Articles by Liz Hipes


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Humans of Charleston

“I’ve always liked flowers so when I finished college I started working here at least part-time and they (the old owners) wanted to sell it so I bought it. So that’s all I’ve ever known. My mother was in the garden club and they used to have things in the house so I was just…

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Humans of Charleston

Title:  “It’s amazing. The people are nice, the architecture is nice, the history is nice, the weather was nice. Beaches aren’t as good as Long Island though.”   “It’s such a double edged sword to have history. It’s good to have history but it’s also bad because you’re old. As I get older I can’t…

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Hurt, but not Hopeless

I know I’m getting close to Wilmington, NC when I start to smell the salt and hear the incessant squawking of the seagulls. What I see however is a totally different picture. What I see, is not what I remember growing up around. Hurricane Florence swept through my hometown the week before my visit. Trash,…

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The Youth Speaks Up. Is anyone listening?

Thousands upon thousands standing together. Their signs shouting different messages, yet alike in their intentions. Never Again.   This gun-control focused movement is only one of many organized by today’s young people, which have flourished in recent years – their ability to swiftly develop and involve the masses demonstrates this generation’s inability to be forgotten….

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Thanksgiving Like No Other

Imagine: almost forty New York Italians all under one roof for 7 days. Well that’s my family during Thanksgiving. And yes, it’s exactly like what you’d imagine. Loud, crowded and there’s LOTS of food. We all play cards every night, there’s dance parties, competitions and sometimes just chilling around the kitchen singing our family’s favorite…

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NOAA Listening Session

On Oct. 22, NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) under the Trump administration in Washington D.C came to Charleston to give locals, organizations, businesses, fisherman, scientists etc. the chance to plead their case against offshore drilling and the dire effects it has on Charleston’s coastline. Oceana–a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans…

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