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Nikki Haley, the Sarah Palin of South Carolina?

Most folks outside of the Palmetto State never heard of Nikki Haley until Sarah Palin endorsed her during last fall’s gubernatorial election.  Being anointed by the former governor of Alaska as a “kindred spirit” and fellow “mama grizzly” brought the … Continue reading

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Prayers for Glenn Beck from South Carolina

People are praying for Glenn Beck here in South Carolina. At least the ones who belong to his 9/12 Project, the political group launched on his television show in March of 2009, “to bring us all back to the place we were … Continue reading

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Tea Party Hats

To some folks, a tea party is a formal social event for women. For others, a tea party is a training evolution in etiquette for little girls. To students of English literature, a tea party means Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. For citizens of … Continue reading

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Babes of the Ku Klux Klan

  I first became aware of the Ku Klux Klan in 1965 after my dad went to Vietnam when I moved from the Marine base at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii to my mother’s hometown in eastern North Carolina.   There was a KKK billboard up outside the county seat.   It … Continue reading

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A Little Help Is Always Nice

I’ve moved thirty-eight times.  My father was a Marine; I was a Marine and the PSMO (Pack Shit, Move Out) evolution is part of that life.  It’s a hassle, but a little help makes it easier. My eleventh move, from a Spanish colonial house … Continue reading

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From South Carolina, Obama as “President Negro”

My father’s people came to America from Asia. They walked across the Bering Strait land bridge during the last stages of the Ice Age. They wound up in south Texas.  My mother’s people came to America from England. They sailed … Continue reading

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Movement is a sign of life

Just moved again. Thirty-eight times so far. I have opened Christmas presents in thirteen states from an island off the coast of Maine to Oahu in the Hawaiian chain, on the isthmus of Panama. and a mountain in the Andes. … Continue reading

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