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Southern Manners

Shortly after moving to Hilton Head, when I was 12 years old, my mother (who was raised with “sho nuff” Southern manners) asked me to go to our neighbor’s house (who 13 years later would become my in-laws), call our house phone and leave a message on our answering machine. Her reasoning: When she had asked me if I had written a thank you note to my grandmother, I replied, “Naw, but I’ll do it after I ride bikes with my friends.” To which she replied, “Becca, have you lost your manners? Go over to the Edwards’ right now, call me and repeat what you just said so you can hear yourself.”

Man Cave Mania: 10 tips for creating a guy’s getaway at home

Man Cave Mania: 10 tips for creating a guy’s getaway at home

Every guy deserves a dedicated space at home to be himself, relax, entertain his buddies with billiards or TV, or pursue some other passion. Plus, it seems that when it comes to stress recovery, men benefit from withdrawing a bit more than women do. A recent university study found that men’s cortisol levels dropped significantly when they had more solo leisure time in their own homes. Also, a poll conducted by houzz.com revealed that more than one-third of homes have a dedicated man cave, so it seems to be a sound investment of space and money.

Over Yonder and Back Again: My life in Southern cities

Over Yonder and Back Again: My life in Southern cities

Growing up, my immediate family did not seem overwhelmingly Southern. We were Catholic, after all, and we never cooked traditional Southern food at home, preferring Lebanese, our ethnic cuisine. We also did not plant window boxes full of flowers or sit on the porch at twilight, drinking sweet tea with lemon slices. Being young and unaware for the most part about what “Southern” even meant, I had to rely on the stereotypes I gleaned from pop culture—that is, until the day I left South Carolina and lived in a few other cities in the South.

Working from Home: What happens when you give an Interior  Designer a chance to create her own  home from the ground up? You get this Oldfield Masterpiece

Working from Home: What happens when you give an Interior Designer a chance to create her own home from the ground up? You get this Oldfield Masterpiece

As one of the principals of Blue Palm Interiors, Holly Blocker is no stranger to making a good home look great. Having moved down from Kentucky three years ago, she has quickly become an expert in the peccadillos of the traditional Lowcountry style: the subdued color palette, the natural textures, the clean lines.

Editor’s Note: June 2021

Editor’s Note: June 2021

My dad called me last week to remind me that when I was little, I had a pet rock. His name was Carlos, and I adopted him on one of the many camping trips my family would take with an abundance of friends in upstate New York. As I recall, Carlos lived in our small...

Got $100 and an Hour to Spare? Join 100 Men Who Care and discover a simple but powerful opportunity to make a difference right here at home

Got $100 and an Hour to Spare? Join 100 Men Who Care and discover a simple but powerful opportunity to make a difference right here at home

What can you buy for $100? The answer might depend on where you shop. But for many of us, $100 slips through our fingers fairly quickly, and we often have little to show for it. What would that same $100 do for a local charity? What would $10,000 do for that same organization?

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