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Fellow feline lovers in history

on Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I am a cat dad. I have two Siamese cats. Kit Cat Paddywack will be five this April and Reese Cup just turned two. I am more of a cat person, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like dogs, it just means that I prefer cats. Here are some of history’s most famous

Fun with palindromes

on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A palindrome is a word or sentence that reads the same forward as it does backward. The words a and I are perhaps the simplest and least interesting palindromes; the word racecar and the name Hannah are more interesting and illustrative. Words • aibohphob

The dropping temperatures

on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Having grown up in Pennsylvania, I was always accustomed to January being well below zero in regards to temperature. Growing up, January was a time of snowball fights and sled rides. Now that I live in South Carolina, those activities are no longer possib

A blast from the past

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It is hard to believe that it is already 2019. Futhermore, it is even harder to believe that the year 1999 was 20 years ago. Here is a list of some of the events that took place in January 1999. January 1st, 1999, the Euro currency was first introduced. J

Remembering 2018, the good and the bad

on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we embark on a new year, let’s recap some of the good and bad things that happened in 2018. January 1: Iceland ensures equal pay for men and women. Iceland became the first nation to make paying men more than women illegal. Passed on Women’s Day the ye

Fun facts about New Year’s Eve­­

on Monday, 24 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we’re about to ring in the New Year, here are some facts about New Year’s Eve to explain some of your existing traditions, and maybe inspire you to try some new ones! 1. The song traditionally sung on New Year’s, “Auld Lang Syne,” means “times gone by”

The Advent Wreath

on Monday, 24 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By William M. Mingus III, Advertising Consultant, The News Journal Growing up in a Catholic household and going to through Catholic school, we always had some type of Advent Wreath. Advent Wreaths carry rich meaning and symbolism. Learning about the mea

A Christmas poem

on Tuesday, 18 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As I was thinking of the upcoming holiday, I remembered this poem by Robert Frost. It is called “Christmas Trees”. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. - Philip Maenza, Editor (A Christmas Circular Letter) The city had withdrawn into itself And left at

Christmas trivia for holiday fun

on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Here’s some fun Christmas trivia for you to enjoy. Let’s see how many questions you can get correct. The answers will be at the end of the article, upside down. No cheating. • After leaving Bethlehem, to which country did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel?

Unique items for your Christmas list

on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

While looking for some Christmas gifts, I came across some interesting products. The following is a list of items that are pretty unique, should I really buy them? • Prepara Herb Savor Pod 2.0 is designed to prolong the life of your fresh herbs, while bei

November, it is not quite time to say goodbye

on Tuesday, 27 November 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As the month of November comes to a close, here are some fun facts about the month. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and has retained its name from the Latin novem, meaning “nine.” In Finland, they call November marraskuu, which

Down South - my boyhood blacksmith

on Tuesday, 20 November 2018. Posted in Columns

Cap Dunn's Place. Photo by Tom Poland.
Here's a tale of a horseshoe that cracked yours truly in the head, a tale that began near the handsome old shack you see in the photo. Cap Dunn, a blacksmith, lived there. See that big oak? The one that looks like it could be 300 years old?

Knitting: It’s knot working out

on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As I was cleaning out my closet the other day, I stumbled upon my old knitting needles. I took a crafting class in high school as an elective and through that class I learned how to knit. Well, I kind of learned how to knit. When I picked up the knitting

Veterans Day

on Tuesday, 06 November 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembr

November 6 - It is time to vote

on Tuesday, 30 October 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Throughout history people have fought long and hard for everyone to have the right to vote. In 1776, voting was controlled by individual state legislatures and only white men age 21 and older who owned land were allowed to cast their vote. Nearly 100 year
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