Tabitha Safdi

Charleston Tea Plantation

By Tabitha Safdi

Tea PlantationTeeming with originality and history, the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina is busy with not only workers cultivating crop but also visitors from around the world. The tea plantation sets South Carolina apart because it the only tea plantation in North America. Upon visiting here guests can learn about history and health benefits of the second most popular drink in all the world.

What is the Reality of Climate Change?

By Tabitha Safdi

Climate ChangeCNN’s John King hosts an expert panel as they examine the challenges and impacts of climate change. Extreme conditions, drought, floods, rising seas and hurricanes are part of the conversation. To watch the full discussion visit South Carolina ETV .

Inside the Meaning of Dreams: An Interview with a Dream Teacher

By Tabitha Safdi

Dream TeacherJustina Lasley is trying to wake up the world. She is an author and founder of the Institute for Dream Studies. Her mission: to tell everyone in the world of the transformative power of his or her nightly dreams. So far, she's making good on her mission by writing multiple books on the subject of dreams and also by creating the Institute for Dream Studies, the certification program for those interested in leading dream groups and spreading the message of the power of the dream. All of this from her home in Charleston, which she touts as her creative inspiration. According to Lasley, many of...

Fort Mill High School Student Featured on a National TV Series

By Tabitha Safdi

FootballSince seventh grade, Lexi Dressing has been tackling gender stereotypes as the only girl on her school football team. Now a junior, Lexi is the kicker for Nation Ford High School’s varsity team. Lexi’s story was featured on the PBS series, Outside the Box . PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country were challenged to profile young people breaking down stereotypes. The story was produced by Sydney Miller, a junior at Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill. View Lexi’s story on Outside the Box . ABOUT THE SERIES From new military combat roles for women to Hollywood pay equity, gender politics...

Winter Weather Continues to Hit Parts of South Carolina Saturday Morning

By Tabitha Safdi

SnowParts of South Carolina are continuing to be hit with snow and sleet making travel unpredictable. The Upstate areas are being hit the most. Snow and ice fell Friday with more expected in northwest South Carolina. The system is expected to end Saturday afternoon. State officials are still warning residents that roadways will be dangerous. In an update from the SC Emergency Management Division, power was out for about 30,000 utility customers, mostly in counties north and west of Columbia. According to The State Newspaper , “A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2 p.m. Saturday for...

Freezing Rain, Snow Hits Parts of S.C. as Winter Storm Sweeps In

By Tabitha Safdi

Freezing RainThe National Weather Service is calling for hazardous winter weather in the parts of the Upstate beginning Friday morning with freezing rain and sleet, gradually changing to snow on Friday night and Saturday morning. In the Upstate, officials say travel conditions might become treacherous Friday morning and continue throughout the weekend. Highway Patrol in the affected areas are urging drivers to stay off the roads, unless it is absolutely necessary. SCEMD has a list of all state agency or local closings. Offices in Cherokee, Chester, Greenville, Fairfield, Lancaster, Pickens and Spartanburg...

Dangerous Winter Storm Forecast for South Carolina

By Tabitha Safdi

IceThe South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks residents to prepare themselves and their homes for winter weather. The National Weather Service predicts freezing rain and ice accumulations in the Upstate and northern Midlands lasting into Saturday. State and local agencies are putting emergency plans in place for winter weather and urge everyone in South Carolina to consider preparations to keep your home, community, family, vehicles and pets safe. Residents should prepare for the possibility of power outages, problems with pipes that are not fully insulated or at risk to burst, and...

Mepkin Abbey

By Tabitha Safdi

Mepkin AbbeyMepkin Abbey is a Trappist Monastery located on the Cooper River in Berkeley County. It's a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949. The monks at Mepkin Abbey devote their lives to prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality.

ORIGINAL SC | The Creative Art of Healing

By Tabitha Safdi

Healing IconsAccording to the Foundation for Art and Healing , "the arts have long provided emotional context for the human experience. Now, research is demonstrating that creative expression also contributes to better health and wellbeing. People from all walks of life and every corner of the planet are expressing themselves through the arts—musical, performance, visual, writing, culinary—and discovering how it reduces the physical and emotional burden associated with various types of health conditions and life circumstances." Located in the Midlands, South Carolina has an asset that offers cancer...

ORIGINAL SC | Wear a Smile. One Size Fits All.

By Tabitha Safdi

Caring Clown"The most precious gift one person can give to another is attention." That's what Robert Mason, a.k.a. DOCTOR GEEZER, says about his work through the volunteer organization Bumper T Caring Clowns . The program uses therapeutic clowning as a tool to promote the healing process through laughter. According to the website, these clowns are "Hospital Caring Clowns with a mission—volunteers dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of hospitalized patients, their families, friends and caregivers." Mason spends his time between hospitals in the Charleston area with hopes to grow the...

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