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Building a virtual world: Stay calm and carry on, online

Building a virtual world: Stay calm and carry on, online

As the COVID-19 crisis has upended our lives throughout the month of April, we continue to work together to find some sense of normalcy, while doing our best to flatten the curve. One of the great challenges beyond the extra precaution required to avoid the deadly virus is how to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well. With our gyms closed, entertainment venues shut down, sports canceled, and social activities restricted, we have been forced to seek alternative ways to feel good, have fun, and connect. As our lives came to an abrupt stop, many of us have found ourselves building a virtual world to fill in the blanks. Even the most tech-challenged among us are embracing Zoom fitness classes, Skype book clubs, Facetime visits, livestream concerts, watch parties, virtual church services, and more.

Adventures in Homeschooling

Adventures in Homeschooling

“My kids are literally climbing the walls; “my children learned to write their names in Sharpie all over our living room”; “I’m cherishing every moment”; “I’m really questioning traditional school.” These are all statements I’ve received from parents who have been homeschooling their children for over three weeks due to COVID-19.

Kid-Friendly Immune Boosters: Keeping Them (and Yourself!) Strong in the Face of Health Threats

Kid-Friendly Immune Boosters: Keeping Them (and Yourself!) Strong in the Face of Health Threats

Mommies, this is a call-to-arms. You are your family’s first line of defense—and by extension, our nation’s—in the fight against disease! For many people, the scariest part of outbreaks is feeling like doctors do not have a cure. But in the case of viruses, our own immune system is an incredible defense! Never underestimate the ability it has to rid the body of pathogens.

Do You Believe in Miracles? COVID-19 survivor David Jackson celebrates another day of living

Do You Believe in Miracles? COVID-19 survivor David Jackson celebrates another day of living

Some people believe that there is an appointed time for every man to die. Apparently, David Jackson’s time has not come.

On March 11, 2020, the 59-year-old Beaufort resident awoke with a violent chill that wracked his body unlike anything he had experienced in 40 years. “I hadn’t had a chill like that since I had malaria, which I almost died from in 1980,” he said. “That was my first brush with death.”

The Heroes and the Helpers: COVID-19 brings out the Lowcountry’s best

The Heroes and the Helpers: COVID-19 brings out the Lowcountry’s best

A global pandemic doesn’t play favorites. Regardless of age, wealth or status, we’ve all been thrust into survival mode—every man for himself, fighting to stay alive. While some of us have resources to sustain us through this time of crisis, others do not. In addition to the challenge of protecting their health, many Lowcountry residents find themselves suddenly unable to meet their most basic needs, like keeping a roof over their head and putting food on the table.

Editor’s Note: May 2020

Editor’s Note: May 2020

I saw fireflies blinking for the first time from my back deck a few days ago. It made me wonder if they had always been there. Was I too busy to notice? Or was the lack of cars on the road at night contributing to less light pollution? This is noteworthy to me because that’s one thing I have really missed seeing since we moved to South Carolina 30 years ago. I used to see them all the time in Upstate New York.

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