From the Mayor’s Desk UPDATED

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:01 a.m.

With the nasty weather we've been having it is hard to believe it's Spring. This is the season when Summerville is at its most spectacular. Dogwoods, azaleas, Japanese tulips and wisteria create a blooming showplace. Those of us who live here sometimes forget what a garden spot we inhabit.

Life’s most embarrassing moments … UPDATED

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:15 a.m.

There are two things I fear: 1) Dying and 2) Being embarrassed. And there’s a difference between looking foolish and feeling stupid.

Reflections on Lux, Sam, Chester and Mel Gibson UPDATED

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Heard about the cat in Oregon that terrorized his humans until they barricaded themselves into a bedroom?

Headache remedies from Julie

Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:01 a.m.

I have a headache. I never get headaches; in 53 years I’ve had maybe three. I just don’t get them. (My husband says I give them—hardeeharhar!)

‘Lieutenant Dan! You got legs!’

Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:01 a.m.

One day I’m going to write a book called “Things My Husband Says.” Chapters will be divided by topics, such as “Food,” “Wife’s Hair,” “Forrest Gump,” and “Best Friends” (which is not about me.)

Julie’s own ‘Peaceable Kingdom’

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Most of us have probably seen “The Peaceable Kingdom,” painted by 19th century American folk artist (and devout Quaker) Edward Hicks. He painted at …

A long day at the hospital

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:13 p.m.

Surgery is a funny thing. They put you to sleep, cut you open, sew you up and hold you hostage.

The Watts Line: A fond farewell to a much-loved career

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:10 a.m.

It occurred to me this past May, after a visit with my now 19-month-old granddaughter who is being held hostage by her parents in the far off land of Oregon, that if I wanted to spend more time with her, I’d have to be unemployed to do it.

INKLINGS: Possum Pasta and Oysters Roosevelt

Friday, January 3, 2014 12:01 a.m.

By Barbara Lynch Hill

Twas the Day After Christmas

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 11:13 p.m.

Clement Clarke Moore wrote the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in 1822. With Christmas morning in your rearview mirror, here’s my version. A “What If” take, such as What if Santa left one kid in all the world nothing but clothes under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning and this event was then memorialized in a poem?

INKLINGS: O Christmas Tree(s), O Christmas Tree(s) UPDATED

Friday, December 20, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Christmas trees were first used outdoors, history tells us, probably about 1,000 years ago in Northern Europe. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert popularized their use indoors in 1846. The trend swiftly spread to America’s east coast, because the sketch of the Royal Family surrounding a Christmas tree appeared in the widely circulated Illustrated …

Inklings: What’s in a name? UPDATED

Friday, December 13, 2013 12:01 a.m.

What’s in a name?

Eighteen things...huh? UPDATED

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:01 a.m.

There’s a fad going around Facebook (it may have played out by the time this goes to press.) Like most fads, it’s harmless: One of your FB friends assigns you a random number; whatever it is, you have to post that many facts about yourself, i.e., “Five Things Most People Don’t Know About Me.”

INKLINGS:What it isn’t, is turkey

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Yesterday was Turkey Day for most of us – or maybe ham. We’ll also enjoy these same entrées for a few more meals. Then before we know it, we’ll be doing it all over at Christmas. These are great meals. Many people, my husband included, probably enjoy cold turkey and dressing as much, if not more, than the original hot …

INKLINGS: What were you doing . . . UPDATED

Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Fifty years ago today? I was ironing. Of all the mundane things to be doing while the President of the United States was being shot!

Smith Says: Television in 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 9:30 p.m.

I’ve been thinking about TV a lot lately, mainly because I never watch it. Apparently that makes me strange. (Which surprises no-one.)

Smith says UPDATED

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Last week my mother turned 85. Not bad for a woman who thinks a balanced meal is a Little Debbie in each hand.

Eight ways from Thursday

Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:37 a.m.

This was the third year for the eight of us. But the adventure began six Octobers ago when my sister Cynthia first took me for an autumn weekend at her Virginia hideaway. Then came my daughters Cathy and Mary Clare. Soon thereafter, we were joined by daughter-in-law Amy and her mother Kathy. Two years ago we made it three generations by adding …

Julie longs for good old days UPDATED

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:52 a.m.

Remember the good old days, when kids fell off the monkey bars and nobody got sued?

Smith Says UPDATED

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 10:08 a.m.

Scenario: A lovely autumn day. Husband and wife are heading out to run errands. They switch the TV to Animal Planet for the dog, lock the door and go. As they walk down the steps, wife hands husband the car keys.WHY????Surveys show that when couples travel together, about 75 percent of the time hubby drives. Unless it’s my husband, who …

Through the lens: Photo Show reflections UPDATED

Thursday, September 26, 2013 8:19 p.m.

          “It’s wonderful!. So creative and beautiful. Not the same old tourist pictures, but gorgeous pieces in different subjects and sizes. You’re going to get a lot of attention on this one!”         So said retired teacher Fran Townsend after viewing the Juried Fine Art Photography Show at the opening reception at Town …

Of God, man and Facebook UPDATED

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 7:33 p.m.

We’ve all seen them on Facebook: Posts of pictures featuring folded hands or sad-eyed lambs with oversized text that says: “If you love God, Stop what you’re doing and Repost this. Jesus said, ‘If you Deny me before Men I will deny you before My father’!!!”Aside from the random capitalization, which in itself …

INKINGS: Kitchen Tour tales & tidbits UPDATED

Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:18 p.m.

 There’s never enough room to include all the information on all the families and homes in the Kitchen Tour brochure. There’s not enough room here either, but I can at least hope to tickle your curiosity to learn more about them and the Pine Forest Inn (PFI) area of the 2013 tour Sunday, October 6, which benefits this area’s …

Bedtime Stories UPDATED

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:27 p.m.

Sleeping with someone can be scary.Just last Saturday, shortly after midnight, I was on that sweet edge of oblivion, the moment of no return when you feel yourself slipping under. At that instant Widdle Baby--already sound asleep—sat bolt upright, bobbed his head sharply and let out a blood-curdling scream. Then, still sound asleep, he …

Trolley Tour reviews UPDATED

Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:54 p.m.

          “Capturing word-of-mouth wisdom" is often the best way to judge the effectiveness of a product or service. Witness a review website such as Angie’s List which uses the above quote to illustrate its mission. The current series of the Chamber of Commerce’s Sweet Tea Trolley Tours is a case in point. Those who take the …

Inklings UPDATED

Thursday, September 5, 2013 2:56 p.m.

Today’s designated number: 153         These are my most liked digits at the moment because they represent the total scores of my five favorite football teams in their winning opening games last week. My husband loves football – the game – and he’ll watch most any game in most any league – at least at the beginning of …

A grave revisited UPDATED

Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:32 p.m.

 The death of one of your children is cruel pain. No matter how long the lifespan – from youngster to senior – the loss is deep and devastating. Part of you has gone.But part of these offspring remain in the memories and methods you choose to keep them alive in your mind. It’s hard to write about – but that doesn’t …

Smith Says UPDATED

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:46 p.m.

God provides, even when it comes to roosters.You may remember our boy Roy, the proud, handsome rooster who showed up one day, stole my heart and vanished.Roy came and went in less than a month, just long enough for me to become a crazy rooster lady. When he disappeared I was crushed. He refused to live in the fenced backyard, and we still wonder …

A bridge (game) over troubled waters. UPDATED

Thursday, August 22, 2013 3:26 p.m.

          I was sitting in a surgery waiting room Monday, listening to a taped interview via pink ear buds and making notes on my “laptop” – aka – a small paper notebook. The woman next to me tapped me on the shoulder saying I was wanted on the phone.         Unplugging myself, I learned Jim’s new knee had been …

Smith Says UPDATED

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 9:33 p.m.

 Let’s see, what’s up with the news lately…You may be among the one million people who viewed a YouTube clip of Mark Brown—who could easily pass for a member of ZZ Top-- dancing to “Chain of Fools” with his pet raccoon, Rebekah. Girl’s got mad moves. It’s good, clean entertainment, if more than a …



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