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Life requires courage. Courage doesn't always roar like a lion. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice, unassuming in all its resilience and fortitude, the gentle giant among us, the self-effacing titan in our presence. Remember the line, or was it a show on television -- "kids say the darndest things?" For the moment, I'm going to change it to say, "Kids do insanely courageous things." I always find it an amazing occurrence when certain people or groups of people are put in our paths. They dissect our "straight" lines for reasons often unknown to us. Most of us just ...

April 11, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


‘Miracle on the Hudson’ survivor in Camden Thursday

"Brace for impact" -- three terrifying words one hopes never to have to hear.

March 19, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Miscellaneous


Wired to connect

Can we fully live without human connectedness? I believe I will rely on researchers at Psychology Today or the like to tackle and decipher all the answers to this tough question, but will safely say in my opinion, a life without human contact would not hold significant worth for most of us. We can attest to this by the relationships, the connectedness we hold with family, friends, with perfect strangers. It is the daily connections we have with our mom, our dad, our sister, our brother, our neighbor, our best friend, our co-worker. It is the guy in front of ...

March 14, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


I know what blue is

In the early stages so often we would hear, "What's happening to me?" Usually someone nearby could ease the worry with some kind, encouraging words convincing her she was fine and safe then quickly use the art of distraction to steer her away from this momentary fret. Instants like those were especially difficult for me. They delivered innate feelings of guilt. They reminded me of the harsh detail of what we had done. They were a reminder of the fact we had just noticeably lessened the radius of our mother's life. We had to -- her mind was no ...

February 15, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Murph on...

Like many Americans, I continue to be amazed at the tremendous valor and humility of our military past and present fighting and protecting the very freedoms we welcome everyday. I never want to take their selfless service for granted. Since 9/11, our armed forces have been fighting what some would describe as the impossible -- the Global War on Terror -- including the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They train and train then train some more. They answer the call of duty from their commander in chief swiftly and without hesitation. Most will tell you they are simply doing their ...

January 03, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Imagine your crimson pot

I'll be first to admit I'm a pushover when it comes to stories of do-gooders and their noble deeds of "giving back." As it goes, at this time of the year -- the season of giving -- many of us find ourselves looking for ways to be charitable, for ways to help others in some capacity. No doubt, the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year's finds most of us in that feel-good benevolent mood (we hope). And in this bountiful season, exactly where we fall on the generosity meter quite frankly depends less on what we think determines our ...

December 06, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


CES students celebrate Veterans Day

It is unlikely the lively curiosity-laden kindergarten students at Camden Elementary are aware of the fact that historic Flanders Fields is a real place as they march into the gymnasium at their school's Veterans Day program this morning carrying the bright red paper poppies they have made.

November 11, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Education


They will know...

Several days ago, the all too familiar sound of children fighting came from the other room in my house, a predictable occurrence for most parents. My 9-year-old twins were "debating" over who would put on their grandfather's United States Marine Corp uniform first and who would it fit best. Gender and age won out on the uniform; however, the loser would be first to hold granddad's Marine KA-BAR knife. Of course, capturing this on a cell phone was quickly requested and answered. I must say the transient moment was surreal in a way. Was it reminding me of ...

November 01, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


A father’s loss

"For everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." In our lives, there will be circumstances that play out like a well-orchestrated melody, executed in exactly the way we had envisioned; others will leave us in wonderment of their clear purpose. There is no perfect formula to decipher all of life's events. Some will leave us thinking we know the experience occurred for the right reasons, leaving us feeling content and whole. Some will be unexpected and beyond our understanding. I imagine events in our lives (good and bad) are not as random ...

October 04, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Is the man with the chainsaw real?

Perhaps I should give Miley Cyrus all the credit for my column this month. Besides, she is the proverbial straw I've been waiting for. Suffice it to say I believe Miss Cyrus' repugnant performance on the recent VMA's acted as a wake-up call of sorts for many parents including myself. If you missed the show, don't spend the time viewing it on YouTube or some other social media. It will only add to the number of hits she's received and help prove her notion she was "making history." It's truly worthy of nothing. More, I ...

September 06, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Top of the mountain

Camden son Patrick Davis believes it's finally happening for the Gamecocks. In fact, he believes the Cocks may be close to the top of the mountain not far from the promised land. Perhaps this "land of Canaan" will come in the form of a national championship.

August 30, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Camden


Protect this house

Celebrating Independence Day always covers a broad gamut of activities for Americans. Many of us observe the Fourth of July with fireworks, parades, barbecues, baseball games, trips to the beach, all the while proudly sporting the red, white, and blue. We will watch our children wave small American flags as the parade rolls by (on North Causeway Road, Pauley's Island!). On their faces, we'll see absolute naiveté as they move about almost as if in slow motion, oblivious to the world around them, worrisome only wondering what fun they'll have next, and realizing in a way their ...

July 08, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Camden attorney combines environmental passion with adventure

Brick walls are there for a reason. Not to keep us out but to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. In this instance, the brick wall was in the form of a physical challenge. For Tom Mullikin, being born with what were then described as bone abnormalities in both feet would prove to be a source of strength and perseverance in both his life and career. At first, doctors told Tom's mother he might never walk. He would face multiple surgeries, orthopedic casts and years of physical therapy. Mullikin spent much of his childhood ...

June 12, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Camden


Monitoring ‘Generation M2’

"You've got mail!" Ah, the words so many of us associate with our first email accounts, our AOL email accounts. Hearing that proverbial voice almost produced an air of excitement in an otherwise monotonous day behind our desks, a welcomed distraction in the daily grind. Of course, a great deal has changed since the late '90s. My son was quick to tell me recently our AOL account was a dinosaur and we should really update as soon as possible. He belongs to what some call "Generation M2," highly tech-savvy children ages 8 to 18, whose lives are immersed in ...

May 03, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Patience leads to teaching students with special minds

Growing up in Bucks County, Pa., Nancy Silverman always knew her life would be filled with rewarding edification. She would begin as the student; she would become the teacher. Though unforeseen at the time, her first lessons would not come from a book but from life in the revered lessons of patience and waiting. Shortly after being accepted to Temple University, Silverman realized this was not going to be her time for school. College would have to wait, but she had no doubt it would be there when she returned. She would spend the next years giving her new husband ...

April 26, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Education


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