Author: Meredith Flory

North Augusta’s Living History Park

Provided by Meredith Flory   Offering a step back to the past and nestled a few blocks from downtown North Augusta is the tranquil Living History Park.  Combining the best Augusta’s River Region has to offer in entertaining storytelling, outdoor beauty and educational history, Living History Park is a place for families to learn and play throughout the year.  The park aims to educate the community on the colonial history of the area.  All events at the Living History Park are free, making this an easy educational day trip for families in the area. Linda Thompson, better known as...

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Podcasts With Family (Part 2)

by Meredith Flory   In last month’s column, I discussed the value of podcasts and I shared some of the best listening opportunities for families with preteens and teenagers.  This month’s Raising Readers continues to share educational and family appropriate podcasts with a focus on the youngest listeners.     Like last month my list contains ongoing podcasts, those with stand-alone episodes rather than a continuing story and ones that are free and available on most major podcast apps. This month’s recommended podcasts are even more family-friendly, with less room for controversial or explicit content than my list for...

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Angela Marshall: The Rags to Riches Motivator

Provided by Meredith Flory   Author Angela Marshall is an Augusta native using her unique experiences as a teen mother, ex-NFL wife and businesswoman to inspire adults and youth through writing and speaking.  Several years ago the author left the corporate world to pursue a passion for telling stories and mentoring others, and her influence is being felt in our community and beyond. When asked about the courage to change her career course, she reflected on the impact of her mother’s cervical cancer diagnosis and eventual passing: “I watched her transition from living a life of fulfillment and freedom...

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Podcasts With Family

by Meredith Flory   I was a little late to the podcast game.  While audioblogging as entertainment has been around for a very long time, most sources agree that podcasting in its current form became popular in the mid-2000s due to smartphones.  I, however, didn’t begin to listen to podcasts regularly until last year.  My spouse was at work one day and I wanted some company as I cleaned the house.  So, I decided to download some recommended podcasts on my iPad.  I was hooked! Podcasts provide ways to learn more, think about ideas and hear from favorite personalities while...

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