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Columns

  • What's in a (mascot) name?

    “So, you’re from Mullins?” someone asked me last week as I walked my dogs on the beach.

    It was a logical assumption for someone to make. After all, I was wearing a Mullins Auctioneers t-shirt.

    “Nope. Only been there once in my whole life…and that was to buy this t-shirt,” I said.

  • The Ubiquitous BBQ Column (Sort Of)

    Our revered editor Travis Jenkins is, as he told you in his column, on vacation this week. It’s well deserved, because he has to put up with the craziness at this office pretty much 24/7 and if for no other reason, he has to deal with me on a daily basis. That qualifies anyone for a vacation, up to and including my wife Jenny.

  • Work, work, work

    Are you one of those people who find it hard to leave work behind when you have a day off? I sure am, mostly because of what I do for a living. Being an editor or reporter at a newspaper is kind of like being the president…you are always a reporter or editor, day and night every day, just like the president is always the president. Things don’t stop happening or take a break for people in either position. Did I just compare my job to that of president of the United States? I think I did…I’M AS IMPORTANT AS THE PRESIDENT! Not really.

  • Happy birthday, Mac – baby girl things and dreams

    When I was a tiny baby girl, my mama bought me a baby girl pearl necklace. Each year as both Cindy and I would celebrate our birthdays, mama would take our baby girl pearl necklace to the jeweler and have another baby pearl added. It was a beautiful thing, and both Cindy and I had one. We wore them ever so proud, because it was something ever so precious. 

  • Beer grits are gross, part II
  • Building History

    If you haven’t heard about the Smithsonian travelling exhibition coming to Chester by now, you’ve been living in a cave for the past year. Some of you may be tired of hearing about it, but I bet most of you are intrigued. I had a rare opportunity to see the exhibition firsthand when I volunteered to help put it together.

  • If at first you don't succeed...

    Have you ever heard the story that the “40” in WD-40, stands for “40th formula?” That means before the spray that can fix almost anything that is stuck and won’t move was perfected, there were 39 formulas that didn’t work. It’s a little known fact that the first-ever phone call from Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant (Thomas Watson) did not involve Bell saying “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” Watson’s line was actually busy the first time Bell tried to call him.

  • Hello Potomac, I'm finally here - luckily in one piece

    Okay, so I left you last week with this one last paragraph:

    "I leave at 6:30 in the morning, headed to the Potomac with my manuscript in hand! It's about an eight hour drive for me, and I have to be there in person before 6 p.m. tomorrow night for dinner with my group! Please be lifting me up as I make the journey, not only as a driver but as an aspiring writer!  Woo-hoo! Potomac, here I come!"

  • Woo-hoo! Potomac, here I come - all for the love of writing

    Well last year during the fall, I applied for a Writers Retreat Scholarship with Algonkian Writers. Each year they have several retreats for people just like me who love to write but want to be better at it – more creative, more expressive, more alluring, just better at the craft they so dearly love. And each year, writers just like me submit 20 pages of their latest manuscript and apply for the scholarship. Out of all the applicants, only 12 are chosen. 

  • Better than a Hot Pocket