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Meet Steve Schmitt

We spread Steve last week.

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Posted: sep. 18, 2014 9:43 a.m. | Updated: sep. 19, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Meet Steve Schmitt Comments 0 Comments

Many life milestones are out of millennials’ reach

WASHINGTON -- We want to move out. We want to own our home. We want to marry. We want to work.

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Posted: sep. 18, 2014 9:51 a.m. | Updated: sep. 19, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Many life milestones are out of millennials’ reach Comments 0 Comments

Musings from a Cardinals, Cowboys, Chiefs, Rams, Panthers, Dolphins and Gamecocks fan

It sure has felt good to have some cooler days lately. After a long, hot summer, it’s nice to know the more pleasant breeze of a pre-autumn day. I have heard many people say similar things in the past week or two, and then there’s usually also a follow-up comment about how it won’t be long until we’re complaining about how cold it is or there’s snow and ice on the roads. All true.

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Posted: sep. 18, 2014 9:55 a.m. | Updated: sep. 19, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Musings from a Cardinals, Cowboys, Chiefs, Rams, Panthers, Dolphins and Gamecocks fan Comments 0 Comments

Give me air!!

Hot, hot, hot! We’re on the second day of 99 degrees-plus-the-heat-index weather. I’m on my wide front porch on the shady side of the house with a woven Palmetto frond fan in my hand. Back and forth, waving steadily. It helps a little -- fanning my sweat glistened cheeks and neck. The ladies a century ago would have said they were “glowing.” They used these fans too -- in fact my older friend bought dozens of them for her daughter’s summer wedding at Salem Black River Presbyterian years ago -- before they put in air conditioning. She gave me this ...

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Posted: sep. 18, 2014 10:03 a.m. | Updated: sep. 19, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Give me air!! Comments 0 Comments

Driving therapy

Music has the power to influence. It has the power to evoke deep thoughts, which ultimately lead to a flow of emotions and feelings. Driving paired with music seems to increase that flow of emotions. Maybe it is the sometimes calm rhythmic movement that the steady turn of the wheels creates that appeal to the mind and body. I make a 45 to 50 minute drive to and from work five days a week, so I get plenty of time to daydream, think and devise plans of action for any situation that is heavy on my mind. No one is ...

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 10:36 a.m. | Updated: sep. 17, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Driving therapy Comments 0 Comments

More on S.C. snakes

Though the calendar has now been flipped to the month of September and autumn is right around the corner, here in South Carolina it is still very much summer according to the thermometer. Days are getting shorter, but lower temperatures don’t usually make it to South Carolina to signal the end of summer until well into October. Birds have begun their annual migrations south, but the heat and humidity that still lingers continues to keep snakes very active. Being exothermic, or cold-blooded as I was taught in elementary school, snakes take environmental warmth and warm themselves to activate processes ...

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 10:36 a.m. | Updated: sep. 17, 2014 6:00 a.m. | More on S.C. snakes Comments 0 Comments

Mark Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself

WASHINGTON -- As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 3:10 p.m. | Updated: sep. 17, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Mark Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself Comments 0 Comments

What the president said

Last week, I called for going after ISIL (or ISIS or IS, the Islamic State as it wants to call itself now), in full force. Admittedly, I wasn't very specific about that. Some may have thought I meant “boots on the ground,” as opposed to only the air strikes the U.S. has already participated in.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 10:18 a.m. | Updated: sep. 15, 2014 6:00 a.m. | What the president said Comments 0 Comments

Pretending to eat Southern

When business called Tink back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 10:26 a.m. | Updated: sep. 15, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Pretending to eat Southern Comments 0 Comments

Marilyn’s place:

Around this time of year I get the hankering to head for the hills -- the North Carolina mountains, actually -- and this year the itch is coming on pretty heavily.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 10:50 a.m. | Updated: sep. 15, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Marilyn’s place: Comments 0 Comments

The one fight to have before your wedding

Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands’ names.

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 8:57 a.m. | Updated: sep. 03, 2014 6:00 a.m. | The one fight to have before your wedding Comments 0 Comments


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