Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

  May 13, 2021

By Jeff Becraft One of my mentors says, “Too many choices and too many voices.”  He is right. Taking a shower is a great example.  It used to be that…

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The Allure Of Copper

  May 13, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   The hills were red. Barren, like some alien landscape. Nothing green. Could have been Mars. I was just ten or so when Dad drove us through…

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Breaking The Cult of Difficulty

  May 6, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Many tell me how difficult they find writing to be. Well, they speak the truth. It’s difficult to write at a high level, and that’s why…

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Lead Your Heart

  May 6, 2021

By Jeff Becraft I’m not really a decision maker.  I’m an analyzer.  That’s what all the personality tests say. And the toughest decisions in life are not between right and…

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Your role is important

  April 29, 2021

By Jeff Becraft My wife, my favorite mother-in-law (and I frequently tell her she is my favorite mother-in-law) and all my sisters-in-law like Hallmark movies… especially around Christmas time.  I…

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William Bartram’s Wild Azaleas

  April 28, 2021
Tom Poland

  By Tom Poland   Blooms, blossoms, and bracts splash color everywhere you look this time of year. Daffodils and now dogwoods and azaleas add their voice to the spring…

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What is Normal Anyway?

  April 28, 2021

By Amy Coward   Back to normal. What does that even mean? We’re slowly stepping off the wild ride of COVD-19 on the other side and do we even know…

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The Heart of a Champion

  April 21, 2021

By Jeff Becraft One of my greatest coaching moments in my life was in a basketball game with a team of 4th-6th grade girls that we lost… by 9 points. …

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By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

  April 20, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Sunday night the moon hung full and bright over treetops. Like some silver dollar hurled into the night she floated full and beautiful, though pollen gave…

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Let’s genuinely love those around us

  April 15, 2021

By Jeff Becraft In Youth Corps, what you see is what you get. We recently had a virtual “luncheon.”  It was basically 30 minutes of people telling of the impact…

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A Seashell Tradition

  April 14, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   There it was. A grave covered in seashells. It’s as close to a burial at sea as an inland dweller will get. My sister, Deb, told…

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The Power of Belonging

  April 8, 2021

By Jeff Becraft Even though I had grown up with a dog as a kid, we had never had a dog once I had my own family.  Until one fateful…

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A Chapel and a School

  April 8, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   The Historic Sweet Easy Smith Chapel found me Sunday. Though it’s on Smith Chapel Road and sounds like a no brainer, directions for my first attempt…

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The Clothesline

  April 1, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland     The Gentle Cycle A neighbor suggested I join a community website where people post about restaurant openings and closings, shady repairmen, and snakes. “What kind…

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Love and respect

  March 30, 2021

By Jeff Becraft This morning I took our recycling bin out to the curb.  The reason I knew that today was the day is because my neighbor had his bin…

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Live out of who you are

  March 25, 2021

By Jeff Becraft When I was 15, I was at the baseball tryouts for the little league in our town.  It was towards the end of the batting part of…

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The Flower World’s Beautiful Blonds

  March 25, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Daffodils. They’re the beautiful blonds of the flower world and if it’s possible for a flower to smile, daffodils do. They bring to mind young women…

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Could’ve danced all night!

  March 24, 2021

The delightful lifelong recital of South Carolina’s Kerri Grimsley Roberts By W. Thomas Smith Jr. KERRI GRIMSLEY ROBERTS’ FACEBOOK PAGE DESCRIPTOR simply says: “I love Jesus! I love my family!…

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Winter’s Lush Green Carpet

  March 17, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   It’s an unusual plant. No flowers. No roots, but what a green velvety plant. Green moss mystifies me. When I come across it I stare. Always.…

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Suffering and perspective

  March 12, 2021

By Jeff Becraft Suffering has a way of shifting our perspective. Whether it be an illness, a death of a loved one, a disappointment or whatever it is. Often times,…

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National Smithsonian traveling exhibition now open in City of Westminster

  March 12, 2021

The City of Westminster has been selected as the only upstate stop for displaying the SC Humanities “Water/Ways” Exhibit. The Exhibit is now open at the Historic Westminster Train Depot,…

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BASF donates more than 2,000 bottles of water to Texas

  March 12, 2021

CONVERSE, SC – BASF’s site in Converse, South Carolina donated 2,016 bottles of water (84 cases) to Texans impacted by recent weather events. A week of freezing temperatures in late…

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A painting as part of a journey

  March 8, 2021

A review of artist Dawn Buskard Faber’s “Love Lifted Me” By W. Thomas Smith Jr. Art is a journey. Sounds vague, even cliché. But it’s true. And like music and…

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A Natural Motown Mystery-Miracle

  March 4, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   If you think this story is about Berry Gordy’s 1960’s record label that gave us “Baby Love,” “My Girl,” and “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” you’re…

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Harbinger.

  March 4, 2021

By Cathy Monetti ABOUT MARCH, I HAVE ALWAYS felt ambivalent. This admission comes as a surprise, even to me, for March is the month that relieves us from the coldest…

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The Stoves Of My Life

  February 26, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland     Early on, my grandmothers cooked on wood-burning stoves and, later, electric ranges. Cooking with electricity. That must have seemed a marvel to them. I never,…

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The Badwell Trilogy

  February 17, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Faint, yet menacing, came the sound. I stood as still as the stones around me and listened. From woods northeast it came again. Coyotes. Well, it…

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Tough Guy, Soft Heart

  February 11, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Jack Palance—A City Slicker The book world brings interesting people my way. Some are nobodies. Some are famous. Jack Palance was famous, a Hollywood tough guy,…

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Creating a Budget: Empowerment Over Constraint

  January 29, 2021

By Anne Marie E. Ashworth, CFP® For many, budgeting has a lot of negative connotations. Tracking where money comes from and where it goes leaves some feeling frustrated and guilty.…

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See Life In An Old Way

  January 28, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Along A Back Road My sister, Brenda, gave me a cool shirt for Christmas, “Take The Back Roads,” one of those Life Is Good shirts. That…

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A Mess of Collards

  January 21, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Last week an email from my friend, Pat Branning, known for her gorgeous Shrimp, Collards, & Grits cookbooks, sent me on a quest. Pat and I…

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Finding the “Write Words” Just Got Easier

  January 20, 2021

Have you ever been at a loss for words? It seems like the most important occasions call for the perfect message, but you just don’t know where to start. Now…

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Love and Kindness on Full Display in Laurens County

  January 18, 2021

It’s been one month since the fire at the Landau Apartments in Clinton and the house fire in Joanna. People across the county stepped up to help the displaced families…

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