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SLOAN COLUMN: Gates may close, but the memories remain

on Tuesday, 25 August 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Gates may close, but the memories remain
Some decisions are necessary, but that doesn’t make them any easier. Knowing it’s the right thing to do takes some of the sting away, but feelings of sadness and loss still remain. Such was the case last week when the Presbytery of New Harmony voted to p

SLOAN COLUMN - Lewis Grizzard: A true son of the South

on Tuesday, 18 August 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN - Lewis Grizzard: A true son of the South
During a conversation with a friend the other day I mentioned the name Lewis Grizzard. “Is he a writer or something?” my young friend asked. “Are you serious?” I shot back, a look of shock on my face. “Son, you cannot rightly call yourself a true Southern

SLOAN COLUMN: Sequestered with some talented songwriters

on Tuesday, 11 August 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Sequestered with some talented songwriters
When this COVID-19 thing finally blows over, we will be able to look back and be thankful for a few good things that are a result, either directly or indirectly, of this pandemic. For me, one of them will be the Sequestered Songwriters Facebook page. Ever

HAMILTON COLUMN: All needed to help revitalize our democracy

on Tuesday, 04 August 2020. Posted in Columns

HAMILTON COLUMN: All needed to help revitalize our democracy
Amid all the troubles occupying our attention, one of the more worrisome is also one of the least visible. It is the loss of public faith in the effectiveness of our representative democracy.

POLAND COLUMN: A Charleston stonecutter’s beautiful legacy

on Tuesday, 04 August 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: A Charleston stonecutter’s beautiful legacy
I love back roads and their fading vestiges of yesteryear. Bull Durham and Coca Cola ads painted onto brick and old Camel cigarette signs don’t bother me at all.

MOLLETTE COLUMN: Whose life doesn’t matter? We all matter

on Tuesday, 04 August 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

MOLLETTE COLUMN: Whose life doesn’t matter? We all matter
I understand and affirm that black lives matter. Some of my dearest friends are black people. I love them and they matter.

SLOAN COLUMN: A second helping of boiled peanuts

on Tuesday, 28 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: A second helping of boiled peanuts
Last week’s column included an amusing tale on a northerner’s introduction to boiled peanuts, the Caviar of the South. It was followed by a short commentary on personal distaste for the mushy legumes. Not to my surprise, many were mildly offended at my av

SLOAN COLUMN: I prefer my peanuts dry, thank you very much

on Tuesday, 21 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: I prefer my peanuts dry, thank you very much
An old friend of mine once told me a story about his first encounter with the southern delicacy known as boiled peanuts. A Yankee by birth, Joe had made his way to North Carolina from his hometown of Johnston, N.J. He lived in the tiny town of Tar Heel, n

SLOAN COLUMN: Long live the five-second rule

on Tuesday, 14 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Long live the five-second rule
Imagine you just grabbed the last slice of your grandma’s homemade pie and are headed to the couch for a little rest, relaxation, and Netflix binging. Life is good. As your make your way from the kitchen to the living room, a glass of milk in one hand an

SLOAN COLUMN: From the Dream Ranch to the Ryman

on Tuesday, 07 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: From the Dream Ranch to the Ryman
By any standard, Jimmy Capps was an extraordinary musician. Some would argue that the North Carolina native with silver hair and matching goatee is the standard by which other studio musicians in Nashville should be compared. I was unfamiliar with Jimmy C

SLOAN COLUMN: Take a flying leap? You betcha

on Tuesday, 30 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Take a flying leap? You betcha
Spectacular. Amazing. Breathtaking. Those are the words that immediately came to my mind when asked what it was like jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft traveling 13,500 feet (roughly two and a half miles) above the earth at a speed of 140 miles per

SLOAN COLUMN: What are the things that bring you joy?

on Tuesday, 23 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: What are the things that bring you joy?
I’m hoping this week’s column will put a great big smile on your face. Today, June 24, is the National Day of Joy. We can sure use one of those about right now, huh? The inaugural National Day of Joy was celebrated last year. Comfort Keepers, a provide

SLOAN COLUMN: Ready or not, hurricane season is here

on Tuesday, 16 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Ready or not, hurricane season is here
It’s only halfway over, but 2020 has already brought us a global pandemic, protests, riots, racial tension, a growing distrust in law enforcement, and an upcoming election that will no doubt bring a truckload of finger-pointing, accusations, mud-slinging

SLOAN COLUMN: Prine classic stirs memories of ‘Dear Abby’

on Tuesday, 09 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Prine classic stirs memories of ‘Dear Abby’
I was listening to an old John Prine song called “Dear Abby” the other day and it brought back memories of reading the much-loved syndicated column in the local newspaper. The letters she shared and her responses to them rarely failed to make you grin. Th

SLOAN COLUMN: ‘Welcome to the best day evah’

on Tuesday, 02 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN:  ‘Welcome to the best day evah’
Sometimes treasures are found in the most unexpected places. With a tangle of golden brown hair swirling around an angelic face, the baby blues eyes of the soon-to-be five-year-old locked in on the phone screen in her tiny hand. A slight cough is followed
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