Cheraw Chronicle- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:05:30 EST 1800 Early morning thoughts on Christmas It's the best part of the day right now. It's not quite six, I'm having my first cup of hot, steaming coffee (heavy on the cream, leave off the sugar), I'm the only one up (well, except for Sonny, the big fat Russian Blue cat)... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:10:10 EST Soap Club 2: Electric Boogaloo Last week, I talked a little bit about the process of making soap. The floral scented batch was cooling in the mold. Now it was time for some honey oatmeal soap. A recipe I had done time and time again. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:10 EST Bernanke from Bennettsville — and other S.C. facts Last week I had lunch with three old friends. All of us are proud South Carolina natives, amateur history buffs and great fans of barbecue. We decided to meet at a new barbecue joint that we were all anxious to try. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:49:05 EST The 12 sites of Social Security Back by popular demand is our holiday favorite, “The 12 Sites of Social Security.” It's inspired by the popular traditional holiday song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a holiday favorite since 1780. Play it again,... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:42:08 EST LETTER: No complaints on B&B in Chronicle photo To the editor: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:18:07 EST Soap Club: I am Jack’s column I knew what was in the package as soon as I saw the website's logo on the side. My immediate, almost involuntary reaction was too let out three loud grunts not unlike the war cry of the Spartans from the film “300.” Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:32:08 EST The first family phone plan When my grandmother became one of the first people in the eastern half of the county to have telephone service, it was absolutely nothing like our phone service of today. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:33:04 EST South Carolina (Republicans) have an attitude problem When I was a schoolboy, there was a kid down the street named Rodney who had an “attitude problem” — or at least that's what the adults called it. To me and my friends, Rodney was just a jerk. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:15:03 EST One easy decision on ‘Make Up Your Mind Day’ On Dec. 31, the nation celebrates National Make Up Your Mind Day. The timing is perfect to coincide with those pesky New Year's resolutions. Some decisions are big and you might need time to plan before you make up your mind. Other decisions are... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 01:28:06 EST My letter to Santa I was talking to some Facebook friends about the big book of computer info called “The Complete Book of Computers for the Complete Idiot.” I reminded them that its main use is as a doorstop; a $69.99 doorstop. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 02:27:08 EST Heavy holidays: Food and festivities The other night, I made myself a sandwich from leftover Thanksgiving ham. I trimmed and tossed the fattier pieces to the two dogs waiting with a sort of eager patience at my feet, singing. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 02:27:07 EST Libraries planning Christmas activities Happy Holidays, Happy Holidays! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 21:09:09 EST A Thanksgiving message: Keep on keepin’ on Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year because it leads directly into the Yuletide and Christmas. It isn't the presents that make the Christmas season joyful, it's the familial spirit that binds us to each other. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:33:06 EST Gov. Haley’s world tour deserves an encore Gov. Nikki Haley is on an 11-day trip to India. There are some who are grumbling, calling her trip just another post-election junket by a politician. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:58:06 EST The short history of a cat named Gizmo Her mother was a fierce hunter who prowled the gardens like her panther ancestors. She crawled on her belly after field mice and stalked snakes with stealthy finesse.Until she didn't. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:26:06 EST The start of something (really) big As a part of writing this column, I go to lots of meetings, community events and conferences all across the state in my never-ending search to find out about the people, businesses and community groups that are doing good and important things to make... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:59:08 EST Remember the cost of freedom On Veterans Day, we remember the men and women who served in uniform, who raised their right hand and swore to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 01:53:07 EST The young rise up to defend our nation They say that the newspapers of the world will soon be a thing of the past, that with breaking news available on the Internet, there will be no need for the printed page. You have Kindle to read books — no smell of ink and tree to feed your... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:10:10 EST OK, S.C. Democrats, this is the bottom Let me begin with three points that won't surprise anyone and then a fourth that will surprise and maybe even shock you. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:52:07 EST Sleepless nights worth the tired trade-off I was snoozing ever so gently this morning when I felt someone looking at me. I was swimming hard for the surface dragging myself up from a semi-coma to the dawning of awareness when I heard Mac say, “When you're sleeping, why do you... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 02:31:05 EST