Recent Articles

top story
  • Updated

Is it time for somebody to just say maybe we should just rethink this idea? Perhaps this one doesn’t need to be bigger and louder and more spectacular than anybody else’s? Have you ever been invited to what’s known as a gender reveal party? It might be time for the adults to stand up and say…

top story

As I backed out of the driveway recently, an unwelcome notification appeared on my dashboard. This little light can mess your day up, because it can mean so many different things. It’s the ever-popular check engine light that vehicles now come programmed with to tell the driver something’s n…

top story

Since it’s Labor Day and many of you have the day off, it seems like a good time to discuss the use of your time and energy in dealing with unwanted calls to your phones. I haven’t had a land line at my house since 2004. Initially, we took it out just to cut some costs. After all, we all had…

top story

For those of us Baby Boomers, especially those raised in the South, it was not uncommon to refer to ourselves as Coppertone babies. In the summer, we’d spend most of our time playing outside. In doing so, we’d often wear little more than a pair of shorts. Boys often were shirtless. For the g…

top story

It’s fairly common for me to explore topics here that cause us to pause and remember. Some of that is simply a product of getting older, I suppose. I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time looking in the rear view window, primarily, because, at this point, there’s more behind me than in front.

top story

Grandmothers do their fair share of running here and there to stay active and connected to their personal lives and to their children’s families. One moment they may be providing a casserole for a church supper and the next hour attending a grandchild’s dance recital or batting tee game.

top story

When Larry Kreyling was 10 years old, he and his brother slept in the attic of their home in Overland, Missouri. Surrounding the boys were ten 4x8-foot train tables constructed by their dad. The boys fell asleep each night as the faint whistle of the engine clambered around the track. As the…

top story

From the parking lot of a West Ashley strip mall store front, there are distinct sounds that cause a slight pause and a curious glance. The sign above says Grit Box Fitness. The sound emanating from the open door includes rope skipping, the thud of punches striking a heavy bag and music from…

top story

On more than one occasion, I’ve told people that the most important class I took in high school just might have been typing. Who knew just how important knowing how to get around a keyboard would be to all of us in the years ahead. In college, the most valuable class I took dealt with vocabu…

top story

As I was growing up, it was my Dad who often controlled when and what we watched on television. This was also at a time when there was only one TV in the house and in order to turn the channel, someone needed to walk across the room and turn the knob to one of the other two options.

top story

Well, here we are, the day before Christmas and if you haven’t done something by now, does it really need to be done? I’ve said before I would be in favor of lengthening the month of December. There’s a pretty good chance, though, it might just give us more time to procrastinate.

It’s rewarding to hear how certain columns connect and resonate with readers. Many of you recently have been kind enough to mention that you look forward to our Monday mornings together. Some of you even admit to making this the first part of the paper you read on Mondays. If that’s true, th…

It was almost five weeks ago, while we were still extracting Halloween candy from our teeth, that I admitted to being less than fond of local radio stations prematurely playing Christmas songs 24 hours a day. Now that we have front yards decorated and some bone-chilling temperatures, I’m all…