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The origin of cockfighting dates back thousands of years, but it was during Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage to the Philippines in 1521 that modern cockfighting was first documented by his chronicl…

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My friend Michael Bairefoot is a Master Magician in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. He likes to call himself an illusionist and comedy magician. I still think of him as an award-winning Master Magician.

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Last week I whined about losing weight the difficult way. Extreme weight loss programs work – if you stick with them - for a lifetime. But who does that? I’m guessing one percent of the population!

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A few weeks ago I was writing about my grandfather and his friend having an economy race. They were trying to see who could get the best gas mileage in their car. People still do that sort of thing.

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I’ve got a big steak knife on my desk. The knife is used for a letter opener. There are several other letter openers around too. There is one with my initials on it. Another has a folding knif…

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The saying goes “Eat to live” but I live to eat. I’m also paying the price for eating some things that help put on the pounds. I thought I was getting my act back together in January when I pr…

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One problem with all Americans making a minimum of $15 an hour is that some business owners don’t make $15 an hour.

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Been watching a lot of videos lately. There are some interesting things out there. These short videos can get you interested in lots of stuff. Short videos are fun The video is only about 10 m…

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I’m not an expert on epidemiology, endocrinology, or anything to do with medicine. All the talk about vaccines or immunization or all the big words you can throw around don’t help me much. It …

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March is designated as Women’s History Month. The celebration started a Women’s History Week in Santa Rosa, California and we celebrate the many contributions women have made in American histo…

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They’ve torn down Club Soul Chile! You might not know it as Club Soul Chile. It was a building between St. Stephens and Bonneau. It was built back in the sixties. Apparently it was a night clu…

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Since I’m out of Dove dark chocolate I had time to search for fun facts.

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Last week I tried out the new ER beds at Williamsburg Regional Hospital. They were nice, considering they’re hospital beds. I wasn’t there to write about them though. I was there as a patient.

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Last week I collected my winnings for picking Tampa Bay to win the Super Bowl. I got a dollar bill and a Pepsi. I’ve been betting with a friend for the last ten years about who would win the S…

This column was published in August 2017. It bears to be repeated with some additions.

Just got rid of the last of the Christmas Oranges. Don’t know where all these oranges got into the Christmas time business. Whoever thought of giving oranges at Christmas was a genius.

Put a camera in my hand and I’m happy.  I’m old fashioned. I grew up using a Polaroid camera. As I grew, my taste in cameras also grew. I advanced to 35mm film cameras and when I went to photo…

Talked with one of my old teammates the other day. Jimmy Boyd and I played football about fifty years ago. Yea, it really was fifty years ago. We talked about old classmates and where the last…

Hey, did you see the thing about the XL Pipeline? Now there is an executive order about stopping the XL Pipeline. What’s the deal? The Obama administration wouldn’t let them build the pipeline…

Before you go on to the next sentence, I want to warn you. The things I’m about to write about may be offensive to some readers.

I just quit watching a television series. It’s nothing important. The series was a comedy show that was popular about 20 years ago.

There’s an awakening happening. It’s not about politics or uprisings. It’s about little buildings in the back yard that lend a bit of solitude to the owner. They go by she sheds, scrap shacks …

My camper project is complete. It wasn’t really a project at all but my wife was scared it was going to start. I’ve been watching videos about people that are living in campers and traveling a…

Last July the popular video sharing app, TikToc was in the headlines. It was deemed by many as a Chinese spy machine. Government officials, CEOs, and many young influencers warned us of the da…

You ever fall down a rabbit hole? I see people do it all the time. Mostly, it is a phone that gets someone distracted. They will start looking at their phone and won’t look up for an hour. One…

Say it isn’t so, No resolutions for the New Year? Wow, January 2 was a different kind of day. I met up with some of the regular brain trust. We got started on our regular conversations and wil…

Why is it, when the New Year comes around we are motivated to reach a goal or make a change? One definition of motivation is, “having an incentive or a strong desire to do well or succeed in s…

2020 has been without a doubt one of the most unsettling, emotionally draining, and honestly, one of the strangest years in my life thus far!

On the first Christmas Mary and Joseph had traveled to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. They were among a multitude of other people who were making the same trip for the same reason.

Every year The News reaches out to our local schools and asks the teachers to send us their children’s Christmas list to Santa. We received an astonishing 600+ letters. They are published in t…

I’ve been good this year. In fact I’ve been so good, I have two Christmas stockings hanging up. Okay, maybe I haven’t been that good but I do have two Christmas stockings.

One of my friends turns 69 this week. Happy Birthday. That’s good and bad for me. I’ll be turning 69 in a few weeks. The bad part, what age are you really? My friend’s father in law always had…

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This year has been full of unforeseen challenges. The pandemic has forced us to adjust many aspects of our daily lives as we adapt to a new normal. While technology has played a vital role in …

Back in the 1980s there was a flurry of fright (and lawsuits) over subliminal messages in music. Several well-known bands, including Judas Priest, Ozzy Osborne and 2 Live Crew were in the hot …

The madness of Thanksgiving continues. I’m not talking about all the food we had either. Now we are headed into the strange shopping season that comes after Thanksgiving dinner.

Here we go. Turkey day is over and Santa is on the way. One week ago, we stuffed ourselves with every fatty concoction known to man. And we enjoyed it. Now we’re planning for the Christmas fea…

It’s that time of year. Did you remember to set your bathroom scales back 15 pounds for Thanksgiving Week? I gained 12 pounds in a weekend. You might even have said something like that. Well, …

I’ve often written about Thanksgiving but this time I wanted to do something different. The COVID-19 pandemic is nearing a year. No one knows when it will end, or if indeed, it ever will. Some…

I’m sure you read about it. Brandon Richburg has been working Mid-Eastern Graphics for the last 15 years. There is a lot more to the story than you think. Sure, you might be thinking that 15 y…

2020 will be remembered for more than we want to remember including the painful November 3, election. Our country was already suffering from the Pandemic and all its spin-off problems. Unemplo…

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