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Virginia is GOP wake-up call

WASHINGTON -- It isn't over yet, but a bookie today would predict a Terry McAuliffe victory in the Virginia governor's election next week.

November 01, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

The wisdom of yoga

I've learned a lot during my yoga teacher training this year. Going into my last month of the training, I realize that there is so much wisdom in the practice of yoga. Even if we are established in or have roots in another religion or spiritual practice, yoga has a lot to offer most people, because of its mindfulness aspect, even if the physical practice isn't your thing.

November 01, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns

They will know...

Several days ago, the all too familiar sound of children fighting came from the other room in my house, a predictable occurrence for most parents. My 9-year-old twins were "debating" over who would put on their grandfather's United States Marine Corp uniform first and who would it fit best. Gender and age won out on the uniform; however, the loser would be first to hold granddad's Marine KA-BAR knife. Of course, capturing this on a cell phone was quickly requested and answered. I must say the transient moment was surreal in a way. Was it reminding me of ...

November 01, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns

Passing the time on I-81

As interstate highways go -- long on speed but generally short on scenery -- I-81 is one of the most attractive. It winds its way up the scenic Shenandoah Valley from southern Virginia to Scranton, Pa., and beyond.

November 01, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

Fighting the fruit fight

I was grocery shopping a few days ago and overheard a girl telling what I assume must have been her mother that she hated vegetables. This is not anything out of the ordinary to hear in a grocery store, I'm sure, but what stuck out was that the girl was probably in her 20s and adamant about hating vegetables. I could hear it in her voice and she had a no-nonsense look on her face when she said it.

October 30, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns

The White House Comedy Club

WASHINGTON -- While the nation's attention has been riveted on the Keystone Congress, the executive branch was busy developing its own comedy routine. Picture the cast (you know the characters) shrugging their shoulders in unison: "Who, me?"

October 30, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

A changing of fortune

It happened in Memphis. A lot of history and interesting stuff occurs in that magical city that sits grandly on the Mississippi River. Elvis held court there, the blues grew up there and barbecue is queen. Elvis, of course, is still king.

October 28, 2013 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

The evidence is clear: CSI still strong

I was amazed the other day to realize that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation -- the original of the CSI franchise -- is now in its 14th season, hitting its 300th episode this past Wednesday night.

October 28, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Superman and fixing education in South Carolina

A couple of years ago a movie came out called Waiting for Superman. It was about how education in this country is broken and too many of us are simply waiting for a Superman to come flying out of the sky to fix it for us.

October 28, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The Annex deserves a note by itself. In my teaching years, I had to man the office during my lunch period, share classrooms with other teachers, and have no books for subjects unless I wrote them myself. However, the Annex sticks in my mind as the most exasperating assignment!

October 25, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Behind every great woman

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans of a certain age grew up hearing the adage: "Behind every great man is a great woman," or some variation thereof.

October 25, 2013 | | Columns

The passing of some Southern giants

They are known by many different names: historic, significant, heritage and living legacy. No matter what we call them, they are unique and have persevered for over a century in the face of civil war, storms, droughts and human encroachment. They have also been witnesses to the everyday occurrences that surround them. "They" are some of Camden's giant trees. A giant tree, in my opinion, is one that measures 40 inches or more in diameter or 10 feet in circumference. Camden is fortunate to have trees of this size still in existence as they are long gone in most ...

October 25, 2013 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

A much needed vacation

Today is my mom's birthday, so I'd like to begin this by saying Happy Birthday, Mama! You're the best!

October 23, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns

The crux of Cruz

WASHINGTON -- Two things are often said in this town: "A day is a year in politics." And, "It's all about 2014."

October 23, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Speaking the truth

The waitress set down the cup of coffee and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while quietly reflecting, pondering something.

October 21, 2013 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

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Cahn: Other things for which I’m thankful

I'm thankful for my family, my job, where I live and the fact my car hasn't completely broken down.

November 27, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Parker: Cry havoc, followed by milk & cookies

WASHINGTON -- It would be easy to call protesting college students crybabies and brats for pitching hissy fits over hurt feelings, but this likely would lead ...

November 27, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

'Wood' you believe we get so much from trees?

The holidays are a good time to reflect on all of the blessings we receive and have as a nation and community. One of the ...

November 27, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Op-Ed: Let’s try for judicial independence

If South Carolina does it one way, and most other states along with the federal government do it another way, we might wonder how likely ...

November 27, 2015 | By Cecilia Brown S.C. Policy Council | Columns

Tatum: Thankfully yours

For awhile there, the older I got, the more I wondered how that happened.

November 24, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Parker: Crazy is as crazy does

WASHINGTON -- One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next?

November 24, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Rich: Thanksgiving 2015

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 ...

November 24, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Walker: Saving lives with your life’s passion

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.

November 24, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Op-ed: Eminent domain and the new threat to property rights

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 ...

November 24, 2015 | By Shane McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


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