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.
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.
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!
WASHINGTON -- Most Americans of a certain age grew up hearing the adage: "Behind every great man is a great woman," or some variation thereof.
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 ...
Today is my mom's birthday, so I'd like to begin this by saying Happy Birthday, Mama! You're the best!
WASHINGTON -- Two things are often said in this town: "A day is a year in politics." And, "It's all about 2014."
The waitress set down the cup of coffee and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while quietly reflecting, pondering something.
When I'm traveling between schools, I alternate listening to sports talk radio, political talk radio and Motown CDs (showing my age, I guess). Recently, I was listening to a nationally syndicated radio show, and I heard the host ranting about the Common Core Standards and government brainwashing. I know we live in an age of overstatement, but this seemed over the top. It might be useful for someone working with the Common Core Standards at the ground level, versus in the sensationalistic world of talk radio, to provide some information about this topic. To be sure, I don't ...
(This column was written prior to the end of the federal shutdown.)
I spent an hour Thursday morning with Erica Peake's writing class at North Central Middle School (NCMS).
"I Love Lucy" Day was this week and I have to admit that "I Love Lucy" is, hands-down, my favorite TV show.
A group of Irish Quakers were the earliest group of colonists to settle Camden, arriving here via the Wateree River in 1751. In 1759, Quaker Samuel Wyly gave the Friends, as the Quakers were called, 4 acres of land in the southwest corner of the town limits to be used as a burying ground. The burying ground tract is noted on the 1832 plat by tract "D." The small section denoted "C" was exclusively reserved for the Quakers, who from the beginning, it seems, planned to allow others to be buried outside that plot of land. The Quaker Meeting House ...
(This column was written prior to the compromise bill hammered out by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama to end the federal government shutdown.)
"Enjoy our famous smoked salmon."
CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much.
After the school year ends and the dust settles, it's always fun and gratifying for me to look at the accomplishments of our students ...
As the years of Mama's life grew long into the shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing ...
WASHINGTON -- Nice, France.
And with those famous words from the old Underdog cartoon show, I bid you all a fond adieu.
I met the guy -- seems just like yesterday -- one day when I was home from the Lowcountry visiting the office. I think I had met ...
WASHINGTON -- Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness.
The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion, the deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.
I was talking with Darlington (S.C.) County Treasurer Belinda Copeland last week and we were having a bit of fun over some of the ...
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