Charleston

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A sweet lady with an awesome smile was working at one of the produce stands and chose a big bunch of kale and some other greens for my basket. Tammy has raised 5 boys. She said 4 of them are already men. “I lost my husband to cancer 3 years ago,” she said “but I just keep on going, by the grace of God, because if you don’t then you die”. She told us a story about a man making a comment to her. It was an ignorant comment and she just turned to him and said “ it doesn’t matter that you hate me, because I have God …. I love you just the same.” But this is my favorite Tammy quote: “I’m not all I should be. But, I’m not what I used to be and I’m not all I will be.”

Hunting Island Beach, SC

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We walked one of the boardwalks to the beach where a few people were taking advantage of a pretty day.  The sand was well packed as the tide had long since gone out. We headed north toward the lighthouse and came upon a wall constructed of steel pilings.  It was holding back the washing away of the sand to the south, at least for a time. I looked out over this forlorn stretch of northward beach; trees uprooted and washing into the sea one by one. Much effort is spent on engineering techniques, but these only delay further loss.  Seawalls and groynes “provide short-term solutions and long-term problems.” (http://oceanworld.tamu.edu/resources/oceanography-book/coastalerosion.htm)  We try to save the beaches and beach development because it suits our immediate need.  Is this our appropriate role as good stewards of our evolving earth?         … Continued

Three Musketeers

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I heard rollicking approach from the boardwalk and down the ramp onto the docks.  The chatter and laughter continued as young people clamored aboard the neighboring boat.  I was in the cockpit processing images on my laptop.  One called out to me, with confidence and a rather contagious exuberance, “Hello, nice to meet you”.  I looked up to see a young lady of about 11 years old.  So outgoing and polite. A moment later, a man approached.  Probably the dad, I thought.  He introduced himself and apologized… perhaps for the disturbed peace, as now tuning of violin, viola and cello came from the back deck of the fishing boat.  Wow, the sound was unexpected and my curiosity peaked.  I was being blessed by the sound of youthful wonderment.  Jim told me his daughter, Lillian, and her friends were on their … Continued

Family Promise

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These two little ones, Aniyah and Jayla, are featured here because they really got to my heart recently. They have such sweet dispositions. I can’t stop thinking about them.  They are two of the children in the four families that were hosted by Lord of Life Lutheran Church for a week. My good friend, Tonya, invited me to come along to make dinner and to host the families at her church for the night.  She is such an amazing servant with a gift for hospitality.  She coordinates the family promise hosting program at her church.  The church acts as host four times a year to homeless families in the Family Promise program in Bluffton, SC. The program helps families by giving them a safe place to sleep, something to eat, and an address to use (the Family Promise Center) while the … Continued

Sunrise, Sunset

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Well, we finally reached the warmer weather when we arrived at Beaufort, SC.  We are so happy for some vitamin D.  Lady’s Island bridge opened, we passed through and pulled up to the docks at the downtown marina.  This seemed a good time to look at our plan again.  We left NC late in the season and weather kept us in the intracoastal waterway instead of along the coast permitting a quicker trip to the south.  Getting as far as we had hoped was looking like one big race.  Also, since our auto-pilot failed to keep a course, Beaufort seems a good opportunity to install a new one.  So, we are staying here until the end of the month and then looking for a few days of awesome weather for coastal passage to Florida. One of the best reasons for … Continued

A Day in Georgetown

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We spent a day at the Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown, SC and I took to the streets to explore.  Lunch first at this waterfront restaurant. Mardi Gras préparations were underway when we arrived on this cold, damp day. Front Street restaurants set tables outside in spite of the weather. The town mardi gras célébration was held in a waterfront hall .  This photo was made from the boardwalk. The streets of historic Georgetown call to mind a visual character of bygone years.  This feeling even more exaggerated after dark. An older couple leave the mardi gras party. Ladies outside The Strand theatre. The International Paper Company mill was built in 1936.

Godsend

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The end of February is a fine time to leave North Carolina by water.  COLD this year, but fine.  Weather keeps us and our little vessel “inside” to putt along the Intracoastal waterway.  This is not my favorite, as I would, by far, rather sail the east coast from one inlet to another.  Quiet, overnight sails are so much more pleasurable.  I enjoy a moonlit overnight watch at the helm. So, we race south to get out of the cold, but it follows.  Even with the cockpit enclosure, we wear layers of clothing and warm up when we anchor with a hot shower and warm dinner. At Little River, SC we decided to take a marina dock for a night to plug in a heater.  We hailed a marina, but there was no response.  After a few attempts, a lady … Continued