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How confident are you?     It’s apparent, from decades of research, that to excel in both the classroom and the boardroom, confidence matters as much as competence. But how does one build confidence?     In a moment, a few tips. But first, some observations from experts.   ...
Progress on community center continues   Much progress has been made with the construction of our long awaited community [recreation] center that is taking shape at Governors Park. The city has allocated over $9 million for this project.    With a square-foot area of over 21,000 square...
U.S. House Congressman Joe Cunningham and State House District 99 Representative Nancy Mace – the Democrat and Republican facing each other in November for the U.S. House SC District 1 seat – share different views about Gov. McMaster’s decision to use CARES Act funds for private and charter schools...
No one could have imagined that 2020 would look like this. Our economy was booming, unemployment numbers were down, and we were looking forward to the warmer months here in South Carolina. Then came one calamity after another, and the world seemingly came to a halt.   In a year already filled...
How often do you compare yourself to others?     There’s no avoiding it. We’re built to compare, and it’s not all bad. Comparing ourselves to others can be a motivating force, helping us embrace new challenges. But when it starts to erode our self-confidence and steals our happiness, we may...
As students across the country look ahead to the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, they will need to focus on their health and safety first, academics second. If they remain healthy they will benefit also their family members, teachers, friends, school employees and the world at large...
In the “olden days,” when we began to get ready to go back to school, (in September!), it was quite an event. We would find out who our teacher was going to be toward the end of the summer and compare notes with the kids who lived in our neighborhood.    Actually a beautiful friendship of...
It is very telling that all the books this month were dark. It was wearing me down so I am about to start a book of essays by an SNL star. Things have got to lighten up around here!   That said, there are some excellent reads in this list. For your consideration…   “The End of October” by...
“Bingo!” hollered my Aunt Toogie. “Beat you again!”   I had just started to read the sports page, a task that usually takes under a minute now. I was multitasking, also listening to the television behind me and keeping score on my Bingo card. I was just one square away from winning when...
With trillions of dollars and counting of national debt added just this year, total U.S. debt surged to $55.9 TRILLION and there is no end in sight. How will we as a nation manage this debt? Most likely with higher taxes, for decades. Which is why all post-COVID retirement plans must include a...

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