Monday, August 24, 2015

the quiet season

"For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens. Measurements of people's minute-by-minute levels of pleasure and pain miss this fundamental aspect of human existence. A seemingly happy life may be empty. A seemingly difficult life may be devoted to a great cause. We have purposes larger than ourselves."

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Really Matters In The End by Atul Gawande

Monday, August 24, 2015 - Early morning surf chat with friends. Contemplating what comes next...

Every new season brings a sense of great expectation. You can feel it approaching and know deep within your internal clock when it has arrived. As our family embraces a new season of life, we look forward to what changes lie ahead in each and every tide.

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One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces - Ben Folds at Daryl Hall's House

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

this must be the place: fountains tied for favorite

"It is a happy talent to know how to play."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you have a favorite Charleston fountain? We were hard pressed to pick a top notch favorite between these two, so we're calling it a tie: 

Charleston Parks Conservancy Waterfront Park is home to the gorgeous Pineapple Fountain. This symbol of welcome and hospitality beckons all to come and paddle, splash, and cool down. There are shady benches all around the area as well as grassy spaces to play and picnic.

 More here on the history of the pineapple as a symbol of gracious hospitality.  

Established in the park in 1990, this fountain is located directly in front of the City Gallery.

Also located at Waterfront Park (1 Vendue Range), this second splash fountain highlights the entrance to this park as you walk toward the swings along the pier. No matter how much your children grow, they will never tire of passing by here and running through the cold blasts of water!

All along the waterfront here you will spot dolphins feeding in the shallows. Be sure to pick a bench and sit for a while to soak up the last moments of summer...

This post compiled to This Must Be The Place - Sean Hayes

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

fountain play favorites

National Sculpture Garden Park - Washington DC

We've been gravitating to water all summer, even in the midst of hot city pavement. Here are a few of our favorite picks for fountains to play in - tune in tomorrow for our #1 go-to fountain for a local cool down!

Escape from the heat - Downtown Atlanta, Georgia 

Riverfront Park in North Charleston is always a top pick - have you tried it? A good sea breeze and view of the water, lots of shady benches, and music pumped in... what's not to love?

Charleston Parks Conservancy Chapel St. Fountain is always a good bet for cooling off in the shade downtown.

Daniel Island Waterfront Park is perfect for toddlers and big kids too!

Columbia Museum of Art

Friday, August 7, 2015


Returning from our trips and travels, I find we have reached our final destination... the end of summer. Can you believe how quickly the new school year is approaching? If you're like me, this part of August always finds us dead in the water; completely becalmed without a breath of energy to pack one last beach bag or take one last excursion.

 These days are too sweet to miss the last chances to revisit your summer wish list and cram in a few last top picks. Maybe you could:

Soak it all up before it's gone!