With all the cold and ice, now is a great time to inspect your trees for torn limb remains that need to be properly pruned.
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!
Here are five of my wishes for the East Cooper region to help keep it the best place to live in South Carolina:
You may have heard me speak of what I call “hooey boy” history. This time I’ve got a doozie.
Sometimes life's concerns take on the same rhythm as Dorothy and her crew facing “Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!”
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.
Have you thawed out? How did you recover from almost two weeks of unscheduled winter break with children home from school?
Two weeks ago I wrote a column about taking Emma, my 7-year-old foodie, to lunch at Oxford's City Grocery. Emma loves some “fancy food,” and while we were there, she charmed her way into the heart of our server, Jennifer, and eventually into the kitchen to get her first behind-the-scenes look at a professional kitchen.
The Tulip Magnolia (Saucer Magnolia) is blooming in the Lowcountry. It is time to be sure the winter projects have been completed and the proactive spring projects in the yard and around the house have been taken care of.
by Jen McQueenThursday, February 27, 2014 11:25 a.m.
My coworker Brigitte Sidwell moves quickly. I've never seen her still. Whether she's shelving holds, checking-in books, drinking coffee, or …
Control small-seeded annual summer weeds now with a preemergent product. Enough said.
After battling “The Stomach Virus of 2013” and emerging victorious, I have spent the last two weeks battling my seven-year-old's asthma. …
The buzz around Valentine's Day is amazing – pro and con. Make it “Love Day” where if nothing else, you do nice things for yourself — and share love with others however and whenever possible.
It's always good to hear from readers, especially when they offer expertise or experience in regard to something I've written about. In last week's column, I mentioned CVS pharmacy's decision to no longer sell tobacco products. I also asked the age-old questions of why pharmacies are on raised platforms and why pharmacists still wear white coats. …
If it quacks like a duck – you know the rest. Opinions, yada yada yada... we all have them, hence this blog.
One of my favorite services offered by the library is the free music offered online. If you have a library card, you are allowed to download three free songs each week, and you don't have to return the songs – you can keep them forever!
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I would include a little piece of an article that Rosalinda Morgan wrote for “The Charleston Rose” – which is a publication of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society.
Observations on some paradoxes of life thus far in 2014:
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” did not receive one Oscar nomination despite an A-list cast. When asked about the so-called “Oscar snub,” Oprah Winfrey, who plays the butler’s wife, answered that she made the movie to tell a story. This remarkable story is about the life of an African-American butler who served eight presidents in the White House …
This cool weather really has our local oysters tasting good, and the soil temperature indicates that it is just about time to apply preemergent products to your beds and turf.
By the time you are reading this, I hope you will have recovered from any ill effects - frustrations, damage, or even relationship stress caused by Winter Storm Leon. Like many, I lost income, had long treks across town, used up half of my winter feed for my critters and even am grieving a broken crepe myrtle or two, broken from the weight of the …
Ok, so what do Miley Cyrus and ducks have in common? After observing people versus my pond this week, I conclude “AFLAC-ing lot”.
February is Library Lovers' Month – a month-long celebration of libraries of all types: school, public and private. Intended as a time to recognize the value of libraries, it's also a great opportunity for those of us in libraries to share with you some of the services and resources that you might not be aware of.