Saturday, July 23, 2016

Blast from the Past... more than 18 years ago. Dr. Saleeby made his film debut (LOL)

Emergency Room Cast of "Kiss of Fire" (aka Claudia's Return) 1998 staring Christina Applegate (on stretcher). Dr. Saleeby is in middle with ER nurses and RTs. A full day of shooting for the last scenes of the movie at Effingham Hospital ER in Springfield, GA.  Film was directed by an Italian director and Applegate's co-star was one considered by many to be Italy's "Tom Cruise".  Dr. Saleeby worked with the director, make-up and wardrobe as well as the director of photography setting up the scene. He also coached Applegate on "how to be resuscitated and intubated".

A dinner last evening with a local movie director at Cindy and Michael's brought back some memories of a movie experience some years ago.  Fun to remember all that and the path taken since.  Life is good.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016


Madison took this video w/ her cell phone.  Some of the many wonderful fireworks we witnessed in Garner NC at the park.  Following the NC Symphony Orchestra performance.


More Pics of Holiday Weekend

Games of BeerPong and Corn Hole
Pool and lots lots lots of food.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Great two weeks

Pictures (and video) worth a thousand words

Madison filming the "Unknown Comic"

Smart Phone edit.... we look like bottom feeders


McLeod Plantation

piggin' out at the Rustic Table

Madison, Mic and Dad at Market Common, taking a break on a swing 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

McLeod Plantation

On Father's Day we:

visited McLeod Plantation; the newest historic plantation now open to the public.

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“Excellent bit of history; a different view than other plantations in the area.”
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Excellent place for history of the area from 1850's until now. Shawn was our docent and did a great job taking us through the site pointing out bits of history. Plan on an hour or even two. Docent tours 3 to 4 x per day and you are free to walk the grounds and explore the plantation.

History Buffs are satisfied. An unpolished, raw look at life on the Sea Island Cotton Plantation the way it looked and felt back in the day.

Admittance is only $10/person, less for youngsters.
Visited June 2016

Also Madison was creating funny photos of dad (on her iPhone app):

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Weezer comes to Daniel Island tonight.

Enjoying downtown Charleston and Daniel Island with the family

Kids loved exploring some of Daniel Island and the downtown area of Charleston (mostly King St) with all the shops and restaurants.  Y'day we did a light lunch at the "Kickin' Chicken" and hit the shops along King Street.  For Father's Day I got a bike on order:  A customized ride, beach cruiser for Charleston.  Can't wait until I get it in about a week.

Local Bike Store: Afford-a-bike has an online Bilda Bike program that allows you to design & customize your own bike.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dr. Saleeby delivers a lecture to a crowd at the DNR auditorium James Island, SC

An informative lecture on the Advances in Civil War Medicine and Surgery.  

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Dr. Saleeby gave a lecture on Civil War Medicine the historic James Island Fort Johnson (DNR building) on the anniversary of the Battle of Seccessionville June 16th, 2016. (217 Ft Johnson Rd, James Island (Charleston), SC)

The "Friends of McLeod" organization sponsored the talk.  Chairman Rick Little made the introductions.  The lecture drew an impressive crowd (reported the largest the organization ever had for such an event).

McLeod Plantation house was used as a field hospital by both the Union and Southern forces during the push by Union forces to invade Charleston in 1862.  Dr. Saleeby discussed the surgical techniques used at the onset and how they advanced throughout the war.  He explained how the TRIAGE system and ambulance service was developed independently by Drs. H.H.McGuire (CSA) and Jonathan Letterman (US).  The impact the Sanitary Commission had on surviving illness and wounds.  How pharmacy schools and pharmaceutical companies came to be; and what the Confederacy used to support doctors when medications were not available due to the blockade [hint:  a book by local Charlestonian physician & botanist Dr. Francis P. Porcher (CSA)].  If time permits we will discuss a few luminaries in medicine from the era & their contributions.

This was FREE and OPEN to the public.  Donations to help the "Friends of McLeod" support this historic site that served as a hospital to both sides during the conflict between the states.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Charleston, Sullivan's Island

Kids with Dad and Sharon at the beaches of Sullivan's Island, Daniels Island, Pawleys and Surfside Beach.  Also downtown Charleston King St.

On the beaches of Sullivan's Island.  A shot from behind

Downtown Charleston King Street

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day... remembering those who gave their lives and also those alive today who served our nation.

While Uncle Ger is still with us today, we want to honor those who served with him who sacrificed their lives.  We have these living examples of our history to remind us of their sacrifices and those who never made it out of the war.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dr. Saleeby to Lecture on Civil War Medicine

Join a lecture on Civil War Medicine at the Ft Johnson auditorium on James Island (Charleston, SC) June 16th at 7PM.  Free and open to the public.  for more information.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Bulls Bay Nature Festival 2016

Bulls Bay Nature Festival

Bulls Bay Nature Festival - From the Forest to the Sea
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8am – 5pm

Get outside! Bulls Bay community federal, state and local agencies (DNR), organizations, schools and businesses come together once again to bring you the 4th annual Bulls Bay Nature Festival - From the Forest to the Sea. Festival activities will happen in the Francis Marion National Forest, at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center and Bishop Jerden Conference Center.  Visit the site and look through the listing of activity descriptions.

Sharon and I took in three activities this year:

Carolina Bay/Wildflower Walk
10 am - 1 pm
over a dozen of us in the group.
Natural History (M) Nature enthusiasts will be introduced to one of their favorite plant communities on the Francis Marion National Forest - the Carolina Bay. Not only are their origins still a mystery but what they will tell you about each plant will captivate you for hours. In May, the Bay is ablaze with wildflowers! Enjoy the “insect eating” pitcher plants, blue flag iris and a myriad of other flowers on your walk.
Leaders: Richard Porcher, PhD/ Emeritus Professor of Biology, The Citadel & Joel Gramling, PhD/Professor of Biology, The Citadel
Location: Francis Marion NF/Check in at Sewee Center Registration/Carpool to Bay
Sewee Visitor Center, 5821 Highway 17 N Awendaw, SC  29429

Dr. Porcher who I interviewed last year in preparation for the lecture and research on Dr. Francis Porcher, MD (CSA) and his work on medicinal herbs for the Confederacy Book on plants in the South that could be used as a substitute for drugs manufactured in the North was our leader.  He was joined by Dr. Joel Gramling a botanist at the Citadel.  Both were a wealth of information on the local flora and we witnessed (after a controlled burn) an area that was a meadow of pitcher plants and sundews (another carnivorous plant) among many others.  Orchads were also present as well as a spoon flower (rather rare).  We also witnessed some fauna (a swan tailed kite flew above)  We spend 3 hours trampling about the wetlands and forest marsh meadows and cypress trees.  Next year we will bring some boots.  Dr. Porcher even put me on the spot a couple of times to discuss the medicinal value of some of the plants we encountered.  Discussed what I knew about "colic root" (Aletris farinosa) and also the bladderwrack.

Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosusis) a type of seaweed.  Bladderwrack is used for thyroid disorders including underactive thyroid (myxedema), over-sized thyroid gland (goiter), and iodine deficiency. It is also used for obesity, arthritis, joint pain, “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), digestive disorders, heartburn, “blood cleansing,” constipation, bronchitis, emphysema, urinary tract disorders, and anxiety. Other uses include boosting the immune system and increasing energy.  Some people also apply bladderwrack to the skin for skin diseases, burns, aging skin, and insect bites.  Bladderwrack is one of the highest iodine containing sea vegetables known. 

The iodine in bladderwrack is present in the form of di-iodotyrosine (DIT) which is a normal precursor of the Thryoid Hormones T4 (Thyroxine) and T3 (tri-iodothyronine). T4 is manufactured by the condensing of DIT and thyroid peroxidase enzyme in the follicular luminae of the thyroid gland. The naturally occurring source of iodine makes Bladderwrack a great choice in the support of a healthy functioning thyroid gland when more iodine is required for optimal function. Also of interest is the high amount of fucoidin found in Bladderwrack. Fucoidans and Fucans are sulfated polysaccharides found in most brown seaweeds. These substances have been researched for modulating a healthy inflammatory response, and have shown strong properties for supporting a healthy immune system and intestinal flora. It is also recognized as a source of other naturally occurring minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and potassium.

carnivorous Sundew plant  Drosera sp.

Drosera species of "Sundew" plants... always appear bigger in text books.  Tiny little plant.

Cypress Taxodium sp.

a variety of a type of bladderwrack

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site Tours
2 pm
Culture (E)   Several prominent families of Colonial and Antebellum South Carolina lived at Hampton Plantation, including the Rutledges, Horrys and Pinckneys. Today, the mansion stands as a testament to the wealth and power of these families as well as the craftsmanship of the builders. Tours include a study of the architecture and evolution of the house, as seen in the open walls and unfurnished rooms, as well as personal insight into the people that called Hampton home.
Leader:  Hampton Plantation Ranger
Location: Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, 1950 Rutledge Rd, McClellanville, SC 29458

George Washington Live Oak at the Hampton Plantation

Bee Apiary Demonstration
1-2 pm
Bee Keeping (E) See Honey Bees in an actual hive and how the bees play a crucial role in pollination services, providing many of the food items we eat. Hives have long provided humans with honey and beeswax, spawning a large beekeeping industry, though many species occur in the wild. Honeybees are social and cooperative insects, the colonies meant to thrive year after year with thousands of bees! We will describe the bee life cycle from egg to bee. Learn about her Royal Highness and the life of the drones. It’s an amazing bee world!
Leaders: Katie Wean, Master Naturalist, and Journeyman Beekeepers, Charleston Community Bee Gardens
Location: Sewee Visitor Center, 5821 Highway 17 North, Awendaw, SC 29429

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

JP & Cindy kissing mom.  Our 89 year old mother enjoyed having her kids home for mother's day.  We are clowning it up showing our affection for a wonderful mom.  Dad was chef for the day and prepared a wonderful dinner; spent the entire day in the company of family.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Going even GREEN-er

So... while the Subaru Forester was a pretty good car (and we love our Subarus)... it was time to move on.

1.  Sharon needed a lower car payment
2.  We needed a vehicle that had better gas mileage.  The Forester being AWD burned thru tank after tank (22 MPG avg was not all that great)
3.  With over 90K miles, she was out of warranty
4.  Every 3000 to 4000 miles we had to add a quart of 10W0 motor oil.

We decided to see what CarMax had to offer.. intending to meet and establish ourselves with a sales person who would locate a low-miles used Toyota Prius or similar hybrid that would offer better MPG and a lower monthly payment... to our surprise they actually had what we were looking for on the lot.  Within 4 hours we were driving our car home.

Now we are not burning Oil, our carbon footprint is much smaller, Sharon can save every month almost $80 on payments and probably $50 on gas, and the body and powertrain is covered for 125K miles & 5.5 years.

 2014 Toyota Prius Three Hatchback 
for sale at CarMax in Charleston, SC

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ABS Brakes,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,AM/FM Stereo,Automatic Transmission,Auxiliary Audio Input,CD Audio,Cloth Seats,Cruise Control,Entune,Navigation System,Overhead Airbags,Power Locks, ...

      • Price: $18,599*
      • Mileage: 33,941 miles
    • * far less than a new Subaru Forester at $27K.
    • Stock #12805692
    • VIN: JTDKN3DU9E1818708
    • Exterior: Sea Glass Pearl
    • Interior: Bisque cloth (to be replaced w/ leather)

Vehicle Options and Description

  • 1st and 2nd row curtain head airbags
    Metal-look door trim
  • 4 Door
    Metal-look shift knob trim
  • 4-wheel ABS Brakes
    MP3 player
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
    Navigation system with voice activation
  • Audio controls on steering wheel
    Nickel metal hydride electric motor battery
  • Automatic front air conditioning
    Overall height: 58.7"
  • Black grille
    Overall Length: 176.4"
  • Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity
    Overall Width: 68.7"
  • Body-colored bumpers
    Overhead console: Mini with storage
  • Braking Assist
    Passenger Airbag
  • Bucket front seats
    Power remote driver mirror adjustment
  • Cargo area light
    Power remote passenger mirror adjustment
  • Cargo tie downs
    Power windows
  • Center Console: Full with covered storage
    Privacy glass: Light
  • Child safety locks
    Rear area cargo cover: Roll-up
  • Clock: In-dash
    Rear bench
  • Cloth seat upholstery
    Rear center seatbelt: 3-point belt
  • Coil front spring
    Rear door type: Liftgate
  • Coil rear spring
    Rear Head Room: 37.6"
  • Cruise control
    Rear Hip Room: 51.2"
  • Cruise controls on steering wheel
    Rear Leg Room: 36.0"
  • Cupholders: Front and rear
    Rear seats center armrest
  • Curb weight: 3,042 lbs.
    Rear Shoulder Room: 53.1"
  • Daytime running lights
    Rear spoiler: Lip
  • Diameter of tires: 15.0"
    Regular front stabilizer bar
  • Digital Audio Input
    Remote power door locks
  • Door pockets: Driver and passenger
    Right rear passenger door type: Conventional
  • Door reinforcement: Side-impact door beam
    Seatback storage: 2
  • Driver airbag
    Seatbelt pretensioners: Front
  • Driver knee airbags
    Selective service internet access
  • Driver Seat Head Restraint Whiplash Protection
    Semi-independent rear suspension
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
    Side airbag
  • Electric power steering
    SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite Radio
  • Engine immobilizer
    SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Entune
    Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside under cargo
  • External temperature display
    Speed Sensitive Audio Volume Control
  • Fold forward seatback rear seats
    Stability control
  • Front Head Room: 38.6"
    Steel spare wheel rim
  • Front Hip Room: 52.7"
    Steering Wheel Air Conditioning Controls
  • Front Independent Suspension
    Strut front suspension
  • Front Leg Room: 42.5"
    Suspension class: Regular
  • Front reading lights
    Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Front Shoulder Room: 54.9"
    Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Front suspension stabilizer bar
    Tires: Prefix: P
  • Front Ventilated disc brakes
    Tires: Profile: 65
  • Fuel Capacity: 11.9 gal.
    Tires: Speed Rating: S
  • Fuel Consumption: City: 51 mpg
    Tires: Width: 195 mm
  • Fuel Consumption: Highway: 48 mpg
    Torsion beam rear suspension
  • Fuel Type: Regular unleaded
    Total Number of Speakers: 6
  • Gross vehicle weight: 3,979 lbs.
    Transmission hill holder
  • Headlights off auto delay
    Trip computer
  • Head Restraint Whiplash Protection with Passenger Seat
    Two 12V DC power outlets
  • Heated driver mirror
    Type of tires: AS (new)
  • Heated passenger mirror
    Urethane steering wheel trim
  • In-Dash single CD player
    Variable intermittent front wipers
  • Independent front suspension classification
    Vehicle Emissions: SULEV II
  • Instrumentation: Low fuel level
    Video Monitor Location: Front
  • Interior air filtration
    Wheelbase: 106.3"
  • Left rear passenger door type: Conventional
    Wheel Diameter: 15
  • Metal-look center console trim
    Wheel Width: 6
  • Metal-look dash trim
    Window grid and roof mount antenna

Clean CarFax

Replacing interior cloth w/ aftermarket leather two rows by dealership vendor.

Purchased April 23, 2016  (Traded in '12 Subaru Forester)  Purchased as CarMax (Charleston)  Lori & MaryBeth.