Knee-replacement surgery leads to a friendly coincidence

843-757-3855June 10, 2013 

I have two friends who have just undergone knee replacement surgery. They each had operations in different hospitals and each had different doctors. After their operations they had a three- to four-week recovery process.

After getting the go-ahead from their doctors, they began the hard part, physical therapy, which was just the beginning of being able to walk freely once more.

In an amazing stroke of luck, each of them found themselves face-to-face with the same orthopedic therapist. After each session with the doctor, they would tell me how amazing he was and how fond they were of him. Since he only treats one or two patients at the time, they discovered they each knew me while chatting during visits.

They even met the doctor's fiancee, who will be moving to Bluffton soon. I felt as though I was being left out of a wonderful experience so I decided to go meet this divine creature at his office while my friends were in their therapy sessions. Rita and Susan will be dancing and prancing about soon I have no doubt.

* I saw Nancy Schilling the other day with her husband, Ed. They were on their way to a meeting so we only had a short time to visit. Nancy, as you might remember, was a strong force to reckon with at Friends of the Rivers. Friends of the Rivers was a group of wonderful people who banded together to protect our area waters. Unfortunately, the group has disbanded, which, after all they worked so hard for, was sad to hear.

You can thank Nancy and her "Friends" for saving our marshes and protecting the waters around us. She was and is a true champion for the environment.

* I wrote a bit about Eliza Lucas Pinckney several weeks ago. Well, the Friends of Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry invite you to meet her, at 3 p.m. June 6 at the Bluffton Library.

Peggy Picket will portray Mrs. Pinckney and present interesting tidbits about Pinckney's life. The program is free and open to all. Details: 843-815-6616

The Coastal Discovery Museum will also present a program on Pinckney: "Eliza Pinckney's Indigo" at 2 p.m. June 18 and 20 at Honey Horn on Hilton Head. During these sessions you will learn about Mrs. Pinckney 's role in the cultivation of indigo in South Carolina and the important role this remarkable woman played in our history. After the presentation you will be able to dye a T-shirt with the indigo and take it home to wear. Cost is $15, and reservations are required. Details: 843-689-6767, ext. 223

* Jeff Fulgham has done it again. He has issued a charming new book, "Hilton Head: One of the Golden Isles of South Carolina." Written in the 1930s by the late Sarah C. Holmes von Kolnitz, the book was for 60 years in a private library collection, until Jeff was given the opportunity to give it a "new life." It has just been published by Golden Isles Publishing Company.

The document has been preserved with historical integrity intact. Images have been added to help the reader see what times were like then.

CHIQUITA'S RICE

1 pound chicken tenders, chopped

1 small Vidalia onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves minced

2 cups cooked rice

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can Mexicorn drain

1 7-ounce jar roasted sweet red peppers, drained and chopped

1 cup taco sauce

3 green onions, chopped

In a skillet, saute chicken and onions in olive oil until no pink is seen. Add garlic, stir for a moment. Stir in everything else and heat through. Makes: 4-6 servings .

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