Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend on the island is always met each year with a mix of emotions. For one, everyone knows that after Labor Day the endless days of summer are officially over on the island except for the weekends, when the town quietly starts to dwindle down to the locals and hustles and bustles again […]

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Come On, Irene

I thought about what it would be like on my way back down the road. With the widespread destruction supers image from the newscast last night flashing over again in my head, I couldn’t help but think there was a slight possibility that I’d go home to nothing. There was no real damage on Route […]

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The Opposite of Love

Whether we want to admit it or not, bullying is a big part of our everyday lives. We see it all the time, at all different ages, in all situations and experiences. My niece is going through it now in pre-school, and although she can’t speak, I’m sure she’s wondering why the boys won’t let […]

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The Towel

It’s almost an unspoken rule, or a common courtesy, that everyone knows—when you go down to the beach and look around to plop your chair down in the sand, you don’t plop down on top of your neighbor. Or at least I thought it was, until today. The beach was packed for a Tuesday. Cruising […]

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Memory Smells

I was told to deliver to my brother the ingredients he needed in order to make my mother’s sausage and peppers recipe for the party tonight. His specialty now, he claims, after making it for other family gatherings in the past and receiving much praise for his creation. So when I came downstairs fully clothed […]

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Complaints

My friend Kylie came down for a few days to visit me and to spend some time “at the shore.” She’s an old friend from college who lives over two hours away in north Jersey, so whenever she has a chance to come down, I gladly welcome her stay. It was a spur of the […]

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The Taste of Freedom

The wine hit the glass like wave. In one smooth stride, with a crisp flick of the wrist, my tall glass of Sauvignon Blanc was poured, and its sweet, grapefruit aroma filled the air. All mine for the taking. It looked too good to drink. Refreshing even, after the long night we all had. I […]

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The Man

I don’t know how it happened. So quickly, either. One minute we were standing off to the side of the restaurant in a sea of black, itching for people to come in and eat, and the next minute the sea had dispersed throughout the inside and outside dining rooms to create 14 individuals, dressed head […]

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Father’s Day

I was in the card isle at CVS a few days before Father’s Day, picking out cards for my dad. Everyone else appeared to be doing the same thing. The isle was packed. People stood a few steps away from each other gazing at the cards from a distance so not to block someone’s reach […]

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The Journey

My friend Maria was waiting for me at my house when I got home from work the other night. “Let’s go out for a drink,” she said as she waited for me to unlock the front door and then walked in the house behind me. I didn’t want to. The last thing I felt like […]

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Coconut Cove

“Welcome to Beach Creek.” “What time’s the barbeque?” “How long did it take you to get through the island?” “Is town crowded?” “Who’s all going out?” “What time are you hitting the beach?” Just some of the few key phrases I either seem to say or hear with the arrival of Memorial Day Weekend and […]

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Crazy, Isn’t It?

I was breezing down the hallway when I saw the sun’s light reflect off the hardwood floor in front of me. I stopped in my tracks to take in such a rarity—I hadn’t seen the sun in what seemed like the entire week since I’d been home. I stared a little while longer at the […]

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Plunge into Summer

Summer has officially started for me. After spending the past week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with my friends for some post-graduation festivities and celebrations, I finally returned back home to the island Monday night. As I drove over the bridge, en route to my house, I noticed a few changes here and there around […]

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To the Future

I pulled away from Greenville this morning with mixed emotions. With my two roommates in the front of the car, jamming out to music, I sat in the back and stole a few last glances around Greenville to keep them in my photographical memory as we drove out of town. Four years, it’s been, but […]

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Sunday Night News

I logged onto Twitter Sunday night to escape writing the concluding paragraph of my last college paper for my last college class ever. Six hours and twelve long, grueling pages on assimilation into American culture later, I longed for a much-needed outlet of relief for a few minutes, before I cranked out the last page. […]

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