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Columns

  • 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
  • Let's ride for Jesus...wow, what an experience

    "The Great Commission," Matthews 28:19-20: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo I am with you always, even until the end of the world. Amen, and Amen."

     

    Once again this year I took part in the Ride For Jesus Sunday, but how cool was this – this year I got to ride with all the motorcycle riders as well!

  • The tough get mowing

    “Are you going to cut the grass today?” my wife will sometimes ask, looking at the overgrown, shaggy, almost knee-high front yard.

    “Can’t,” I’ll respond. “It’s raining. Can’t cut the grass when it’s raining. All that wet grass clogs up the mower.”

  • 2017 CindyMackie Foundation Gala- what a great night!

    "I believe in pink. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles." – Audrey Hepburn

     

  • Armstrong's underwear

    Have you ever had a yard sale, but found yourself unable to part with treasured keepsakes? Or, are you a pack rat like me who never wants to throw away anything even if it has no value and it’s been buried out of sight and out of mind in a closet for 10 or so years?

    “OK, we can definitely get rid of this ratty old pair of Scooby Doo underwear,” my wife might say.

  • Toddling the streets of Columbia enjoying some alone time

    "It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not." ~ Andre Gide

    Over the weekend I had the most exciting time just toddling the streets of downtown Columbia and Five Points, all by myself. I know so many of you think you can never do things alone, but to tell you the truth, I can just look and walk and eat, and if I feel like it, stop in here and there and shop and just enjoy myself, all by myself! 

  • I can’t wait for winter and chapped lips
  • A finger-lickin’ page turner

    Have you ever seen those cheap, paperback romance novels on bookstore shelves? I’m sure you’ve never actually read one…but the covers usually feature a muscled-up guy’s chest and a somewhat scantily clad woman. You usually don’t see the people from the neck up for some reason. I’m guessing either they do that to allow your imagination to determine what the people look like, or the body models don’t want their mamas seeing them half naked on a book cover.

  • A boar-ing column

    I didn’t expect to see anything new as I drove from my house to Dixie High School in Due West, South Carolina on Saturday for a softball game. Why would I, what with the route I took being what one would best describe as “rural?”