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I fixed a steely gaze across the dining room table at my Aunt Toogie’s gentleman friend, Brevard. We were engaged in a spirited discussion of a topic that has recently consumed him. He brought it up, once again, almost immediately after Toogie and my lovely wife, Grace, stepped away from the table...
If politics is considered in part theater, President Trump’s opening act has been a most colorful one. The media, critics and even supporters swing from being confounded, frightened or elated by the possibility of what might come next — but those perceptions can change in 10-minute increments given...
A little over a year ago I posted on the fridge the statement, “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” The phrase is from the Bible, Philippians 4:5. At that time, but for no particular reason, I was drawn to that verse and valued the reminder. But I did not post it on the fridge until a few weeks...
RE: "TIME FOR A GRAND PARK ON DANIEL ISLAND" I love the concept of a grand park for the southern tip of Daniel Island as presented by Rep. Sanford. As a New Yorker, my life in Manhattan was incredibly enhanced by Central Park. It was my playground. But wait, Rep. Sanford mentioned that “traffic is...
The first time I heard the expression, “Abs are made in the kitchen,” I was watching a highlight video of the 2015 CrossFit Games. Here were some of the fittest athletes in the world - all with washboard abs, all lifting incredible amounts of weight, all serious athletes. Yet, one of these strong...
Congress is now back in session, but before I am wrapped up completely in national issues, I want to float an idea and ask for your help. One of the things I heard in talking to friends over Christmas was that they were concerned about Charleston losing some of what makes it so special. For...
As we begin the New Year I thought it would be a good time to provide an overview of 2016 and an update on initiatives being undertaken in 2017. We accomplished a number of significant projects in 2016 as well as had the City’s first administration change in 40 years with the inauguration of Mayor...
If you’re in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions, but struggle to make it past February 1, here’s an assortment of tips that may (just may) help you make ’em stick. 1. CREATE A STORY When you decide to pass up that luscious dessert after dinner, or find yourself heading to the frig after...
One day several years ago, when our family was going through an uncomfortable period of separation and divorce and when my three kids were in middle and high school, I wrote these words in pink and green magic marker on the back of a sheet of paper and put it on the refrigerator: “We have the...
Moods, thoughts and fortune cookies “Moods are sneaky and deceptive, and can’t be trusted,” explains clinical counselor George Bielay. “They can trick you into thinking, feeling and behaving like your life is worse than it actually is in reality.” When we’re in a bad mood, says Bielay, “we can...

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