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The Berkeley County School District is weighing three options for a new school calendar, with earlier start dates (Aug. 8 or Aug. 14) and changes the number and timing of breaks provided throughout the year.   Classes would still conclude at the end of May. (Read the story about all the...
About 10 years ago I wrote a 20th anniversary poem for my wife, Jenny. She placed it in a glass frame which sits on a sideboard in our dining room.     On one particular fall afternoon last year, the sun turned that frame into a prism and painted the sideboard, nearby decor and even our...
“She’s a good sleeper.”    It’s a phrase we hear about newborns and young ones. Back then, it was a natural act, something our body just did, without forethought, or planning, or sound machines and blackout curtains.    But as adults, sleeping often doesn’t seem all that natural, leading...
States that choose to hold open presidential primaries are usually trying to give a voice to independent voters who do not want to declare allegiance to the Republican or Democratic parties. But some people feel this opens the door for opposing parties to influence candidate nominations.   ...
The cold, wet weather means more time for reading.   In nonfiction: “Flight of the WASP” by Michael Gross provides a detailed socio-political look at our country, beginning with the pilgrims and features outstanding portraits of the men (and they were predominantly men who had power) who...
In a world of vibrant colors, we seem to spend a fair bit of time thinking in black and white.    Today we’re unraveling the impact of labels – that is, the words that we privately assign to others and, of course, to ourselves. At their best, labels make it easier for us to navigate the world...
If you ask so-called experts how to celebrate Valentine’s Day you’ll get some really bad answers.    Proflowers.com, for example, suggests setting up an art making experience. “He will love creating something with you that he can see on display every day.”    I can see his eyes rolling...
Sexual predators are using a new tool to exploit children -- AI image generators. Users on a dark-web forum shared 3,000 AI-generated images of child sexual abuse in one month, according to the Internet Watch Foundation.   Current child sexual abuse laws are outdated. They don’t account for...
The mother showed up first, but she was soon bringing a young woodpecker with her. It was June of last year when the little black and white birds started frequenting our yard. The mom would visit the bird feeder occasionally, but she spent most of her time on the large oak limbs nearby, showing...
Apparently, procrastination is not about laziness. And it’s not about time-management or self-control.    Apparently, procrastination is simply a coping mechanism linked to our emotional state. Explains author Charlotte Lieberman: “People engage in [an] irrational cycle of chronic...

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