Missing the (Fl)oat – An Exclusive Confession from Your Managing Editor

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Approximately two hours ago, I was huffing my way up Coleman Boulevard on foot in a pair of cheap sneakers with my coat and scarf haphazardly looped through my cross-body purse. Oceans of East Cooper residents with chilly pink noses, reindeer headgear and cups of sizzling cider or coffee looked back at me, probably wondering if I was lost, part of the nearby floats or perhaps … [Read more...]

Warriors of Waste: Mount Pleasant’s Sanitation Workers

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In communities great and small throughout this land, hosts of individuals and groups, both in the public and private sectors, labor tirelessly day in and day out to make our cities, towns, villages and hamlets work. These unsung heroes handle responsibilities we either cannot or choose not to handle for ourselves. In many instances, the men and women who perform these important … [Read more...]

Escaping Destruction: Surviving Hurricane Hugo

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It’s been a quarter of a century since Hurricane Hugo pounded the Carolina coast, destroying everything unlucky enough to be in its path and forever etching memories good and bad in the minds of those who experienced its wrath and aftermath. Virtually everyone who was in the Lowcountry at the time and even some who weren’t can recall where they were and what they were doing … [Read more...]

Femme Fighting: Life on the Roller Derby Team

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By Courtney O’Leary • aka Grace Smelly • #08 Taking a deep breath, I force myself to close my eyes and contain and control the growing nerves in the pit of my stomach. My palms are sweating and I swear my hands are trembling. I don’t get nervous often, but, right now, my entire body is humming with energy. My life as a stay-at-home mom in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village is a … [Read more...]

How Does Your Garden Grow?: With a Team of East Cooper Residents

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  Life as a magazine writer and editor sometimes means imagining things in their prime that are still a little ways off. Take, for example, the day I visited the community garden at I'On on a January afternoon. It wasn't difficult to envision the mounds of dirt erupting for fresh vegetables and colorful flowers to burst forth, but for that particular day I had to use my … [Read more...]