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home : opinions : columns July 27, 2015 

A day at the State Museum
Last Saturday, my twin granddaughters, along with my great nephew, and I traveled to Columbia for a day trip to visit The South Carolina State Museum. We all had a great time seeing the many exhibits displayed on the four floors. I particularly enjoyed the Carolina Makers exhibit which had some unique objects made by artisans living in our state. There was a large display of beautifully crafted musical instruments, including guitars, violins and mandolins. 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Poorly understood laws of physics
A reader sent along the following post from the Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Message Board ( I think we can all relate to these “laws of physics”:
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Money keeps the kids in touch

A reader passed along these aphorisms about life. I think they are worth sharing.

  • It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you place the blame.
  • We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart? 
  • A fool and his money can throw one heck of a party. 
  • When blondes have more fun, do they know it? 
  • Everyone has a right to be stupid. Some just abuse the privilege.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It's so hard to say goodbye, Courtney
It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that I write about the passing of Courtney McGinnis Graham. Courtney died on June 25. She was 46 years old. Courtney was a vivacious lady so full of life and it seemed she lived her short life to the fullest. She leaves behind her husband Bob and 10 year-old son Cade. 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Some trivia about our state
Here are a few facts and trivia concerning South Carolina which comes from
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Life from the backside of 50

Like me, many of you are over the hill and on the down side of 50. We’ve discovered that health is the real wealth, not a fat bank account.
Someone emailed the following list that describes our older lifestyle. The author is unknown. 

  • Your kids are becoming you...but your grandchildren are perfect. 
  • The things you used to care to do, you aren’t as interested in anymore, but you really do care that you aren’t as interested. 
  • Going out is good, coming home is better.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Saying goodbye to Trey
It is never easy to lose a family member, a friend or a co-worker. And it is especially hard when he or she is young. Our community said a final goodbye to Cecil Edward “Trey” Floyd III last Wednesday. He was 25 years old.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Excuses not to diet or exercise

Here are a collection of humorous quotes and comments concerning dieting and exercising that I’ve collected. The source of most of them is unknown. 

  • When you reach middle-age, all you exercise is caution.
  • Tried exercise but found I was allergic to it – my skin flushed, my heart raced, I got sweaty, short of breath. Very very dangerous. 
  • “Wow, that Lean Cuisine really filled me up,” said no one - ever!”
  • Shouldn’t tossing and turning at night be considered exercise? 
  • I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them. 
  • I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
  • I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing. 
  • Sweat is fat crying!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dead giveaways of motherhood
Here are some telltale signs of motherhood, followed by Murphy’s Law of Children. These humorous comments were gleaned from emails sent to me over the past several years.

Your feet stick to grape jelly on the kitchen floor – and you don’t care. 
You can’t find your cell phone, so you ask a friend to call you, and you run around the house madly, following the sound until you locate the phone downstairs in the laundry basket. 
Your Facebook posts are about your kid or parenthood.
Popsicles become a food staple.
Your favorite television show is a cartoon. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Rearranged letters in words give meanings
Somebody – I don’t know who – obviously had enough time and patience to rearrange the letters in the following words to come up with short comments about those words. This was sent to me in a email.... enjoy! 
Presbyterian: when you rearrange the letters: best in prayer 
Astronomer : when you rearrange the letters: moon starer 
Aesperation : when you rearrange the letters: a rope ends it 
The eyes: when you rearrange the letters: they see 
George Bush: when you rearrange the letters: he bugs gore 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A few thoughts on aging
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What's first in the morning? Coffee or computer?
Here’s something I found interesting circulating around cyberspace. The author is unknown. You know you are living in 2015 when: 
1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave. 
2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years. 
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three. 
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you. 
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have e-mail addresses. 
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries. 
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen. 
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it. Worse if you lose it. 
10. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee. 
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :) 
12 You're reading this and nodding and laughing. 
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message. 
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list. 
15. You actually looked back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A re-visit to Swan Lake
The weather was beautiful on Saturday afternoon and since I was in the Sumter area with my granddaughters, I took them to Swan Lake Iris Gardens. We all enjoyed watching the swans and other water fowl who make their home here, as well as a long walk along the paths around the lake, stopping to enjoy the flowers and trees already in bloom. After what seems like a long winter, it was just great being outdoors. Both my parents were from Sumter, so they took me and my siblings to the park many times during our childhood. 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A touch of Phyllis Diller's humor
Remember the comedienne Phyllis Diller? Here are a few of her funny quotes passed on to me from a friend. 

“Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age. As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.”
“Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out.”
“The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.”
“A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.”
“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them. “
“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Backstage with 'Noises Off'
I’m working backstage with the play “Noises Off” which is currently running at the Florence Little Theatre. It’s a play within a play, written by playwright Michael Frayn. I’ve heard that he wrote this play as a love letter to the theatre because it depicts the activity and craziness which sometimes takes place behind the scenes during a production. Often, as “Noises Off” demonstrates, the show backstage can be almost as entertaining as the show on stage. Frayn’s play is a British farce which means the acting is melodramatic or “over the top,” and the actors are British. 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Funny e-cards found in cyberspace
I have to share some of these funny e-card sayings that I have collected from emails sent to me and from Facebook. 

I didn’t make it to the gym today, that makes five years in a row
I wish more things in my life could be blamed on auto correct. 
Sure, I’d love to come over and hang out with you while you talk and text with other people on your phone the entire time. 
Let’s go spend a day at the beach checking our email. 
To drink responsibly to some people means don’t spill it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hardware stores are not just for men
I love hardware stores, especially the old style hardware stores. They are fun to browse around because they have so much stuff – not just nuts and bolts and plumbing materials that interest men, but they have some unique gardening, kitchen and home wares. Most of the guys I know, will spend some of their time off from work at a hardware store, when not fishing, hunting or playing golf. My all-time favorite hardware store, Barringer’s Hardware, is gone now. It was located on West Evans Street for as long as I can remember and closed in the late 1990s when owner Jack Barringer died.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My granddaughters are now double digits
They say time flies and it sure has for this grandmother. Sunday was my granddaughters,’ Caroline and Madison, tenth birthday. They told me they reached double digits. Born premature, a few minutes past midnight on Feb. 15, 2005, I considered them my tiny little Valentines. Not tiny anymore, they are still my best Valentine gift ever. We’ve had some great times together over the last 10 years.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Having fun with oxymorons
Consider the following oxymorons from God’s Little Acre, a Christian website:
Act naturally 
Resident alien 
Genuine imitation 
Hospital food 
Same difference 
Government organization 
Alone together 
Silent scream 
Small crowd 
Soft rock 
Military intelligence 
Software documentation

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Finding joy in dipping slaw
I was blessed to able to spend last Thursday at the West Florence Volunteer Fire Station volunteering with about 400 others preparing and serving chicken bog during the Cooks For Christ benefit for Robby Ott. Robby, a husband and father of four children, has been fighting colon and liver cancer for more than two years. He serves as the associate pastor at First Baptist Church where I am a member. For years I have been amazed and and thankful the wonderful ministry of Cooks for Christ. They make me proud of the caring and loving people living in our community. Although I have supported and praised their efforts over the years, this is the first time I have spent time there as a volunteer.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Observations of men versus women
A reader sent the following email about differences between men and women with the title “Men Are Happier Than Women.” I Goggled and found that it has been floating around cyberspace since 2009, but I could not find who the author is. I know some of you will enjoy these observations. Nicknames If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman. Eating Out When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back. When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators... yep!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Troopers' replies to lawbreakers
A reader sent these comments supposedly made by South Carolina troopers and taken off their car videos. I have not been able to verify if these are true or not, but they are entertaining. I think you will agree. 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

True insensitivity is making excuses for murderers
Two weeks ago terrorists attacked the offices of a French satire magazine and murdered 12 people. Most of the Western World showed solidarity with France and thousands of millions declared “Je Suis Charlie.” And then the inevitable backlash came. Naïve elements of the left joined with conservative dinosaurs like Pat Buchanan to say Charlie Hebdo was a racist magazine that should never have existed. The implication was clear: Charlie Hebdo had it coming. In fact, an Al Jezeera reporter said, “I guess if you insult 1.5 billion people chances are one or two of them will kill you.” To many, the issue becomes one not of freedom of speech and press, but freedom from ever hearing an offensive world or utterance.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Let's talk about value investing
Two fundamental styles of investing, growth and value, historically have performed “countercyclically.” This means that when one style falls out of favor, the other type becomes the preferred choice. Thanks to wide fluctuations in the stock market lately, some investors are rediscovering value investing once again. While growth investing focuses on companies that are believed to be in the early stages of considerable earnings growth, value investing concentrates on stocks that are temporarily out of favor with investors on Wall Street and are believed to be undervalued by the market. A more conservative approach than growth investing, value investors tend to approach investing with a long-term perspective.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Remembering church ladies in hats
I watched a rehearsal of “Crowns” last week and it reminded me of the importance of ladies hats when I was a child. Growing up in the 1950s, it was common for ladies to wear a hat to church on Sunday morning. In fact, it was unusual if they did not. Today, that custom seems to have ended with caucasian ladies, but continues with the African-American church ladies. The musical “Crowns” deals with their tradition of hats, tracing them from African rituals to contemporary times. I remember looking at all the pretty hats women wore to church because I was there every Sunday. The styles varied from wide-brim hats to tiny little headbands. Every year I got to pick out a hat of my own to wear with a new outfit, including gloves, on Easter Sunday.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What technology to expect this year
The new year has dawned, so what might we expect in this time of rapidly advancing technology? A quick Google of what to expect in 2015 and we discovered the following predictions: If you think the smartphone is smart enough, think again. It is about to get even smarter – and cheaper. The cell phone experts say that smartphones will be faster, four times faster. That might make talking and texting a little difficult for us “slow talking and slow typing” southerners. More good news is smartphones may get less expensive. Samsung will be introducing its Tirene-powered Z1 in India in June and it is expected to come with a price tag of $100.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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