Some time back I wrote a column about "the mob mentality," how society, especially on the internet, will rush to judgment about any number of topics without any real facts or proven truths to back up their opinions. Yes, opinions. Without facts, your opinions (or mine) are all we have. I have heard that we are all entitled to our own opinion, but not to our own facts. Food for thought.
I wouldn't have described myself as "ready" for the situation that had just occurred.
Traveling more and seeing more places than I have seen -- throughout the United States and other countries -- is something I declared I would do when I chose my New Year's Resolution.
This time of year, I am like the hermit thrush, retreating into the woods and intentionally disconnecting in all ways possible. I seem to go through these burnouts with each winter solstice, and the rain only intensified it this year. I've come to accept this cycle and to engage with it in a way which makes it productive. This year, I've used my energy to create habitats for various species. This may seem misplaced. Usually during the Christmas season, humanity reaches out to its own kind. But some days, I have more hope for other species than for ...
WASHINGTON -- Recent events from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y., might prompt an observer to infer American cops are racist and a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.
(Editor Martin L. Cahn has been on vacation, but took the time before he left to update this column from Jan. 2, 2012. Happy New Year!)
Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.
There's about as much love between New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and the city's police department as there is between Sony and North Korea.
Happy New Year to all. Thank you especially to those bright spirits for whom the glass is always half full. Thank you to those who give others the benefit of the doubt. Thank you to those who see the advantages of moving forward with new projects and new ideas, regardless of possible complications and delays. Thank you to those who understand that you get what you pay for. Thank you to those who know from long experience that Camden has the most exceptionally kind and understanding people on the planet.
I think everyone should try something new every now and then. After all, variety is supposed to be the spice of life, so they say. Maybe that sounds odd coming from me, as I have openly admitted on these pages that I prefer watching old TV shows and movies over and over no matter how many times I have seen them before.
WASHINGTON -- A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punchlines.
In less than 24 hours, we will be in a new year. Many of us will make New Year's Resolutions and few of us will act on and keep them. As I said in my column about two or three weeks ago (my year in review), the second half of 2014 was rough for me but the unfortunate happenings opened my eyes and made me realize something important, something that I have not quite been doing.
This is the time for New Year's resolutions and I have a few for our state.
I could very easily name my Person of the Year as the Person of the Decade and a Half.
When the New Year arrives every year, I, like most, look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity, and a chance to reform from bad habits.
Springtime in the South comes with a guarantee of two things: great clouds of pollen and azaleas in full bloom. Springtime in the golf world means it's finally time for the Masters. My husband, an avid, albeit average golfer, was glued to the television when the Masters was being played. It was nirvana for him when his spring break fell during Masters Week. He could watch it every minute it was on the air. Of course, he was watching and appreciating the game of golf. I, on the other hand, was gawking at the golf course at Augusta every ...
You think you're alone on the highway. You're sure of it -- not a soul in the rear view, not a glimmer on the horizon. Not even a billboard or bridge abutment.
"So, how do you like living in Texas?" Overwhelmingly, that is the question I've been asked repeatedly by both people I interact with here and back in South Carolina. Most pose the question in an uncomplicated way, often wanting to know what I like about Texas and what I might miss from South Carolina. Some follow up with another, more in-depth question about what I think is similar and/or different about the two states. Well, let's start with at the top and work from there.
WASHINGTON -- "As we asked ourselves how we could have gotten the story wrong..."
We journalists are, usually, taught not to use questions as headlines. This time, it's really to ask myself the question: Does convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarvnaev deserve the death penalty?
It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don't know me, but I feel that we are friends."
When the Joint Replacement Center at KershawHealth opened last month, it was a truly collaborative effort resulting in significant benefits for those having total joint replacement surgery. Today, the majority of patients will have surgery, begin therapy the same day and return home on the third day to continue their rehabilitation in the comfort of home. They will return to the things that mean the most to them -- home, family, work, and favorite activities -- sooner and further along in their recovery than before. Already, those who have been through the new program are excited about the change. They recognize the ...
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Hollywood star? How would you feel strolling on the red carpet as flashbulbs popped and adoring fans called out to you on Oscar night?
Like most people, I'm interested in the public school system of this county and state. Often my interest goes beyond that, to other areas of the country, especially urban school systems, which have often struggled.
WASHINGTON -- The new tell-all, "The Residence," featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious -- and utterly lacking in nutritious content.
Those of you who are regular readers of my weekly offering here know I am a big fan of older TV shows. To me, the phrase "they just don't make 'em like that anymore" truly applies in so many cases.
I had the pleasure of attending the United Way's volunteer recognition dinner this week.