WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.
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 Chronicle, the weekly newspaper covering Blythewood and the surrounding area in northern Richland County.
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 the church are all gone. The politicians and celebrities have all gone home.
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 parking skills on our beloved Olive Street.
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 email, but this was pretty funny and unlike most memes, pretty good natured. So in honor of the upcoming Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, I thought I would share it.
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," Squeaky and her late husband, Dr. Stephen Wagensteen, have generated hundreds of smiles with their creative dog names. And they've saved hundreds of dog lives by their generosity.
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 give up the ghost and move on from making a living as a writer and just settle into handling daily problems.
At one point, Jack Larson hated the role with which he would become synonymous: Jimmy Olsen on the 1950s television series "Adventures of Superman." It wasn't until 2006, according to an interview with the Chicago Times, he finally realized -- and thanked -- his later success was due to taking on the iconic role of "Superman's pal."
WASHINGTON -- In the spirit of charity prompted by Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., let's not call them bigots.
Last month, I wrote about how the extreme temperatures in June, the current drought conditions throughout the summer and the probability of bugs attacking trees is likely, all of which are wreaking havoc on our community trees. As of this writing, we've had gone 21 consecutive days with no measurable rain fall within the city center. Today (Thursday), it is finally raining, but we are still way behind in adequate soil moisture. Unless trees have been receiving supplemental water via irrigation systems, they are still stressed and susceptible to insect pests and disease.
WASHINGTON -- Sometimes what seems the least consequential detail tells the most about a person's character -- or at least his or her intentions.
I mentioned this in my column two weeks ago, but I now want to go into more detail on what's happening in my professional life. As we announced a few weeks back, the Chronicle-Independent is shifting from three days a week to two. As part of these changes I am being promoted to the position of editor for The Country Chronicle in Blythewood.
My last column served as an introduction to the upcoming election for mayor of Charleston. Beaufort's Mayor Billy Keyserling coined the phrase "King of the Coast" to describe the outsized influence the mayor of Charleston -- whoever it may be -- will have on coastal South Carolina and indeed the state as a whole.
There's not a day goes by I don't think of Mama and do something the way she taught me to do it.
One of the things I spent a lot of time doing over the summer is thinking about and mapping out what I see as the most critical priorities for the coming 12 months. Where do we need to be as a district at the end of the 2015-16 school year? What needs to be accomplished? This is a particularly challenging task nowadays because the pace of change in the education landscape is faster than ever; however, organizations which don't keep working to move ahead in this environment are liable to get run over.
For awhile there, the older I got, the more I wondered how that happened.
WASHINGTON -- One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next?
An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that my precious friend Randy Parks, one ...
How fitting to write this article for the Chronicle-Independent because the Chronicle sparked a flame which has benefitted hundreds and hundreds of homeless pets.
On Tuesday, October 20, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee met to discuss and take testimony on S.868, a bill that would grant the power of ...
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris a week ago, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) taking ...
WASHINGTON--We shouldn't be surprised many Americans fear the fresh arrival of Syrian refugees in the wake of last week's Paris slaughter by jihadists ...
Blue House became a part of the legend and lore of Camden not because of who lived there, but because of who died there. It ...
One was married on Gibraltar while another lives in New Zealand. One classmate resides near Sarah Palin, while another could not attend church or school ...
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