Archive for ‘Observations on life’

January 30, 2014

Un-Traditional Marriage

By Shell Suber

ringsWords have meaning. But often the meaning changes over time. In the 16th century, when the King James Version was translated, the word “pride” meant what selfish, self-centered, and arrogant mean today. “Pride” has evolved to mean something quite different today. This evolution in no way weakens the significance of the sin of loving one’s self more than God or others, it only means that today we must use as different words to convey what the word “pride” used to mean. No harm. It happens to words all the time. Our language grows and changes – sometimes in peculiar and unforeseen ways.

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April 11, 2011

What comes around…

Contributed by Shell Suber

When I was 7, my parents left my 5 year old bother and me in the care of my 14, 12 and 10 year old cousins in Pennsylvania and went out to one of those adults-only-drinking-wine-in-the-sun-all-day events that horse people love so much.

Naturally, an atomic pillow fight erupted not long after they left. I was sent flying backwards down a long, steep flight of wooden stairs in their old farmhouse. I spent the rest of a very long day at the bottom of those steps holding my arm.

When the adults finally returned – tired and well lubricated – I didn’t get the sympathy I felt my condition warranted. Instead, I got unhelpful advise like “Just move it around” and “Do this and it will feel better” (accompanied by giant circular motion with arm). It was decided I was whiny and irritating and sent to bed. 

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November 10, 2010

For Veterans Day: An American Soldier

Contributed by Vince Williams

In honor of Veterans Day I would like to tell the story on one American Soldier.  This is a story that was told to me over 20 years ago.  I did not find out until a couple of days ago that I was the only person this soldier told this story to.

In the spring of 1943 most of the class of 1943 and the entire class of 1944 of The Citadel were called to active duty in the United States Army.  The Class of 1944 was called to active duty in its entirety to fill the ranks of the decimated junior grade officers, 1st and 2nd Lieutenants. 

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October 31, 2010

The Edisto Island Mattress Swing

Contributed by the misplacedmtnman

Those who have ever vacationed at Edisto Beach will fondly recall a certain unique landmark that can be spotted along SC-174, the singular scenic drive out onto the coastal island. The “Mattress Swing” is what my family has always called it, but some old locals refer to that bend in the road as “Mattress Point.”

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August 18, 2010

Life: Observations on the value of us

Contributed by Vince Williams

With all the heated debates and arguments about abortion the true meaning of being pro-life seems to get lost in the emotions.  I thought I would write an article about why I am pro-life and what that means.

I am a Catholic Christian.  My Faith teaches me that God created the Universe and everything in it and holds it in existence by an act of His will.  

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August 11, 2010

Sweets For The Sweet

Contributed by Jodi Paige

I just watched a You Tube video of two parents giving their baby his first taste of Pop Rocks.  It made me wonder if I’m the only parent who, when her first baby was born, considered the idea of never giving her child anything but all-natural, whole, organic foods.

I knew after my baby was born, I had the opportunity to see that my child developed a palate for macrobiotics.  I could rear this child so that the very idea of something deep-fried, sugarcoated, or packed in preservatives would cause him to run screaming.

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August 10, 2010

Pedal on Down to This Paradise City

Contributed by the misplacedmtnman

Thumbing through this month’s issue of Greater Columbia Business Monthly, I came across an interesting little one-page article all about Joe Mellet, the “leader, spokesman and visionary” for a new “Bicycle Only” subdivision in Lexington County. The basic idea is, automobiles would be restricted to parking lots on the periphery of the neighborhood so that only non-motorized vehicles of the two-wheeled sort would be found within the 140-acre development. Service roads for emergency vehicles would of course be provided, but residences in this “high-minded scheme” would be occupied by bicycle enthusiasts only.

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August 3, 2010

Respect

Contributed by Vince Williams

I remember being told both in school and in my home, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”  I remember being taught in my church growing up to, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  I remember being taught by my parents and my grandparents to behave in a way that didn’t embarrass the family.  I also remember all of my friends were taught the same thing.  How can we have come so far away from simple rules of respect in such a short time?

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July 2, 2010

What is Slavery?

Contributed by Vince Williams

There is one thing this country does not like to talk about.  That thing is slavery.  We have a past that, through the eyes of current morality, is very difficult for us to look at and understand.  The concept of owning another person is so foreign to us that we might as well be talking about having 12 eyes or 17 legs.  Yet, a slave can be someone that does not have papers that says he or she is owned, but is none the less in fact owned.  To understand this concept we must first understand what slavery is.

When we picture slavery in our mind we all probably picture the same thing.  We picture a

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June 29, 2010

How to Live In the South, Tip #1

Contributed by Jodi Paige

I have a mixed marriage.  My husband, Ed, is from the North, and I was born and raised in the South.  Despite the fact that Ed has now lived here for 25 years, he still marvels/complains about how slow we Southerners can be.  I don’t mean intellectually…I mean the actual speed by which we get business done.  And if you’re not from the South, you may also be wondering, “What the heck is taking these folks so long?”

If you’re a good sleuth, there are really plenty of clues all around you.

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