The New York Times contributing opinion writer Frank Bruni has an insightful weekly newsletter that offers his thoughts on politics, life and “matters of national importance.”

Of the highest importance — and often most anticipated —are updates on his dog, Regan.

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We love putting together each issue of Monthly, but we especially enjoy August when we publish the results of our annual Cutest Pets contest.

This year we had more than 300 entries, including a variety of dogs and cats, guinea pigs and a couple of horses.

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STEPPING AWAY FROM THE IMMEDIACY OF TECHNOLOGY WAS REFRESHING

The words on the screen mocked me: “Trying to connect.”

First they taunted me from my laptop, and then the derision continued from my phone. All connections were lost.

The internet was out.

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The summer is heating up across the Lowcountry, and we are enjoying the chance to get outside and partake in the many activities in our area.

We are accustomed to the sizzling temperatures, which can’t deter us from reveling in the fun events and enjoying the friendly companionship throughout our communities.

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June is when we truly realize just how good we’ve got it in the Lowcountry — we get the chance to enjoy our wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and fun summer events.

This is a wonderful time to be outside and enjoy each other’s company.

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When Steve Jobs stood on a stage way back in October 2001, few could imagine that the product he was launching would have a lasting impact on our lives. 

The Apple iPod, a device that could hold “1,000 songs in your pocket,” was revealed.

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The soothing comforts of the season arrive with five words: “Well, Suzyn, I thank you.”

Five words that erase the harsh wintry winds and instead brighten the possibilities of spring.

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Spring brings out the best of the Lowcountry, and we hope you are enjoying everything this gorgeous season has to offer.

We celebrate mothers by highlighting moms and the children they love. Barbara Hudson and her daughter, Tonya, continue to uphold the Hudson seafood legacy. Read about how the business continues to stay in the family after decades on the island.

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Imagine that we would accept our differences in ideology and cooperate on the basis that we share the same biology. Imagine that instead of the short-term gain for one, we would plan for the long-term benefit for all.

Imagine that following the lessons of World War II, we would agree to ban nuclear-powered weaponry. Imagine that instead of engaging in cyber warfare, we focus on finding solutions to real-world affairs.

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It is time once again for the Lowcountry to get its plaid on. We are excited for the return of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament, which has been played annually at Harbour Town Golf Links since 1969.

We can’t wait to see the sport’s best vie for the prestigious crown — and we look forward to seeing the community reveling in one of the state’s premier events.

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I can’t wait until my Meta Me — the digital version of me — becomes a reality.

His name is “Sir Alex,” a mix between “Siri” and “Alexa,” which seems appropriate since my middle name is Alex. It will of course have a gender-correct male voice.

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Dear reader... 

At Monthly we are full of enthusiasm and ready to enjoy the upcoming spring season.

As nature shows off its beauty this month, we are pleased to show off the Lowcountry.

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A sense of hope was undeniable at an early morning youth futsal game. 

Parents, gripping tall to-go coffee cups, made small talk outside the gym. A father and son tossed a football in the grass. 

A young boy earnestly dribbled a basketball around his mother and uncle, losing possession then scurrying excitedly to retrieve the ball.

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Dear reader...

Love is in the air this month. In recognition of this romantic time, we celebrate it with our annual bridal issue.

New love is highlighted in profiles of local couples who tied the knot after longstanding commitments to each other. We also offer insight into why each detail during a wedding makes a difference.

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