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As I write my column, we are finally having a sunny day after a week of rain. The homeowners who have overseeded their lawns have beautiful green yards with all this rain. A few of my bulbs are in bloom, so I hope spring isn’t far behind. Some scientists say climate change could be the reaso…

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I don’t know about you, but I’m so sick of all the rain. The weather forecasters said that January was just slightly over the average, but I don’t remember so many rainy days since we moved here eight-plus years ago. I’m dying to get out and weed my gardens, but it just never seems to dry ou…

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All applications for the upcoming HOA board election have been received. A nominating committee made up of volunteers has been chosen. The annual meeting is scheduled for March 30. The meeting will be limited to the board members, the nominating committee (which will count the votes), candid…

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I ventured into a store on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day and I was overrun by people buying flowers, candy, cards and other items to show their love.

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On Feb. 9, we visited the McLeod Carolina Forest ER and our physicians’ offices inquiring when McLeod would next offer a local vaccine clinic. They did not know of any nor did they have any vaccine vouchers to be used for one. We were told to check where we learned that McLeod Medical Plaza …

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Most of us are still holding strong. Even though we were confronted with a multitude of challenges in the now infamous year 2020, with great loss and grieving continuing to sadden us daily, there were some positives that were realized, discovered or uncovered. Jeff Horton in his letter to th…

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Like most other folks struggling to find a space that’s normal and familiar during this pandemic, I’ve learned that smiling, even with a mask on, matters.

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This past Sunday was Valentine’s Day. The Saturday before I ventured into one of our large stores; mistake! I was overrun by those purchasing flowers, candy, cards and other items to “show their love” to their Valentines!

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It seems like more of my friends and relatives are starting to get call backs for the COVID vaccine. That makes me very happy. I truly believe we can control of this if we can get everyone vaccinated. It doesn’t mean that people won’t get the virus. But if they do, it will hopefully be a muc…

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This year the board decided to overseed the entrances. It has been a huge success. The ones at Wheatfield Drive and Farmers Rest Drive look beautiful. The downside, however, is it must be maintained all year.

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Groundhog Sir Walter Wally of Raleigh, North Carolina, predicted an early spring. That was a different forecast than the one from groundhog Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania Phil predicting another six weeks of winter. 

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Tomorrow is V day — the day I’m finally to receive my first vaccination, the one they say will help me fight off the dreaded COVID-19 or make it less serious if I do become infected.

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We are sad to report that this will be the last Church Talk column. Thank you for your faithfulness in reading this each week. Okay, that’s not real, at least not today. But one day you will be hard pressed to find discussions of Biblical truth in any publication, on-line production, televis…

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On Saturday, the board attempted to hold a Zoom annual meeting. However, due to the fact that just 33% of proxies were returned — you need 51% to have a quorum — it ended up not being a legal meeting. 

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Susan and I got our first COVID-19 shots this past week. We were very lucky and called at the right time. We were on a few different lists and early one morning Susan saw an email from Grand Strand Medical Center to sign up for the shot. We went online and both got an appointment for later t…

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I stumbled across some true and some not-so-true quickie stories online begging to be shared.

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Our church is taking the children a Bible lesson and activity sheet in the local public school each week through Good News Club.

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Before you get the idea that I’m going to write a “woe is me” column, rest assured that I’m not seeking sympathy, nor am I moaning over old age and all that it brings with it — well, maybe just a little, but at 85, I’m entitled to a bit of moaning.

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MaryLou, my trusty email provider who never causes me to call my computer guy, shared these “lighter side thoughts” with me, and therefore, with you:

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Socastee used to be the gateway to the coast. Motorists traveled on a bumpy dirt road now known as S.C. 544 because it was difficult to travel directly from Conway to Myrtle Beach, which was described on old maps as the “Impassable Swamp.”

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The Farm HOA held its first monthly meeting for 2021 on Jan. 12. There were no resident concerns and no reports from our committees. With the virus and the holidays, there was little going on in The Farm. President Scott Kavana did give a report on the irrigation on Mill Street. You may have…

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A Plantation Lakes family is proudly honoring their daughter in U.S. Marine Corps boot camp with a banner outside their front door. We thank her and all military for their service. Waccamaw Management sent them a warning letter to take the banner down as it is against the covenants. The fami…

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By the time this column is out, we will have a new president in Joseph Biden along with a new vice president, Kamala Harris. I hope this will mean a change for the good in the direction we are heading. The last four years for me have been four years of lies and bullying and I’m really tired …

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Many Christians have had a moving experience of God’s presence, power and blessing. Some 80% of pastors and more than half of the folks in the pew have experienced some sort of life-changing divine touch.

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For at least a year, we’ve had our thoughts on the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The disease has captured news reports, papers and magazines. It has gotten the attention of governmental leaders of all levels. And each day on the news we see the number of new cases and additional deaths.

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I don’t remember the first time I heard the word “COVID-19” or coronavirus, and I expect you don’t either. I just remember that late last winter it came crashing into our vocabulary in a big way. I do remember our elders talking about “closing” church, something I was dead set against at tha…

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Merging into traffic from an exit to get back onto I-95 made me think, for the first time in years, of “A My Name is Alice,” the jump rope chant we sing-songed, maneuvering our legs around the rope.

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Last week, writing my column was an emotional experience for me as I shared the connection I felt to my mother while rummaging through some of her possessions I hadn’t seen before — notes to herself, letters she saved, religious writings she cherished and old greeting cards.

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I hope you all had a very happy New Year’s Day and a merry Christmas. It certainly was a holiday season I will remember. We did nothing, saw no one, didn’t take our annual pilgrimage to New Jersey. Most people I know had about the same holiday week as Susan and I. Let’s all hope 2021 brings …

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Hope that everyone had a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. We enjoyed watching the magnificent but illegal fireworks displays that lit up the skies of Plantation Lakes at various places. The heavy rain by day did not hinder the great display.