A home burns and lives are upended. But amid such loss, one’s heart is seared with a deeper appreciation of what’s truly important.

Story by Jessica Gordon
Photograph by Chris Colpo of the Lewes Fire Department
From the Winter 2022 issue

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I am holding my breath, staring wide-eyed, unblinking. My heart pounds in my chest as if it’s trying to escape the confines of my rib cage. The rapid, rhythmic pumping of blood is all I can hear and my entire body trembles, like an earthquake has taken place in my solar plexus. 

Blink. 

Breathe. 

Count: One. Two. Two. 

 

‘Alternative medicine’ practitioners followed varied paths to their treatment specialties

By Bill Newcott
Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the Winter 2022 issue

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“You feel that?” whispers Liz Guida. “It’s different, isn’t it?”

I am lying on a table in a softly lit room, immersed in gentle piano music. Guida has her hands on my lower left leg, and she isn’t letting go.

She isn’t rubbing it, either — which comes as some surprise because this table, this darkened room, that mystical music all whisper: “massage.” 

Instead, Guida leaves both hands perfectly still, positioned on a calf muscle that’s been giving me trouble ever since I tried to stride up a steep hill in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. 

And there they stay. The seconds pass by. Then, it seems, minutes. And she’s right: It is different. I’m feeling the same amount of relief I’d expect from a rub-it-until-it-hurts deep-tissue massage, but without the wincing.

“That’s pretty remarkable,” I say.

Guida just smiles softy. Yes, she knows. 

 

Home sales volume dips slightly from last year’s buying frenzy, but prices are way up and demand is still strong

By Lynn R. Parks
Illustration by Emeraldgreen
From the October 2022 issue

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From her vantage point as an agent with the Long & Foster Real Estate office in Bethany Beach, Cindy Souza sees clues that the market in coastal Sussex could be slowing a bit from last year’s pandemic-inspired boom.  

In a few cases, she is seeing buyers resume — at least at first — the time-honored tradition of making offers a bit less than the asking price.