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Columns

  • Answers to some things you may—or may not—be wondering about

    Pedaling like mad Monday in a cycling class I had resumed after abstaining because of a sprained wrist, I wondered: Why, just because I had been out for a month, does it feel like starting all over again?

    While the tough-and-fit instructor and most of the class spun their two-wheelers way above the speed limit, I was going at a sea-turtle rate of about 15. I could barely breathe. I felt my face turning red—more out of effort than embarrassment, I think.

  • Obama’s ‘chicken and egg’ argument bad for business, the country

    With $1 billion and counting in his war chest and everything else available in his political arsenal, our campaigner-in-chief has once again sets his sights on the free market.

    I’m not sure why President Barack Obama continues to attack the tenants of capitalism, other than to distinguish himself from his opponent, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, who is the poster child for free market success.

    First, Obama attacked big, bad private equity as a jab at Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital.

    Now, he’s going after the little guy.

  • More critters of summer—rats are roaming uninvited at the beach

    Rats at the beach?!

    Now I know I’ve heard everything when I hear uninvited rats are cruising and bruising our pristine beaches.

    Then again, when are rats ever invited to the beach—or anywhere, for that matter? Obviously, they decided to invite themselves.

  • Justice for Jaronn: Questioning how and why

     

    As a reporter I am used to asking questions. Sometimes the answers are obvious and other times they are hidden.

    This Sunday evening before the Fourth of July, I have one question that has plagued me since March 1 when I first found out a 3-year-old child had been dropped off at the Brunswick Novant Medical Center and died shortly after.

    How could anyone kill a 3-year-old child?

    I just don’t understand.

  • Will SCOTUS healthcare ruling be the end of Obama(care) era?

    I’m beginning to understand why our fearless leader President Barack Obama doesn’t think too highly of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    I used to think Obama simply dislikes anyone with the audacity to disagree with him, but now, oh wait, no, that is all it is.

    He really detests when people oppose him or his ideas, especially, it seems, if they wear a robe.

    Maybe he always wanted to be in their elite legal club. Who knows?

  • Playing possum is not a good, at-home game, even with Magic Mesh

    I type with trepidation early this morning in my Little River, S.C., living room, the back screened-porch door cautiously open to the sounds of light rain and a crow cawing in the distance for his breakfast.

    Things just haven’t been the same since I got lured in by my new Magic Mesh instant screen door, one of those As-Seen-On-TV miracle products that seemed to be just what I—and my cats—needed to survive summer.

  • Summer of the silver toes

    It’s summertime and “Jaws” stories abound.

    Before I moved to the coast more than 10 years ago, I didn’t have the same respect for the ocean as I do now. I didn’t know the intricacies of the waters and its inhabitants. It is important to take precautions with the ocean just like you do any other place.

    While I am certainly no expert now, I have learned a thing or two. One of my personal summer rules is no metallic nail polish on my toes. Well, OK, my toes are silver right now but that will change before I take a swim in the ocean.

  • Learning about guns, turkey shoots and other Southern charms one shot at a time

     I’m hardly a sharp-shooter, and most likely wont’ be an expert gunslinger anytime soon.

    And while that suits me just fine, my boyfriend insists I practice my marksmanship, for safety, of course.

    It’s not uncommon for me to find a text message on my phone alerting me to a gun purchase, or a phone call announcing a family membership to a local gun range.

  • Summer scarves not part of Brunswick beaches fashion scene

    Our beautiful Brunswick County beaches are many things—beautiful (oops, I already said that) and not to be taken for granted (though I’m afraid I often do).

    Our beaches are a subject of envy by those who can only visit and not live here permanently, like all the special people like you and me who do get to live and work here and then hardly ever find time to actually get to the beach. But that’s another column for another day.

  • Liquor, liquor everywhere but not a drop to drink

    In case you haven’t heard, President Barack Obama and Co. are headed to the ever-important swing state of North Carolina for the Democrat National Convention this September.

    Charlotte will play host to the DNC beginning Labor Day, and it turns out some local lawmakers are concerned about their resources during their visit to the Tar Heel State.

    It’s not security resources they’re worried about. Their venues are big enough. And there are more than enough restaurants and hotels to give Charlotte a nice little end-of-season economic boost.