Nicky... The Million Dollar Mutt

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Our dog has cost us more than my college education. Granted, it was in-state tuition 35 years ago, but still.

Super (Bowl) Shrimp Gumbo

Friday, January 30, 2015 12:01 a.m.

‘We first experienced this delicious meal after our dear friends treated us to a holiday carriage ride. It was the perfect ending to a special …

Red, white and flu

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Remember the theme song from the Mary Tyler Moore show, “Love is All Around”? Lately the title could be “Flu is All Around. …

Report from the mayors’ conference

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:01 a.m.

I was among 300 mayors who attended the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington last week. We talked transportation, jobs and …

What next?

Friday, January 23, 2015 12:01 a.m.

What next?

Armadillo by morning

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Coyotes, like armadillos, are now apparently everywhere. And by “everywhere” I mean near my house.

Legislature must not duck critical road debate

Friday, January 16, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Voters do not trust the General Assembly and with good reason. We have repeatedly failed to address glaring weaknesses in our state’s infrastructure system and with the start of the legislative session in Columbia it appears the momentum to deal with the issue has been replaced by excuses as to why, once again, we can’t address our …

5-year-olds snowboard better than me

Friday, January 16, 2015 12:35 p.m.

Consistent users of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram know that 20-something girls like to ring in the New Year by prancing through clubs and bars in …

Supreme sweet potatoes

Friday, January 16, 2015 12:01 a.m.

“Highest ranking, superior, premier, greatest, ultimate and peerless” are but a few synonyms for the word “supreme.” And …

Change is inevitable, but not to be feared

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:01 a.m.

This is a request for those who think the proposed and approved development (hotel, condo, convention center and parking garage) for the downtown area is a positive step to please come forward! Come voice your approval and stand behind the mayor, town council and Board of Architectural Review. I believe that although this development represents a …

A Thank You Note

Friday, January 9, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Dear Todd,

Some goals for 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Ah, yes, a new year. Here we go. Traditionally, this is the time to set goals that we’ll abandon within three weeks, if pop psychology is to be …

‘Right Field’

Friday, January 2, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Sometimes ideas, inspirations or incentives can come from the least likely places.

Here we go again ...

Thursday, January 1, 2015 12:01 a.m.

It’s a New Year.

Some thoughts as 2015 rolls in

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 9:01 a.m.

If you’re reading this, we’ve made it through another year. Hallelujah!

BDB and other holiday traditions

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

Family Christmas traditions are what build wonderful seasonal memories. But like all things under construction, these patterns need adjusting over …

Pastor promises open arms to DD2’s needs

Friday, December 26, 2014 12:01 p.m.

In light of the recent publicity concerning Oakbrook Elementary and its thwarted attempt to provide canned goods for our Community Impact Ministry, I thought it appropriate to share my heart concerning these developments. I’m sure you will understand when I say that while I am not speaking on behalf of our entire congregation, I do recognize the …

Request for neutrality doesn’t attack faith

Friday, December 26, 2014 12:01 p.m.

Recently the American Humanist Association sent a letter to Oakbrook Elementary School requesting that they end their fundraiser for Old Fort Baptist Church (OFBC), citing it as a constitutional violation of the Establishment Clause. Last week, Dorchester District Two (DD2) officials agreed to “refrain from endorsing, sponsoring, or fundraising …

A Navy Christmas - Dec. 25, 1998

Thursday, December 25, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Just five days earlier I had arrived to the snow covered ground of what would become my home for the next two months - Great Lakes, Ill.

A Christmas cake to remember

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 12:01 p.m.

Most folks have a collection of special holiday recipes they pull out every year. I do, too. They’re filed in my mother’s old wooden recipe box, …

A mayoral wish list

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

I sat down at my desk at Town Hall last week to write this monthly column. A lot of thoughts ran through my mind about Christmas and the busyness …

Lowcountry Riffs

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:01 a.m.

It could have been a complete and unmitigated disaster. It could have even dangerously imperiled the free world as they knew it.

Happy Birthday Summerville!

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Christmastide is always special in our town because Summerville has a December birthday. It was 167 years and two days ago that she became an …

Julie offers birthday words of wisdom

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 10:48 a.m.

My birthday was last week, and it’s astonishing that I’ve survived 54 years on this planet relatively unscathed. I say “relatively” because I’ve had …

Mozart, a “marriage,” and the middle school student:Using The Marriage of Figaro to teach the Enlightenment

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 10:54 a.m.

Last summer, I received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to study Mozart’s operas in Vienna, Austria. As I listened to his masterpieces ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ every day for three weeks, ideas danced daily in my head about how to make this opera study accessible to my students. Music and movement …

Catching Santa in the act ...

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:01 a.m.

In addition to my rampant ADD, I was an obsessive child.

Puttin’ on the Ritz

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

Sandy and Jim Hamilton’s main holiday celebration comes on Christmas Eve when her menu always includes Oplatki and often features dishes fashioned …

Holiday traditions

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

Awhile back, I thought it might be fun to see what folks do for Christmas elsewhere in the world.

I’ll never understand ‘Black Friday’

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

Deck the halls with boughs of crazy, tra la la la la la la la!

Mt. P’s present could be Summerville’s future

Friday, December 5, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Summerville residents have been following reports of Mt. Pleasant’s development controversy with interest. The proliferation of apartment and commercial buildings near the heart of Mt. Pleasant’s “Old Village,” based on a plan adopted a decade ago, is now causing conflict and division among its citizens. The Oct. 26 issue of the Post and Courier …

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