Author Archives: scout2011

New column: “Ellis Island safeguards key component of U.S. history”

Recently I was lucky enough to travel to New York City with my sister and mother, to celebrate our mom’s 70th birthday. To put it mildly, we had a ball! One of the coolest, most important stops on our trip … Continue reading

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New column: “Sometimes we all need to act like kids again”

If there’s anything the holiday season teaches us, it’s that sometimes, we all should act like kids again. Here are some reasons why. To read my newspaper column, click here.

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New column: “A few books, movies and TV shows to check out this fall”

It’s November, y’all. And in November, I like to hibernate. Oh, who am I kidding? Children don’t let you hibernate. So in November, I like to pretend to settle down and to read, watch TV and movies, and cocoon myself … Continue reading

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New column: “Goofy, scary, Halloween hijinks? No, thank you”

I’m a chicken. I don’t like to be scared. Watch a horror movie? Visit a haunted house? No, thank you. But it’s Halloween, or almost, so this newspaper column’s for those of you who do enjoy terror. And fright. And … Continue reading

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New column: “The not-so trivial pursuit of ‘useless knowledge’”

My newspaper column this week is about the interesting people born in, and events that occurred, over the years in October. What can I say? I am a pursuer of trivia. A keeper of “useless” knowledge. It’s fun to know … Continue reading

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New column: “Where have ‘social graces’ and ‘common courtesy’ gone?”

Lately, the world has felt more than a little bit mean. I miss social grace and common courtesy: the way we’re supposed to act towards each other, as fellow humans on this good earth. So that’s my newspaper column this … Continue reading

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New column: “How will you enjoy autumn’s ‘golden days’?”

Despite the fact that temperatures in even the mountain south remain in the 80s, it is officially fall. Autumn. The season of the year that holds the most gold. How will you enjoy these fall days? This, poetry, quotes, nature, … Continue reading

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New column: “The power of the human touch”

A human touch, offered in friendship and love, can be a powerful thing. So this, my own memories, and more, in my newspaper column this week. I hope y’all enjoy it. For some reason, The Greenville News has my byline … Continue reading

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New column: “Here’s looking at our focus on appearances in a ‘selfie’ world”

Nothing matters less than how we look. This is what I believe. So that, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, the “selfie” craze, looking outward instead of inward, and more, in my newspaper column this week. I sure hope y’all enjoy it. … Continue reading

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New column: “Forget football; it’s the food that brings ‘em back”

As Hurricane Florence pummels our beloved Carolina coast, here’s a little levity. (Because it is college football season, after all!) And a newspaper column about the wonder that is football tailgating food. What’s your favorite? To read, click here.

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