To a parent, the world can be a scary place. Handing the car keys over to a new driver, catching the toddler before they touch the hot stove, dropping your teen off at college for the first time — the list of worries is endless. But there’s another that many parents may not consider until it is too late: What happens if you aren’t able to be there for your kids anymore?

For children, the death or serious illness of a parent can represent one of the biggest threats to their well-being and security. And while parents can’t always stop bad things from happening, they can help their families cope with the changes that life may bring — but only if they plan ahead. 


I’m an 18-year-old junior at Bluffton High School. But since September, I’ve been living and studying in Sicily, Italy, as part of a Rotary Club exchange program. What started out as the trip of a lifetime became one of the most intense experiences of my life thanks to the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Here is my firsthand look at how Italy — one of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus — responded to pandemic, and what it could mean for America. 

Tracy Dayton of Charter One Realty gives her clients exemplary real estate service from start to finish. Respect, communication, and pro-fessionalism are part of her work ethic as a full-time agent dedicated to client satisfaction.

Oak Advisors, LLC built their reputation on their personable service and thorough attention to detail when it comes to pro-tecting their clients’ financial interests. We talked to a few of their leading ladies about the business.

As an organization, SERG Group is no stranger to elevating women to posi-tions of leadership. Across the board, in nearly every capacity, you’ll find a woman helping create the dining experience that has made SERG Group successful. One such example is Lori Taylor, who led the charge into Bluffton with the opening of Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta Bluffton and has been a mainstay ever since.

Since 1979, Hilton Head Christian Academy has been a leader in Lowcountry educa-tion, broadening horizons and molding the leaders of tomorrow. We asked members of the HHCA guidance team: “What’s the most important part of your job?” Here’s what they said.

Karena BrockKarena Brock-Carlyle, former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, considers her life today as her third act. Following a successful career on the stage, one that saw her dance at the White House twice and partner with the likes of Rudolph Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and a second act as the Artistic Director for the Savannah Ballet, she came to Hilton Head in 1985 to start her own school and company. 

Jackie SpoonerJackie Spooner and Patty Small have been combining their considerable talents since 1998, changing interior design one home at a time as the leading ladies of House of Design.

The Lowcountry branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Lowcountry has dedicated itself to improving the lives of those with mental illness and their fami-lies throughout the Lowcountry. We spoke with board member Felicia Vairo and board president Michelle Casey to get their thoughts on the work they do and the challenges they face.

Enliten, a premier salon on the south end of Hilton Head Island, special-izes in haircuts, color, hair styling, extensions, Keratin smoothing treat-ments and more. Owner Rachel Mayoh took time out of her busy day recently to answer a few questions.