Escaping through literature UPDATED

Friday, March 21, 2014 8:45 a.m.

Libraries are espoused as bastions of escapism. People read for many reasons, not the least of which is to take away the stress of the day. Going to a different place and time for a while is the mission of patrons in public libraries around the nation.


Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:02 p.m.

I love weather lore, like “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.” We shall see... with the spring time comes a chance for renewal, new energy, sacred holidays and – well – allergies.

An empty nest isn’t always a bad thing

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:06 a.m.

The last few weeks I’ve been too busy writing to... well – to write. I even had a few readers email me to tell me my column was missing! I’m glad somebody noticed!


Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:00 a.m.

What a difference a week makes – from two winter storms back to back, to summer! I love the Lowcountry, even the moody, often changeable weather.

Sometimes it’s best to leave it to the pros UPDATED

Sunday, March 9, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Recently, a reader asked: “Spring is just around the corner and I'm ready to work out in my yard! My problem is that I have limited time and lots of yard problems. I have ants, weeds and I need to put out a pre-emergent. My dog also had fleas last year. I was wondering if there is a product that will do all of these at once, or if I have to …

Between the stacks UPDATED

By Mirjam Veldkamp

Friday, March 7, 2014 10:15 a.m.

Every Friday while driving to work, I listen to StoryCorps on NPR. StoryCorps gives Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to …

The grinch who stole Valentine's Day UPDATED

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:10 a.m.

The “month of love” seems all but that to this February Scrooge. I become a person foreign to its own soul. A Cupid Grinch. It would suffice me just fine if cupid remained a concrete frieze smiling down at tourists from cold, stone buildings.

Signs of the times

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:54 a.m.

Mount Pleasant’s commercial shrimpers are clinging to their businesses for dear life. Though their trade is unique, historic and important to our local culture, their plight as small-business owners is not.

It’s All About Clean Water UPDATED

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:09 a.m.

If there's a silver lining following tough economic times, it's the fact that we tend to focus more on things of real and lasting value. Our tap water system is one such thing. Only tap water delivers public health protection, fire protection, support for the economy and the quality of life we enjoy. And in these tight times, reinvesting in our …

The Black Dress UPDATED

Monday, March 3, 2014 8:59 a.m.

A few days ago I had an Altar Guild service so I got out the faithful black dress and spread it out on the bed. As I was putting my shoes on the rug, I was suddenly flooded with a long ago memory.

Sorry, You Can’t Buy That House Anymore! UPDATED

Monday, March 3, 2014 8:59 a.m.

As interest rates begin to rise, buyers lose purchasing power. Simply stated, for every 1% interest rates rise, a buyer will lose 10% purchasing power. So with a rate of 4.25% on a $200,000 loan, the payment would be $983/month (that's amazing on its own).

Dad has new appreciation for mom's duties UPDATED

Sunday, March 2, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Have you thawed out? How did you recover from almost two weeks of unscheduled winter break with children home from school?

Hungry for more: A dream come true in the kitchen UPDATED

Sunday, March 2, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Two weeks ago I wrote a column about taking Emma, my 7-year-old foodie, to lunch at Oxford's City Grocery. Emma loves some “fancy food,” and while we were there, she charmed her way into the heart of our server, Jennifer, and eventually into the kitchen to get her first behind-the-scenes look at a professional kitchen.

Cleaning up for Spring UPDATED

Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:00 a.m.

The Tulip Magnolia (Saucer Magnolia) is blooming in the Lowcountry. It is time to be sure the winter projects have been completed and the proactive spring projects in the yard and around the house have been taken care of.

A time to reflect on our nation’s early days UPDATED

By Richard Eckstrom

S.C. Comptroller

Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:25 a.m.

On the third Monday of February, Americans celebrate Presidents' Day.

Between the stacks UPDATED

by Jen McQueen

Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:25 a.m.

My coworker Brigitte Sidwell moves quickly. I've never seen her still. Whether she's shelving holds, checking-in books, drinking coffee, or …

Time to prune back our cold-damaged plants UPDATED

Sunday, February 23, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Control small-seeded annual summer weeds now with a preemergent product. Enough said.

Full stomachs, full hearts UPDATED

Sunday, February 23, 2014 7:00 a.m.

After battling “The Stomach Virus of 2013” and emerging victorious, I have spent the last two weeks battling my seven-year-old's asthma. …

Make Valentine's day a day of love UPDATED

Saturday, February 22, 2014 1:00 p.m.

The buzz around Valentine's Day is amazing – pro and con. Make it “Love Day” where if nothing else, you do nice things for yourself — and share love with others however and whenever possible.

One question answered, one remains UPDATED

Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:41 a.m.

It's always good to hear from readers, especially when they offer expertise or experience in regard to something I've written about. In last week's column, I mentioned CVS pharmacy's decision to no longer sell tobacco products. I also asked the age-old questions of why pharmacies are on raised platforms and why pharmacists still wear white coats. …

Duck Dynasty - Duh, it’s a reality show, I knew it was going to be controversial UPDATED

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1:54 p.m.

If it quacks like a duck – you know the rest. Opinions, yada yada yada... we all have them, hence this blog.

The history of the Cainhoy Peninsula UPDATED

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:14 p.m.

As a way of introduction for those of you who don’t know me, I have written extensively on the history of the East Cooper area and for some years have been researching Wando River and Cainhoy peninsula history. Unapologetically, I admit that I probably know more about the Cainhoy region’s history than anyone else at the moment. As I was attempting …

Looking back on seasons past UPDATED

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1:53 p.m.

February is a transition period for those of us who enjoy the sport of hunting. The duck decoys and waders have been put away. Dove hunters have …

Between the Stacks UPDATED

Monday, February 17, 2014 12:17 a.m.

One of my favorite services offered by the library is the free music offered online. If you have a library card, you are allowed to download three free songs each week, and you don't have to return the songs – you can keep them forever!

Legend has it that Cupid gave a red rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence

Sunday, February 16, 2014 5:31 a.m.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I would include a little piece of an article that Rosalinda Morgan wrote for “The Charleston Rose” – which is a publication of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society.

Want to know why SC is at the bottom of the education ladder? UPDATED

Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Observations on some paradoxes of life thus far in 2014:

A promising, and discouraging, sign for open government

By Richard Eckstrom

S.C. Comptroller

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:14 a.m.

Legislation pending in Washington offers both a promising sign for the transparency movement and a discouraging reminder that some will always try to …

Many names will be among the ones commemorated during the month of February

Monday, February 10, 2014 2:47 p.m.

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” did not receive one Oscar nomination despite an A-list cast. When asked about the so-called “Oscar snub,” Oprah Winfrey, who plays the butler’s wife, answered that she made the movie to tell a story. This remarkable story is about the life of an African-American butler who served eight presidents in the White House …

Turf areas as well as the landscape bed areas will greatly benefit from the use of preemerge products UPDATED

Sunday, February 9, 2014 11:00 a.m.

This cool weather really has our local oysters tasting good, and the soil temperature indicates that it is just about time to apply preemergent products to your beds and turf.

Storms lends opportunity for lessons about being prepared and self sufficient UPDATED

Sunday, February 9, 2014 2:00 p.m.

By the time you are reading this, I hope you will have recovered from any ill effects - frustrations, damage, or even relationship stress caused by Winter Storm Leon. Like many, I lost income, had long treks across town, used up half of my winter feed for my critters and even am grieving a broken crepe myrtle or two, broken from the weight of the …

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