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There’s still something very satisfying about a hot, glazed doughnut. Seeing stadium lights in the distance on a Friday night or hearing the birds chirp at the backyard feeder. Smelling coffee, first thing in the morning and listening to the infectious laugh of a child.

These are all small, simple aspects of our daily lives that give me a belief that we’ll come through this.

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It’s crazy how this pandemic has managed to produce such seemingly unrelated interruptions to our routines.

I understand when an approaching hurricane forces a panic buy on plywood, batteries and generators. I still don’t fully understand the vagaries of various virus-related shortages.

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These past few months — or has it been years — we’ve all been forced to reflect and re-examine our surroundings and circumstances. Nothing feels normal anymore. Every movement or decision seems to be cloaked, or masked, with a consideration that once upon a time wouldn’t have received a seco…

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It was while standing in line to vote last week that I noticed so many people wearing masks and talking to each other. Though the majority of voters seemed very interested in their phones, a number of people seemed extremely willing to have conversations with others who were also standing in line.

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In looking back at some of the topics I’ve discussed with you these last few weeks, the last non-coronavirus column that was written was March 1. Since then, it’s been a steady diet of dealing with change, learning to stay in place and counting our blessings. 

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Nothing about this Easter Sunday will feel familiar to most of us. Families won’t pose for photos as they leave churches in their new spring dresses and sports coats. Restaurants won’t require reservations for large groups to graze on the buffet. And children will be forced to look for hidde…

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We live, right now, in a very uncertain and fluid circumstance. Obey the rules, fight off fear and panic and look for those moments when you, too, will have a chance to be considerate and respectful.

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Why do my days seem to last so long, but the years just keep flying by? We’re flipping the calendar on another year, ya’ll. This is usually a perfect moment for reflection, but with not so much attention to what’s on display in the mirror.

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Windwood is designed to provide hope, help and healing for abused and neglected boys in Charleston and Dorchester counties. When the boys, generally aged 8 to 14, arrive at the facility, all of their possessions are contained in a black plastic bag. What isn’t quite as visible is the additional baggage of abuse and neglect.


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