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Joseph: Resolutions

Several days prior to the New Year, a friend asked me what resolutions I had set for myself. I thought, "Did she say 'resolutions' or perhaps I didn't hear her correctly?" She definitely said "resolutions," yet I had none to reply with. I didn't have one measly surrender to give her. As a matter of fact, I didn't declare any New Year's resolutions last year, either. In truth, it has been at the least several years since I have proclaimed to the world the self-denials I would inflict upon myself in that given New Year. My ...

January 08, 2016 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Joseph: Lessons on terror from Buddy the Elf

Lately, I've hesitated to turn on my television for fear of being pelted with disturbing news of further terrorist acts across the globe. I have to believe many share these same propensities. It's hard to ignore the barbaric cowards responsible for spreading these heinous acts, their terror over much of our world. We hear journalists, politicians, government leaders speak words like, "these are uneasy times" or "we live in a different world now."

December 11, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Joseph: A blank check from our veterans

At the end of World War I, fighting ended when an armistice, or temporarily cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars." In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in ...

November 13, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Joseph: The sun will shine

After the storm, comes the sun. No matter how dark it gets, the sun will shine again. Or perhaps we should say, no matter how much rain falls, the sun will shine again. And it would shine bright on Tuesday of this week for most of South Carolina. But not after historic rainfall totals were reached; amounts only seen once in 1,000 years.

October 09, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Joseph -- National Day of Service and Remembrance:

What if on just one day out of 365, every able person in our country performed a single good deed?

September 11, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Joseph: The most wonderful time of the year … or not

About this time every year, there are three words that mean different things to different people: "Back to school!" I noticed several days ago where someone on Facebook posted that very amusing Staples' back to school commercial, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." I have to say it's one of my favorites, though not necessarily because of the obvious. It's because of the manner in which the dad is frolicking through the aisles of Staples as he tosses miscellaneous school supplies into his shopping cart as his rather unhappy kids stand by and watch. Their faces are ...

August 14, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Joseph: We bow to you, Charleston

Oh … the ever so wonderful sleepless nights of a worried parent. If we're lucky, they don't come often.

July 10, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Joseph: The heart knows

I've been a parent for just shy of 21 years. I only blinked once, OK, maybe twice in that time, but still proceeded to fast-forward 20 years and at breakneck speed. I never can find that pesky "pause" button and, believe me, I've tried.

May 08, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Joseph: Thank a teacher

At the close of this school year, I will have spent 16 consecutive years at Camden Elementary School, yet in four-months, I will no longer have children meandering through its halls. It will mark the end of countless bagged lunches, signed report cards, book bags and hours of recess. The time we spent there, though a mere singular season of our lives, was good to us and filled with remarkable memories of a myriad of field trips, assemblies and favorite teachers. And in my genuine reflections, what (or who) has made the most significant imprint on my mind? My thoughts ...

February 13, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Joseph: Age is only a number

I wouldn't have described myself as "ready" for the situation that had just occurred.

January 09, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Joseph: ‘The Christmas Truce’

Earlier this week, as I sat down at my desk stacked high with a rather large "catch-up pile," flipped on my computer and opened up my browser, I was greeted by a plethora of Christmas cheer. You know, the bright pop-up holiday ad-type cheer and the Top 10 gift list-type cheer among others. In my view as well were numerous articles on a variety of topics including "How to Raise the Bar for Your Holiday Decorations," "Picking That Perfect Tree," "Best Free Apps for Christmas Shopping," "Say Cheese: Time for the Dreaded Family Portrait" and the final two but no ...

December 12, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Who is your hero?

Veteran's Day celebrations over the course of this week reveal, in my opinion, some of the best of what rightly defines the love we have for our country and the respect and appreciation we have for our armed forces, past and present. We have all witnessed this week, through various modes, the inspiring tributes depicting heroic actions taken by our brave to protect our freedoms. It is not difficult to view the ones taking part in these gallant efforts to keep us safe as heroes and rightfully so. Our veterans demonstrate behaviors and decisions that are ethically and emotionally ...

November 14, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Veterans Day 2014

Several veterans are scheduled to speak to students at Camden Elementary School (CES) today as it celebrates Veterans Day.

November 10, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Military


Tough times come, tough times go

Lately, I seem to be reminded of the old adage "tough times never last but tough people do." It has me wondering: do tough people simply outlast the tough times or is it that people actually become tough as a result of surviving adversities over and over? Perhaps the answer lies in what we find on the other side of those difficult times. Perchance on the other side of these really burdensome and painful moments in our lives lay tougher people. It does make sense. Trying and practicing to be tough over and over would have to deliver a positive ...

October 15, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Lessons from the front lines

"No day shall erase you from the memory of time." - Virgil

September 12, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


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Joseph: The man

A little more than three months ago, my siblings and I found ourselves in a familiar but unwelcome place -- the hallway of the cardiac intensive- ...

February 12, 2016 | Paula Joseph | Columns


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