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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: The power of the press

National Newspaper Week starts Sunday, just in time for our change from a three times a week, Monday/Wednesday/Friday publication to a twice weekly ...

October 02, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Guest Column: Why community newspapers matter

"I got credit down at the grocery store and my barber tells me jokes…" -Roger Miller

October 02, 2015 | By Ray Mosby, editor and publisher The Deer Creek Pilot, Rolling Fork, Miss. | Columns

Scully: ‘Dear Friend’

In September, a merchant and friend emailed me about our downtown. I decided our communication was worth considering for this column.

October 02, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Noble: Molly Spearman and the state of S.C. schools

Recently at the College of Charleston, State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman delivered what was billed as The State of the Schools Speech.

October 02, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Parker: The GOP brat pack

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.

October 02, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Phillips: My last hurrah?

As I have written about a couple of times here, especially last week, I have been promoted to the position of editor for The Country ...

September 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Noble: The Emanuel Nine, four months later

It's off the front page of the newspapers. There are no packs of reporters prowling the streets. The banks of television cameras across from ...

September 30, 2015 | | Columns

Parker: Yo ‘heart’ el papa

WASHINGTON -- "Oh, so you drank the Kool-Aid," my neighbor superciliously sneered from the stoop he occupies each afternoon to sip wine and critique people's ...

September 30, 2015 | | Columns

Tatum: How to sing the blues

I got this a few years ago from a twisted musician friend of mine. Of course, I don't usually publish something I get by ...

September 28, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Walker: A super ‘Squeaky’ hero

Names have always been interesting and fun when it comes to Lita "Squeaky" Wagensteen. From the horse "Goldman Sox" to the dog "Zsa Zsa Goober ...

September 28, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Rich: Finding time to make a living

It was somewhere near the end of summer when it just come to me: perhaps my writing days were over. It was time to just ...

September 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Columns


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