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Driving therapy

Music has the power to influence. It has the power to evoke deep thoughts, which ultimately lead to a flow of emotions and feelings. Driving paired with music seems to increase that flow of emotions. Maybe it is the sometimes calm rhythmic movement that the steady turn of the wheels creates that appeal to the mind and body. I make a 45 to 50 minute drive to and from work five days a week, so I get plenty of time to daydream, think and devise plans of action for any situation that is heavy on my mind. No one is ...

September 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


More on S.C. snakes

Though the calendar has now been flipped to the month of September and autumn is right around the corner, here in South Carolina it is still very much summer according to the thermometer. Days are getting shorter, but lower temperatures don't usually make it to South Carolina to signal the end of summer until well into October. Birds have begun their annual migrations south, but the heat and humidity that still lingers continues to keep snakes very active. Being exothermic, or cold-blooded as I was taught in elementary school, snakes take environmental warmth and warm themselves to activate processes ...

September 17, 2014 | Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mark Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself

WASHINGTON -- As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.

September 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Education and election year politics

Back when I was working on my master's degree, a professor in an administration class I was taking told us that if we didn't observe and understand what was going on around us politically, we wouldn't be effective administrators. I remember wondering what politics had to do with working with students, but I was young and naïve back then. What I have learned since then is that professor was 100 percent right.

September 15, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


What the president said

Last week, I called for going after ISIL (or ISIS or IS, the Islamic State as it wants to call itself now), in full force. Admittedly, I wasn't very specific about that. Some may have thought I meant "boots on the ground," as opposed to only the air strikes the U.S. has already participated in.

September 15, 2014 | | Columns


Pretending to eat Southern

When business called Tink back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.

September 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Marilyn’s place:

Around this time of year I get the hankering to head for the hills -- the North Carolina mountains, actually -- and this year the itch is coming on pretty heavily.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Tatum Summerville Journal Scene reporter | Columns


What hotel advertising REALLY means

Years ago, Holiday Inn had a slogan: "The best surprise is no surprise at all."

September 12, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Only college graduates need apply

You've heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation.

September 12, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Lessons from the front lines

"No day shall erase you from the memory of time." - Virgil

September 12, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


‘Your hometown newspaper’

It's been said, with some degree of accuracy, the newspaper business is dying. At the Chronicle-Independent we're inclined to disagree with that, at least when it comes to this paper, and I'll tell you why. Let me assure you, it's not because it's where we work and where our paychecks come from, although we do honestly appreciate it. It's because we simply are the only source our readers have for the news that really matters to them on a local, personal level.

September 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Congress’ whopper of a mess

Customers can be so demanding.

September 10, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Gators, politicians and oil

As I write these words, I'm sitting on a rustic dock overlooking a beautiful, placid pond on a coastal South Carolina island. I'm surrounded by nothing but God's creations and natural beauty.

September 10, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Looking at Miss Bobbit

Saturday, I watched a film adaptation of the short story, "Children on Their Birthdays" by Truman Capote, which is one of my favorite short stories. The film is pretty similar to the book with little to no alterations.

September 10, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Going after the right people, again

James Foley. Steven Sotloff.

September 08, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Lessons from Patient Zero

WASHINGTON -- Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us.

October 29, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The deepest hole

July 27 marked the beginning of the most stressful week of my life. It began with the surprising news of my aunt's passing, and on top of having to deal with that, I also had to get through my last week of two summer classes and do work for two other classes that would end the following week.

October 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Bradlee contributed to our democracy

Ben Bradlee became editor of The Washington Post the year I was born, 1965. He stepped down when I was 26, in 1991, the year after I moved to the Midlands of South Carolina.

October 27, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

October 27, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Ebola fear and politics, from Bamberg to Bangkok

Ebola is scary. It has scared the bejesus out of us here in South Carolina, nationally and literally all over the world.

October 27, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why a hike in the gas tax is a terrible idea

The issue of road funding -- or, to put it slightly differently, the question of how South Carolina should fix its broken road system -- is now a constant topic in politics and the media. A fair number of state lawmakers have therefore begun to advocate what politicians always advocate when they don't want to make tough decisions about the budget: raising taxes, specifically the fuel tax.

October 27, 2014 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness

WASHINGTON -- If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts -- the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.

October 24, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The thuggery of sports

The wild world of sports seems these days to be filled with thugs and hooligans. I really don't mean to paint such a large group of people with such a wide brush, so I'll say there are plenty of athletes, the majority in fact, who are honest, decent citizens who abide by the accepted rules of humanity in all or most of what they do. But, like in most groups, it's the bad apples who get the most attention.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Grilling steaks, frying turkeys

It's said that Bear Bryant, the legendary football coach at Alabama, once remarked, "Every man thinks he knows how to do two things perfectly: grill a steak and coach a football team."

October 24, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Aging leaves and Autumn color

Trees are fascinating biological wonders. From ancient bristle cone pines and towering redwoods out west to our widely diverse Southern forests, the life cycle of a tree provides us with year-round interest. One of the most intriguing and beautiful results of a tree's life cycle is autumn color.

October 24, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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