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The loss of a beloved pet

on Tuesday, 23 April 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As much as I love writing stories each week to entertain and inform, sometimes life can throw you a curve ball. Being a pet lover is a blessing and a curse. We get to laugh and play with them and they in return give us their unconditional love, but we als

The beauty of our national parks

on Tuesday, 16 April 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I grew up in South Alabama, about 30-45 minutes from the beach. Every spring break and summer vacation was spent around Gulf Shores, Alabama. It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I got to experience what it was like to be in the mountains.

A month of hope

on Tuesday, 09 April 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Psychologists have purposed lots of different ‘vehicles’ over the years, words that we use as an engine to keep going, words like grit, optimism, passions, inspiration, etc. All of these are important, however, one in particular is undervalued and underap

April showers

on Tuesday, 02 April 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I cannot believe that we are already a fourth of the way through 2019. Welcome to April! Lent will soon be over with the arrival of Easter. On the rainy, dreary days you will often hear the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” to bring somewhat of a s

Is social media making us less social?

on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

When you wake up in the morning what is the first thing you do? Hit snooze? Start a pot of coffee? Or do you grab your phone, and check social media? If the latter was your response, don’t feel bad you are not alone. The use of social media apps like Face

Pollen, pollen everywhere

on Tuesday, 19 March 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Today is the first day of Spring. The yellow hue on our cars and driveways can only mean one thing: the flowers and trees are starting to bloom. If you are one of the millions of people, like me, who have seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, conges

The history of St. Patrick’s Day

on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

“Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona!” No, that isn’t gibberish. That is how you say ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day’ in Irish, or Gaelic. St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of St. Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration dating back to the death date of St. Patrick, t

History of Daylight Savings Time and is it worth it?

on Tuesday, 05 March 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It’s that time of year again. Finally, we have some extra afternoon sunlight to actually get some things done like gardening, yard work, taking walks, and playing with our kids and dogs. Even though we lose an hour of sleep, it is worth the extra sunlight

A new beginning

on Tuesday, 26 February 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Taking this job has come with some creative outlets. Growing up I never really liked English and creative writing classes. When I got to high school and college, they seemed to come easier to me. For my first editorial I was stumped on what I should write

All things must come to an end

on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

This will be my last editorial as the Editor of The News Journal. It has been a great experience being Editor these past few months. I have enjoyed getting to meet with all sorts of different people in the community. I have learned so much about Florence

Fun facts about Valentine’s Day

on Tuesday, 12 February 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

While we know Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, there is plenty more to the holiday than just that. After the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage, Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women in secret. Even then, it was tr

Figuring out who you are

on Tuesday, 05 February 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A little over a year ago I adopted a dog. I found him on CraigsList. I was told that he was half Husky and half Corgi. I was also told that he was fixed, house trained, and leash trained. He was none of these things. Despite the misinformation, I loved hi

Fellow feline lovers in history

on Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I am a cat dad. I have two Siamese cats. Kit Cat Paddywack will be five this April and Reese Cup just turned two. I am more of a cat person, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like dogs, it just means that I prefer cats. Here are some of history’s most famous

Fun with palindromes

on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A palindrome is a word or sentence that reads the same forward as it does backward. The words a and I are perhaps the simplest and least interesting palindromes; the word racecar and the name Hannah are more interesting and illustrative. Words • aibohphob

The dropping temperatures

on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Having grown up in Pennsylvania, I was always accustomed to January being well below zero in regards to temperature. Growing up, January was a time of snowball fights and sled rides. Now that I live in South Carolina, those activities are no longer possib
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