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Reasons for missing school

on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Students and teachers head back to school this week, so it won’t be long before teachers will start seeing absences. Following are some entertaining excuse notes from parents (with original spelling), collected by schools from all over the country. Note:

Are these strange food combinations?

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I recently stumbled onto a website that listed strange food combinations enjoyed by people in our state. The article was written two years ago by Gwen Tennille. Banana and mayo sandwiches was first on her list. Nothing strange about that to me – I love ‘

Farewell to the old Delmae

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It was sad for me to watch the demolition of Delmae Heights Elementary School. Good old Delmae was my alma mater. I started first grade there in 1957 – the year it opened. Back then we didn’t have public kindergarten. The school offered grades 1 through

Bloopers add humor to church bulletins

on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Following is a little humor from church bulletins or announcements made during church services: Don’t let worry kill you off – let the church help. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir

Instant services have made us expect more

on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Our lives have become so fast-paced – even here in the South – that we are becoming more and more impatient when things don’t happen quickly. Watch people at stoplights. If someone doesn’t step on the gas as soon as the light changes, they will be honked

Cheers for our state snack – boiled peanuts

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

While enjoying some salty boiled peanuts over the recent holiday, I wondered aloud who was the genius who decided that boiling a peanut might be tasty. “Probably happened during Civil War times,“ commented someone in my hearing. That certainly seemed like

Happy birthday America!

on Wednesday, 05 July 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we celebrate our nation’s 231st birthday this week, let’s reflect on the meaning and greatness of America. Below are quotes and comments about our people and our nation. “Our citizenship in the United States is our national character. Our citizenshi

An observation of present day England

on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

After recent travels around the English countryside and a few cities, I’d like to share this “yank’s” observations. • I never saw a stop sign, instead there were roundabouts and Give Way signs – similar to our yield signs. An English family that lived i

Summer for a kid in the mid-50s, early 60s

on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

School is out and summer fun is in full swing. While kids today spend time at a wide variety of day camps and organized activities, the kids of my generation came up with our own plans to fill our summer days.

We’re blessed by good fathers, step-fathers

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Below are comments and quotes reminding us of the value of our earthly fathers and step-fathers: “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” Billy Graham “I believe that what w

Not so ordinary town names

on Tuesday, 06 June 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Across our nation and even in our own state, are some interesting, and unusual, names of cities and towns. No doubt, the stories behind these names would make an entertaining book. For instance, in South Carolina we have No Man’s Land, Spiderweb, Tickle H

Some of our accomplished South Carolinians

on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

South Carolinians have and are contributing much to our state and our country. Following is a small sample: Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument and many of famous buildings, was born in Charleston. Harlem Renaissance artist William H. John

Nothing’s finer than South Carolina

on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Native South Carolinians will probably agree with the lyrics from “Carolina in the Morning,” the song recorded by Al Jolson and later Dean Martin. “Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,” they crooned. So what makes South Carolina s

How many social apps do we need?

on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Is it just me or are there others who don’t have the desire to communicate on every kind and type of modern technology. When is enough, enough? I have a phone – actually two – a land line, and a smart phone which accepts text messages. I have two email ac

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Sunday is Mother’s Day, so this week I like to share how I have been blessed as a mother. I became a mother, and consequently a grandmother, in a non-traditional way. My first child, (whom the world refers to as a step-child) came into my life when I marr
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