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Some years back, I read an account of the U.S. standard railroad gauge (distance between rails) and how it came to be set at 4 ft., 8.5 inches.    Why was it set at such an odd number? The reason? Because that’s the way they built them in England, and American railroads were built by British...
You may have selected a word of the year for yourself. I recently took an online “quiz” on the Washington Post website titled “What’s your nudge word for 2024?” It helped guide me to my personal word of the year: playful. I aim to add more play to my life in 2024.   I’ve talked with friends...
The best we can say for 2023 is that it’s over. Interest rates, sea levels, and tempers rose. Interstate 526 became even more crowded and drivers less courteous. War continued in Ukraine and erupted in the Middle East. China, Iran, and Russia flexed muscles. Both major political parties seem bent...
If your child is due to graduate from high school in 2024 and is considering college or career/trade school, the re-designed Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) should have been available since Dec. 31.   To facilitate completing the form, apply for your Federal Student Aid...
Is it hard for you to say no?    If it is, you’re not alone. Even the kindest among us experience moments when they said yes, when in retrospect they wished they had said no.    Why are we so quick to say yes?    “From an early age children are taught to be polite and forthcoming,”...
Christmas caroling, baking cookies, re-watching “The Grinch” for the thousandth time – everyone has their holiday traditions they return to year after year.   For many, the ideal Christmas involves delicious recipes, decking the halls and finding that perfect gift. For others, it’s time spent...
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “thrash” means to “stir or toss about violently.” That is certainly what one visitor did with the birdseed in our feeder at a rather alarming rate one recent fall day. The contents were raining down all over the ground below and one could almost hear...
Once again, we have a plethora of nonfiction. These are perfect books for gift-giving.   “Among the Bros” by Max Marshall is required reading for Charleston residents and, frankly, all parents. It is the story behind the 2016 drug bust of a group of College of Charleston fraternity brothers...
As you wander through the South Carolina Aquarium, you experience the state’s ecosystems from the mountains to the sea, all of which are woven together by an intricate network of waterways. This is reflected in every region of our state; there’s no doubt that there’s an intrinsic relationship...
Have you ever stood in front of a mirror and practiced your smile?     Have you ever been taught how to smile?     And, honestly, how important is it anyway?    My answers: Yes. No. Extremely.    My thesis begins here.    Smiling is universal. There’s no language barrier. You...

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