So we were standing together, my Beloved and I, in our front yard, the breeze from passing cars rustling our bumper crop of crabgrass. The conversation had to do with weighing the various and sundry options we are considering for the yard -- and there are quite a few, actually.
Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly. I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.
At the end of the past school year, I finished 40 years of working in public education. To put this in perspective, Gerald Ford was president when I began my career as a middle school teacher and coach in 1975. That's seven presidents ago. This mostly makes me old. The 40-year milestone has caused me to do a lot of thinking about where public education has been and where it's going.
Eleven months ago, I wrote about what has long been considered a kidnapping case which has haunted me since just before my 10th birthday. More than 40 years ago, on March 25, 1975, two sisters disappeared from a mall near where I used to live in the Washington, D.C., suburbs of Montgomery County, Md.
WASHINGTON -- In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name.
By 1963, discussion of founding a "Historic Camden Foundation" appeared on the minutes of the Historic Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. In 1967, committee member Richard Lloyd and his wife founded the Camden District Heritage Foundation to receive donations of historical property, historic relics and financial bequests to further the heritage preservation of Camden. In the long look back, Richard Lloyd invested not only his time and passion, but a great deal of money in preserving and promoting Camden's legacy for future generations.
JULY 10, 2015 --- As these words are being written, the ceremony of lowering the Confederate flag at the capital is happening -- literally.
WASHINGTON -- The past may not be past, as William Faulkner once put it. But it sure seems to be leaving.
Sometimes the inspiration for my weekly column comes from the strangest of places. Often, there's a hot news story, usually controversial, I feel like espousing my opinion about. That's not so strange. Other times, I think back to something which has happened in my life, hopefully funny, to share with you. That also is not particularly strange. But this week the idea came to me as I sat at home playing my guitar and trying to figure out some new songs I had never played before. None of them were really "new," but they were new to me.
Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join a client kayaking down a creek on his property. As we slowly floated along the beautiful waterway, I couldn't help but remind him of just how fortunate he was to own several miles of such wonderful nature. He turned to me and commented on how cool it must be for me to be able to call it "my office." When I was heading out into the field the next morning, notebook and binoculars in hand, he called to me from across the road.
In one surreal, beyond pustular moment, shots rang out in a house of worship.
Sticker shock -- we all face it at one time or another. Whether it's the cost of a home, an automobile or even a stay in the hospital, it's easy to be taken aback by the prices we pay. In an effort to help patient consumers make better informed decisions about their own care, KershawHealth is participating in PricePoint, the South Carolina Hospital Association's (SCHA) new website designed to clarify hospital pricing in our state.
Once on the Andy Griffith Show, Ernest T. Bass tried to join the Army. Several times, Barney says comically, "He's a nut!"
The controversy about whether to rename the Washington, D.C., football team is not a new one. However, our controversy here in South Carolina regarding the Confederate battle flag, got me thinking about other symbols.
Oh … the ever so wonderful sleepless nights of a worried parent. If we're lucky, they don't come often.
I read the other day Stephen Hawking is leading a new effort to look for extraterrestrial life.
A friend said something the other day which has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:
America is No. 1 in the world for the number of cats with an estimated 74 million felines. Experts believe there are millions of unspayed, unneutered, unwanted and uncared for cats. They roam our streets and are multiplying at lightning speed.
There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- more important to the future of our state than fixing education. And as a result of the Abbeville case, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to fix it. The question is will we?
My father recently pulled the old "baby picture" trick, but for the modern age.
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump can't help himself. Nor can we.
The mere mention of the word "root extraction" concurs up images of the dentist chair, Novocain and the shrill sound of the drilling tool, which sends a shiver up my spine! Thankfully, extraction in this context is not of tooth roots but of tree roots.
WASHINGTON -- In his satirical solution to Ireland's prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.
My mother's family has six in her generation. She is the oldest, followed by my Aunt Doris and my uncles Mart, Bill, Jim and John. They grew up on a small farm in Stoddard County in southeast Missouri, but are now scattered about, as many families are. They are a remarkable bunch.
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