• Mary Katherine entered the convent, and the Mother Superior told her, "Sister, this is a silent order. You are welcome to stay here as long as you like, but you may not speak until I direct you to do so."
WASHINGTON -- As soon as the news broke Tuesday evening, anyone near a TV, radio or computer heard that three Muslim students were murdered near the University of North Carolina.
I often write here about the news of the day, whether it is on a local level, statewide or beyond. There certainly is plenty of it, especially with so many news outlets on the internet and cable and satellite TV. Well, that may be a stretch sometimes, as many of the news outlets will report just about anything with little to no regard for the truth or whether a topic or event is indeed newsworthy.
WWII brought about the greatest migration of U. S. citizens. Millions joined the Armed Forces and went to training facilities outside of their local area and many were transferred overseas, while the need for mass production moved countless citizens to new locales to find jobs in industry.
At the close of this school year, I will have spent 16 consecutive years at Camden Elementary School, yet in four-months, I will no longer have children meandering through its halls. It will mark the end of countless bagged lunches, signed report cards, book bags and hours of recess. The time we spent there, though a mere singular season of our lives, was good to us and filled with remarkable memories of a myriad of field trips, assemblies and favorite teachers. And in my genuine reflections, what (or who) has made the most significant imprint on my mind? My thoughts ...
WASHINGTON -- These are tough times for NBC's Brian Williams -- and tougher times for journalism.
OK, so here's my geek admission of the day: I love history.
Leaving Kershaw County after living here for more than 25 years has brought a great deal of excitement about the wonderful road ahead and, as with times of change, a touch of nostalgia. I'm not nearly as prone to staring back at the past as I once was. I'd much rather focus on where I am and what lies ahead than sit around and wax nostalgically about high school days. I'm nothing like the bumpkin inside a tiny world I was then and I take a great deal of pride in that. I'd also like to ...
"The robot revolution may be gentler than we thought," began an article on CNN.com about a new hotel in Japan's Nagasaki prefect.
My husband was out of town, working on location, when he called one night and discovered I was still working though the hour had grown late.
Partnerships are powerful, and I can think of few better examples than LiveWell Kershaw. This collaboration connects KershawHealth, the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, Access Kershaw, and a host of other local agencies in an innovative initiative to make Kershaw County the healthiest county in South Carolina, and to become a model for other communities across South Carolina and the nation. It's a huge goal, but one worthy of the pursuit.
This month, take a moment to assess your lifestyle. Are you living a heart-friendly life or you are heading for disaster? Preventing heart disease requires attention to many aspects of your life. Consider these heart healthy habits.
The City University of New York is banning the use of the salutations "Mr." and "Mrs." and "Ms." as part of the school's "ongoing effort to ensure a respectful, welcoming and gender-inclusive learning environment."
The kids are all right. Their slightly older siblings, not so much.
Now and then it's appropriate to look back and revisit a subject I've written about here in my weekly column, especially when there have been any changes or new information to share.
WASHINGTON -- I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish it to be.
Today's reflection is about things I just don't do anymore.
Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint and their homes are not burglarized. But, they are the victims of theft just the same. Criminals are stealing federal funds and using that money for their personal benefit. They are committing fraud against the food stamp program. In fact, they pocket more than $2 million of your tax dollars every year in South Carolina alone.
From 1999 to 2006, I tuned in to every episode of "The West Wing" starring Martin Sheen. It was one of the smartest shows I've ever watched with a superb cast and excellent writing. Like every television show, it had its ups and downs. Its detractors felt it was too idyllic and -- being an Aaron Sorkin product, like "The Newsroom" in more recent years -- too preachy.
You may be surprised to learn people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised I sometimes see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with the disagreement.
Flowers are blooming, the sky's blue and it's motorcycle-riding season.
OK, so the time changed nearly two weeks ago, but this week's installment of my thoughts and musings is about the recent time change and the proverbial "extra hour of daylight" we get to enjoy from now until autumn.
The daffodils are nodding their pretty yellow heads all over town. To me, they are the harbingers of spring, blooming long before the weather is really warm. They give us hope the warm days really will return soon. In my yard, they pop up in the bed by my yard's Victorian cast iron fence -- in the bed I meant to transform into a perennial cottage garden wonderland. Twenty-one years ago, when we moved in, I dug a vegetable plot in the back yard and the long border bed out front. Back then, when I was doing historic preservation consulting ...
The controversy encircling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her use of private email to conduct public business provides our latest example of government in the shadows, a situation we know well in South Carolina.
WASHINGTON -- On March 2, the story broke Hillary Clinton had possibly violated email regulations while secretary of state.
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