Words come to me in different ways. There are nights I’m awakened by an overwhelming need to write. At other times, it’s a slow slog and on days when the words simply won’t come, there can be tears, maybe some yelling and perhaps a profanity or two – under my breath, of course, just to keep it interesting. Fortunately, I’m upbeat, and my cloudy moods never stay for very long. I had the best time putting together this issue, and the minute you get past this editor’s note, you’ll know why.

In our Coastal Illustrated feature we meet three young, local golfers who will participate in the upcoming RSM Classic, hosted by Davis Love III. Ever since Davis brought the former McGladrey Classic to the Golden Isles many years ago, tournament time has become one of my favorite times of the year. The tournament surrounds itself with top-notch professionals, and the publicity crew that works with them. Melanie Trotter, media coordinator for the RSM Classic, is both a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with. Our PGA Tour members tell us about how they like spend their downtime, where you might find them out and about and their favorite local golf holes. Visit for all the tournament details.

In Coastal Illustrated, you’ll also find our Local Q+A with James Calemine, a writer who’s published several books and in The Bitter Southerner, and other publications, as well. James is a longtime friend of yours truly, and I can tell you from our many conversations that he’s forgotten more about musical artists and their works than most of us have ever learned. He’s a great storyteller as well, and he spent a little time telling us what he’s up to when he’s not working.

Our literary columnist, Cary Knapp, explores Celeste Ng’s newest work, a dystopian novel titled “Our Missing Hearts,” which is told through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy named Bird. Cary also is encouraging folks to go see author Janisse Ray on Nov. 15 at the St. Simons Casino. Janisse, who is the award-winning author of “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” and many other books, will be discussing her newest release, “Wild Spectacle: Seeking Wonders in a World beyond Humans.” The details are on our Events pages.

Meanwhile, mixology columnist Jim Henderson has just returned from a cruise to Bermuda and the Bahamas, and is chock full of tasty drink recs. Dark ‘n’ Stormy, anyone?

Our Coastal Home feature pulls out all the stops to get you in the mood for holiday decorating. Our hostess, Beth Barrett, gives timely tips for decorating. Although our focus is Thanksgiving, her advice can be applied to any holiday or special occasion that catches your fancy. I must admit I walked away a bit envious of her decorating closet …

Our real estate story stays with the holiday theme. Reporter Gordon Jackson talks with a few Realtors to determine how much decorating someone who’s putting their home on the market should do. The results may surprise you.

Angie Aimar is the focus of our Realtor Q+A. Not only does she work as a full-time Realtor with Compass 360, she is the newly elected president of the Golden Isles Association of Realtors. Angie is well-known for her volunteer work, and sits down to tell us about what she enjoys doing in her spare time.

For those of you who have relocated to the Golden Isles from points north and miss fall color, do not despair. Our horticulture columnist, Anne Ditmer, has a selection of trees that will look fantastic and help you feel a little more at home.

We have three Captured events this issue. Two are within these pages, and the third is online. It’s super fun to be so busy! We first stopped by the annual “Let the Big Dog Eat” celebration held by the Golden Isles Chapter of the University of Georgia Alumni Association, where we got to say hello to former Georgia superstar Buck Belue. And talk about a group that knows how to party! The Glynn Academy Class of 1957 held its 65th high school reunion a couple of weeks back, and a good time was had by all. You’re sure to recognize some of these folks. Finally, we dropped in on Golden Hour at Village Creek Landing, and enjoyed the company of good friends and a soothing sunset over the marsh. Those photos can be perused at

You know we’re all “Mad for Plaid,” especially in the autumn months. To that end, Cheri Leavy has curated the best plaids in “Cheri’s Shore Things,” all perfect for your upcoming oyster roasts, tailgates and holiday celebrations. Until next time, be kind to yourself and each other. Enjoy the issue!