Lazy days of summer We are carrying on a family tradition here at Hissy Fit Acres … the grand girl, Arianna McBride, is doing much of what we did as kids when we spent summers with our own grandparents. While she will not spend the entire summer, as we did, she will spend a week here and there with us and enjoy the country life.
This morning we had blueberry waffles for breakfast with blueberries picked from our own bushes. Yesterday I taught her the fairly si...
Your Voice for June 13, 2013 Q. “Are you a swimmer, and if so, who taught you to swim?”
“I learned to swim at Woodward’s Mill in Ruby. I’m not sure … was a young boy in the ’50s.”
“Yes. Miss Nancy (Workman). I learned last summer. It was fun.”
Elijah Smith, 6
“I am. My grandfather taught me when I was about 2 years old. He lived in Troy, N.C. He used to take me out in the boat on the lake up there and just let me g...
SC frogs, the high tech global economy and you On the corner of my desk is a small 6×5 inch plastic box with some rocks, water, a bamboo shoot and two frogs named John and Calhoun. These two frogs, and the two guys that gave them to me, are South Carolina pioneers in the new global economy of the 21st century.
And you can join the fun and help make something really special happen with all this. (More on your part later — first the guys, then the frogs and then the global economy.)
Pretty little peppers and how they grew It seems summer has well and truly arrived and Mac and I have spent hours working in the gardens, flower and vegetable. The tomato plants look lovely and lush, the butter bean plants are climbing the wire, the hummingbirds (who disappeared for a bit during spring) have plenty of blossoms to drink from and the pepper plants are thriving. Ah, the pepper plants. Therein lies a tale.
It was the usual hot summer in the late nineties. Mac had per...
Info needed on area mills Dear Editor,
In December 1971 I photographed Horton Mill (active) and Woodward Mill (closed) in Chesterfield County and Payne Mill (active) in Kershaw County. I did not record the location of these mills.
I would appreciate any information about location and history of these grist mills. Please send email to email@example.com.
Duncan Heron Durham, N.C.
Your Voice for June 6, 2013 Q. “Do you think President Obama is doing a good job of implementing drone policies?”
“I don’t know, really. But if he handles it like he does everything else … no.”
“I don’t think so. There are a lot of changes going on and the president needs to talk with the Republicans more on that so they can all come together in one accord.”
“I don’t have much to hide, so it really do...
Fixing education in South Carolina Jon Butzon is a big guy and he has some big ideas about how we can fix education in South Carolina. He should know because for years he’s run the Charleston Education Network — he’s seen it, lived it and thought about it. He knows where we are as a state; he knows what works, and most importantly what doesn’t work.
Several months ago Jon and I met for coffee to talk about what needs to be done and out of this came a paper entitled: If We Re...
One last thing … A ghost story Once there was a young man whose mother died while giving him life. He was a beautiful boy, but the family (for some unknown reason, even to this day) despised the boy’s father. He was invited to leave as soon as the funeral was over. And he was to leave without his son. Like a Bedouin tribesman, he folded his tent and silently went away.
The boy was reared by his maternal grandmother and that extended family. Everyone loved the boy and cla...
Your Voice for May 30, 2013 Q. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended lowering the blood-alcohol level for drunk driving from .08 percent, to .05. Do you agree with the proposed change?
“I don’t know. That’s a tough choice.”
“As a driving instructor, I teach defensive driving. Having a clear cut level keeps everyone on the same page. If the number is the same for everyone then you can’t say it’s not fair.”
Memories are made of this It seems that something new comes along every five minutes. Have you noticed that as soon as you get your computer humming, along comes a new program that makes what you’re using totally obsolete? Nothing maddens Mac more than that. When he bought me my new laptop, it came with a certificate for the new Windows 7, we’ve come to expect these changes, often putting off a purchase til the “new edition” has the bugs worked out of it.
I’ve had m...
Your Voice for May 23, 2013 Q. Do you think the IRS is targeting people because of their political affiliations?
“I don’t believe so.”
“Oh, yeah! Not only for political reasons, they target everybody.”
“They did target me. I paid back $980 for unemployment. And I needed that money.”
“Yes, I think they do for a whole lot of reasons. They target the ones that are working to ...