One mother discovers the healing power of expression through art after losing her son

These painting by Suzy Shealy will be on exhibit at Mira Scott’s Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head Island on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.   “No Greater Love.”When Suzy  Shealy’s son, Army Sgt. Andrew J. Derrick of the 411th Military Police Company, came under small arms fire and was killed near Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 23, 2005, she wanted to crawl into a corner to grieve the loss of a son who was everything a parent could ask for.

Joseph — as he was called by those who loved him — was a graduate of Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala., where he starred on the baseball diamond, football feld and basketball court. An Internet search reveals message boards where people from his hometown of Columbia, and places like Torrington, Conn., Carson City, Nev., and Glenwood, Iowa, shared their memories of man who had impressed so many people in his 25 years.

By LAURA JACOBI
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday rich in its traditions: turkey, pumpkin pie, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and football.
Many families have the tradition of gathering around the dinner table or in the living room and makes a “gratitude circle.” Each friend or family member has to say what they’re most thankful for this past year.
Here are a few new ways to carry on the same spirit of this tradition, but with a little more flare.

Discover Treasures along our ShoresPhotos by Lindsay Brown

Southern Beaufort County’s riverbanks and beaches are a treasure trove of constantly changing and amazing wildlife and plants.

There’s so much to see and learn, so much to wonder at, so much to discover for explorers of all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ark clam shell

South Carolina’s fall hunting season beginsFor those seeking the thrill of the hunt, now is a grand time to start or rekindle an old pastime. With cooler temperatures and the exodus of tourists also comes the fall hunting season, a perfect time for outdoorsman to track deer, doves and other game. Whether you’re an avid hunter or interesting in becoming one, there’s much to know before packing the truck with ammunition and bows.

Hunting in South Carolina takes place on both public and private lands. Both have their own regulations, seasons and costs, which are determined by the property owners and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

Deer season, always popular, is in full swing on private lands. It started on Aug. 15 and goes through Jan. 1. Gun and bow hunting is allowed during the entire season.

Long Cove Yacht Club members treat children to a day on the water

These children from the Boys & Girls Club were rewarded for good behavior with a cruise around Hilton Head Island with Long Cove Yacht Club members.As the 46 excited children gathered on the dock at Long Cove Yacht Club for a group photo, there was a little concern when the dock began to lower into the water from the weight it was supporting.

But that was the only moment of concern for the members of the Yacht Club and the children from the Boys & Girls Club who were there to get a very special reward for their good behavior over the summer at the Hilton Head center.

Hilton Head Farmers Market
When/where: 8 a.m.-noon, Thursdays through Aug. 27; The Mall at Shelter Cove, Hilton Head
More information: 843-686-3090

Farmers Market of Bluffton
When/where: 2-6 p.m., Thursdays through Nov. 19; 40 Calhoun St., Bluffton
More information: 843-290-6831 or e-mail blufftonmarket@aol.com

Jasper County Farmers Market
When/where: 1-6 p.m., Fridays throughout the summer; 9935 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, U.S. 17, Ridgeland;
More information: 843-717-3690

Fresh from the farm to your tableUntil the middle of the 20th century, people often ate what they grew in their gardens or what was grown or raised on local farms. That changed with scientific innovations, transportation and corporate expectations.

Today, however, many people are getting back to their roots and supporting local businesses and farms, with the added bonus of eating healthier.

Back to the farm

One such place getting local support is Three Sisters Farm in Bluffton, which is operated by sisters Mary Connor, Priscilla Coleman and Beth Lee. The farm has been in their family since 1821, when surveyor James Porcher purchased the tract.

Aging well doesn’t mean turning back the clock

The key to longevityIf 50 is the new 30, then is 70 the new 50? You betcha! Nowadays as we get older, we’re healthy, active and darn good-looking. But it does take some work to age beautifully, inside and out.

There are a lot of services available to help us age well, from educational opportunities for the mind to advanced health care and beauty products for the body.

It is true, however, that mature adults have some challenges to face when it comes to staying fit. People begin losing muscle tissue and bone in their 30s, and unless they exercise and work to continue building strength and flexibility, muscle stores will continue to be depleted.

Bring on the sun and fun

Summer is here and the days are ripe for adventure. Visitors and locals alike instinctively head for the water. However, outdoor activities on Hilton Head Island abound by land and by sea.

Topping the list of aquatic adventure is boating — ranging from mellow dinner cruises at sunset to the thrill of a night sharkfishing expedition. Sailing yachts, speedboats and even large pontoon party boats can be chartered through local marinas, including Harbour Town, Broad Creek, Shelter Cove and Palmetto Bay.

Portfolio Life: An Interview with Author David Corbett.

Portfolio Life - Author David CorbettArecent book About the stage of life between career and later retirement has gained international attention among baby boomers and new retirees. the book, “Portfolio Life: the new Path to Work, Purpose, and Passion After 50,” describes an alternative to full-time retirement for people who want to lead a post-career life of greater fulfllment. the author, David corbett, an occasional visitor to the hilton head Island area, spoke with Monthly contributing Writer Jack Wilson and answered some questions about the book and its message.

Q: Dave, regarding the title of your book, “Portfolio Life,” how do you defne it?
A: “We ‘borrowed’ life portfolio from fnancial portfolio. As asset managers rebalance fnancial portfolios, new Directions rebalances life portfolios to fit changing needs. ‘Port’ means it travels with me forever; ‘folio:’ it’s a book of all of my life. Also, a typical life portfolio is made up of fve parts: (1) continue to earn some income; (2) more family time; (3) more leisure/hobby time; (4) life-long learning; and (5) giving back. Many have encouraged us to add a sixth part, a re-grounding in a spiritual way, which we touch on, but don’t develop.”