’s never-ending road improvement program, generously offered to compose an essay about his experiences living on and near the roads East of the Cooper. We’re grateful to Darrel for his interesting perspective, which we could barrel-ly get … [Read more...]

Mount Pleasant, Texas

The city’s landmark water tower in the winter.

Trivia question: what city whose name you know offers its residents wonderful weather, nearby water, friendly people and a pro-business environment? Mount Pleasant, right? You nailed it. It’s Mount Pleasant. The one in Texas. Yes, there’s another Mount Pleasant, a thousand miles from our town, which shares not only our name but some … [Read more...]

Meeting the Easter Bunny: All Grown Up

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I first met the Easter Bunny at age 4, when my mother dressed me up and took me to a department store to visit with him up close and personal. To be honest, I was a little intimidated. He was about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, a lot bigger than any rabbit I’d been exposed to, and he didn’t say anything. He just patted me on the head and gave me a … [Read more...]