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Our annual book recommendation edition is always one of my favorites. It’s great to learn what other people are reading and what they recommend. I look forward to reading many of the titles recommended by our readers this year. On my part, I am recommending the historical novels by Robert Harris,...
Let’s start with three: 1. Stop trying to change your partner; 2. Never begin a sentence with the word “you”; and 3. Avoid trigger phrases (e.g., “you’re being just like your mother/father”). And here’s three more: 1. Know your partner’s love language; 2. When you spend time together, try to make...
Not happy with President Obama’s economic policies In May, the unemployment rate declining by 0.3 percentage point to 4.7 percent would appear to be good news, but when I followed the advice of a former supervisor and peeled the onion to take a closer look, it is not so great: 1. The number of...
How strong is our democracy? And does the digital age have the potential to strengthen it? That’s what the citizens of Mexico City are about to find out, in a fascinating experiment in digital democracy. Just six months ago Mexico City was granted the right to become its own master and now is...
The first half of 2016 has been very busy down at City Hall and I wanted to share updates on progress that is being made on several important projects on Daniel Island. First from a traffic and transportation stand point, I wanted to share that the City will be installing more signage and pavement...
Children, Teens and Gun Violence This week marks the first anniversary of the nine shootings at Emmanuel AME Church, and in December 2016 it will be four years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children, ages six and seven, were killed. As a parent and grandparent, I know...
The scene was all too familiar. I’m in the fruits and vegetable aisle of Publix, hovering over the avocadoes, when I hear a woman proclaim, to one in particular: “What, no strawberries?” She’s clearly irritated. No, I mean, she’s visibly upset. As the blueberries and raspberries nestle close to...
DANIEL ISLAND PARK CONCERNS AND CITY REPRESENTATION It is time for Daniel Island Park to have its own voice with the City of Charleston, Berkley County and Daniel Island Company. While Daniel Island Neighborhood Association states it represents all of DI south and north of 526, it has really only...
We congratulate the class of 2016 as we begin a new tradition of publishing the photographs of all our local high school graduates. We offer a special thank you to Tumbleston Photography and Bishop England High School for their cooperation in providing all the Bishop England photographs and helping...
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “Successful modern life seems to involve constantly being connected with other people, working very hard for as much money as possible, and doing what we are told....

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