Florida high school students deal with luck of the Irish and COVID-19 on international trip

How many times have I heard my family use the timeworn phrase, “Luck of the Irish” when something goes wrong? About as many times as I’ve heard it when something goes right. In early March, Florida students from The Providence School in Jacksonville, Florida confronted that kind of luck.

Music director Jennifer Hudson suddenly had a major problem, and she and her students were thousands of miles from home in Dublin, Ireland just as the world began to confront a pandemic. Continue reading “Florida high school students deal with luck of the Irish and COVID-19 on international trip”

Putting the new Coronavirus and 36,560 other deaths in perspective

isolate from first case of COVID-19
Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (Image by Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

Is there anything you can do to protect yourself against a newly discovered virus making headlines around the world? Yes. There’s also something we need to admit about the biggest culprit related to this virus technically known as COVID-19, and to 36,560 deaths from another cause. Continue reading “Putting the new Coronavirus and 36,560 other deaths in perspective”

Coming home to a place I’d never seen: Swaffield House at Lake Murray

Swaffield House, Lake Murray, SC
Photo of Swaffield House, Lake Murray, SC by Indie Art South.

I spent time last week in South Carolina to celebrate my Mother’s birthday and to attend a family reunion with cousins I hadn’t seen in decades. Like many American families, we’re scattered around the country. There were 7 of us in my immediate family and we needed a place to stay. After a series of mishaps and no small amount of sleuthing, we ended up staying at Swaffield House on Lake Murray.

I’d never seen this house before. Continue reading “Coming home to a place I’d never seen: Swaffield House at Lake Murray”

New Year’s resolution South Carolina should make and keep

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Flipped trucks aren’t uncommon on any highway these days. (IAS photo)

My family travels I 95 frequently for many reasons, ranging from family to business. It’s a chaotic highway demanding defensive driving for survival. When we head to South Carolina, there’s a section of the highway that requires triple defensive driving. The section of I 95 between Savannah and our turnoff to I 26 is two lanes on both sides. That doesn’t sound like a big deal. It is, and South Carolina’s government should make a New Year’s resolution to fix it.  Continue reading “New Year’s resolution South Carolina should make and keep”

Hurricane Florence poised to interrupt everything, including music

Hurricanes are the great interrupters, and if you have lived on the East coast of the US, you know the drill. Right now forecasters place North Carolina as Hurricane Florence’s most likely target, but wind and rain will affect many who are outside the direct hit area. Business takes a wallop, and consequently, so do working musicians.  Continue reading “Hurricane Florence poised to interrupt everything, including music”