If you've always harbored a desire to be an Olympic athlete but you have a hard time walking and chewing gum at the same time, I have two words for you:
Many people who live in the South -- right here in Kershaw County -- think they're experts at driving in snow and ice, despite the fact that they virtually never have to do it.
It's been more than 25 years since it occurred, so finally I can tell you a secret:
** Pete Seeger, who died recently at 94, had a profound influence on the American musical scene; the folksinger-songwriter was a catalyst for the folk music revival of the 1960s and he penned some of the great songs of that genre, including If I Had A Hammer, Where Have All The Flowers Gone and Turn, Turn, Turn. He also helped champion social change and was a consistent anti-war voice. Few people in the music world accomplished as much as he did, and he will be missed.
A few years ago I used this Friday space to talk to you about Merle Haggard, one of the two country music stars I had ever wanted to see in concert.
Kershaw County received a significant snowfall Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, an event that doesn't happen very often. It gave local kids an opportunity they relished -- playing outside under conditions they don't normally see. And to the relief of adults, most roads in the county cleared quickly on Wednesday despite temperatures that didn't rise above freezing, coupled with a cloud cover that never dissipated.
In France, where adultery on the part of public officials is often met with a wink and a nod, President Francoise Hollande is under fire after the revelation of his long-term affair with an actress.
• First beer, now bourbon.
* My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County tells me his 3-year-old grandson went into the bathroom, and his mom was concerned he'd been in there for quite awhile, so she went in to check on him.
Sometimes random Christmas gifts turn into delicious surprises.
If you're like thousands of other people in Kershaw County, you got a Christmas present Wednesday that you don't fully know how to work. Chances are good it was some sort of electronic device -- a new smartphone, iPod, video game or some other miracle of modern technology.
It's that time of year again, when "The Christmas Letter" arrives from friends.
Last week I told you about a lot of things for which I'm thankful.
During this holiday season, I'm thankful for:
Years ago, Holiday Inn had a slogan: "The best surprise is no surprise at all."
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