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A leap of faith into hot yoga

"You don't have to see the whole staircase to take the first step," a very intelligent and wise woman said to me last weekend.

August 09, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Are you tough enough?

Throw together a ridiculous amount of mud and water, hundreds of live wires, several ice water-filled dumpsters, cargo nets, 15-foot walls, and the product that remains is a sustained trend in America -- one of endurance events. Also known as obstacle races, this adrenaline-fueled sport has exploded in popularity. More than 1 million people this year are expected to enter races of this nature in the United States. Who knew mud, sweat and barbed wire could bring as much allure as it does misery. We are not talking about a fitness trend, but what Running USA calls the "Second Running Boom ...

August 09, 2013 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Hillary Clinton is no Diane Lane

I understand NBC is planning a mini-series about Hillary Clinton.

August 09, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


My not so home improvement moment

Home improvement is something I would never describe myself as being "good" at. Some people have a natural ability for transforming a room or even an entire dwelling from something worn and dull into something bright and beautiful. I admire those types of people. I even envy them to an extent because I've never been of that sensibility; I've never had the eye or hand for interior design.

August 07, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Summer in the city

In the new August 2013 Southern Living, in "The 10 Commandments of Southern Style," Editor M. Lindsay Bierman writes, "Thou Shalt Support Local Businesses: When I built my lake house, I could have ordered fixtures, cabinets, and hardware online, but I went to brick-and-mortar shops for some face-to-face help with details and logistics. It may cost more, but it's worth it when every purchase has the power to support -- or drain -- your local economy." Another Bierman commandment: "Thou Shalt Reinforce a Sense of Place: Historic neighborhoods that fell victim to the flurry of teardowns and massive additions in the ...

August 07, 2013 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Recalling all mavericks

WASHINGTON -- As congressional leaders depart the nation's capital for a much-deserved five-week break, it is with a sense of relief and pride in accomplishment: a grand bargain budget that ends sequestration and makes rational spending cuts, a sane immigration reform package, and progress on a cost-cutting health care plan.

August 07, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Dr. William Blanding’s ‘treasure’ map

Dr. Blanding wrote "This gold mine is on the land of Mrs. Kirkley on the east side of Big Lynches Creek-two miles from the Brewer Gold Mine. In 1830 some gold was found in a branch which in a short distance passes into Big L.[ynches] C.[reek]. Soon after this discovery it was found on a sand hill nearby. Some detached pieces, from 1 to 5 pie[ces] were found-others attached to the fragments of quartz.

August 05, 2013 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Weiner’s Schnitzel

WASHINGTON -- Would that Anthony Weiner were old news.

August 05, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Artificial intelligence, artificial life?

Some of the most fascinating stories in science fiction center around artificial intelligence, or AI. One of the most famous examples is Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, who also fulfilled the Pinocchio trope of being an android who wanted to be more human.

August 05, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Is tax-free weekend worth it?

Tax-free weekend, another bizarre, but popular shopping weekend, is among us.

August 02, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Give Obamacare a chance

Why are congressional Republicans so determined to repeal Obamacare? They're terrified that, once Americans have it, they might want to keep it.

August 02, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Rev up your Harley trike

A few years ago we talked about a trend I had noticed which was almost startling -- baby boomers riding the country's highways on tricycles.

August 02, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Coziness befits this town

WASHINGTON -- I'll probably regret this, but here goes: I write today in defense of coziness. My text is Mark Leibovich's "This Town," his delicious indictment of inside-the-Beltway incestuousness in its various manifestations.

July 31, 2013 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Less than 5 percent chance for the American Dream in SC

The American Dream is very simple. It is the foundation of our country and our state. It is not written into the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution; no Congress or legislature ever passed laws to make it official.

July 31, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A ‘small’ paper’s look into corruption

As a community newspaper editor, I'm always on the lookout for stories about papers like the C-I either doing stories you wouldn't expect from "small" publications or that are thriving in some way.

July 29, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Cahn: Parsing the Foster v. Chatman ruling

Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against lower courts in Foster v. Chatman, finding Georgia prosecutors purposely used what are known as "preemptive strikes ...

May 27, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: A trump too far?

WASHINGTON -- If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren't captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn't believe in taking prisoners, either.

May 27, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Moment of Nature - May 27, 2016

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. Contrast this with the official start of hurricane season just a week away. The 2016 Atlantic ...

May 27, 2016 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: Come here and talk about guns

The papers this week had big stories about Donald Trump speaking to the National Rifle Association convention and accepting their endorsement. Among his promises to ...

May 27, 2016 | | Columns


Tatum: Let the colors fly

I have two large flags I will be displaying this week. Pretty pieces of cloth, indeed, few things are more beautiful than the flag of ...

May 24, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: Election disaffection

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- On rare occasions, Americans coalesce around a common cause, usually following some calamity -- a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or, say, during ...

May 24, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: The stones of life

The honorable Zell Miller of Young Harris, Ga., was raised by a remarkable mountain woman. Folks around those parts called her "Miss Birdie" while her ...

May 24, 2016 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Walker: A fun destination in Kershaw County’s ‘backyard’

Right outside of Camden is a farm which plays home, restaurant, store, bed and breakfast and community learning center. Old McCaskill's Farm is quite ...

May 24, 2016 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: Mid-life romance in the digital age

It is very, very weird to be 51 and single in the second decade of the 21st century.

May 20, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: Hillary’s viral nightmare

WASHINGTON -- You could say it all depends on how you define "lie." Or, perhaps, it's hell to have a public record.

May 20, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Richardson: The view from here

In working on the next changing exhibit at the archives, I have had to research the Battle of Hobkirk Hill pretty extensively. I am the ...

May 20, 2016 | By Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: ‘Understanding each other’s history’

Last week in Charleston, a large mural of Rev. Clementa Pinckney was unveiled. It was done by 28-year-old Columbia artist Tripp Barnes. It is big ...

May 20, 2016 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Trophies for everybody!

As always, I vacillate between disgusted and amused.

May 17, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rampell: She saw something -- and said something

WASHINGTON -- Last week, a 40-year-old man -- with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent -- boarded a plane. It was to make an ...

May 17, 2016 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: The boy in overalls

The other day I had something on my mind, a situation we had just encountered with someone we had sought to help.

May 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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