• A little bit of hospitality can go a long way

    As 2007 drew to a close, Joyce Davis and her husband Phillip were looking for a little luck.

    At the end of the year, the two were both under the weather. Between doctors visits and the holidays, neither were feeling quite up to par.

    Wanting to change their run of luck, Joyce decided they would partake in the New Year’s custom of eating black eyed peas and greens. Across the U.S. many families participate in this tradition hoping it will bring them good luck and prosperity.

  • Don't be SAD this winter; some cures for the winter blues

    When researching ways to beat the winter blues, the first article I came upon simply said there is one cure: death.

    I had to laugh when reading this, as the author must truly be a pessimist. Sure, many people can feel the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but there is more than one way to beat the winter blues.

    Mayo Clinic describes SAD as a type of depression that interferes with daily life.

  • Is it ever as simple as 'it is what it is?'

    If you walk into the Beacon newsroom on any given day, it’s likely you’ll hear one of us mutter the phrase, “it is what it is,” about any given topic.

    Left behind by a former editor, the simple phrase is more of an inside joke in the newsroom than an evaluation of facts, which is good, because according to a new list, it doesn’t mean anything.

    For 32 years, Lake Superior State University has compiled a list of banished words.

    This year’s list includes my favorite phrase, “it is what it is.”

  • January blahs pave way for whole new year of complaints

    Well, most of the Christmas lights and decorations have come down, the last of the black-eyed peas, collards and cornbread—what the kids wouldn’t eat—tossed out to bring good luck to the winter birds passing through town.

    Now all we have to look forward to is the January blahs.

    Fortunately, on this sunny first-Sunday morning in January ’08, just a hop away from the Carolinas coast, with the porch door open and the birds chirping in the background, it’s a lot easier to stomach.

  • America needs sound leadership

    The victory of Huckabee and Obama in Iowa is a signal that America is ready for fresh new ideas.

    People have grown tired of the status quo, the old guard who has run Washington in recent years. Many realize the future of our youth has been severely mortgaged and if there are no major changes, they will be denied the benefits enjoyed by past generations.

    This not an endorsement of Huckabee or Obama. Both candidates are compelling, charismatic figures who have captured the attention of many Americans.