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What’s your credit score? If you’re not entirely sure, it’s probably time to pull your credit report. And yes, it really is free, and yes, requesting it won’t hurt your credit score. Three things you should know about credit reports: There’s only one safe website, so beware The Federal Trade...
It’s been a long time coming, but citizens of South Carolina will soon have faster and cheaper access to public documents. For seven years, the Legislature has for one reason or the other not passed a Freedom of Information (FOI) reform bill. They did so on the last day of the session this year,...
Renowned author and psychologist Martin Seligman, a leading architect of the positive psychology movement, parses the “happy life” into three distinct elements, maintaining that “the full life” is when “you’ve got all three.” In a stirring TED Talk, Seligman, author of more than 20 books,...
Earlier this spring my husband, Tom, posted the statement “Get up and smell the Confederate Jasmine” on the refrigerator. This is how it came about. We were out for our usual morning run with our dog, Iggy. Part of our run typically includes the path next to Pierce Park pool, following it behind...
My cellphone is being invaded. When my wife and I dropped our landline a few years ago, we thought our days of random sales calls were over. Wishful thinking! Over the last month I’ve seen a dramatic increase in random sales calls to my cellphone, and I’ve decided to take action. So here are...
Comma commentary I am not yet a Daniel Island resident, but I hope to move there in the near future. My son lives in the Wando area and I recently enjoyed a visit with him through Mother’s Day. While in the area, I often read The Daniel Island News. To anyone who got a score of 9 (instead of 8) on...
With my kids spread around the country and the world, I often communicate my refrigerator wisdom via Facebook Messenger. Several months ago, I messaged, “Write this down and post it on your refrigerators: Call your mom at least once a week.” I wrote that message because I miss my mom, who passed...
What does your face reveal about you? Far more than you might imagine. A series of fascinating studies, conducted by face-readers from around the world, have drawn strong links between facial structure and a full range of human characteristics – including intelligence, extraversion,...
KATE JEROME No matter where my travels take me, I always seek out the local newspaper. I know. My smartphone easily provides more detail about a town than I will ever need. But the local paper does so much more. That’s because it fits the many pieces of the community puzzle together. Where else can...
If you’re interested in hanging around for a while, and who isn’t, you might want to give these three a try, according to a recent piece by Jeffrey Kluger for Time magazine. Stay Curious. Kluger quotes Laura Carstensen*, psychology professor and director of the Stanford Longevity Center: “There is...

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