Join discussion group, learn more about foreign policy

Thursday, January 1, 2015 9:30 a.m.

Holiday time is nearly over (big sigh of relief), which means I can again make time for some serious reading as my thoughts turn to the new year.

History and six hawks hunting

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 6:33 a.m.

This article originally ran in the Moultrie News in 1995. It is amazing to look back and see the changes that have occurred over the last 18 years. …

Grains of sand on the beach? Cars? Who’s counting?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:48 a.m.

A little Internet research helped me discover that Earth’s beaches contain roughly 5,000 billion billion, or 5 sextillion, grains of sand (props to quickanddirtytips.com).

Remaining thankful after the holidays

Thursday, December 4, 2014 7:42 a.m.

We open our hearts to others during the holidays, but what happens after the holidays are over? Many people go back to their normal routines, stress of everyday life, sorrows, grumpiness, etc.

The deception of Obamacare

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8:00 a.m.

For those of us opposed to the concept of nationalized health care, learning the shameful way that Obamacare was forced on us was like pouring salt …

A new recipe for success this fall

Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Fall is for planting, so here is a recipe for amending the soil for flower beds. You could use the same recipe for trees and shrubs with some slight modification. Test soil first, if possible, and wait 30 days to plant if you're able.

Pirates in the attic

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 10:20 a.m.

Ahoy there, Jack Sparrow! Ye might have known some of the patriarchs of Charleston’s most illustrious families.

Teaching kids about voting this Election Day

Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:00 p.m.

My elementary school held a mock presidential election in the fall of 1980.

Fall is here at last

Sunday, October 12, 2014 9:58 a.m.

I would like to start this week’s article with a shout out to Charleston RiverDogs’ head grounds superintendent Mike Williams. Mike (Riley Park) won the South Atlantic Leagues’ Field of the Year honors for 2014.

Putting fun back in dysfunctional families

Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Don't you just love a good dysfunctional family story? Doesn't everyone? Well, I do, anyway.

Our historic plantation lands UPDATED

Thursday, October 9, 2014 10:32 a.m.

Note: This is the first in a series of articles on the plantations that once dotted the lands east of the Cooper.

Meet the newest member of the library staff

Saturday, August 30, 2014 11:00 a.m.

Meet Christian Colon, full-time library assistant in the circulation department, and one of Mount Pleasant Regional's newest staff members. Christian …

Food for thought: Culinary literature

Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:27 p.m.

I love food, but I'm a terrible cook. I don't like to cook. I don't have the patience for it. Frankly, I'd rather be reading a book.

The case for low taxes

Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:24 p.m.

They boast about how they “bring home the bacon.” They take credit for new buildings, new parks and new programs for which they've secured public funding. But all too often, politicians forget to thank the people who made it possible – the taxpayers.

Great reads to take along on your next vacation

Monday, August 4, 2014 3:01 p.m.

Recently, I spend two very relaxing weeks on the island of Curacao, located in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. It forms, together with the islands Aruba and Bonaire, the so-called ABC islands. Although it is still part of the Netherlands, Curacao has its own government.

Apollo 11 an achievement worth remembering

Sunday, August 3, 2014 6:00 p.m.

July 21 marked the anniversary of one of America's great triumphs.

The benefits of a good discussion group

Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:00 a.m.

One of my duties at the Mount Pleasant Library is leading the Monday book discussion group. Before this, everything I knew about group interaction I learned and experienced in college and graduate school.

Learn the wonders of birding at your local library

Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:28 a.m.

When I was in high school I dated a fellow who was a bird-watcher. In fact, his whole family were avid bird-watchers.

How did football become soccer?

Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:00 a.m.

On June 12, the term “Flying Dutchman” was mentioned more than once in the media and the reporters were not referring to the legendary ghost ship that's not able to make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. Nor are they referring to André Rieu's music CD. Robin van Persie earned the nickname “Flying Dutchman” when …

What growth means to the community

Friday, June 27, 2014 9:12 a.m.

I read an article recently which said that Mount Pleasant was the ninth fastest growing area in the country. It seems everywhere I have lived tells that story.

How to find great books to read

Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:00 a.m.

My friend Susan recently pointed out a new book that just arrived at our library, written by one of my favorite authors, Nick Hornby. I was thrilled to discover it. It's called “Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books,” and it's a compendium of 10 years' worth of book reviews from Hornby's column in a magazine called …

Community festivals are more than a fun time

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:41 a.m.

Next month, I’ll be attending the Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert, South Carolina.

The search for an autism breakthrough

Saturday, June 14, 2014 10:00 p.m.

In early May, thousands of people turned out at Finlay Park in Columbia for “Strides for Autism,” a fundraising walk to raise support for the South Carolina Autism Society. And about a month earlier, a similar event at Heritage Park in Simpsonville saw an impressive turnout.

Yoga: Strengthening the mind and the body

Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:39 p.m.

If the words Adho Mukha Svanasana, Bhujangasana and Ananda Balasana sound familiar, you are, in my eyes, a Yoga Guru. If Downward-Facing Dog, Cobra Pose and Happy Baby Pose are more recognizable, then you are probably participating in a yoga exercise program (the second set of names is a translation of the first set).

Residents take a stand

Thursday, June 5, 2014 9:47 a.m.

Several years ago, the world witnessed the Arab Spring. Fueled by a fervor for change, mobilized and united by social media, people in some Arab countries took steps to change the government of their countries.

Take advantage of all the library has to offer

By Susan Frohnsdorff

Assistant Manager

Monday, May 19, 2014 10:04 a.m.

There’s never been a better time to be a Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) cardholder.

Growing knowledge: Books on gardening

Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:00 a.m.

The first vegetable garden my husband and I planted was ready to harvest just as we were moving to a new state.

How to manage leaf gall this spring

Friday, May 9, 2014 11:46 a.m.

I guess in the restaurant (“Foodie”) world, they call them “pairings.” Most of the customer base I deal with calls them “cocktails.” Basically, when you get a synergistic effect from adding two or more items together – when 1 + 1 = 5 not 2. When the two or more items together act better than the two or more items act individually, you have synergy. …

Honoring extraordinary literary works

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:26 a.m.

Every year, people are recognized for what they do best. In the film industry, actors and actresses receive awards for their performances. In the literary world, writers are likewise acknowledged for their work. Some of the more prestigious awards in literature are the Nobel Prize (international) and the Pulitzer Prize (American). Alice Munro was …

Take a trip in a book

Sunday, May 4, 2014 7:12 a.m.

As the weather warms up, many of us start to look forward to summer travels. Whether you’re planning an upcoming trip or not, there’s always the opportunity to travel by way of books from the library.

On Vacation

On Vacation – Palm Beach

Wednesday, March 18, 1:49 p.m.

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