Flee Civilization For A Preserve

  June 17, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Needing adventure, I took back roads and made my way to a tract belonging to nature. It’s a place where man is a guest, Stevens Creek…

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History Surrounds You

  June 10, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   History really does surround you. You just have to slow down a tad and open your eyes. It will help if you turn off the TV…

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Jump in the Action

  June 10, 2021

By Jeff Becraft Several years ago, I was at a camp called SOTO out in Arkansas that was being held for children’s home kids from across several states.  On Wednesday…

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Every State Needs A John Mulhouse

  June 3, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Every state needs someone to record what it’s lost. Every state needs a John Mulhouse. I’ve never met John but we’re in touch and we share…

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Make the most of this day

  June 1, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   A little over 4 months ago, we lost my wife’s sister, Sharon, to cancer.  She was 63 years old. And then a couple of weeks ago,…

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Fishing is Spiritual

  May 31, 2021

By W. Thomas Smith Jr. FISHING IS SPIRITUAL. Not sure why or how. But I believe there’s something unusually spiritual about it. The disciples were fishermen. There was the well-known…

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Career Lessons for New Grads

  May 27, 2021

By Reba Hull Campbell   Each year on May 23, I celebrate my “adultiversary,” the first day of my first “real job.” I was a week out from getting my…

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Glorious yes

  May 27, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   When I was in middle school (although we called it junior high), my friends and I would have scrounges.  If you don’t know what a scrounge…

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Compelled To Pick Up Rocks

  May 26, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Do you pick up rocks? I do. I feel compelled to pick up rocks. And so do others. Many people take rocks home and create a…

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The Oldest Profession

  May 20, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland Hauling two wire cages of stacked stone, the flatbed turned right and crept uphill. Cormac McCarthy wrote that the oldest profession in the world is not prostitution.…

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Live out who you were created to be

  May 20, 2021

By Jeff Becraft I was never really into horse racing… but I knew who Secretariat was.  Someone said the movie was good and so years ago, one Saturday afternoon, I…

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County prepares for mosquito spraying, surveillance

  May 18, 2021

Vector Control staff are gearing up for Richland County’s annual mosquito-spraying campaign. As part of efforts to control the adult mosquito population, crews will conduct surveillance for the insects, treat…

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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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