I'm not what most people would call a "morning person." I'm not cheerful and talkative in the mornings. I like to sleep as late as I possibly can before waking up to get ready for the day. When I was in college and my friend, Elena, had to share my room for three months one summer, I made a rule about mornings: do not talk to me until after 11 a.m.
I cannot pinpoint the exact moment when I first heard that Gabbiee Swainson had been abducted.
Depending on what story you want to believe, I was either named for the bird Martin (likely a purple one) or for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There's also the more Jewish name origin, in that I may have been named for a female relative whose name was Matilda (or something close to that).
WASHINGTON -- In one of the early episodes of "Portlandia," the satirical show that makes fun of all things Portland, Ore., a couple dining out interviews the waitress about their potential chicken dinner.
Why are Republican Party leaders getting so worked up over a couple of television movies that haven't been produced yet? Oh, yeah. The proposed movies are about Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Grand Old Party's most galvanizing figure outside of President You-Know-Who.
Last week, I took a trip to Colombia, South America, with my son, J.P., a senior at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, S.C. In addition to being a great father-son trip that we will both long remember, a number of things happened along the way that reminded me of how the Internet and new technologies are changing the world -- and how we in South Carolina need to understand this new and changing world if we don't want to be left behind.
"Out of sight, out of mind" applies very well to the root systems of trees. The parts of a tree within the upper portions of soil are vital to tree health, but hidden from the human eye. The causes of root damage are many, the effects are significant and treatment options are limited.
The words startled me as soon as I saw them:
I love music, and, like most other areas in my life, the "more unique" the better.
WASHINGTON -- Children, children.
I have been to several weddings in my day and I'm very excited because I'll be going to another at the end of September. Of course, I'm excited to see two friends join their lives and these two are perfectly suited for each other and very much in love. And I'm always excited to participate in the fun and festivities of the wedding and reception. Weddings tend to be very beautiful and memorable events. I'd like to share some of my favorite wedding memories…
"That man could crawl through a barrel of fish hooks and not get a scratch on him." The late Troy Stevenson once used his mountain wisdom to describe a gentleman of questionable virtues.
WASHINGTON -- Three years out and you'd think the deed was done: Madame President Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.
A couple of weeks ago after church, a rising first-grader I know came up to me and excitedly said, "I can't wait for school to start!" I second that emotion, as I suspect will a number of parents by this point in the summer. In the past few weeks, our schools have been coming to life with athletic and band practices and teachers working in rooms. I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard all summer across our district to have everything ready for a new year. That being said, I usually get a lot of questions ...
"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." These are the words of wisdom I often heard during my youth. I learned the lesson so well that I have never had a credit card or a debit card. Christian Community Ministries, Community Medical Clinic, Food for the Soul, and Wateree Community Action are a few of the many sources for help for the needy in present-day Camden. People during the "making do" generation, such as my widowed mother, had only a chicken yard and a garden. These frugal women did not just use the chicken feed ...
If there's one thing Senior Staff Writer Jim Tatum and I can talk for hours about it's favorite movies and TV shows from ...
WASHINGTON -- The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception?
At the Battle of Camden's 235th anniversary, I spoke on behalf of the city. I remembered Bono, rock star and humanitarian, stating every country ...
WASHINGTON -- We're going to have Donald Trump around for a while, which prompts the question: What is Trumpism? Or, to put it more tartly ...
Isn't it funny -- by that I mean strange -- how things have a way of working out? Call it fate, destiny, karma, luck, a blessing ...
What if I asked you to name the most famous song that has come from South Carolina?
What's up with this Ashley Madison thing?
Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called, SEC: Storied.
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