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Instant services have made us expect more

on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Our lives have become so fast-paced – even here in the South – that we are becoming more and more impatient when things don’t happen quickly. Watch people at stoplights. If someone doesn’t step on the gas as soon as the light changes, they will be honked

Cheers for our state snack – boiled peanuts

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

While enjoying some salty boiled peanuts over the recent holiday, I wondered aloud who was the genius who decided that boiling a peanut might be tasty. “Probably happened during Civil War times,“ commented someone in my hearing. That certainly seemed like

Happy birthday America!

on Wednesday, 05 July 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we celebrate our nation’s 231st birthday this week, let’s reflect on the meaning and greatness of America. Below are quotes and comments about our people and our nation. “Our citizenship in the United States is our national character. Our citizenshi

An observation of present day England

on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

After recent travels around the English countryside and a few cities, I’d like to share this “yank’s” observations. • I never saw a stop sign, instead there were roundabouts and Give Way signs – similar to our yield signs. An English family that lived i

Summer for a kid in the mid-50s, early 60s

on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

School is out and summer fun is in full swing. While kids today spend time at a wide variety of day camps and organized activities, the kids of my generation came up with our own plans to fill our summer days.

We’re blessed by good fathers, step-fathers

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Below are comments and quotes reminding us of the value of our earthly fathers and step-fathers: “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” Billy Graham “I believe that what w

Not so ordinary town names

on Tuesday, 06 June 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Across our nation and even in our own state, are some interesting, and unusual, names of cities and towns. No doubt, the stories behind these names would make an entertaining book. For instance, in South Carolina we have No Man’s Land, Spiderweb, Tickle H

Some of our accomplished South Carolinians

on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

South Carolinians have and are contributing much to our state and our country. Following is a small sample: Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument and many of famous buildings, was born in Charleston. Harlem Renaissance artist William H. John

Nothing’s finer than South Carolina

on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Native South Carolinians will probably agree with the lyrics from “Carolina in the Morning,” the song recorded by Al Jolson and later Dean Martin. “Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,” they crooned. So what makes South Carolina s

How many social apps do we need?

on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Is it just me or are there others who don’t have the desire to communicate on every kind and type of modern technology. When is enough, enough? I have a phone – actually two – a land line, and a smart phone which accepts text messages. I have two email ac

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Sunday is Mother’s Day, so this week I like to share how I have been blessed as a mother. I became a mother, and consequently a grandmother, in a non-traditional way. My first child, (whom the world refers to as a step-child) came into my life when I marr

Do you ever wonder about. . .

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Do you ever wonder why they call it plastic surgery? “We had plastic before plastic had plastic,” says Dr. Basil Michaels, an assistant professor of Clinical Surgery at The University of Massachusetts. The term plastic means to mold, and is from the Greek

Enjoying the Big Apple with the grands

on Tuesday, 25 April 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

New York City – people either love it or hate it. Put me in the “love it” category. I recently had the opportunity to take my twin granddaughters to the Big Apple. It was a dream for me to share the city I love with them and a dream for them to go. They a

Enjoy your ‘golden years’

on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Ever notice how our priorities change as we grow older? Things that seemed to be so important to us become frivolous and insignificant. Following is a hodge podge of comments and observations about the golden years collected from several online websites.

Are gadgets taking over our minds?

on Tuesday, 11 April 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

In our fast-paced world of modern technology we quickly become habitized (made up word) to our electronics and fancy gadgets. I will use myself as an example. Recently I was looking at a sales brochure from a ladies clothing store and saw something I like
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