The rebellious city on the Pacific Rim is offering a glimpse into the future.

San Francisco was 15 years old when the San Francisco Chronicle started to publish its first edition 150 years ago. Much has changed since the early days, and will continue to change. What has not changed is that the Bay Area remains a magnet and kaleidoscope of influences from around the world and all walks of life.

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hhmholidayDecember is the time when we cherish all that is important to us.

Personal beliefs, no matter what they are, that teach us the importance of peace. Friends and neighbors who share in our joys and support us through our sorrows. Even the simple things, like the twinkle of lights in the streets, are enough to remind us of all our blessings.

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There are hundreds of small business owners in the Lowcountry, solo entrepreneurs, family-run organizations, larger companies with management teams and even some that have boards.

Together, they drive the vast majority of our economy since we don’t have government branches, military bases and only a few institutions that provide employment in our region. Most cater to local needs but some do the inverse, meaning they are located here but their customer base is not local.

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lori nov2015Luxury is a word that gets thrown around a lot. People use it to describe everything from expensive jewelry to free time spent with family. What does luxury mean to you? Does it conjure up images of the unattainable: private jets, hotel suites or something as brazen as a Bentley? Is it long walks on the beach or a glass of wine while watching the sunset?

Whatever your definition the Lowcountry is steeped in it.

If somebody handed you $5 million right now, there are 20 homes for sale on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton you still couldn’t afford. Walk around any of the island’s marinas and count the number of extravagant yachts you stumble across. You will quickly run out of fingers

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marc lastcallAs Hilton Head Monthly celebrates its 30th anniversary, it seems appropriate to contemplate what the next three decades have in store.

It’s hard to believe that 30 years ago, the following things did not dominate our daily lives: cellphones, emails, portable personal computers that connect via Wi-Fi nearly everywhere, high-definition TV with hundreds of channels, and the Internet that ushered in the connectivity revolution.

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marc loriMonthly is celebrating its 30th birthday with this issue. You will find a detailed history of Monthly’s beginning to now inside the magazine.

In its three decades, Monthly has witnessed quite a bit of history. On the world stage, we’ve seen the fall of the Berlin wall, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. On the technology side, we’ve seen the birth of the Internet and the resulting shift toward becoming a constantly connected society with information at our fingertips. Here on Hilton Head Island, the building of the Cross Island Parkway that connects Hilton Head to the rapidly growing town of Bluffton. There has been no lack of drama either, including several hurricane evacuations.

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The flight that changed our destiny:

Swissair flight 204 ZRH – ATL August 10. 1987

In the summer of 1987 our workload did not allow us to make any vacation plans in advance. So when my wife and I found a 10-day window in our schedule we had to make up our mind quickly. Swissair just started a new daily flight from Zurich to Atlanta. Discovering a new part of the USA sounded interesting. The next day we boarded the plane and crossed the Atlantic. Upon arrival we picked up our rental car and drove down to the coast. A friend told us we should visit Hilton Head Island, where we had a reservation at a hotel on the beach. How are we going to find the hotel my wife asked? Don’t worry there will be a big red neo sign…

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lori septOne Christmas several years ago, the Monthly staff gave me an unusual present.

Instead of a popcorn sampler tin or one of those assortments of sausage and cheese, I was presented four quarters and a road map to Bluffton.

The quarters were for the toll. The joke around the office back then was I never left the south end of Hilton Head Island. In my defense, I never had a reason.

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Growing up in Zurich, Switzerland, I was fortunate to have public drinking fountains strategically placed on my walk to school, on my bike ride to the soccer field or when accompanying my mother to the farmers market. To be exact, there are 1,200 water fountains in operation still today.

So the idea of paying for drinking water is quite foreign to me and I stare with disbelief at consumers who schlepp cartons full of plastic containers filled with filtered tap water to the trunk of their cars.

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So how do you relax and unwind? Do you read a good book on the beach? Snuggle with a warm blanket on your couch? Sip a few cocktails at a favorite restaurant?

It’s different for everybody, I guess. For me, nothing is more relaxing and important than working out. After all the sweating is done, I’m less stressed out, less anxious and just a happier person in general.

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If we put the interests of the American people first, we can lead our nation to a path of sustainable prosperity & security and become a role model for the world

Poll after poll confirms that the majority of Americans believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction.

It can be argued that since the end of the Cold War about 25 years ago, our thinking has not been clear enough — our leaders too narrowminded, our policies too small and our actions too short-sighted — to fully understand what is happening and come up with a clear vision of how to address it.

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Living on an island means you are surrounded by water, and with only one bridge on and off, it leaves a lot of room for boats and water-based activities. However, as I take a moment to stand and watch the boats come and go from my deck overlooking Broad Creek, I reflect on a childhood memory of my first time learning to sail.

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What happens if you fill a room with highly educated and intellectually curious people? Does the combined IQ coefficient cancel itself out or does it elevate the discussions to a higher level?

After attending three days packed with presentations, storytelling and conversations, to me the answer is clear: It seems to lift everybody up a notch. Suddenly I felt smarter, more knowledgeable, more inspired and more empowered than before I entered the room.

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LORI-GOODRIDGE-juneGrowing up, I always looked forward to our summer vacations spent on Hilton Head. Our family usually stayed at Turtle Lane Club in Sea Pines, across the street from a wooded path that led straight to the beach.

The beach was like heaven for us kids. So beautiful with so many things to do! We built sand castles, we buried each other in the sand, we checked out the sea critters in tidal pools, we inspected what washed up on the beach — all the stuff kids do here.

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