I often write about the generosity of people in our community, and have witnessed many kind acts throughout my years here in the Golden Isles. Whether it’s helping a person cope with a threatening illness, assisting folks with storm recovery or taking care of those who have suffered losses of 1,000 different varieties, people here stand at the ready to help. However, it wasn’t until just this past weekend until I was able to experience what it was like to be on the receiving end of the full force of this kindness. I was involved in a freak mishap Friday night, the details of which I won’t bore you with, but after being assisted by friends at the scene, I spent the night in our local emergency room. I cannot say enough about those medics on the ambulance ride and the personnel in the Southeast Georgia Health System Emergency Department. I was treated like family – with concern, good humor and the utmost professionalism.
Once I arrived home, and posted of my unfortunate incident on social media, the calls and texts began. Assistance arrived to get me up the stairs into my house, food was dropped off, and phone calls full of humor and cheer were received. I have been completely overwhelmed. And, I’ve been reminded that I am extremely blessed to have such wonderful people with whom to do life. I also learned a humbling lesson. When people offer to help, let them. I’m so accustomed to being independent and handling everything on my own that it’s very difficult for me to ask for help. Being on the receiving end of all this kindness has made me determined to do more for my neighbors as soon as I’m able to be up and around once again. I won’t name all of you, but you know who you are, and please know my sincere thanks and lots of love are being sent your way.
In this issue, we have a lot of good to celebrate. With Thanksgiving being right around the corner, both our features are in sync with the season. In the Coastal Illustrated centerpiece we talk to well-known community members Susan Hartman, Orion Douglass Jr. and Bill Brunson and find out their secrets to remaining young at heart. Steve Temmer, of Centered for Life, provides some professional tips for staying on the youthful side of things, too. In the Coastal Home feature, you’ll hear from local Realtors about what they’re thankful for this year.
In our Q&As, you’ll meet newcomer Kelly Anderson, a new-to-the-area Pilates instructor, local Rebecca Parmelee, a mother, schoolteacher and author of “Thankful Fairy,” designer Elaine Griffin, who’s recently been honored by the publishers of Garden & Gun magazine in their new book, “Southern Women” and our Realtor is Rebecca Gould Strother, whose deep family roots give her a unique perspective and appreciation for the Golden Isles.
We also give thanks for our favorite art columnist, gallery owner, art historian and bon vivant, Mildred Huie Wilcox, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday at a surprise celebration hosted by friends at The Speakeasy at Reid’s Apothecary, in Brunswick. I hear a great time was had by all. Other parties we attended included the Blue Jean Ball to benefit the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia at the home of Robin and Davis Love III, the Empty Bowls fundraiser for America’s Second Harvest, which raises money to feed hungry people in Coastal Georgia and the kick-off a revitalized UGA Alumni Chapter at Gnat’s Landing.
November has been a great month so far. I wish each of you a safe, happy and enjoyable time with family and friends during the upcoming holiday week. Next stop? Christmas!
Enjoy the issue.