One of my duties at the Mount Pleasant Library is leading the Monday book discussion group. Before this, everything I knew about group interaction I learned and experienced in college and graduate school.
When I was in high school I dated a fellow who was a bird-watcher. In fact, his whole family were avid bird-watchers.
On June 12, the term “Flying Dutchman” was mentioned more than once in the media and the reporters were not referring to the legendary ghost ship that's not able to make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. Nor are they referring to André Rieu's music CD. Robin van Persie earned the nickname “Flying Dutchman” when …
I read an article recently which said that Mount Pleasant was the ninth fastest growing area in the country. It seems everywhere I have lived tells that story.
My friend Susan recently pointed out a new book that just arrived at our library, written by one of my favorite authors, Nick Hornby. I was thrilled to discover it. It's called “Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books,” and it's a compendium of 10 years' worth of book reviews from Hornby's column in a magazine called …
Next month, I’ll be attending the Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert, South Carolina.
In early May, thousands of people turned out at Finlay Park in Columbia for “Strides for Autism,” a fundraising walk to raise support for the South Carolina Autism Society. And about a month earlier, a similar event at Heritage Park in Simpsonville saw an impressive turnout.
If the words Adho Mukha Svanasana, Bhujangasana and Ananda Balasana sound familiar, you are, in my eyes, a Yoga Guru. If Downward-Facing Dog, Cobra Pose and Happy Baby Pose are more recognizable, then you are probably participating in a yoga exercise program (the second set of names is a translation of the first set).
Several years ago, the world witnessed the Arab Spring. Fueled by a fervor for change, mobilized and united by social media, people in some Arab countries took steps to change the government of their countries.
By Susan Frohnsdorff
Assistant ManagerMonday, May 19, 2014 10:04 a.m.
There’s never been a better time to be a Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) cardholder.
The first vegetable garden my husband and I planted was ready to harvest just as we were moving to a new state.
I guess in the restaurant (“Foodie”) world, they call them “pairings.” Most of the customer base I deal with calls them “cocktails.” Basically, when you get a synergistic effect from adding two or more items together – when 1 + 1 = 5 not 2. When the two or more items together act better than the two or more items act individually, you have synergy. …
Every year, people are recognized for what they do best. In the film industry, actors and actresses receive awards for their performances. In the literary world, writers are likewise acknowledged for their work. Some of the more prestigious awards in literature are the Nobel Prize (international) and the Pulitzer Prize (American). Alice Munro was …
As the weather warms up, many of us start to look forward to summer travels. Whether you’re planning an upcoming trip or not, there’s always the opportunity to travel by way of books from the library.
My coworker Brigitte Sidwell moves quickly. I’ve never seen her still. Whether she’s shelving holds, checking-in books, drinking coffee or processing our “daily shipment” from the Main Library and other branches, Brigitte reminds me of a bird flying from task to task with great efficiency.
Recently, librarian Michael Nelson wrote a column about the library's book discussion groups and their value in giving people an opportunity to share ideas and opinions. Discussion groups have become very popular all over the U.S. in the last 20 years or so. These groups meet in libraries, homes, churches, colleges, community centers, restaurants …
It’s often noted that today’s young people don’t have a strong sense of patriotism like their parents and grandparents did.
Autism is a word that pops up on a regular basis on the news, in newspapers and even during conversations with friends, family and colleagues. It is not surprising that this disorder gets more and more attention – based on statistics accumulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 88 children has been identified …
Did you know there is some form of violence in 50 percent of relationships? And, thankfully there is help and hope.
Are you enthusiastic about reading? An advocate for literacy? Good with children?
Wow, these nice warm days are making it seem like springtime. The State Flower, Carolina Jasmine, is very visible with its yellow flowers. Maples are tasseling; fig trees and bald cypress are putting on their new foliage along with many other trees and shrubs.
Each year, the week that includes March 16 is designated as “Sunshine Week.”
Libraries are espoused as bastions of escapism. People read for many reasons, not the least of which is to take away the stress of the day. Going to a different place and time for a while is the mission of patrons in public libraries around the nation.
I love weather lore, like “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.” We shall see... with the spring time comes a chance for renewal, new energy, sacred holidays and – well – allergies.
The last few weeks I’ve been too busy writing to... well – to write. I even had a few readers email me to tell me my column was missing! I’m glad somebody noticed!
What a difference a week makes – from two winter storms back to back, to summer! I love the Lowcountry, even the moody, often changeable weather.
Recently, a reader asked: “Spring is just around the corner and I'm ready to work out in my yard! My problem is that I have limited time and lots of yard problems. I have ants, weeds and I need to put out a pre-emergent. My dog also had fleas last year. I was wondering if there is a product that will do all of these at once, or if I have to …
By Mirjam VeldkampFriday, March 7, 2014 10:15 a.m.
Every Friday while driving to work, I listen to StoryCorps on NPR. StoryCorps gives Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to …
The “month of love” seems all but that to this February Scrooge. I become a person foreign to its own soul. A Cupid Grinch. It would suffice me just fine if cupid remained a concrete frieze smiling down at tourists from cold, stone buildings.
Mount Pleasant’s commercial shrimpers are clinging to their businesses for dear life. Though their trade is unique, historic and important to our local culture, their plight as small-business owners is not.