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There is plenty to do this weekend, both indoor and out! Plus, celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with several events highlighting Black excellence in the Lowcountry.

Last Sunday was Sanctity of Life Sunday, a day proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. And it was a hard subject to preach in my new church.

One of the most common questions in landscaping and gardening is what good soil is and where to buy it. But this is one of those questions that can be misleading as there may be plenty of products labeled as good soil but, in reality, the product purchased at the store is essentially the starting material, not the final product. This is because good soil is not bought but grown and cultivated.

Vision therapist Dr. Neil Draisin is about to celebrate 51 years of helping Lowcountry residents see better. He’ll be 80 years old in April, but still sees patients 2 days a week at the large West Ashley office he built and then sold to other doctors in 2017.

Fish can be one of the more interesting subjects to photograph. The way their scales shine and how they reflect light can make for a beautiful image.

This weekend, take in the irresistible aroma of fresh florals at the 72nd annual Flower Show or chow down with Charleston's finest at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival or Bo's Roast and Chili Cookoff. Or head to Park Circle and celebrate Commonhouse Aleworks' fifth anniversary with an all-encompassing block party.

Maybe that’s why we keep all this stuff in the first place. Things hold meaning. We could write a whole memoir from the ornaments on that tree. We could string their stories together like Christmas lights to create a colorful family narrative. And the older we get, at least in my experience, the more compelling it seems to recollect those personal stories and tell them.

The Charleston Place and Buxton Books have started a new literary series. During the year, the series will feature special events, book signings and meetings with bestselling authors at the Riviera Theater, 227 King St.

In the Lowcountry, our lawns are warm-season turfgrasses that include centipedegrass, St. Augustine grass, zoysiagrass, or Bermuda grass. These are permanent lawn grasses that go dormant in winter and return in spring.

Anyway, as I’m raking and raking and raking, I discover approximately a million or more acorns all over the ground. There were enough acorns to feed a large family of squirrels through the next presidential election. There were acorns everywhere!

Beautiful patterns can be found in even the most mundane of things, one only has to pay attention. Our submissions for this week did just that, capturing swirls in all kinds of settings and locations.

With the current Charleston weather on the fritz, we are all struggling to either embrace the unseasonably warm moments or bundle up for the typical January chill. Thankfully, there are several indoor events and happenings this weekend, as well as chances to enjoy the mid-60 degree weather this Friday and Saturday.

Suddenly, in this 70% non-white neighborhood, I was definitely seeing color. With a local crime rate 167% above the national average, I was taking notes about color. I felt sure I’d be the one — the one in 13 people who become crime victims in South Sacramento.

In general, a plant’s hardiness rating is based on whether the plant will survive the low temperatures in its growing zone. Even plants rated for growth in Zone 8a or 8b will show cold damage when low temperatures last as long as they did. 

I know we all get aggravated and frustrated at some of the craziness we witness in our daily lives. If you look hard enough, though, I think there's enough good stuff being done to counterbalance or at least offset some of the bad.

Enjoy some of the best musicians in the Lowcountry at the Battle of the Bands or the MLK Jr. Tribute Concert, whet your appetite at the Taste of Folly or celebrate your inner nerd at CHS Nerdfest.

The strategy is what I call the power of “Little Bit More,” LBM for short. LBM is making small regular improvements to achieve big changes over an extended period of time.

The museum's collection includes 2.4 million objects, most of which are in storage. Many of the objects are pottery shards, bone fragments and other materials recovered from archaeological digs, but the collection includes a lot of cool things that rarely make it to the exhibit floor. Nevertheless, scholars study them and curators contextualize them, adding to our knowledge of life in the Lowcountry.

Finland is about being in your body. It’s about extreme cold and heat. It’s about eating food that you spent the day gathering — feasts of mushrooms and berries. Freezers full of fish and meat, caught and hunted.

Did you lose a close friend, relative or acquaintance in the last year? I attended more than my share of funerals in 2022. These days, I seem to spend more time than ever reading the obituary pages. I once would routinely learn of the death of a friend’s parent or maybe, a former teacher or coach. More and more, I am now informed of services planned for former classmates, teammates and various people I have known.

This week, our readers sent in photos that represented their idea of celebration, and we loved to see all that happiness in our inbox.