Time and Tides at Sea Pines

Time and Tides at Sea Pines This morning we walked Murphy on the beach. January at Hilton Head is “low season,” so the beach was almost deserted. It was also low tide, but with bright sun and warm air. A few people strolled between the remnant dunes and winter ocean and we even let the dog off the leash. In high season Murphy would only be welcome early morning and late evening on the Hilton Head beach, the heat of the day...

It’s Back

The Union County lake that all reasonable people thought had been put to rest in 2008 is somehow, like Dracula, back from the dead. Let me refresh your memory if you’ve somehow forgotten this important environmental issue: In 2004 Union County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered into an agreement through the Planning Assistance to States program to create a feasibility study for...

Seeing AVATAR

“Did you like AVATAR?” my friends ask when I tell them I finally saw it, the blockbuster James Cameron 3-D film. How could I not? I’m “green” to the core, an environmentalist, and my favorite Bible story as a child was always Eden. The film let me disappear for several hours into a digital fantasy chock full of exotic wilderness, deep kinship with the rest of...

My Two Cents for the Park Tax

Yesterday afternoon we took an hour or so to walk in what we like to call “Spartanburg’s Central Park,” the Edwin Griffin Preserve (The Cottonwood Trail) on the Lawson’s Fork. It’s the closest public space to our house, and we get out to it as much as possible. I like our house and surrounding private yard, but I’m a big, big fan of public places where people...

Free-range Stone-scaper

We live in the piedmont, a rocky area, and I’m a rock hound. I scan roadsides for rock piles on public right-of-ways. At 55 mph I can judge the heft required to boost a boulder into the truck. If a rock is the right size to lift, I’ll go back with my gloves and back brace and haul it to our yard. The local rock merchants charge $130 per pallet. A free-ranging rock hound like me can...

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