Going Behind Bars

Jodie Randisi

How Volunteers are Changing Prisoners' Lives

Going Behind Bars

When it comes to our criminal justice system we can agree on one thing—we all want prisoners to come out better than when they went in. When it comes to rehabilitation for re-entry, there’s disagreement about providing education to our incarcerated populations. Some say it’s a misuse of dwindling government funds. However, we have to decide what kind of neighbors we want—ones with less than a high school education, and on top of that, unaddressed behavior and addiction problems? Or, ones who have taken steps to overcome obstacles, cultivated their character, processed their situations, found their voices and improved their communication skills, all of which makes them more eligible to become an upstanding, taxpaying contributors to society, as well as to their families?

The Season's Top Trends

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Step into Summer Style. It's in the Bag.

The Season's Top Trends

Square toes. Pointy toes. Round toes. Twinkle toes. The shoes this spring and summer are a study in contrasts where opposites attract and the possibilities are limitless. Footwear is fun again, so get that pedicure and start shopping now. Here are the shoe trends you’ll want to slip into right now:

Top 10 Financial To Dos for Today's Grads

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Top 10 Financial To Dos for Today's Grads


Dear Readers,
This is always an exciting time of year as new grads—and their parents—anticipate the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. For young people just starting out with a job and their own place, the sense of freedom can be pretty awesome. For parents, there’s a sense of pride, as well as the hope, that their kids can handle the new financial responsibilities that come with this new phase of life.

To help today’s new graduates get a running head start—and to help parents cheer them on from the sidelines—here’s my list of Top 10 Financial To Dos. They don’t all have to be accomplished right away but, once they become good money habits, they’ll help create an ongoing sense of both personal and financial accomplishment.

Backyard Bliss

NancyLee Honey-Marsh

Are You Ready to Tour the Lowcountry’s Most Beautiful Gardens?

 Backyard Bliss

Whether genetic or environmental, certain talents are innate. “My dad, a banker, enjoyed having a vegetable garden, and my mom, a flower garden. I remember standing outside with them holding a rake when I was 4 years old,” smiled Mary Ann Snyder, whose Asian influenced garden is featured on the All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour 2017.

Want Wheel Joy?

Marilynn Preston

Fit Your Body to Your Bike

Want Wheel Joy?

Whether you’re communing with nature or commuting to work, riding a bicycle works on your body the way a good rain soaks the earth. Riding pumps muscles, builds strength and burns calories. Bikes are fun, energizing and provide a terrific way to play with family or friends.

Bike riding is also a healthy way to self-medicate. Next time you’re feeling blue, or anxious, jump on your bike for a 30-minute spin and watch how your mojo gets going when your mind, your body and your breath change gears and synchronize.

Riding your bike won’t leave you feeling drugged and drowsy, and the most common side effects are a calmer brain, stronger legs and a renewed sense of well-being.

Addison and Kadence Lancaster

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Dog Gone Gifted Girls

Addison and Kadence Lancaster

Life is full of surprises. For instance, this article is supposed
to be about show dogs, but it’s not going to be. Let me explain.

When I arrived at Janet Rahn’s farm in Ridgeland, where Dog Gone Sensational, a sprawling, professional dog training, boarding and grooming facility, is located, I was there to see the top AKC Spanish water dogs in America. Dog Gone is known for their show dogs and co-own/train seven of the top 10. In fact, their dog Jango is the No. 1 Spanish water dog and has his own Facebook page, with more than 58,000 likes.

Pink's Picks

Lindsay Gifford & Elizabeth Millen

Check Out These New Books Bound for the Bestseller List

Pink's Picks

Southern fiction writer Karen White is no stranger to the New York Times bestseller list, and she is bringing yet another phenomenal book to the table. Based on her hometown of Milton, GA, newly released The Night the Lights Went Out is a mystery that will keep you guessing. With a small town suburban gossip chain, questionable friendships, plenty of secrets and a newly single mother trying to make a go of it, Karen unravels surprises galore. This one was hard to put down.

Hello Sunshine!

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Fun and Functional Yard Art

Hello Sunshine!

Spring is here, which we all know will last about two days.
It’s time to get the garden going and spruce up the lawn.
Blow the pollen and oak leaves off your porch and start decorating
for all those warm summer nights that will be spent outdoors.
We went in search of unique yard art—accent pieces both fun and functional—sure to give your outdoor space a fresh new feel.  
Our retailers didn’t disappoint, from local artists and coastal décor
made from recycled goods, to Asian motif—we’ve found it all.
Hello sunshine! Welcome back.

Spring!

Marilynn Preston

Your Secret Weapon to Seed Change

Spring!

Spring, dear readers, is nature’s way of saying that you can begin again.

If it’s true for trees and tulips, it’s true for you and your well-being, because we’re all organisms on this earth, made of the same essential stuff, all wanting to get our sap rising, our energy flowing, our legs strong enough to walk the stairs without cursing our knees.

A Lowcountry Shark Tail

Lindsay Gifford

The Quest for Knowledge

A Lowcountry Shark Tail

I love sharks. I find them infinitely fascinating with their migration, whimsical swim patterns and shear size. The truth is we don’t really know that much about them, but fear not, shark research has increased in recent years and the quest for knowledge among researchers and the public is steadily growing. It just so happens that one of the best Great White Shark fisherman lives right here on Hilton Head. On a beautiful overcast day in March, I headed out to the dock to interview Chip Michalove, captain and owner of Outcast Fishing Charters. We sat out on his boat, enjoyed the great weather and talked sharks.

Turn on the Glamp

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

It Will Light Up Your Life

Turn on the Glamp

Get outside and glamp! That’s not a typo; glamping is a recent trend where women have taken over campgrounds all over America in their glammed-out, adorable campers all for the sake of a little R&R with their girlfriends. Glamping is taking “girls’ weekends” to a whole new level of fun—and connection. They are called Sisters on the Fly, a national group of more than 8,000 women, who take camping, sisterhood and adventure serious. Well, not that serious. These camping trips are all about fun! The “sisters” are able to escape their daily grind by getting out in nature and celebrating life and friendship together through the simplicities of camping, bon fires, story telling and cookouts.

Her Life By Design

Lindsay Gifford

A Look at Kristy Woodward Harvey’s New Book Slightly South of Simple

Her Life By Design

Heads up ladies, there’s a new kid on the block...
and you’re going to want to get acquainted!

Meet Kristy Woodson Harvey, blogger and author of Slightly South of Simple (on shelves this month). This young author is making a splash in the Southern fiction world. With accolades for her earlier works Dear Carolina (long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, optioned for film and appeared on many “must-read” lists) and Lies and Other Acts of Love (an Okra Pick and Romantic Times top pick) Pink Magazine is excited to feature her new book and give our readers insight on Kristy.

Take a Nature Walk

Carlos Chacon

What is That?

Take a Nature Walk

We’ve all had the experience of walking the beach, finding beautiful shells, and coming across some sort of unidentified sea creature. Sometimes, these mysterious finds can even draw a crowd. Beachcombing is a favorite pastime of many Lowcountry residents and vistors. However, strolling the beach can be way more exciting and interesting when you know what you’re looking at. Wouldn’t it be a great experience to walk into a crowd all hovering over a giant blob and begin to educate the group with your vast knowledge? We think so, and that’s why we teamed up with Carlos Chacon, the Naturalist at Coastal Discovery Museum to learn more about what’s washing up on the shores around the Lowcountry.

Spring Breakers

Sharon Mosley

Turn Fashion “Don’ts” into “Dos”

Spring Breakers

Take a break this spring from all the fashion “don’ts” and turn them into the new dos. Change is in the air, and just when you thought you’d never wear “those” two colors together, you’ve got new ideas to inspire your wardrobe in a whole new way. Here are some ways to break out of that old thinking for the season ahead. Go ahead and break out of these old “don’ts.”

Women Gone Wine

It's All Pink

Wine Fest Week is Perfect for Ladies

Women Gone Wine

Anyone who’s been in the Lowcountry for a while knows there’s more to Hilton Head than great beaches and bars. Hang onto your sun hats, ladies! I’m taking you on a tour that delights the senses and satisfies that craving for some well-earned girl time.

On the Track to Adventure

Lindsay Gifford

A Coast-to-coast Experience of America’s Beauty and Heritage

On the Track to Adventure

Recently, I read an article titled, “Across the USA by Train for Just $213” and immediately did a double take; Wait, there is no way I can travel from coast-to-coast for that cheap! So my friend and I began to research blogger Derek Low’s article and found that, yes, you can travel across the US for a fairly low cost. I was instantly intrigued and felt inspired to share my newfound information with Pink readers.

Spring Fashion Forecast

Sharon Mosley

Spring Fashion Forecast

New spring fashions are popping up in stores and online, tempting us to think about sunnier days ahead. (And getting to the gym!) Here is a sneak peek at what you will want to put in your shopping carts now.

Relax and Recharge

Elizabeth Millen

at the Blue Heron Inn

Relax and Recharge

There is a place just about 90 minutes down the road that feels about as far away as you can get. It is the perfect place to relax and recharge. There is a magic that slowly seeps into your soul. This magic is an organic blend of nature, beauty and friendliness that gently beckons you to cozy up in an Adirondack chair with a front row seat to the best views any bed and breakfast on the Georgia coast has to offer.

Lives Worth Saving

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PAL's Unique Approach to Animal Rescue

Lives Worth Saving

On a chilly morning last fall, a good Samaritan found a 5-week-old kitten unable to stand or even lift her head. Vets at the Palmetto Animal League Community Clinic in Okatie could find no underlying cause for the kitten’s paralysis. Staff members fed her with an eyedropper, but she showed no signs of improvement and they feared the worst.

7 Quick Tricks to Set Yourself Up for Financial Success

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

7 Quick Tricks to Set Yourself Up for Financial Success

Dear Readers: We’re now in the third month of 2017, and do you know what that means? For a lot of us, it means our New Year’s resolutions are already a thing of the past. It isn’t that we’re not committed to positive change. It’s just that often we’re not clear about how to achieve it. Especially if resolutions are general­—sure, we all want to lose weight or save more money, but it can be hard to follow through.

How Do We Help Mom & Dad?

Lara Williams

What to Do When Roles Reverse

How Do We Help Mom & Dad?

You’re driving home, and you’re worried. You’ve just been to visit your mom for the third time this week; she seems to need more and more help each time you return. She has been pretty down since dad passed away, and hardly ever leaves the house. Her nutritional habits are a little concerning, as well. Standing to cook a full meal is just too much, so she has resorted to eating little bits of TV dinners. Two weeks ago when you visited, you intended to get her prescriptions refilled. But when you looked at the pill bottles, the medicines were hardly used at all.

How to "Undo" Your "I Do"

Tiffany Mikkelson

How to

A friend recently sent me a picture of a billboard, which showed an advertisement for a divorce lawyer with a message of: “Undo… ‘I do’… Fast…Easy…Affordable.” Unfortunately, for many, it may not be as “fast,” “easy,” or “affordable” to simply “undo” one’s marriage. The process for “I do,” which includes obtaining a marriage license and holding a ceremony to sign the marriage license, is much less involved than the process to obtain a divorce from the marriage.

When Buying a Home

Charles Sampson

Planning is Important

When Buying a Home

When buying a home, it is always best to be prepared. Write down a description of your dream home. Meet with a mortgage lender to get an idea of their procedures and for how much you will be able to borrow. Once you get serious about buying go ahead and get pre-approved! Do not make any big purchases during this time and continue to save for your down payment. It is best to put down 20 percent of the purchase price and finance 80 percent or less. This way you will not be required to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). However, there are programs where as little as 3 percent down and financing 97 percent are available.

From Oreos to Apples

Marilynn Preston

A Savvy Guide to Raising Healthy Eaters

From Oreos to Apples

Pillow fights are nothing but fun–joyful, energizing and giggle-producing. Food fights with your kids, on the other hand, are stressful, crazy-making and can result in eating disorders down the line.

The Art of Dr. Suess Exhibition

Scott Segelbaum

Coming to Savannah for a Limited Engagement

The Art of Dr. Suess Exhibition

However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page and yet, to this day, his Secret Art Collection is virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created paintings and sculpture, which he secretly stashed away at the Dr. Seuss Estate.

Jewels and Jeans

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A Very "Fund" Event

Jewels and Jeans

What “best kept secret” non-profit has a great party in early March? Their name sounds kind of “stuffy,” yet their work is making a significant difference in the education of our children in Beaufort County. They are the Foundation for Educational Excellence and they are successfully raising money to help our children learn through creative and innovative methods.

Your Best Money Year Ever

Mary Hunt

Your Best Money Year Ever

For years and years, I lived under a dark cloud of worry that I would end up financially destitute, a bag lady.

A study conducted by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America reveals that I’m not the only one. In fact, most of us have felt that way, not because we’re broke but because we don’t have confidence that we know how to hang on to our money. And that makes us timid, worried and financially insecure.