WASHINGTON -- What a massively disappointing year, and how slim the hopes for a more productive 2014.
Christmas morning is a time for family, food and tradition. It's such a beautiful and special occurrence and I love that this year we have a new addition to our Christmas morning tradition -- my adorable, precious and perfect nephew, Harrison.
At the end of past years, I've picked out a person or group of the year, sometimes both. This year, I'm not so much highlighting a group as I am an organization. Really, what I'm doing is recognizing the year's biggest story.
Christmas is the time that we pack expectations into every package we wrap and for weeks anticipate that one, perfect Currier-Ives day.
"Imagine you're the head of, say, a big German manufacturing company, and you're thinking of putting a sizable number of jobs here in South Carolina," said a South Carolina business leader to me recently. "And then you open up your morning newspaper and see this kind of knucklehead stuff. Is it an absolute deal breaker? Hopefully not. But it certainly doesn't help."
"Camden in the Civil War: The Home Front" exhibit runs through Saturday, January 11, 2014. To cap off the run of this exhibit, the Carolina Ladies Aide Society from Summerville, S.C. will present a program that day from 10:00 until 4:00. This group specializes in living history, portraying women's roles during two eras of American's history – the Civil War period and the colonial period. Here, they will demonstrate life on the home front of South Carolina during the war. They research and document all of the clothing, mannerisms, customs, and items used in their presentations ...
Today is my last day at the Chronicle-Independent, but surely just the beginning of my exploration into the wonderful world of traditional and new media forms. Instead of a good-bye or reflection of my time in Kershaw County, I wanted to leave you with parts of three of my journal entries from a few weeks ago. Thanks to everyone I've worked with throughout the last two years; I've surely enjoyed Kershaw County and I'm sure I will see many of you again in the future.
WASHINGTON -- When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
I've always admired people who take chances, who step out into the world and do something that seems scary and bold. I'm not always that way, so when I see someone take a step out of their comfort zone and into something new, I'm quite impressed.
WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the season and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people -- her phrase "Embrace the suck."
A few months ago, I was talking with a mother of a private school student, and I asked her if she minded telling me why she chose a private school for her child. I've asked this question to numerous private school parents over the years, and I always learn something. But the answer I got in this case was one that I hadn't heard before. This mother said, "I don't want my child to be a test score." She went on to tell me that in her opinion, standardized testing in public schools had become more important ...
As we approach the end of 2013, I thought about those who have left us -- those whose deaths are notable either because of who they were or the circumstances of their passing. While everyone notes the passing of luminaries, what about the people we've lost this year in Kershaw County? My list is not long, although there were certainly a lot of obituaries to go through; some even made the front page.
(This is a three-part series on Charlie. This is the first installment.)
Verbal communication can be very surprising. Sometimes it can be annoying. It can also be so amazing that the listener hardly has a reply except a gasp.
WASHINGTON -- Two recent comments by famous feminists have underscored the inevitable and predicted the foregone: The feminist era of Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem and Madeleine ...
A little more than three months ago, my siblings and I found ourselves in a familiar but unwelcome place -- the hallway of the cardiac intensive- ...
While living in South Carolina, I was fortunate enough to have a Rufous Hummingbird hang around my home from December 2013 to April 2014. This ...
Lately, I've been thinking: If there's anything to reincarnation, then I want to come back as one of my critters.
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton's allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump's $1 ...
It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...
This story was supposed to have a happy ending.
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