Kennard: Newest grad has proud father

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:18 p.m.

Pardon me for a minute while I brag about my children, specifically my youngest child, Tall Sam. Sam is the youngest of our four children. He’s got an older brother who actually may have a couple of inches in height on him, but at 6 foot, 5 inches I still look up to him.

Fight poverty by investing in opportunity

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:17 p.m.

Growing up in poverty was not fun. To be certain, there was a lot of love in my house, and I will never be able to repay my mother for the sacrifices she made to keep a roof over our head. But when you are using the oven to heat your house, or your grandmother is walking miles upon miles each day to work as a maid because she could not afford the …

Smith Says: Questions: Why are we so tired? Cocktails anyone?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:22 p.m.

Random thoughts while washing my car and wondering why every bird within 50 miles apparently has GPS leading directly to my windshield:

Smith: How well do we really know anyone?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 10:44 a.m.

Last week my husband, Widdle Baby, and I were watching some mindless network TV show. A ruggedly handsome doctor was tenderly cupping the face of a beautiful nurse.

Kennard: Search for a home an adventure

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 10:43 a.m.

I’ve been looking for a home recently as I prepare to move my family across the country. High school graduation day in Utah is May 26, and we plan to be in a moving van very soon after that.

Smith: Love in marriage has nothing to do with feather pillows

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:35 a.m.

Random thoughts while glumly weeding the rose garden and wondering if I need Adderall:

Editor’s Notes: Journalists look forward to election season

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 10:25 a.m.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, it’s election season – again.

Good housekeepers channel their Tupperware spirit animal

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 10:24 a.m.

Scene: A house.

Being short, petite has its ups and downs UPDATED

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 10:08 a.m.

Most of the time I don’t mind being short. Excuse me, petite.

Editor’s Notes: Keep those cards and letters coming

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 11:11 a.m.

A note on letters to the editor:

Flower tunes for Flowertown Festival

Thursday, March 31, 2016 10:36 a.m.

The Flowertown Festival begins Friday in Summerville, but there’s no reason not to get in the flower spirit now. Here are 10 songs – some classic, some obscure – that will help you prepare for – or take your mind off – the 200,000-plus people expected to visit our area in the next few days.

Smith Says: Dance like nobody’s watching (and hope that no one is!)

Thursday, March 31, 2016 10:37 a.m.

I don’t dance, and I didn’t even before I went deaf.

Smith Says: Drinking while shopping - an idea whose time has come?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:02 p.m.

Tar-jzay just got more interesting.

Smith Says: Moving is for the birds

Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Like all married couples, Widdle Baby and I have faced challenges: Death, surgery, Atkins, the usual. Through it all, we’ve stayed strong and committed.

Second Amendment, Safe Haven bills move forward

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 12:23 p.m.

Second Amendment Preservation Act: The House approved and sent the Senate H.4701, the “Second Amendment Preservation Act.” The legislation provides that the state of South Carolina shall not enforce any federal law, rule, or regulation that took effect after January 1, 2016, that limits the right of a person to own, possess, or use a …

Editor’s Notes: Sports rookie appreciates sports legends

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:26 a.m.

One of the first rules of journalism that every writer learns early on is “write what you know.”

Smith Says: Firing teacher for nude selfie teaches all the wrong lessons

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:24 a.m.

By now you’ve probably heard about Leigh Anne Arthur, a teacher at the Career and Technology Center at Union County High School.

Smith: Rise above grumpy person syndrome

Thursday, March 3, 2016 3:13 p.m.

My life is made of stardust, rainbows and unicorns. NOT.

Smith: Rise above grumpy person syndrome

Thursday, March 3, 2016 3:41 p.m.

My life is made of stardust, rainbows and unicorns. NOT.

Smith: Note to Southern men: Manners matter UPDATED

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 11:33 a.m.

As most of you know, I’m a proud daughter of the South.

Kennard: Make voting a family tradition

Thursday, February 18, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Mothers teach us lots of things. Mine taught me to vote.

Hoarding purses and other confessions

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:46 p.m.

You know how when you get together with friends to eat and have an adult beverage, the tone soon turns confessional?

FAFSA changes could effect college students UPDATED

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:59 a.m.

If you have a child in college, you’re probably familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed to help ensure that students don’t miss out on federal and state grants, work-study jobs and loans.

Smith Says: Country living is pretty good ‘out here’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:53 a.m.

My husband won’t like this column, but I’ve been living it long enough to write it.

Zika virus is nothing to sneeze at

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:43 p.m.

The Zika virus has the media abuzz.

Lack of focus produces two traps

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 7:24 p.m.

After his resurrection, Jesus Christ gave a charge to his disciples. He wanted them to maintain their focus of making disciples of all nations.

No unmade beds here

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 11:54 a.m.

Do you make your bed every morning? And how is this even a question?

New Year’s Wishes

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 2:21 p.m.

Well, Christmas has come and gone and I’m still wearing my stretchy pants. I gorged on fruitcake, toffee, chocolate and Trader Joe’s coconut bars until my taste buds rebelled. You know that “ugh” point, when you’ve eaten so much nothing looks good? That’s where I am.

Editor’s Notes: Breaking news is what we’re all about

Editor’s Notes: Breaking news is what we’re all about
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 10:27 a.m.

Here in the news biz we spend a lot of time thinking about breaking news - the kinds of stories that happen unexpectedly, like fires and crashes and …

Editor’s Notes: Spoiler alert: How to be a good gift giver

Thursday, December 24, 2015 11:15 a.m.

As I emerged from the Azalea Square theater Saturday – Star Wars spoiler alert: popcorn and a drink cost me nearly $15 – I realized I still had a handful of Christmas gifts I needed to track down.

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