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Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

Friday, October 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Food often evokes as many wonderful memories as any other aspects of our lives.

Some thoughts on punishment

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 2:15 p.m.

The “corporal punishment” debate blew up last month when Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted after allegedly beating his four- …

How The Homestead Exemption Can Help Reduce Your Taxes

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 11:55 a.m.

The South Carolina Homestead Exemption allows eligible taxpayers to be tax exempt on the first $50,000 of assessed value on their primary residence. To be eligible, a taxpayer must be 65 years of age or older as of Dec. 31 of the previous tax year, or 100 percent totally and permanently disabled or legally blind. Furthermore, a taxpayer must …

Newspapers look out for community’s well-being

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 8:13 a.m.

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s famous line was he “got no respect.”

‘ . . .no Buddy quite so true’

Friday, October 3, 2014 10:03 a.m.

These partial lyrics by Gus Kahn in the chorus of the song “My Buddy” published in 1922 could have been penned about our dog Buddy who left us last …

Ramblings from Julie

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:01 a.m.

My mind is all over the place lately. I blame it on hormone shifts but the less we talk about that, the better.

Scrumptious outtakes

Friday, September 26, 2014 12:01 a.m.

It’s no small matter to invite 1,000 people to stroll through your home, so Scrumptious Kitchen Tour hosts are much appreciated.

Mayor outlines budget plans

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:01 a.m.

One of my tasks as mayor is to develop a balanced budget each year. The town’s proposed budget for next year will be presented for first reading at …

Random thoughts

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:30 p.m.

Random thoughts while folding laundry and wondering if we will all mildew before the rain stops. (This being South Carolina, and this being written a …

Brollies and bumbershoots UPDATED

Friday, September 19, 2014 1:10 a.m.

Umbrellas have been a bane of my existence since my first pink parasol. It was part of a precious spring ensemble when I was five and came with a …

I haven’t owned a normal dog yet

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

I’ve never had a sock-eating Great Dane, but I’ve owned some goofy dogs.

Kudos to Kitchen Tour volunteers

Friday, September 12, 2014 12:01 a.m.

When Marlena Myers, chair and guiding spirit for Summerville’s Scrumptious Kitchen Tour, knocked on Jane Askeland’s door a few seasons ago and asked …

Marilyn’s place…

Friday, September 12, 2014 12:01 p.m.

Around this time of year I get the hankering to head for the hills – the North Carolina Mountains, actually – and this year the itch is coming on …

The friendly skies?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Remember when it was fun to fly the friendly skies? Back when flight attendants were called stewardesses, traveling by airplane was special. Meals …

In the kitchen with Mike

Friday, September 5, 2014 10:45 a.m.

One of the best cooks in our family is our son-in-law Mike Gatch, a gifted musician as well as a kitchen guru, who cooked up a luscious Labor Day …

Enemy Mine

Friday, September 5, 2014 12:01 p.m.

I can see him just out of the corner of my eye. Felt him first, even as he scampered mindlessly across the back of my hand. He’s waving at me now, …

Thoughts on dancing

Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:28 p.m.

There’s a Facebook post going around that features a 91-year-old woman who is A) Lovely, slender and blonde and B) Dancing up a storm. She’s gliding …

Queen for a day

Friday, August 29, 2014 10:01 a.m.

I can claim royal blood for my family. It goes back through British history. Not 400 years maybe – but a tenth of that. And it’s inherited in a …

Dixie’s Story

Friday, August 29, 2014 12:01 a.m.

This is Dixie. She lives with my in-laws. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at lunch time, Dixie was fine, barking from outside, at the ladies visiting my mother-in- …

Signs, signs ...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:46 a.m.

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to advertising signs and billboards while on the road lately. I don’t text and drive during my frequent travels, but I do take the occasional peek at the signs along the way.

Weird, wild stuff

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:23 p.m.

Once you’re in the news business, you’re never really out of the news business. Which is why I’m still obsessed with the news business.

From the mayor’s desk

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:01 a.m.

My wife, Margaret, and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with a Seine River cruise in France earlier this month. We booked it a year ago and …

Lowcountry Riffs

Friday, August 22, 2014 12:01 a.m.

So I received this nondescript little package in the mail the other day — looked sort of like yet another credit card offer.

We all have our little quirks ...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:01 p.m.

Isn’t it funny how we obsess over the little things?

I want a clock with a slow hand

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:51 p.m.

I was lamenting time’s passage the other day in a Facebook post, about how you seem to have all the time in the world when there’s nothing to look forward to, but the moment you find someone you really like and would love to spend all your time with, somebody upstairs hits the fast forward button.

Jezebel sauce is wickedly sweet & spicy

Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:43 p.m.

Jezebel, the “wicked temptress” of the Old Testament, is the perfect name for a traditional southern sauce that’s a blend of sweetness and spicy …

At least I’ve never been skunked

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:01 a.m.

I’m clumsy. Awkward. A klutz. Always have been.

On hunting thingies ...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:21 p.m.

It is well documented that I am not a handyman.

Igpay Atinlay?

Friday, August 8, 2014 8:01 a.m.

So, there we were lolling by the pool one day when one of my DNA descendants asked if I’d ever heard of something called “Pig Latin.”

It’s time

Thursday, August 7, 2014 3:27 p.m.

It’s early. Barely daylight.

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