WASHINGTON -- In his satirical solution to Ireland's prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.
My mother's family has six in her generation. She is the oldest, followed by my Aunt Doris and my uncles Mart, Bill, Jim and John. They grew up on a small farm in Stoddard County in southeast Missouri, but are now scattered about, as many families are. They are a remarkable bunch.
So we were standing together, my Beloved and I, in our front yard, the breeze from passing cars rustling our bumper crop of crabgrass. The conversation had to do with weighing the various and sundry options we are considering for the yard -- and there are quite a few, actually.
Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly. I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.
At the end of the past school year, I finished 40 years of working in public education. To put this in perspective, Gerald Ford was president when I began my career as a middle school teacher and coach in 1975. That's seven presidents ago. This mostly makes me old. The 40-year milestone has caused me to do a lot of thinking about where public education has been and where it's going.
Eleven months ago, I wrote about what has long been considered a kidnapping case which has haunted me since just before my 10th birthday. More than 40 years ago, on March 25, 1975, two sisters disappeared from a mall near where I used to live in the Washington, D.C., suburbs of Montgomery County, Md.
WASHINGTON -- In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name.
By 1963, discussion of founding a "Historic Camden Foundation" appeared on the minutes of the Historic Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. In 1967, committee member Richard Lloyd and his wife founded the Camden District Heritage Foundation to receive donations of historical property, historic relics and financial bequests to further the heritage preservation of Camden. In the long look back, Richard Lloyd invested not only his time and passion, but a great deal of money in preserving and promoting Camden's legacy for future generations.
JULY 10, 2015 --- As these words are being written, the ceremony of lowering the Confederate flag at the capital is happening -- literally.
WASHINGTON -- The past may not be past, as William Faulkner once put it. But it sure seems to be leaving.
Sometimes the inspiration for my weekly column comes from the strangest of places. Often, there's a hot news story, usually controversial, I feel like espousing my opinion about. That's not so strange. Other times, I think back to something which has happened in my life, hopefully funny, to share with you. That also is not particularly strange. But this week the idea came to me as I sat at home playing my guitar and trying to figure out some new songs I had never played before. None of them were really "new," but they were new to me.
Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join a client kayaking down a creek on his property. As we slowly floated along the beautiful waterway, I couldn't help but remind him of just how fortunate he was to own several miles of such wonderful nature. He turned to me and commented on how cool it must be for me to be able to call it "my office." When I was heading out into the field the next morning, notebook and binoculars in hand, he called to me from across the road.
In one surreal, beyond pustular moment, shots rang out in a house of worship.
Sticker shock -- we all face it at one time or another. Whether it's the cost of a home, an automobile or even a stay in the hospital, it's easy to be taken aback by the prices we pay. In an effort to help patient consumers make better informed decisions about their own care, KershawHealth is participating in PricePoint, the South Carolina Hospital Association's (SCHA) new website designed to clarify hospital pricing in our state.
Once on the Andy Griffith Show, Ernest T. Bass tried to join the Army. Several times, Barney says comically, "He's a nut!"
...I will be long gone. Out of sight; out of mind; not a moment too soon. It's vacation time and boy do My Beloved ...
WASHINGTON -- The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the ...
Southerners tend to collect stories. And, we tend to talk to anyone who will talk to us. The latter tends to lead to the first.
A few months ago, Steven and Jessica Mooneyhan of Cassatt purchased the Hard Times Café from H.C. Robinson. H.C.'s customer base has ...
It's National Newspaper Week and our theme this year is 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 ...
"I got credit down at the grocery store and my barber tells me jokes…" -Roger Miller
In September, a merchant and friend emailed me about our downtown. I decided our communication was worth considering for this column.
Recently at the College of Charleston, State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman delivered what was billed as The State of the Schools Speech.
WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.
Page 1 of 1