Your daily sweep around the Lowcountry
Prentiss Findlay writes in the Post and Courier that mats of smelly seaweed washed up on Charleston-area beaches for the Fourth of July.
I think we're going to have to resort to a VIRTUAL beach experience. We're already hermetically sealed in condominiuns that could easily be in Manhattan. We're already going to chain restaurants, just like back home. We're already eating shrimp imported from Asia.
But with the new flat-screen, High Definition televisions and Surround Sound, there's no longer any need to do something so pedestrian as Go Outside. We can bring the best of the beach Inside.
There's no real need to get our feet sandy on the beach - much less put up with smelly seaweed or dead marsh grass.
Life's too short.
Already there are fewer places to rake for clams, fewer yet where it's safe to take the little ones crabbing with a cotton cord and a chicken neck and a net to scoop up the crabs. A lot of shellfish beds are permanently closed, and more on their way. Each year more homes tumble into the sea.
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Esaw Bowman Jr., 53, has had to have both legs amputated.
But Murdaugh tells us:
Bowman won't let his disability keep him from growing a large garden, which completely surrounds his front yard.
"I don't have a front yard, I have a garden," Bowman said in laughter. "I don't let my disability get me down."