Before my trumpet was stolen, my wife Becky had heard me play many times. Through her earplugs. She knew I was no Louis Armstrong, hence the big surprise on Christmas morning when her gift contained a well-worn, secondhand trumpet.

Fall in the Lowcountry often feels like it's missing something — fall color. Inconsistencies in climate usually lead to a disappointing show, but when we have everything fall into place, these tree species will naturally produce the colors we sorely lack.

The consumption of fine wine and spirits needs to be approached responsibly for two reasons: 1) Alcohol in general has caused a multitude of societal ills over the millennia, which always needs to be borne in mind, and (with that preface and on a much lighter note), 2) They can put a serious dent in one’s pocket book.

In this column Chaplain Norris Burkes talks about preaching at his father's funeral, concluding that when bad things happen God will give you strength, but he will also give tears in equal measure.

Usually this time of year Edward Gilbreth will reprint something by one of South Carolina’s great literary artists that captures the essence of Thanksgiving and autumn in the South. This year he didn’t have to look far.

Congresswoman Nancy Mace is in for a very long year. Already, several Republicans have announced they will run against her in the June GOP primary, and twice as many more could sign up before the spring deadline … including some well-known former candidates, maybe even one with the backing of the former guy.

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