Recently there was an interesting piece of information in a popular newspaper stating that less than 10 percent of the families in the United States had a member of the family who had served in the military. If you think about the experiences of the labeled "greatest" and "baby boomer" generations then that is an astonishing piece of news.
It is true what they say about attitudes and smiles -- they are infectious. They are capable of affecting the mind-set and emotions of others. As I checked out at the grocery store last week, the clerk asked me, "Have you had a good day?" It was the manner in which she posed her question that caught me off guard. She stood there waiting for my response with realness. Unless my naiveté was clouding my view, I saw the clerk's chat as genuine and instantly wanted to emulate her optimism. By following her lead, the crisis that had been bestowed ...
NEW YORK -- After living in New York City for a few weeks, I've reached a few conclusions about the great political divide in America.
The printed page is disappearing as we speak.
I can't think of one thing that annoys me more than hearing someone say they never read.
It dawned on me Sunday morning that, in the last six days, I'd attended a Lady Gaga concert in Raleigh and dressed in drag to sing a seductive rendition of "Makin' Whoopee" alongside Camden native Megan Davis Campbell -- twice.
Napoleon talked about an army moving on its stomach. While it isn't an army, a school district does moves on its stomach (just visit one of our cafeterias) and on many other things. I think everyone understands teachers, textbooks, computers, library books, pencil sharpeners and the many other items used in instruction. But there are many other areas that are extremely important to the day-to-day operation of our schools that sometimes get overlooked.
For weeks -- no, let's be fair -- months, perhaps as long as a year and a half, there has been a growing anti-Islamic sentiment in America. Despite being raised a Jew in my youth, I was fairly protected from anti-Semitism ... but not completely. I know something of what it's like to be derided for my heritage.
Do you belong to a clique?
Every year in September, I remember Neil Wester.
"The Persistence of Memory", the 1931 painting by Salvador Dali, is a personal favorite.
Earlier this year, my wife and I thought about taking advantage of a long Labor Day weekend plus vacation days to visit a number of historical sites in several East Coast states. We looked at places to go in both North and South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York where her family lives.
I don't know about you, but I'm sick of hearing about divorce.
I read recently that a girl who had been suspended from a North Carolina high school for refusing to remove her nose stud now says her body piercings are based on her religion.
I get a little excited this time of year about the new and returning shows that will be popping up on my TV (and, now, computer) screen. Yes, I'm a TV junkie and a bit more of a boob-tuber than I should be.
Let's make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they're trying to kill it.
My grandmother -- Daddy's mother -- was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.
WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.
With today's plethora of online news and the subsequent discussion forums that accompany most Internet articles, there is a lot of confusion on the somewhat vague thing called "freedom of speech." Really, it's not vague at all, but it sure seems to be quite vague to those who don't really know what it means. What it doesn't mean is you have the right to say whatever you want to whenever you want to without consequences.
On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 11 a.m., the Ross E. Beard Collection became the property of the city of Camden, as Mr. Beard signed the paperwork at the Camden Archives and Museum. City officials, long-time friends of Mr. Beard and representatives from the Friends of the Archives and Museum looked on as City Attorney Lawrence Flynn, Mr. Beard, Ed Royall (his attorney) and Austin Sheheen (his accountant) processed the paperwork.
Isn't it odd how every once in awhile, something pops in your head that's been buried for a long time -- a distant memory that for some reason comes alive?
For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.
WASHINGTON -- The Israeli soldier shot Yousef Bashir in the back in the front yard of his father's house in Gaza. It was Feb. 18, 2004, a week after Yousef's 15th birthday. The bullet splintered into three fragments, severing nerves near the teenager's spine.
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