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The red, the white and the blue

on Wednesday, 05 July 2017. Posted in Columns

One thing that Americans look forward to celebrating is Independence Day. The Fourth of July is so exciting with the fireworks, cookouts and family traveling home to help celebrate.

Happy birthday America!

on Wednesday, 05 July 2017. Posted in Columns

As we celebrate our nation’s 231st birthday this week, let’s reflect on the meaning and greatness of America. Below are quotes and comments about our people and our nation.

Life interrupted

on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Posted in Good life, Columns

Recently I did a eulogy for a dear friend and church member. I smile when I think about the many conversations we had over the years where we would share from our hearts the intimate things occurring in our lives.

What you need to know about the fiduciary rule

on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Posted in Columns

Rules are changing concerning investment professionals and retirement accounts. In the eyes of many, the change is good.

An observation of present day England

on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Posted in Columns

After recent travels around the English countryside and a few cities, I’d like to share this “yank’s” observations.

Pet Talk: Responsibilities of bird ownership

on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in Columns

If adding a dog or cat to the family is out of the question, pet birds are extremely intelligent and form strong bonds with their owners. However, because companion birds are so smart, they need plenty of mental stimulation and attention

A primer for estate planning

on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in Columns

Estate planning is a task that people tend to put off, as any discussion of “the end” tends to be off-putting. However, people without their financial affairs in good order risk leaving their heirs some significant problems along with their legacies.

Summer as a kid in the mid-50s, early 60s

on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in Columns

School is out and summer fun is in full swing. While kids today spend time at a wide variety of day camps and organized activities, the kids of my youth came up with our own plans to fill our summer days.

Garbage day

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in Columns

While visiting a dear relative recently, I took on the responsibility of the household chores. My sweet mama taught my brothers, sisters and I to serve when it is needed so it came natural to me.

We’re blessed by good fathers, step-fathers

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in Columns

Below are quotes reminding us of the value of our earthly fathers and step-fathers:

Not so ordinary town names

on Tuesday, 06 June 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Across our nation and even in our own state, are some interesting, and unusual, names of cities and towns. The stories behind these names would probably make an entertaining book.

Beware of emotions affecting your money decisions

on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted in Columns

When emotions and money intersect, the effects can be financially injurious. Emotions can cause us to overreact – or not act at all when we should.

South Carolinians who make us proud

on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted in Columns

South Carolinians have contributed much to this state and our country. Following is a small sample:

The box let me out

on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. Posted in Columns

Recently I had to make a big decision on how I was going to live the rest of my life. Note that I said “live” and not “spend”. Too often do we spend our lives like we spend money. Money that is spent has no return.

Nothing finer than South Carolina

on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. Posted in Columns

Native South Carolinians will probably agree with the lyrics from “Carolina in the Morning,” the song recorded by Al Jolson and later Dean Martin. “Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,” they crooned.
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