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SLOAN COLUMN: Bouncing excursion does not end in ER

on Tuesday, 11 February 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Bouncing excursion does not end in ER
No broken bones. Check. No sprains. Check. No twists, tears or ruptures. Check. This old man’s trip to DEFY Trampoline Park with his grandkids was a rousing success from a medical standpoint. Aside from a few sore muscles, the 58-year-old frame came out n

SLOAN COLUMN: Bound and determined to DEFY old age

on Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN:  Bound and determined to DEFY old age
“So what do you want to do for your birthday?,” I asked Jules, my grandson who will turn 10 this month. His answer was not unlike that of most any other young lad celebrating a decade of existence. “I want to go to the trampoline park,” he said with grea

SLOAN COLUMN: Super psyched over super commercials

on Tuesday, 28 January 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Super psyched over super commercials
Ah, the big day is almost here. Christmas? That was a month ago. Birthday? Nada. Been there, done that. Wedding? Graduation? Vacation? No, no and no. Seriously, you know what day I’m talking about – Super Bowl Sunday! It’s the biggest game, the biggest

SLOAN COLUMN: I don’t have gut(s) for this challenge

on Tuesday, 21 January 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: I don’t have gut(s) for this challenge
In just a few days, our neighbors to the north will host one of the most mind-numbing, not to mention gross, tests of physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude one could possibly imagine. How someone came up with the idea for such an event in the fi

SLOAN COLUMN: Nothing quite like a good ‘lucky dog’ story

on Tuesday, 14 January 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Nothing quite like a good ‘lucky dog’ story
I recently received a letter from a reader by the name of Angeline Watford. She lives in Darlington County just north of Hartsville. In the letter she details a true story about her pet, a dog named Lucky. Never, ever pass up the chance to hear a story a

SLOAN CLOUMN: A superstitious start to the new year

on Tuesday, 07 January 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN CLOUMN: A superstitious start to the new year
If you buy into all the New Year superstitions mumbo-jumbo, it might be wise to steer clear of a certain newspaper editor during 2020. Having more to do with my taste buds and stomach than with superstitions and luck, I adhered to the custom of eating mo

JOHNSON COLUMN: January: Our opportunity to change

on Tuesday, 07 January 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

JOHNSON COLUMN: January: Our opportunity to change
Change is in the air. The evidence is everywhere. January is the one month of the year when society goes easy on us when we try to change. Optimism reigns. Our resolutions reveal our best intentions - the things we'd like to do, know we should do, and r

SLOAN COLUMN Sound advice for the coming year

on Monday, 30 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN Sound advice for the coming year
What better way to start off the New Year than with some sound advice from an old friend – Ann Landers: - - - Advice for All on New Year’s Day Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do

SLOAN COLUMN: The coolest toys under the tree

on Monday, 23 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: The coolest toys under the tree
Wondering what the most popular toys were this year? So was I. According to Amazon.com, these are some of the toys that had the kiddies screaming with glee when they were unwrapped this morning: • CANDYLOCKS. Get a whiff of this. This doll, which sells f

SLOAN COLUMN: Shining the true lights of Christmas

on Tuesday, 17 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Shining the true lights of Christmas
I love Christmas lights. Not the glowing bulbs strung on Christmas trees or the blinking and flashing offering some sort of season’s greetings. The Christmas lights I speak of are people who shine the true lights of Christmas, hope, peace, joy, and, by fa

SLOAN CLOUMN: Feliz Navidad: Christmas in Barcelona

on Tuesday, 10 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN CLOUMN: Feliz Navidad: Christmas in Barcelona
A crisp wind blew as we walked back to our hotel on Christmas morning. It was 1981 and we were in Barcelona, Spain. I was in the Marine Corps and deployed with the 32nd Marine Amphibious Unit aboard the USS Saipan. A mere 19 at the time, this was my secon

SLOAN COLUMN Recalling the most famous reindeer of all

on Tuesday, 03 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN Recalling the most famous reindeer of all
The Christmas holidays glitter and glisten with all sorts of traditions. One of them is the telling, reading, singing, and watching a television program about a certain reindeer with an extraordinarily shiny nose. Everybody, young and old, loves the story

SLOAN COLUMN: A Thanksgiving to remember

on Tuesday, 26 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: A Thanksgiving to remember
The unmistakable smell of Thanksgiving drifted from kitchen to dining room to living room and all throughout the house. After days of planning and preparation, the feast was nearly complete. The table was perfectly set. Dozens of dishes lined the kitchen

SLOAN COLUMN: Get ready to bury the hatchet

on Tuesday, 19 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Get ready to bury the hatchet
Alcohol and sharp instruments? Yes, it does seem like a decidedly dangerous combination, but bar and pub patrons have been hoisting pints of frosty malt and hurling darts at round boards for centuries. I myself have thrown a few back while at the same tim

SLOAN COLUMN: Writers recall ‘Prince of Scribes’

on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Writers recall ‘Prince of Scribes’
The best way for me to describe the writing of Pat Conroy is to say his words had a way of drawing you into his story. Sometimes the words would take you by the hand and gently guide you into captivating scenes of breathtaking beauty. Other times they wo
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