5.13 | Monday, Jan. 28, 2013
:: FEEDBACK: Good guesses all
:: SPOTLIGHT: Croghan's Jewel Box
:: BROADUS: Duck hunter
:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next
:: THE LIST: Cold-weather boating
:: QUOTE: Lifting us up
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JAN. 28, 2013 -- What's the most common answer you get when you ask someone how they've been? "Busy." Or maybe they say they've been "crazy" or "nonstop." We live in a fast-paced world that can often leads to a stressful life. Add the pressures of work, family and finances, and we are a stressed out people.
Stress isn't just hard on us mentally. It's downright unhealthy. The American Medical Association has found that stress is the cause of 80 percent to 85 percent of all illness and disease. By getting our stress levels under control, we can dramatically reduce our chances of getting a stress-related illness.
That's why I'm introducing Beam to the Charleston market. This new technology can help people reduce their stress by essentially "anti-virusing" their neurological system and getting to the root cause of chronic health problems.
Beam uses a combination of neurofeedback and low-level light therapy to analyze and reprogram the neurological root of sensitivities to your environment, food, chemicals and even emotions. Beam's technology is non-invasive, drug-free and has no negative side effects. When your nervous system is running a bunch of unnecessary programs, nerves can't operate at their optimum performance. Beam is like antivirus software for your nervous system.
A chiropractor by trade, I'll be the first to admit I was skeptical of the technology at first. But when I saw repeated positive results on patients, I was sold and knew I had to bring this revolutionary health solution to the Lowcountry.
The science might sound complicated but when you boil it down, it makes perfect sense. The body responds to stress in the environment -- whether good or bad -- all the time. Sometimes we don't even realize our body is reacting to certain triggers, but our brain creates associations between stressful events, substances, and emotions. Those associations can manifest in the form of chronic and acute reactions that we have labeled as illness and disease when in reality the body's reactions are protective responses to stressful environmental triggers.
Some 95 million Americans take medication each week to suppress the symptoms of a stress-related condition. Medication -- whether pills, shots or other treatments -- address the symptoms but not the root cause, plus they may cause side effects.
Beam's technology simply catalyzes the body's natural responses through a natural spectrum of light and your body's own biophysical reaction replaces the neurological system's perceived "threats" or negative associations with positive or neutral associations. Low-level light therapy catalyzes the release of the body's natural morphine -- a cocktail of endorphins, encephalins and serotonin.
Given the chance to re-categorize a substance as positive or neutral, the body may naturally relieve or eliminate many of its symptoms or chronic conditions, including:
Beam doesn't treat or diagnose conditions, illnesses or diseases but rather improves the overall performance of the nervous system. A patient's health improvements are the result of a healthy nervous system.
Our focus is truly on addressing the root cause of a health issue, not masking the symptoms. Beam's approach is a blend of physics and biology. It focuses on what we cannot see by addressing unseen threats facing your body so the perceived symptoms may naturally diminish and disappear.
2013 -- You'd think folks would learn.
after numerous court decisions and a civil war with more than 600,000
deaths that tore America apart.
talk of nullification of federal laws by the state South Carolina grows.
You hear it at conservative rallies. State Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg,
proposes a bill to keep Obamacare out of the Palmetto State. His GOP colleague,
Larry Grooms of Berkeley County, has a bill that seeks to exempt the state-made
guns or ammunition from any federal firearms restrictions. State Sen.
Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, proposes to nullify any presidential executive
order on the right to bear arms. Nullification is behind past attempts
to get the state to reject federal stimulus money and even to mint its
nullificationists should take a look at the Supremacy clause of the Constitution
of the United States, whose signers for its ratification included four
delegates from South Carolina: John Rutledge, Charles Pinckney, Charles
Cotesworth Pinckney and Pierce Butler," historian Jack Bass said.
VI says the Constitution is "the supreme law of the land; and the
judges in every state shall be bound thereby." Furthermore, state
legislators "shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this
other words," Bass concluded, "any legislator who openly believes
in 'nullification' should be removed from office as a violation of their
oath of office to support the U. S. Constitution. One doesn't have to
be very bright to understand this."
political theory of nullification, perfected in December 1861 when South
Carolina seceded from the union, essentially holds that states are the
final arbiters of whether federal laws apply to them. Proponents maintain
states formed the country by joining together in a compact and the U.S.
Constitution was a document for limited government that delegated some
powers to the federal government, but reserved lots of power for states.
Under nullification theory, therefore, states can "nullify"
or reject federal laws it opposes.
tried to use nullification in Pennsylvania in 1809 to nullify a federal
court decision. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the argument saying that
if states could nullify federal laws and decisions, "the Constitution
itself becomes a solemn mockery, and the nation is deprived of the means
of enforcing its laws by the instrumentality of its own tribunals."
words, nullification as a remedy would cause chaos. Some entity has to
have ultimate authority, otherwise the country and states are like a dog
continually chasing its tail on controversial issues.
John C. Calhoun, whose portrait haughtily stares over the state Senate
chamber today in Columbia, perfected the nullification argument in what
led to the Nullification Crisis in the early 1830s. At issue was a tariff
that favored Northern businesses. South Carolina voted to nullify it and
President Andrew Jackson threatened to send troops. A compromise was reached,
but nullification became a major argument for years in the Southern fight
to keep slavery.
reared its ugly head the civil rights debate in the 1950s and 1960s. And
now it's back again because of a partisan, political environment that's
more charged than in a long time.
current support for nullification seems to be a convergence of two Republican
efforts for the past three decades: support for states' rights and appointment
of conservative judges to the federal bench," said constitutional
law professor John Simpkins, a fellow at the Charleston School of Law.
"Nullification has been around since the days of Thomas Jefferson
and the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions. Each were rejected in their
time and the idea has suffered serial defeat subsequently, from John C.
Calhoun to George Wallace."
attempts to force courts to deal again with nullification, Simpkins suggested,
may be a way to try to get a favorable ruling so the current more conservative
U.S. Supreme Court can revisit the issue.
all of this nullification nonsense is a big waste of time. As a state,
we've got better things to do. As much as it may pain nullifiers, our
country got its start as an experiment in direct democracy, not as a put-up
job by states to keep control.
Evidence? The first three words of the U.S. Constitution: "We the people."
We had several great guesses from readers about the odd picture in last week's Broadus section (see right).
That guess, by Jennifer Bozard, was closest. One Facebook, Jennifer Howard of Summerville guessed completely accurately: The photo actually is the underside of a sweet juvenile pit bull. She's named "Sammy." Thanks for wondering!
public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston
Currents to you at no cost. Today we shine our spotlight on a Charleston
institution for more than 100 years: Croghan's Jewel Box at 308
King Street. Founded in an 18th century Charleston single house, it's
the oldest family-owned jewelry store in town. Croghan's Jewel Box offers
a treasure trove of exciting and unique inventory for Lowcountry shoppers
-- from estate and antique finds to gifts for every occasion.
Stop by soon -- it's almost Valentine's Day! To learn more about Croghan's and its outstanding jewelry offerings, visit online at: www.Croghansjewelbox.com or phone 843.723.3594.
Two conferences taken from national models will debut in Charleston later this spring.
Both of these events are meant to showcase how using our creative and technological sides, on top of networking across multiple areas, can help us grow our world here in Charleston. We hope you'll consider participating!
In other coming events:
Peterson offers new groundbreaking book on learning
of Charleston Senior Education Fellow Terry Peterson, a longtime advocate
for struggling students, will celebrate Feb. 5 the release of his new
book, "Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of
Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success." The event,
scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington,
D.C., will include an author discussion with a number of national education
and community leaders, a book signing and live webinar.
who served as chief education adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Dick
Riley, is the executive editor of the groundbreaking compendium, which
is the result of more than two years of work and includes stories and
research from top researchers, education leaders and local community,
civic and business leaders.
"I have seen firsthand that quality afterschool and summer programs work, and programs all over the country are making a positive difference for student success," says Peterson, senior education fellow at the College's School of Education, Health, and Human Performance and Director of the Afterschool Community Learning Network.
in Charleston, WINGS is providing opportunities for struggling students
in several elementary schools to grow socially, emotionally and academically.
In Rhode Island, potential high school dropouts are earning legitimate
credits toward graduation by doing projects in their community. In Dallas,
thousands of students who were failing during the school year were promoted
to the next grade by completing engaging afterschool and summer learning
programs that integrate the arts and music into the basics."
said he hoped the book would convince local, state and national decision-makers
to invest in afterschool and summer programs and make them more readily
available in communities with struggling children and youths. He said
the book also would serve as a valuable resource to help program leaders
expand and improve the work they are already doing with students.
VITA partner to provide free tax help
Industries of Lower South Carolina is partnering with VITA (Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance) to provide free tax help to low- and moderate-income
people who need help preparing tax returns.
free tax assistance is available at Goodwill's Community Service Center
(2150 Eagle Drive, North Charleston) by appointment only to individuals
with an income of $49,000 and below. Individuals who qualify can schedule
an appointment by calling 843-566-0072. Individuals are asked to bring
last year's return and complete information for 2012.
receive IRS training and are certified to help prepare basic tax returns.
Volunteers may help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit,
Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly or Disabled.
your canine be the next Top Dog?
know a special pooch who loves the county dog parks and possesses true
star quality? The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC)
is searching for its next Top Dog mascot!
canine will be the official mascot of CCPRC dog parks and pet events for
2013. If you know a dog that has what it takes to be the leader of our
pack, we encourage you to enter the Top Dog contest, beginning Feb. 1.
Top Dog ambassador will serve one year as the "spokesdog" for
CCPRC, representing CCPRC in promotional opportunities at select county
park events, photo opportunities and more. Entries will be accepted online
Feb. 1 - 15, 2013 at www.ccprc.com/topdog.
To be eligible for consideration, a dog must:
Voting for the 2013 Top Dog will be open to the public from Feb. 16 - 27.
contest seeks photos that define rural South Carolina
annual Amateur Rural Summit Photography Contest is seeking just the right
photo that captures the essence of rural life in the Palmetto State.
by the Small Business and Rural Development Division of the S.C. Department
of Commerce, the Rural Summit Photography Contest is part of the annual
South Carolina Rural Summit conference, which will be held in Aiken on
March 4, 2013.
is open to the public, and entries should reflect the unique features
of rural life in the Palmetto State. Fifteen finalist photos will be chosen
by S.C. Department of Commerce staff and displayed at the Rural Summit.
Attendees of the Rural Summit will vote. The winning photo will be announced
at the end of the program on March 4.
Deadline for entries is February 15. Photographs must be original work of the applicant and feature rural South Carolina subject matter.
Founded in 1865, the Avery Normal Institute was the first accredited secondary school for African Americans in Charleston. The school, established by the New York-based American Missionary Association (AMA), was initially named in honor of New York abolitionist Lewis Tappan. Renamed Saxton after Union general Rufus B. Saxton, an assistant commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau, the school was temporarily located in several buildings confiscated by the federal government. It was staffed with northern white missionaries and members of Charleston's antebellum free black community, such as the Cardozo brothers, Thomas and Francis. Thomas W. Cardozo was the school's first principal (1865-1866), and Francis was the second (1866-1868).
Francis Cardozo campaigned to construct a permanent building. He persuaded the AMA's traveling secretary, E. P. Smith, to seek $10,000 from the estate of the late Reverend Charles Avery of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With additional aid from the Freedmen's Bureau, the new school building, renamed Avery, was finished in 1868. Cardozo expanded the school's mission beyond primary and secondary education to include teacher training. Prohibited from teaching in all but one of Charleston's black public schools, many graduates taught in one-room schoolhouses all over South Carolina, especially in the Lowcountry. Graduates excelled as educators. Subsequent principals, such as Morrison A. Holmes, continued the school's tradition of high standards.
Principal Benjamin Cox (1915-1936) and his wife, Jeanette Keeble Cox, revitalized Avery. Cox was the first black principal since Cardozo. In 1917 Avery became a bulwark for the establishment of the city's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Its first president was Edwin Harleston (Avery, 1900), a noted artist. Principals Frank DeCosta (Avery, 1927) and L. Howard Bennett (Avery, 1931) moved the school in a more progressive direction.
Principal John F. Potts presided over Avery's transition to a public school in 1947. Coinciding with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the county school board closed Avery in 1954, citing financial reasons. Avery students and teachers had long been active in the state's civil rights movement and continued to be so even after the school was closed. Avery activists included Septima Clark, J. Andrew Simmons, John McCray, John H. Wrighten, Jr., Arthur J. Clement, Jr., and J. Arthur Brown.
also became leaders in preserving the Lowcountry's African American heritage.
In 1978 the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture was established
to save and renovate the original Avery school building at 125 Bull Street
as a repository of African American history and culture. With Lucille
S. Whipper (Avery, 1944) as its first president, the organization joined
the College of Charleston to found the Avery
Research Center for African American History and Culture. On October
6, 1990, the grand opening of the renovated building took place.
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Tips for cold
weather boating safety
The U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary urges boaters to use extra caution before heading out onto the
water during cold months. Not only is it important to wear the right clothing
and a life jacket, but water enthusiasts should consider the following
safety tips too:
If we want to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., its time for us to learn to get into trouble. We need to make some noise. We need to speak out.
IN THE WEEK AHEAD
(NEW) Lincoln speech: 6 p.m., Jan. 31, Building 410/Room 212-216, Trident Technical College, North Charleston. Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Foner of Columbia University will speak at a free event on his book, "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery."
(NEW) Black History Month activities: There are a bunch of events going on throughout the community to honor Black History Month. These may be of interest:
The Secret Garden: Through Feb. 3, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston. Charleston Stage will perform Frances Hodson Burnett's classic children's story in an original adaptation. Tickets are $22.50. More.
CONTINUING AND IN THE WEEKS AHEAD
Arts advocacy: 11:30 a.m., Feb. 5, Statehouse, Columbia. Arts advocates are invited to rally at the Statehouse lobby to celebrate and support the arts in South Carolina. More.
Snow White: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Feb. 9, and 2 p.m., Feb. 10, Sotille Theatre, George Street, Charleston. The Charleston Ballet Theatre will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Disney classic, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," with special children's performances by professional dancers and students. More.
(NEW) Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition: Feb. 15-17, downtown Charleston. Thousands of wildlife enthusiasts will invade Charleston for the 31st annual wildlife art and sporting life event to view live-animal shows, art and more. Preview here. More info at www.sewe.com.
African American Heritage Day: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 22, Wannamaker county Park, North Charleston. You can celebrate the traditions and history of African Americans in this day-long event that will feature demonstrations, reenactments, performances, Gullah storytelling and hands-on experiences. More.
(NEW) Bach Festival of Charleston: March 1 to 3, First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston. The third biennial event offers a Baroque vocal chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. March 1, an organ concertini by candlelight the following night at the same time, and a performance of "Soli Deo Gloria" at 4 p.m. March 3. Free. More info.
Views of the Coast: Through March 3, City Gallery, Waterfront Park. The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs will offer a show of works by macro-photographer David Batchelder and aerial photographer Yve Assad that was curated by Charles Wyrick. More.
Hunt & Habit:
Through April 21, Charleston Museum, Meeting Street. The museum
will present an original exhibition of women's and men's riding habits,
hats and accessories from the 19th and early 20th century. More
Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.
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