May 2016

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100 Years Young

Not many people live a full century, and few even of that blessed minority still have a competitive edge on the tennis court after their triple-digit birthday.

A Brush of Color

On her website, Noelle Brault captures the essence of what it means to be an artist: “Painting gives me the opportunity to be creative.

A Contemporary Shandon Bungalow

Most people who work in a particular industry don’t want to spend their free time working on projects similar to their vocations.

A Sanctuary in the City

Beth Williams has more than a garden, more than a backyard even. She has a sweeping oasis hidden in the middle of Columbia’s Forest Acres.

A Tall Order

Elementary school teachers continually deal with a student’s boredom, fidgeting, attention span, focus, drowsiness and general mischief.

Batting a Thousand

Baseball is widely considered a sport where numbers and data are meticulously dissected and careful thought is given to every pitch in every situation.

CMM Young Creatives Competition

CMM extended an offer to 10th grade classes across the Midlands to select a student representative from each school for submitting a poem in our CMM Young Creatives Competition.

Et Cetera: Cattails

It is difficult not to smile when you see a clump of cattails growing wild in the wetlands or strategically placed in a beautiful water feature or pond.

Ex Libris: Fidelity – Five Stories

“It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” ― Wendell Berry

Exotic Breeds

Not everyone wants to own a popular breed. Meet seven Columbia families who went way outside the top 10 to find unique pets who fit their lifestyles.

Floating Florals

Make a big splash in your water feature this season by introducing flowering or non-flowering plants.

Mother’s Day Giving for the Homeless

Six years ago, Heather Malovic decided to do something different on Mother’s Day.

Moving to the Music

What do two public schools, a private school and an Episcopal cathedral all have in common? The answer is vibrant vocal programs whose passionate leaders are taking them remarkable places.

Sam Morton’s Lasting Legacy

Sam Morton, 1963 – 2016

Savory Suggestions: Farm to Table (or Shaker)


As the door to the cage slammed shut, the dive briefing commenced: “You will be down about 40 feet, so if there is any malfunction, you will have to open the cage door and swim up to the boat.

Sylvan’s Jewelers

The Crowning Blanket

Wilhelmina McEwan doesn’t remember a time in her life without horses. Her first riding lesson, at age 10, drew her into a world she’s lived in happily ever since.

The Heart and Sole of It

Amidst the busy hustle and bustle of Forest Drive sits a business that has been quietly serving Columbia residents for more than 25 years.

The Impromptu Picnic

This spring, make the most of the season by planning an oldie but goodie — a classic picnic with some fresh new recipes.

The Timber Industry

South Carolina’s most valuable agricultural crop isn’t baled, spun into fabric or served up with a pat of butter.

Tour de Cure

Around 200 cyclists and more than 50 teams will pedal through the streets of Columbia on May 21 in the 25th annual Tour de Cure.

Tripp’s Fine Cleaners


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