For those of you who do not know, I’ve always been fascinated by the east, particularly China and its culture. Back in college, I even took some Mandarin. While most of the language fell out of my head from lack of use, much of the rich culture that I learned about has remained. I recently delved into Chinese mythology once more and realized that these tales are not only incredibly fascinating, but they also can help us understand a culture that can seem incredibly foreign to our western sensibilities.
As a Northerner, when I think of the beach in South Carolina, I think Myrtle Beach. I have fond memories from visits as a child and last November I took a morning walk on the beach before a I vended at the Mythical and Medieval Festival (I’m going again this year and I hope to see you there!). With the danger of COVID, I hadn’t visited any beach this summer. With summer quickly disappearing and kids in school, I headed to Folly Beach. Just outside of Charleston, this little town has lots to offer.
For ages, people have restricted their diet in a variety of ways for various purposes. People fast for religious reasons (some Christians during lent, Muslims during Ramadan, etc.), political reasons (hunger strikes such as Mohandas Ghandi’s hunger strikes, the 1981 Northern Irish Hunger Strikes, etc.), and for medicinal benefits. While I could write expansively on all of these, instead I would like to talk to you about the growing evidence that intermittent and alternate day fasting promote weight loss, longevity, and a variety of other benefits.
An old friend from high school recently friended me on Facebook and some of our reminisces made me reflect on my journey to the current iteration of me. The journey has been a wild one and I do truly like the woman who I have become. I hope you get some laughs from my missteps and commiserate with some of my growing pains
lWith the South Carolina sun high in the sky, it’s always important to know a good place to go to cool off. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, water lover, or just looking for something to do in the era of COVID, I recently found just the spot. About a forty-five minute drive north of Columbia, the Rocky Creek Trail is a perfect day trip.
CubanI used to live in an apartment on a busy road in the middle of town. My neighbors were a weatherization building, car dealership, hairdresser, and an architect's office. There were perks to it though, namely a nice front porch which I filled with plants every summer. While my current residence is not permanent, I do have access to some land in which to test my green thumb.