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WE WERE GATHERED around the dinner table, our feast consumed, our wine glasses refilled, when Linda brought out the box. She moved casually, nonchalant, the action drawing no attention at all. Then it sat there–just sat there, that box–seeming so...

Surprises, big and small

It’s like a big pinch of joy spice added to regular life, wouldn’t you say? I’m talking about surprise, the happy kind, the popping of a little jolt of wow! right into a regular old day. It makes your heart soar and sing and dance and reminds you how...

edisto 4: botany bay, bird watching, and magic

How perfect I thought as we made the turn, this most glorious approach to Edisto’s Botany Bay. What a spectacular introduction to the South Carolina Lowcountry. We were here, we Wise Women, friends for 50 years, mountain girls gathered for an annual reunion...

edisto 3: visiting south carolina

I might as well say it: There’s a bit of pressure a girl puts on herself when she’s the hostess. It’s made doubly so when the occasion is an entire weekend for your high school friends (the Wise Women) spent in your adopted—and rather foreign to...

edisto 2: in which i must ask forgiveness*

We were sitting on the beach at sunset Saturday night when a thoughtful couple with a sweet brown dog came walking by. They stopped right in front of us, approaching quickly, insisting we produce a camera right that moment, right that very second, for an impromptu...

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