The Modern Misanthrope

WHEN WE HAVE CEASED TO LOVE THE STENCH OF THE HUMAN ANIMAL, EITHER IN OTHERS OR IN OURSELVES, THEN WE ARE CONDEMNED TO MISERY, AND CLEAR THINKING CAN BEGIN

The lives of Benjamin E. Mays and M.L.K. at the crossroads of American history presented in an Atlanta performance of “Only Just A Moment,” a powerful stage production.


Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 26, 2014

One of the most dynamic leaders of the American Civil Rights Era comes face to face with his own legacy, and that of his beloved prot

House Passes New Bill Supporting CSU-Global’s Approach to Student Choice


Greenwood Village, CO (PRWEB) July 25, 2014

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSUGlobal.edu) is pleased to announce the passing of a new bill that allows institutions to test new educational options and opportunities based on a students demonstrated knowledge and skills instead of time spent in the classroom. The bill, sponsored by Arizona Representative Matt Salmon and Colorado Representative Jared Polis, aims to increase access and affordability in higher education through competency-based education programs like the ones offered at CSU-Global.

I am thrilled that the House of Representatives recognized the promise of competency-based education in Colorado and across the country by overwhelmingly passing this bipartisan bill, said Representative Polis. This legislation will allow colleges and universities like CSU-Global to continue to lead the way in attracting, educating, and graduating adult learners and other contemporary students. I urge the Senate to bring this bipartisan legislation to the floor for a vote, so that CSU-Global and other high-quality colleges and universities can have the regulatory flexibility to meet their students unique needs.

As a longstanding leader in academic innovation, CSU-Global already offers alternative credit options, including competency-based exams, which meet the rigorous academic standards required of a state university. These options help students to manage out-of-pocket expenses and reduce the overall cost of their education, while rewarding them for their demonstration of knowledge. This bill allows CSU-Global to expand upon these opportunities, while also opening them up to potential coverage by federal financial aid.

This bill is a significant step forward in providing students with new opportunities to demonstrate their learning and complete their degrees within frameworks approved by the Department of Education, said Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, President of Colorado State University-Global Campus. As a state university that champions nontraditional student success, flexibility, and affordability, we are pleased to see that Congress has essentially voted to support higher education innovation.

Students interested in learning more about Colorado State University-Global Campus 100 percent online bachelors degree and masters degree programs should visit CSUGlobal.edu, call 1-800-920-6723, or email Admissions(at)CSUGlobal(dot)edu. Classes start every four weeks.

About Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) was created by the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2007 as the first 100 percent online state university in the United States. CSU-Global is focused on facilitating adult success in a global marketplace through career-relevant education including bachelors degree completion and masters degree programs. Embracing the land grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU-Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty trained in working with adults in an online learning environment, and through its dedication to student retention, graduation and workplace success. Visit CSUGlobal.edu or call 1-800-920-6723 for more information.







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HealthcareSource Acquires Nursing Continuing Education Courses from Bluedrop Learning Networks

(PRWEB) July 23, 2014

HealthcareSource, the leading provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the acquisition of 142 custom developed, continuing nursing education (CNE) approved courses from Bluedrop Learning Networks, a global leader in eLearning solutions. Terms of the acquisition also allow Bluedrop Learning Networks to resell HealthcareSource proprietary content internationally through its distribution channels.

The addition of these courses to the HealthcareSource eLearning Library℠ expands the HealthcareSource-owned library of CNEs to more than 200 courses, which are in addition to the several hundred other healthcare compliance and clinical education modules HealthcareSource owns. Through the addition of these 142 courses, the eLearning Library offers more than 2,800 hours of pre-approved continuing education hours.

“The timing of this sale is advantageous for both HealthcareSource and Bluedrop Learning Networks,” said Emad Rizkalla, founder and CEO of Bluedrop Learning Networks. “As HealthcareSource is investing in deepening and expanding its eLearning Library, Bluedrop Learning Networks has decided to focus on other core business lines. The reseller agreement allows us to leverage the value of the HealthcareSource brand to provide an expanded library of content to international markets.”

The eLearning courses included in the acquisition integrate medical and technical information with practical situations, stories from real world clinical experiences and the use of medical animations, interactivities, and 3D graphics. They cover a wide variety of high-demand and popular nursing-specific topics and include the most complete library for nursing leadership development available in the market.

“We are pleased to expand our CNE offerings to more than 200 courses and add additional eLearning content in the nursing specialty categories of leadership, emergency nursing, critical care, neurology, and obstetric-neonatal,” said Michelle Leavitt, Director of Courseware and Product Strategy at HealthcareSource. “Additionally, the reseller agreement enables Bluedrop Learning Networks to market and sell our newly-expanded CNE offering through international channels.”

The eLearning Library, a part of the HealthcareSource Quality Talent Suite℠, contains more than 4,000 courses in clinical and non-clinical compliance, coding and reimbursement, continuing education, clinical reference, and other areas. In addition, the eLearning Library has partnerships with industry-leading organizations to provide users with access to award-winning, world-class, online education.

About HealthcareSource

With more than 2,300 healthcare clients, HealthcareSource is the leading provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry. The HealthcareSource Quality Talent Suite℠ helps healthcare organizations recruit, develop, and retain the best workforce possible in order to improve the patient and resident experience. The company’s cloud-based talent management solutions include applicant tracking, behavioral assessments, reference checking, employee performance, compensation, competency and learning management, and eLearning courseware. A private company focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, HealthcareSource consistently earns high marks for client satisfaction and retention. KLAS Research recently named HealthcareSource a category leader for Talent Management for the third consecutive year, in addition to recognition in Healthcare Informatics 100, Modern Healthcare’s “Healthcare’s Hottest,” Inc. 500|5000, Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and Becker’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” list. To learn more about HealthcareSource visit: http://www.healthcaresource.com.

About Bluedrop

Bluedrop Performance Learning (TSX-V: BPL) is an innovator in workplace training for individuals, corporations, military personnel and the public sector. Bluedrop recently created Bluedrop Learning Networks to offer simple, scalable training delivery. Launched in 2004, with five offices and more than 175 employees, Bluedrop is transforming the workplace by designing, developing and delivering practical, actionable and affordable training content that improves individual and overall performance of organizations. For more information, visit http://www.bluedrop.com.







University of Delawares Austin Longacre Named Sea Colony Tennis Summer Acting Head Pro

Sea Colony, Bethany Beach, DE (PRWEB) July 21, 2014

Austin Longacre, the University of Delawares all-time career singles win leader upon his graduation, joins the Sea Colony Tennis Center as Acting Head Pro for the 2014 summer season.

In addition to teaching private lessons and adult and junior clinics, Longacre will lead this summers sold-out Nike Junior Camps and the Nike Tournament Training Camp. No stranger to Sea Colony, Longacre spent summer vacations working as a seasonal pro for the seaside resorts nationally and globally recognized tennis program.

A four-year letterman, Longacre ended his playing tenure with a record of 70-38 the most solo career wins in the schools history. He also posted a doubles record of 56-41. Longacre is among the most decorated players in UD mens tennis history.

I am excited to focus on juniors this summer, Tennis Director Thomas Johnston said. I am delighted to have Austin join our summer program as head pro. He understands how to work with young people and is able to challenge them to achieve new heights.

After graduation, the Landenberg, PA native attended Palm Beach Atlantic University, earning a masters degree in business administration, before joining the Blue Hens staff as an associate coach. He currently lives in Lewes, Del.

For information on everything tennis at Sea Colony, visit SeaColonyTennis.net and follow Sea Colony on Facebook at Facebook.com/SeaColonyTennis.

About Sea Colony

Sea Colony Tennis offers a wide range of camps, clinics and private instruction to tennis players of all ages and skill levels. Its facility features 34 tennis courts, including six indoor, 14 outdoor hard court and 14 Har-Tru clay; and an experienced, talented group of teaching professionals.

Selected as a 2012 USTA Outstanding Facility of the Year, Sea Colony has earned additional national and global honors, including being named a 2014 Top 50 resort and the No. 12 tennis camp in the world, by TennisResortsOnline.com, an online publication whose annual rankings are determined by tennis players. Sea Colony was also listed among Tennis magazines Top 50 American Resorts in 2012, including No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Known as The Premier Family Beach & Tennis Resort Community, Sea Colony consists of more than 2,200 homes and, in addition to world class tennis, features a wide array of amenities including a private beach, 12 pools (two indoor, plus 7 more for the kids), fitness centers, activities for all ages, in-season community shuttle and year-round security. The Sea Colony Recreational Association, which is responsible for the maintenance and promotion of the communitys amenities and common areas, is professionally managed by ResortQuest Delaware.







Nick Pinchuk, CEO & Chairman of Snap-on Inc., to Keynote Elliott Masies Learning 2014


Saratoga Springs, NY (PRWEB) July 18, 2014

Nick Pinchuk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Snap-on Incorporated, will join Elliott Masie on stage at Learning 2014, which takes place October 26-29 in Orlando, Florida.

As a CEO, he is a leading advocate of the role of skills for employees, customers and the future workforce. He is also the Chair of Skills for Americas Future Advisory Board.

Mr. Pinchuk was named president and chief operating officer in April 2007, when he was also appointed to Snap-ons board. He was elected chief executive officer in December 2007 and subsequently chairman in April 2009. He joined Snap-on in 2002 as senior vice president and president of Snap-ons Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group.

Before Snap-on, Mr. Pinchuk was president, global refrigeration operations, a multi-billion dollar business unit of Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Prior to that, he served in executive, operational, planning and financial capacities within Carrier and United Technologies, including: president, Asia-Pacific air conditioning operations; global vice president, strategic planning; and chief financial officer, Carrier International Corporation. Before joining United Technologies, he was with the Ford Motor Company, where he held various financial and engineering positions. He also served in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army.

Mr. Pinchuk received an M.B.A. from Harvard, and Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He currently serves on the board of directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation; on the Senior Advisory Board, Syracuse University School of Management; on the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers; on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation; on the Board of Trustees of Carthage College; and Chair for Skills for Americas Future Advisory Board.

Learning 2014 Keynote Speakers will include:

Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABCs Good Morning America, sharing her experiences as a journalist and anchor covering breaking news events, interviews with world leaders and her courageous and public battle with breast cancer and a bone marrow transplant.
Chef Bobby Flay, providing us with a real-time demonstration and conversation about the connection between Cooking and Learning. Bobby will create a cool dish in our Learning 2014 Kitchen and share his experiences about design and learning.
Sir Ken Robinson, one of the most viewed TED Speakers, will lead a one-hour discussion with Elliott Masie and Learning 2014 participants on The Learning Revolution and how it will impact the workplace and workforce.
In addition, Learning 2014 will be loaded with hundreds of high engagement activities and conversations focused on the ever-changing world of learning.

Early Registration Discounts and Group Discounts now available. Registration is available online at http://www.learning2014.com.

Learning 2014 will be held in Orlando, Florida from October 26 to 29, 2014.

Learning 2014 is produced by The Learning CONSORTIUM, a collaborative of 230 global corporations, focused on improving workplace learning and training. Hosted and curated by Elliott Masie, Learning 2014 brings together several thousand learning professionals as they focus on the changing nature of workplace education and development. In previous years, keynote speakers have included General Colin Powell, President Bill Clinton, Author Susan Cain, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Athlete Apolo Ohno, Actor John Lithgow, Captain Sully Sullenberger and business authors Marshall Goldsmith, Ken Blanchard and Tom Peters.

Content and online registration at http://www.learning2014.com







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New Data on Lone Survivor Foundations Retreat Program Show Significantly Reduced PTSD Effects for Post 9/11 Service Members, Veterans and Their Families


Houston, Texas (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

For too many post 9/11 active duty military, veterans and the people they love, the effects of trauma can tear apart their lives, marriages and families.

The long-term grind of Operations New Dawn, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom has exacted a profound emotional and physical toll that has strained both our service members resilience and the capacity and effectiveness of the systems that serve them.

And the reality is that many service people perceive traditional, office-based talk therapy as ineffective, or worse, stigmatizing. This kind of treatment no matter how skillful or well-intentioned the clinical practitioner can feel passive and collide head-on with the culture and values of military people.

The big challenge is to provide measurably effective treatment for the one-out-of-every-five veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress as they transition to life back home. To increase the likelihood that this treatment is, in fact, measurably effective, it must be engaging, hands-on and emotionally safe. It should not stigmatize or marginalize. And it must connect in a genuine way with the culture and mindset of the people its designed to help heal.

After losing three buddies and nearly his life in Afghanistan on June 27, 2005, Hospital Corpsman First Class Marcus Luttrell returned home to the solitude and support of his Texas ranch to heal, with a Purple Heart, a Navy Cross and a deep understanding of what it means to be a lone survivor.

He turned his story into the 2007 New York Times number one bestseller: Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Red Wings and Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 a book that would go on to become the 2013 hit film Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg.

The Lone Survivor Retreat: Bringing together two innovative and proven treatments

The healing power of horses

Marcus set up the Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010 to offer his fellow survivors and their families the opportunity for a healing experience similar to his own at his ranch.

It was this ranch experience that taught Marcus the healing value of being with horses in a peaceful setting.

To turn Marcus vision into an effective program, Denise Grant, Lone Survivors military-experienced mental health professional and program manager, brought together key components she knew would work synergistically to achieve the strongest results during a retreat. Her combination of psycho-education, injury insight, practical coping skills and rapid traumatic stress reduction has become the Lone Survivor retreat model.

It has been the combination of these learning and growth techniques, under the guidance of professionals with a keen understanding of the ways trauma and military culture intersect, thats created success.

With equine-assisted therapy as a core element of the program, Grant chose The EAGALA Model, with which she had strong professional familiarity as the most effective vehicle for imparting practical life lessons during the retreat. The EAGALA Model of equine assisted personal development is an exclusive treatment protocol offered by the 4,200-member Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.

According to Grant: I knew the power of The EAGALA Model would be the right approach to help put our retreat participants on the right path for change.

In The EAGALA Model, the client works on the ground face-to-face with the horses in the stable under the direction of the treatment team. The horses serve as powerful living metaphors and stand-ins for the people, issues and challenges in their lives, or the lives of the couple, family or military unit.

Horses can help people understand themselves more deeply. They have a special capacity to read and respond to peoples non-verbal signals and cues. If the client is anxious or angry, horses can sense it and react. They are non-judgmental and offer an unfiltered, non-threatening reflection of the clients inner emotional state. They offer this without stigma or shame. And thats why the hands-on, fully engaging work made possible by equine assisted psychotherapy and The EAGALA Model leads to powerful emotional breakthroughs and life-changing insights.

EAGALA is the only association of equine-assisted psychotherapists and trainers that requires a licensed, credentialed mental health practitioner and a certified equine specialist to collaboratively lead the treatment at all times. It is also the only association of its kind with its own special Military Services Designation, which adds additional military-grounded experience and training requirements, beyond the standard EAGALA credentialing, for members who want to work primarily with military clients.

The healing experience for military personnel, veterans and their families in a corral or stable is deliberately very different from anything they would experience in a traditional treatment setting, assuming they would even put themselves in a traditional setting. And its this essential difference this safe harbor that makes the program uniquely effective.

and rewriting the trauma script.

The other key component of the three-day Lone Survivor retreats is a series of daily, one-on-one sessions designed to help participants reimagine their traumatic experiences, remove the toxic power of these experiences, and replace the traumatic mental images with more positive images using an evidence-based, professionally-reviewed technique known as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).

Accelerated Resolution Therapy utilizes all four fundamental components narrative, imaginal exposure, cognitive restructuring and stress reduction recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as necessary for treating major (Criterion A) trauma. ART is well-studied with outcomes published in five publications, including twice in the prestigious journal Military Medicine.

During these sessions with a trained therapist, the client first imagines the traumatic events and experiences that haunt her or him, much like viewing an internal film. As this happens, the therapist tracks the physical changes sweating, rapid breathing, etc. that emerge as the traumatic experience is relived, and utilizes bilateral eye movement exercises and deep relaxation techniques to reduce their power. The client is then guided to replace the original traumatizing images with positive images and sensations in a process called voluntary image replacement.

Over time, ART displaces the power of the traumatic event by neurologically reprogramming the experience in the clients brain and replacing the imagery with better scenarios. This reimagining process means that the power of the event to continue to traumatize diminishes over time due to the creation of a new neurological script, without any loss of the ability to recall the actual facts of the trauma, in case recall is necessary.

Treatment Outcomes Can Literally Be a Matter of Life and Death

The retreats have, in the words of the military clients and their families, been an unequivocally moving experience. But the larger questions are: Have they reduced the effects of trauma and helped participants better understand how trauma plays out in their lives? And, have they put people on a long-term healing path?

In a word, yes.

The US Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs use a testing instrument known as the PCL-M (the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist [Military]) to determine the degree to which active duty personnel and veterans are suffering from posttraumatic stress and the ways that stress emerges as symptoms. This 17-question evaluation is considered a critical benchmark for determining if a warrior is suffering the effects of trauma and how those effects are making themselves felt in his or her

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Kelly Evans Launches Caring Transitions of St. Petersburg


St. Pete, FL (PRWEB) July 09, 2014

For the last 20 years, single mom Kelly Evans has worked to support and raise her two children. Now that her children are grown, Evans wanted an encore career that would fulfill her on a different level. Thats why she recently decided to launch Caring Transitions of St. Petersburg.

Caring Transitions is Americas largest resource specializing in managing senior relocations, downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site or online estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market. Caring Transitions of St. Petersburg serves St. Petersburg, Largo, Seminole, Pinellas Park, Clearwater, Tierra Verde, Pinellas County and the surrounding areas.

The idea to franchise with Caring Transitions began to shape when Evans was caring for her mother.

A couple of years ago, I was working and taking care of my aging mother. Many of my corporate colleagues were doing the same juggling careers, aging parents, and growing children. Many of us were spending our vacation time addressing the needs of our parents because we did not have adequate resources to support us. When I decided to leave my corporate job, I researched opportunities to help sandwich generation members like me, and I found Caring Transitions, Evans said.

It seemed like a great fit for my marketing and project management background as well as my desire to serve seniors and their families with the kindness and respect they deserve, she added.

Prior to opening Caring Transitions, Evans worked in telecommunications in a variety of capacities including sales and marketing, product management and project management. Most recently she led an international team of implementation managers focused on implementing new and complex solutions for major wireless carriers globally. Evans has a BA in Math and Economics from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Evans also is working to become a Certified Appraiser.

Each Caring Transitions franchisee is a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist, a designation bestowed by an independent organization that evaluates providers of senior relocation services. They are trained, bonded and insured. This new franchise will bring several new jobs to the area as the business grows.

We are a professional company dedicated to managing senior moves and specializing in estate sales. We have a variety of people who do estate sales as a hobby or as a favor to their neighbors or clients, but this is what we do. We handle all of the stuff so our clients can focus on whats important family, Evans said. And when you work with us, youll know that you wont be surprised by any hidden fees or hassles. We love what we do and our goal is to get the most value for our customers.

Moving and running estate sales including online estate sales is what we specialize in, she added.

Founded in 2006, Caring Transitions has been a trusted and highly respected national company leading the way in senior relocation, household liquidations and estate sale management in more than 130 locations across the United States. Caring Transitions is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Associations Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

For information on how Caring Transitions of St. Petersburg can serve you and your family, call 727-202-4548, email KellyEvans(at)CaringTransitions(dot)net or visit http://www.EstateMoveStPeteSo.com.

About Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions, founded in 2006, is the first national franchising concept specializing in Senior Relocation and Transition Services. With locations throughout North America, Caring Transitions provides clients with expert advice plus a well-executed transition plan beginning with the initial sorting of personal belongings through packing, shipping and selling of items to the final clearing and cleaning of the property. For more information, visit http://www.caringtransitions.com.







American School to Attend AFHE Convention


Lansing, IL (PRWEB) July 08, 2014

The American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the AFHE Arizona Home Education Convention to be held July 11 and 12 in the South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center.

Those attending the convention are invited to visit the American Schools booth from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days to learn more about the American School and the educational services it provides to students and schools.

The American School has been a leader in distance education since 1897 and has helped more than three million students across the country and around the world earn their accredited high school diplomas. Students wishing to earn the American Schools diploma choose either General High School Program or College Preparatory Program, both of which contain 18 units of credit. A full, four-year diploma program costs $ 2100 and includes paper-based and/or online courses, all study materials, and access to the password-protected Online Student Center, where students and parents can view grades, access help sheets and homework web sites, and contact American School instructors and staff members.

The American School also offers individual courses to students with an existing homeschool curriculum and to students who attend brick and mortar high schools. The latter group takes individual courses through the Independent Study Program, which thousands of schools use each year to help their students graduate on time. Individual courses typically cost between $ 150 and $ 300, and students who take individual courses receive the same Online Student Center benefits as those students who are working toward their American School diploma.

The American School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), Ai (Accreditation International) and NCPSA (the National Council for Private School Accreditation) and is recognized by the State of Illinois as a non-public high school.

For more information, call 866-260-7221 or visit http://www.americanschool.org.







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America’s Happiest Seaside Town Set to Host 59th Annual Beaufort Water Festival in Coastal South Carolina


Beaufort, South Carolina (PRWEB) July 11, 2014

Historic Beaufort, South Carolina, named Happiest Seaside Town by Coastal Living magazine, occupies Port Royal Island on the Atlantic coast. For the 59th year, hundreds of resident volunteers in this hospitable South Carolina Coastal community will put on a joyous, two-week celebration known as the Water Festival in locations throughout Beaufort. Opening festivities start off with a bang, featuring the Parris Island Marine Band and early evening fireworks at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, 1010 Bay Street, just 10 minutes from Coosaw Point, Real Estate Scorecards 2013 Happiest Community of the Year.

The Festival runs from July 12-27, with the Festival Arts & Crafts Market open daily at the Promenade at Waterfront Park. Considered by many to be one of the best small southern towns, its no wonder Beaufort South Carolina is so happy with days and nights of music, food, art, tournaments, boating events and plenty of family friendly fun! Here is the upcoming schedule for the Happiest Seaside Towns Water Festival, 2014:

July 12 and 13 (Saturday & Sunday)

Sailing Regatta: Sailors can register July 12th, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Spectators are welcome at the Club for the event.

July 18 (Friday) Official Opening Day

Festival Arts & Craft Market, open from noon to 7:00 p.m. at the Promenade at the Waterfront Park. Water Festival Opening Ceremony gates open at 6:00 p.m., ceremony at 7:00. Take the Shuttle Service from Beaufort County Government Center, or walk from several downtown Beaufort hotels.

July 19 (Saturday) Something for EVERYBODY!

Raft Race along the Waterfront Park sea wall from 8:00 to11:00 a.m. Applications and entry fees ($ 185 Commercial, $ 145 Military or Non-profit) for 11-person teams due by July 5.

Bocce Tournament from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Waterfront Park. Register as a two-person team ($ 40 entry fee) by July 11.

Badminton Tournament at Waterfront Park, 9:00 a.m. Registration is limited to the first 20 entries. The $ 30 entry fee needs to be in by July 11.

Croquet Tournament (Golf Croquet) at Dataw Island Croquet Lawns at 9:00 a.m. Individual players can register for one tournament ($ 25) or two rounds ($ 35) by July 11.

Childrens Toad Fishing Tournament for kids 12 and under from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Bring a rod & reel and tackle. Bait provided.

Sponsors Expo from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Waterfront Park Pavilion. Visit the folks who are giving generously to keep this wonderful tradition going year after year.

Coastal Education Expo, an exhibition open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Contemplative Garden.

Air Show from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Waterfront Park. The River will be closed during this time. Dont miss this crowd pleaser of a show featuring feats of aerial daring and finesse!

Shrimp Boat Tours, from noon to 4:00 pm at Waterfront Park.

Concert in the Park at Waterfront Park. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the Davisson Brothers Band opens the show at 8:00, followed by headliner Craig Morgan. The perfect end to a perfect day. Admission is $ 25.

Croquet Tournament (Golf Croquet) at 9:00 a.m. at Dataw Island Croquet Lawns. Registration and entry fees due by July 11.

River Rally from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Local Waters

Shrimp Boat Tours from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Waterfront Park.

Childrens Day! Bring the kiddies to this event packed with games, activities, bounce houses, shows, and prizes from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Waterfront Park.

Teen Dance sponsored by John 3:16 Project, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Waterfront Park for ages 13-17 (ID required). Entertainment by D.J. Donna; admission is $ 15 and gates open 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

July 20 (Monday)

Motown Monday, entertainment by Deas-Guyz at Waterfront Park, $ 10 admission. Gates open at 7:00, show starts at 8:00 p.m.

July 22 (Tuesday)

Salsa Tuesday, entertainment by Son Del Coqui at Waterfront Park. Admission is $ 10, free for Active Duty Military with valid Military I.D. Gates open at 7:00, show starts at 8:00 p.m.

July 23 (Wednesday)

Croquet Tournament (9 Wicket) at 9:00 a.m. in Waterfront Park. Individual players can register for one tournament ($ 25) or two rounds ($ 35) by July 11.

Talent Show hosted by the Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority at 7:00 p.m. in Waterfront Park (gates open at 6:00 p.m.).Admission is $ 10 or there is no charge if attendees sport the Official 2014 59th Annual Water Festival t-shirt!

July 24 (Thursday)

Croquet Tournament (9 Wicket) at 9:00 a.m. in Waterfront Park. Register for one tournament ($ 25) or two rounds ($ 35) by July 11.

Lowcountry Supper supper is served from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park with musical entertainment to boot! The Blue Dots featuring The Whistlers open, followed by On the Border. Admission is $ 15.

July 25 (Friday)

Bed Race, check in at the Corner of Bay Street & Harrington Street at 4:30 p.m. for a 5:00 p.m. start time. Dont miss the fun and hilarity! The entry fee is $ 25.00 per team, with same-day registration based on space availability.

River Dance at Waterfront Park. Gates will open at 7:00 p.m. for those 18 and older with valid ID. Admission is $ 15 and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Enjoy the music of country singer-songwriter Eric Paslay, with opening entertainment by The Phoenix Drive Band and Marjory Lee.

July 26 (Friday)

DragonBoat Race Day 2014; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring the whole family to cheer on 36 teams in three heats competing in colorful Dragonboat races on the Beaufort waterfront, as they raise funds to benefit DragonBoat Beauforts outreach programs for cancer-survivor support, grants, and counseling.

Water Festival Grand Parade, organized by The Beaufort Lions Club, meanders through Downtown Beaufort from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Because who doesnt love a parade?

Non Profit Expo from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Waterfront Park Pavilion.

The Commodores Ball at Waterfront Park. Entertainment by the North Tower Band; gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $ 10.

July 27 (Sunday)

Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats, sponsored by the Past Commodores of the Water Festival. From beautiful to whimsical to (dare we say it) tacky, the decorated flotilla signals the close of another wonderful Water Festival. Boats must be registered to be in the running for prizes. Come wave to the boaters and cheer for your favorites from noon to 2:00 p.m. along the Beaufort River in front of Waterfront Park.

The Sea Islands on the south coast of South Carolina can seem like a step back in time romantic, historic, mysterious, and full of hometown traditions. Here, on Port Royal Island, Beaufort, South Carolina, puts on several wonderful festivals throughout the year, including the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens, A Taste of Beaufort Music, Art and Seafood Festival, and many cultural events throughout the year in addition to the Beaufort Water Festival extravaganza. The happy South Carolina coastal community is over 300 years old; only Charleston in older in the Palmetto State. Beaufort is known for its antebellum architecture and scenic land and river scapes, as well as for the nearby U.S. Marine Corps installation at Parris Island and the U.S. Naval Hospital. Much of the Beaufort Downtown Historical District is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Neighborly, gracious, and never in a hurry, Beauforts Lowcountry hospitality is palpable, earning it the Best Small Southern Town designation more than once from Southern Living magazine, and also a U.S. Top 100 Small Art Town. National Geographic Adventure named Beaufort South Ca

Election

ImageIt begins. The first couple of weeks of college have, perhaps predictably, been difficult. The dentistry’s taken care of, at least for the moment, but there’s been a horrible cold going around, bad enough to keep me out of college for two days feeling miserable, and rob me of a nice weekend. But the upside is that I’m back, although still not feeling great, and come the 18th I’ll be running for election as student LGBT officer.

I already know the post’s going to be contested, so unlike the leader of Glasgow City Council (who sees fit to send me flyers about it) I won’t be running unopposed and get in automatically. Those who know me know that I have a wicked competitive streak, so it’s certainly tempting to wheel out the deranged bloodlust and vow to make a sandwich spread of the crushed spines of my enemies. But I’m not going to, on something vaguely approaching principle. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of a bunch of (largely) teenagers and tell them why you think you’re awesome enough that they should support you. So anyone who does that has my admiration to a certain extent. I’m fairly certain most, if not all, of the candidates for the various posts will be younger than I am, and they cared enough to run for them instead of just doing joyriding or flavour crystal meth or dubstep or whatever it is the kids do these days. That’s awesome.

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Thy Venom’d Stang

Well, of course I was going to pay for my arrogance, wasn’t I? I have three and a half hours before I have to leave for my first day at Langside, and for the past week or so I’ve been having progressively worse toothache. I’m not sure if it’s wisdom teeth, general neglect, or both, but the entire right side of my face hurts like a bastard, as well as my throat. It’s not swollen or anything, I just look like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle. That’s about how I feel, too.

I’m just about getting by due to magical painkillers, but if it doesn’t recede on its own at least a little bit, there’s no way I can go in today. I’ll be trying to provoke neds into punching me in the face to get rid of all my teeth at once. Either that, or a complete zombie. So I’m waiting for 0830; that’s when I should be leaving, but also when the Glasgow Dental Hospital opens. If I’m not feeling any better by then, I’m making myself an appointment and not going into college until I can actually sit through a lesson or get any sleep without painkillers.

Fuck.

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Unconditional

I’m in. Now I just have to stay that way. I have a student ID card with a ludicrous photo, a small mountain of paperwork, and just under a week before my classes start. Since you didn’t ask, I’m enrolled for Highers in English, History, Psychology, Sociology and French. That’s a huge workload, complicated significantly by anxiety and having forgotten all the French I’ve ever learned.

Told you it was bad.

Of course, there’s more. There always is, with me. In a few weeks, elections for student government start. Compared to Croydon, it actually seems like it’s organised properly; affiliated to the NUS, proper positions and everything. So in keeping with my habit of getting overconfident and overextending myself, I’ve decided I’m going to stand. On the off-chance I actually win, you might be looking at the next LGBT officer. I mean, it’s not like I ever desperately wanted a position of responsibility in the past to satisfy my own insecurity and ego.

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Back to School

I have kind of a storied history with education. I went to an expensive, if second-flight, public school (public as in private, Americans) in south London, only to drop out at seventeen. I’ve always been highly-strung and weird. Highly-strung and weird and gay was not really a combination suited to that environment. Add in the pressure of A-levels, and it’s not wholly surprising. I had something like a nervous breakdown, spent what felt like six months in bed crying, and that was it.

I’ve spent basically the last five years trying to get back into education. Problem is, mental illness keeps getting in the way. My last attempt, at Croydon College, went pretty much the same. Stayed six months, and then essentially collapsed right before exams started. But, I’m either persistent or stupid, because I’m trying it again. This time at Langside College in Glasgow. Now, granted, I can cope with stuff a lot better now, and I actually have a support network in husband-shaped form. But I guess it also brings to mind an old idea; the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

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An Approximate Scot

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the mess that is the Scottish independence debate. Partly, that’s due to my own particular identity crisis. I’m half English and half Scottish, with a fair amount of Irish mixed into the Scottish side. I was born and raised in London, but most of my family are clustered around the west of Scotland. And for the past two years I’ve been living in Glasgow. That’s an uncomfortable confluence of circumstances, especially when forms ask me for my nationality and ethnicity. The first seems like an obvious ‘British’, but is that an ethnicity?

There’s a perennial thing in the British press about what, if anything, ‘Britishness’ means. For me, it’s a nebulous sort of catch-all. Am I proud to be British? Of course, history of violent colonialism and boy bands aside. I can’t really be proud to be Scottish, because until fairly recently I’d never lived here. My accent certainly marks me as English. But what’s Englishness? The playing fields of Eton? Grandmothers bicycling to church? I’m several counties and a couple of generations away from that seeming even faintly plausible. These days, ostentatious Englishness seems to be wholly the province of fat-headed racist morons and Morrissey. But I repeat myself. So fuck that, right?

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Stranger Here Myself

I can’t say I’m back by popular demand, because I’m not. Probably, on reading the tagline, a handful of people will have the same unspoken thought: “Who invited her?” I also can’t say I’m back because I had burning insights to deliver about the state of the world today, because I don’t. My name is Alex, and I have some opinions. I don’t particularly expect anyone to care much, but I’m writing them down.

I used to write a moderately successful blog about being seventeen and insane. I stopped being seventeen but kept being insane. At age 19, two years ago, I moved from London to Glasgow. I made a vague attempt to keep writing about it, and then… radio silence. I disconnected myself from the outside world; not wholly intentionally, but after a while it stops making any difference. I grew my beard, smoked a lot and wrote precious little. I did this because I don’t like people – not in the abstract, anyway. Certainly there are people I like, I’m just not very good with the species as a whole. Sometimes that means my relationships with people I care about suffer. I’m not very reliable. But I’m also 21 and (still) insane. I’m learning, and this is a part of that.

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