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Julie offers birthday words of wisdom

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 10:48 a.m.

My birthday was last week, and it’s astonishing that I’ve survived 54 years on this planet relatively unscathed. I say “relatively” because I’ve had …

Mozart, a “marriage,” and the middle school student:Using The Marriage of Figaro to teach the Enlightenment

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 10:54 a.m.

Last summer, I received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to study Mozart’s operas in Vienna, Austria. As I listened to his masterpieces ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ every day for three weeks, ideas danced daily in my head about how to make this opera study accessible to my students. Music and movement …

Catching Santa in the act ...

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:01 a.m.

In addition to my rampant ADD, I was an obsessive child.

Puttin’ on the Ritz

Friday, December 12, 2014 12:01 p.m.

Sandy and Jim Hamilton’s main holiday celebration comes on Christmas Eve when her menu always includes Oplatki and often features dishes fashioned …

Holiday traditions

Friday, December 12, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Awhile back, I thought it might be fun to see what folks do for Christmas elsewhere in the world.

I’ll never understand ‘Black Friday’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Deck the halls with boughs of crazy, tra la la la la la la la!

Mt. P’s present could be Summerville’s future

Friday, December 5, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Summerville residents have been following reports of Mt. Pleasant’s development controversy with interest. The proliferation of apartment and commercial buildings near the heart of Mt. Pleasant’s “Old Village,” based on a plan adopted a decade ago, is now causing conflict and division among its citizens. The Oct. 26 issue of the Post and Courier …

He’s a Moodle

Friday, December 5, 2014 12:01 a.m.

In September we lost our much loved pet, Buddy. In over 57 years of marriage, we’ve always had a dog, so I knew we’d have another – at some point. I …

Fun at the hospital ...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 11:48 a.m.

If you live long enough, you’ll eventually spend more time in hospitals than you’d like to, either as a patient or waiting on a patient. Neither role …

From the mayor’s desk: Giving thanks

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

Thanksgiving is upon us and it is one of my favorite holidays. There’s plenty to eat, plenty of football to watch and time to spend with family and …

A Thanksgiving list

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:28 p.m.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I hope you have much to be grateful for. (Tip: If you have loved ones, shelter and food, you have much to be grateful …

Black Friday cometh

Friday, November 21, 2014 12:01 a.m.

She’s sending her husband to Target. Her mother will be dispatched to Kohl’s and she will be on her way to Dick’s Sporting Goods.

You have been warned ...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:45 p.m.

I am hormonal. You have been warned.

Summerville Proud

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

It was 5 a.m. on Saturday morning when my alarm went off that reality finally set in. I was about to join 500+ of my closest friends that I’ve never …

Bourbonola and Brewstilleries

Friday, November 14, 2014 12:01 a.m.

How’s that again? These are coined words from the bourbon industry, learned on a recent trip along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.

Seat of the pants a thing of the past

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:01 p.m.

One thing that’s strangely liberating about cruising into middle age is the realization that spontaneity is generally yet another thing of the past. …

Don’t be THAT parent!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Every day I wake up and ask, “Lord, how can I serve You today?” Sometimes I don’t get a clear answer. (Which is on me, not Him.) Other days, I help …

Kitchen kudos – from tot to teen

Friday, November 7, 2014 12:01 a.m.

We all have favorite recipes and when you’ve been cooking 12 years, you’re bound to have quite a few. The twist here is that this culinary creator is …

Got raccoons?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:01 a.m.

I’ve never been wildly popular (old high school classmates always say, “You graduated when?”) but our home, Crazy Acres, is a popular place to be. …

Boo! Summerville style

Friday, October 31, 2014 12:01 a.m.

It was a dark and stormy night and in the air over Sheep Island Road there once appeared a gleaming, ghostly globe.

Colonoscopy: Check.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Sweet reader, today’s column contains TMI about a medical procedure. So if you are squeamish or easily offended, turn the page. I don’t mind, really. …

FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:01 a.m.

October is my favorite month of the year. The weather is great. Saturdays bring college football rivalries. My birthday is in October and I enjoy …

Parents Stop Too

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:01 a.m.

The Summerville Journal Scene is proud to publish the winning editorial in our local “Texting and Driving” essay contest. Will Sears is a freshman at …

The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth ...

Friday, October 24, 2014 2:11 p.m.

Last week I discovered that the prosthetic devices recently constructed to replace my missing teeth had wended their way to dental heaven while I was …

Pass the okra

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

Southerners do make headlines, don’t we? Sometimes we hear some piece of news and immediately know it happened south of the Mason-Dixon Line. We just …

Delinquent Tax process explained

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:01 p.m.

The Delinquent Tax Office for Dorchester County is in charge of collecting taxes, penalties, fees and levy costs for unpaid property taxes. State law dictates how the process occurs.

‘Give it all you’ve got’

Friday, October 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

How do you plan to mark your eighth decade? Chances are you won’t have a gig at a London pub. But that’s just what 86-year-old American cabaret …

Reflections on church

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Forty souls attended the 11:30 a.m. service at our church last week. That doesn’t sound like much compared to some megachurches, where Sunday …

Tax Tips That Could Save You Money

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:01 p.m.

The Assessor’s Office has implemented a new Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal Program, CAMA, for the 2014 tax year. This program will provide more speed and accuracy to the assessment process and will be a big asset to the Assessor’s Office. It took two years for the implementation.

Looking at the past – and the future

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 1:01 p.m.

As the Sweet Tea Trolley Tour project begins wrapping up this increasingly successful inaugural year, it’s a good time to look back into Summerville …

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