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I can still see that wilderness road, sand and rocks to the horizon, as we drove south from Amman, Jordan, to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra. I was a college junior, wide-eyed at my first international travel, and four of my closest friends were along for the dusty bus ride and a few class...
Before I had kids, the news was just the news. It was something you watched at six pm and then moved on to something more entertaining. Now that I have children the news is just plain scary. It’s a frightening mishmash of terrorist attacks, murders, shootings, and election candidates who promise to...
In my last article or so, there was mention of several places which once were very active and useful and then were gone as if they never existed. Well, I do not know how I overlooked one very obvious place and that was the former Copeland Plaza. On a recent trip to and from Laurens, I was thinking...
The ear-splitting sounds you heard last Tuesday evening might well have been heads exploding in the South Harper St. Extension area near Laurens – home of some of the most vocal and virulent opposition to zoning/land use/planning in Laurens County. Laurens County Council voted 5-0 (Dianne Anderson...
There is an expression of love in the world that belongs naturally to mothers. Of course, it’s known to non-mothers, too, and there’s no guarantee that a mother’s heart will sustain or can even bear it for any child. But there is a natural caring love of a mother for her child, and it belongs to...
Already, we are allowing the names of law enforcement officers shot to death by former military personnel to fade into the woodwork. We are outraged, saddened, and perplexed by the violence around us. So much so that it is much easier to pray for “The Five Dallas police officers” and now,...
While most people think of a summer vacation as a week at the beach, the mountains or a cruise, that is not how I have spent my last seven summer vacations. I must confess I did spend a few days at Pawleys Island, but not the whole week. Part of the mayor’s and vouncilmembers’ jobs is to represent...
It could come as a surprise to some folks but I some way or the other had the feeling that there could have been something of a caste system in place at Clinton mills and perhaps at other mill villages as well. It seemed to me that children of certain families were called on to assist with certain...
Saturday, July 1, 2016, was a good morning for meeting two old friends and seeing more breakfast-hungry people than I have ever seen crowding into the Hardee’s on Hwy. 56, North. My wife and one grandson, Michael, told me Friday night that they wanted to go eat breakfast at Hardee’s Saturday...
We don’t have a blue problem. We don’t have a black problem. We have a black and white problem. It all boils down to the fact – the fact – that too many white Americans don’t like black Americans and too many black Americans don’t like white Americans. To think that’s not the overriding,...

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