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What is happening at LivingHistorySites this summer?

Several new and exciting things! We are looking forward to exploring history on our summer 2014 trip to South Carolina where we will be reviewing various sites in Columbia, the capital of South Carolina and coastal Charleston.....

We are also switching LivingHistorySites.com to a WordPress site that will allow you to search our content easier. Recategorizing information for historical sites, great dining locations and all the cool things to do in a particular location. We will have lists by city and by state, with suggested "things to do" and "things to see" packed with interesting tidbits and a realistic timeline!

North Carolina Tour ~ Charlotte

LivingHistorySites.com is exploring on a gorgeous North Carolina Tour, featuring the Queen City of Charlotte this summer.

Looking to explore much of Charlotte, starting at The Dunhill Hotel and the beautiful Harvest Moon Grille, a unique farm to table restaurant next door focused on fresh, local, whole food. Could anything be better?

We will be exploring various destinations, including the Charlotte Museum of History, Mint Museum Randolph and Uptown, the gorgeous Historic Rosedale Plantation and the Billy Graham Library. Our goal is to capture some of the charm and beauty of the Queen City, writing reviews on each site.

Now to find some cupcake shops and perhaps frozen custard, to share with families across America!

Living History Sites.com UPGRADE coming!

LivingHistorySites.com is going to get a facelift soon! Look for our fresh, gorgeous, new website, coming soon, along with a flurry of new articles, videos and information!

Still bringing you the BEST of Living History! Look for the upgrade roll out over the Summer of 2012!

Living History Sites Photo Editor Needs a Brain SPECT Scan

This is about our daughter, Emily. Emily is the photo editor, arranging ALL of the photos on Living History Sites. She has worked so hard to bring history to life...and this is her story...

On a warm, sunny, early Spring day, in March of 2009, we were rear ended sitting at a red light at the bottom of a hill. That impact forever changed our lives. This is the story of a young teenage girl who was excelling in 9th grade, a freshman taking college prep classes with a goal of being a veterinarian. After the accident, she was not able to read for 7 months. Fifteen months later, words on a page, pictures, people, all of life remains a blur and the specialists are beginning to utter the word brain injury.

What would you do if your child suffered from a concussion, a head trauma that in time seemed to become a brain injury…though no one says these things up front, and only time will tell the whole story. Where do you turn to to help your child through a concussion that drags out past a year? Where do you turn for help when the MRIs have revealed a nodule on her pituitary gland, and you are not sure if her symptoms are caused by a brain injury or that pesky little nodule?

We tell her story at The Great Brain Saga, and in the Facebook group The Great Brain Saga. We are asking our friends, family and everyone we know to donate just $10 toward the SPECT scan. By giving up 2 Starbucks trips, a movie and popcorn or a couple of Happy Meals, you can help Emily!

We have exhausted what our area has to offer medically for adolescents. Emily has gone to the ER had a CT Scan, 3 MRIs of the brain - all of which revealed a nodule (growth, adenoma) on her pituitary gland, 3 complete eye exams, seen an occupation therapist and vision therapist, not to mention MDs and neurologists. No one has been able to figure out WHY her vision has remained a blur since the accident, let alone how to fix it.

Since Emily has symptoms indicative of both head trauma and brain tumor, with evidence of both, she needs a SPECT scan and a thorough evaluation by the brain specialists at the Amen Clinic in Reston, VA. Their sophisticated SPECT scan will show blood flow patterns in the brain, which will offer clues we need to get to the bottom of this. Their goal is to find out what is happening, and offer a comprehensive treatment plan to help Emily get her life back!

You can help Emily see the specialist she needs, to get a plan to go forward. You can be a vital part of her recovery, and help her finish high school, with the ability to see.

While “thinking out loud on Facebook” as we waited for her third MRI, I put information about the Amen Clinic up and said, if all 330 of my Facebook friends just donated $10 each, we would almost have enough money to send Emily to the Amen Clinic. Withing half an hour, I had a dozen friends offering to donate $10, to help, with great ideas on how to do this - all encouraging us forward! Wow….is this what the Lord wants us to do? We have prayed, researched, prayed more, researched and consulted every expert we can, tried every last open door and this remains the open door. While it is really kind of weird and truthfully, acutely UNcomfortable for us to ASK for money, we really think we are supposed to ask for $10 donations from 500 people to do this! Make it one gigantic team effort to send Emily!

Therefore, encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing. Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess 5:11 & 17

Our goal is to raise enough money to send Emily to the Amen Clinic this summer. We need to raise $5000 to pay for the very expensive SPECT scan, visit with specialists and traveling expenses to and from the Washington DC area. This is an expensive trip and we would not take it, if we didn’t think it was her best chance to get her life back.

All we need is for each person reading this to donate $10 (or more, as the Lord leads) and Emily will be able to get the help she needs, forward this to everyone you know, and please, pray for Emily! If you could just skip two Starbucks drinks, a couple of Happy Meals, a movie ticket and popcorn, or a roll of quarters, this would be an incredible help. If we all do a little, we will hit that goal! Thank you for prayerfully considering this!

Please, visit The Great Brain Saga, and if you would be so kind, donate just $10 to help Emily get the SPECT scan of the brain, that she needs! Thank you!

To the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world. — Author Unknown

Wondering Where Living History Sites Is?

Hey everyone - we have not written much about this on our site - but just wanted to give you a heads up. Our 15 year old daughter Emily has been struggling for over a year. She either has a brain injury, a brain tumor, or both.

Please visit our website, The Great Brain Saga, for more information, and the story of how we are trying to get an innovative brain SPECT scan for Emily.  

We sincerely apologize for the delays in writing some of our reviews for Living History Sites. It is our policy to have them up within a month of visiting each location.

Unfortunately, as we have struggled to makes sense of what is going on in Emily's life, after a car accident, through the maze of healing, doctors appointments, insurance snaffus and the stress of trying to figure out WHAT is going on in Emily's brain, we are behind. It is our goal to be caught up with every single review, by the end of June. We appreciate your understanding and patience with us in this very difficult time.

The Baughn Family, at Living History Sites

What are the Best Beaches in America???

In my youth, I spent a few years living in the LA beach area! I fell in love with Hermosa Beach, a quaint little beach town that still had that simple charm of  years gone past. It wasn't overrun with "progress" like nearby Manhattan or Redondo Beach!

Just in time for summer, comes this article from "Dr. Beach" about which beaches are the best, from sea to shining sea!

In his order they are:

The full list includes coastal recreation spots from Hawaii to Massachusetts:

1. Coopers Beach in Southampton, New York

2. Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida

3. Coronado Beach in San Diego, California

4. Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina

5. Main Beach in East Hampton, New York

6. Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

7. Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

8. Beachwalker Park in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

9. Hamoa Beach in Maui, Hawaii

10. Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Florida



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