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home : opinions : columns December 17, 2014 

Enjoy the light displays
One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is drive around town to enjoy the decorations and lights. I have found some spectacular home displays on Edisto Drive, St. Anthony Ave., Brunwood Drive, and I always enjoy driving down Juanita, Oleander and Iris Drive. This year Florence has the added light displays at the Florence Festival of Lights which continues this weekend, Dec. 19 and 20. This is at Hoffmeyer Place, which is located at 2441 Hoffmeyer Road. There is a small fee, $10 for cars with eight of less people, but the money goes to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. The bonus is you can see a lot of colorful displays located in one place and you can stop to visit Santa’s Village where there is hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Gates open at 5 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. The Festival of Lights is similar to the Lights at James Island County Park near Charleston. 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Christmas thoughts and quotes
  • Remember, This December, That love weighs more than gold! – Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon 
  • Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. – Peg Bracken 
  • It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. – W.T. Ellis 
  • I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. – Charles Dickens 
  • When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? – G.K. Chesterton 
  • Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. – Larry Wilde, 
  • The Merry Book of Christmas At Christmas, all roads lead home. – Marjorie Holmes 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Can you find the mistletoe?
Now that the trees are dropping their leaves, you can see mistletoe flourishing off their branches. I love searching and spotting mistletoe high up in naked trees. When travelling with my granddaughters, I encourage them to help me look for the green masses tugging on tree limbs. They indulge me, but really don’t get into it as much as I do – at least not yet. I’m not sure if it is the legend of Mistletoe or just a fondness of nature that appeals to me, but I love finding and breaking off a twig of the small green leaves and white berries that have become entangled in our Christmas traditions. I’ve been fascinated with mistletoe since hearing as a child the song “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Under the Mistletoe Last Night.” 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Being thankful for everything
As we approach the day of Thanksgiving it is easy to look around and find many blessings that God has provided. Sometimes, however, we go through circumstances wondering where the blessings are. That is the real test. Usually, time and patience will provide the answer. God’s Word instructs us to give thanks for everything. (1 Thessalonians 5:18). So, how do I give thanks when someone I love passes? My best answer at this point is to be thankful for the relationship with that person, their love, and for the time we had together. I can also be encouraged knowing that person is with the Lord! How do I give thanks when someone comes into my home and steals my gold jewelry, including pieces that were sentimental and irreplaceable? My best answer today is that while I miss having those things, I really didn’t need them – I am fine without them.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Quotes and Jewish proverbs
  • Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. – Albert Einstein 
  • If life were fair, Elvis would still be alive today and all the impersonators would be dead. – Johnny Carson
  • If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living. – Yiddish Proverb
  • America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked. – David Letterman
  • The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks. – Yiddish Proverb
  • What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth. – Yiddish proverb
  • When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife. – Prince Philip
  • A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right. – Yiddish Proverb One old friend is better than two new ones. – Yiddish Proverb
  • The only reason they say “Women and children first” is to test the strength of the lifeboats. – Jean Kerr
  • I’ve been married to a communist and a fascist, and neither would take out the garbage. – Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself. – Harrison Ford 
  • The best cure for sea sickness, is to sit under a tree. – Spike Milligan
  • Lawyers believe a man is innocent until proven broke. – Robin Hall
  • “Having more money doesn’t make you happier. I have 50 million dollars but I’m just as happy as when I had 48 million.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger. 
  • We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea. – WH Auden
  • We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein
  • One of life’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world. – Jewish Proverb
  • Thanks to Charlie Howle for passing along these quotes and Jewish proverbs

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Old sayings from the Bible
Many of you will recognize these old sayings that originate from scripture: DOUBTING THOMAS This phrase comes from John 20: 24-27. After his resurrection Jesus appeared to his disciples. However one of them, named Thomas, was absent. When the others told him that Jesus was alive Thomas said he would not believe until he saw the marks on Jesus’ hands and the wound in his side caused by a Roman spear. Jesus appeared again and told Thomas ‘Stop doubting and believe!’ EAT DRINK AND BE MERRY This old saying is from Ecclesiastes 8:15 'a man has no better thing under the sun than to eat and to drink and be merry'.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Facts about our great state
If you remember your South Carolina history, you know that our great state entered the Union on May 23, 1788 to become the 8th state. Here are a few more facts and trivia concerning our state, according to www. 50states.com The introduction of tobacco in 1894 rocketed Mullins into the Tobacco Capital of South Carolina. As many as 200 tobacco barns sprang up throughout the community. Warehouses were also constructed and the first tobacco sale took place on August 28, 1895. Sumter has the largest Gingko farm in the world. South Carolina is the nation’s leading peach producer and shipper east of the Mississippi River. South Carolina’s smallest county is McCormick at 360 square miles while the largest county is Horry at 1,134 square miles. Campbell’s Covered Bridge built in 1909, is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina, off Hwy. 14 near Gowensville.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The new museum is now open
On a mild and sunny Saturday morning, under a beautiful cornflower blue sky, about 100 of us waited anxiously during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the official opening of the new Florence County Museum. We were treated to remarks by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham, executive editor, Random House and former editor of “Newsweek.” During his remarks about the importance of our local history, he was interrupted briefly by the whistle and rumblings from a nearby passing train, and he paused to remind us that it was the railroad that started our town.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What were they thinking?
There is an old saying, people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. While I don’t live in a glass house, I have spent my career working with newspapers, so I know how easy it is to make a typo or mistake, especially under deadline pressure. I have certainly made my share. However, a recent email of a collection of “accidental” headlines sent by friend Licia Stone are too much fun not to share. 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Puns for 'educated minds'
Many of you readers enjoy puns, so I thought you might enjoy these sent to me from my friend Charlie Howle: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome back fall!
Fall is here! The fall season officially began Monday evening at 10:29 p.m. For many of us, fall is a welcome reprieve from the high humidity of summer. We are ready for cooler temperatures which makes enjoying the outdoors more comfortable. Fall also ushers in spectacular color displays from our trees and shrubs. According to the University of Illinois Extension, fall color starts in September with poison ivy and sumac, and ends in November with the larches and weeping willows. Frost and freezing temperatures stop the coloration process and blacken the leaves. 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014








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