The Charleston Jazz Festival is a four-day undertaking that mixes local practitioners and international stars. The fifth iteration of the festival, which runs Jan. 24-27, kicks off with Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres, a flute player from Puerto Rico. Torres takes the stage at the Charlest…

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YWCA Greater Charleston’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute is a 10-day-long celebration that includes a parade, ecumenical and worship services, a poetry slam and a racial equality workshop. Thousands of Lowcountry residents take part in one way or another.

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This week's topic was pops of color, and we didn't mind if you enhanced the work. (Normally, we're more a fan of the un-retouched images that show the photographer's skills.)

Q: I have an 11-month-old American Bully with megaesophagus. He was skin and bones when I got him at 3 months old. The breeder was going to take him to the shelter where they said he would inevitably die because of his inability to keep food down.

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The unusual snow that fell a year ago put a classic Lowcountry plant in the spotlight. Sago palms (Cycas revoluta) seemed to be on many gardeners’ (and dog owners’) minds.

So our topic for this week was something new to celebrate the new year and most of you love your tiny new animals and birds. 

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Like one's first sight of the sea, a sky-piercing peak or soaring redwood forest, this iconic red-sand desert region straddling the Arizona-Utah border is indelible, a marvel to behold. Famed for the towering sandstone buttes of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, it is instantly recognizable from many a classic Western movie.

Our topic for this week was your favorite photo, which we thought would be fun and a little different. And you came through with more than 40 stunning photographs. 

If you’ve read my column long enough, you’ll know that this columnist seeks to fill the holes of the unexpected. So, today, I recollect my very worst Christmas ever!