Mystery Plant! #763

Mystery Plant! #763 John Nelson Posted 2/21/24By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.com¡Guacamo-le! Guacamo-le! Me gusta el guacamo-le!                                                                                       --a kids’ songThere are two basic reasons why you should make, and eat, guacamole.First, it tastes great. Guacamole, of course, comes from the avocado plant, which is native to warm semitropical forests of the New...

It’s time to do some spring cleaning

Living on Purpose: It’s time to do some spring cleaning Dr. William Holland Posted 2/19/24By Dr. William HollandDo you believe there is such a thing as good and evil, God and Satan? When something good happens do you thank God because you believe He blessed you? What about when something...

Mystery Plant! #762

Mystery Plant! #762 John Nelson Posted 2/14/24By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.com"In an early spring we see the appearing buds;Which to prove fruit, hope gives not so much warrant as despairThat frosts will bite them."                                King Henry IV, Part 2: I: 3.I'm just like Lord Bardolph, who was afraid that just as soon...

Remembering Cale Yarborough

Remembering Cale Yarborough Tom Poland Posted 2/14/24By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netThe breaking news alert held just 29 words.“Cale Yarborough, a NASCAR great, dies at 84. Known for his fierce toughness and grit, Mr. Yarborough won the Daytona 500 four times and the Southern 500 five times.”His death brought back memories...

A New Backroad Magazine

Backroad Portfolio A New Backroad Magazine Tom Poland Posted 2/12/24By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.net You cannot raise your ancestors from their grave, but you can appreciate how they lived. Just take a backroad deep into the countryside and perchance turn onto a dirt road. You’ll see old farms and their...

First Taste of Blackstrap Molasses

First Taste of Blackstrap Molasses Tom Poland Posted 2/9/24By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netMid 1950s, early morning on the farm, it was. Rivers of gold ran down the stack of pancakes on the old oak table. Butter pooled higher and higher and I expected it to spill onto the old table...

Broomstraw Brooms

Broomstraw Brooms Tom Poland Posted 2/7/24By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netI call it broomstraw. Others broomsedge. Whatever you call it, it doesn’t kill my memories of my grandmother’s homemade brooms. About a yardstick long, they stood in corners throughout the house. That made them handy. They were simple. They were effective....

Mystery Plant 761

Mystery Plant! #761 John Nelson Posted 2/7/24By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comIt's so Fly-Day, Fly-Day Chinatown…                                                                Yasuha, 1981This song came out 40 years ago, or so, and of course I wasn’t “hip” enough then to quite understand what it was all about. It was a rather popular song, though, in a good many...

When the Border Boys Were Young

When the Border Boys Were Young Tom Poland Posted 2/5/24By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netBefore the photos, Robert Clark had been photographing architecture for ten years. I had been writing scripts for documentaries. Much earlier, during a teaching stint, I submitted a paper to an academic journal. That earned me an...

Grace that is greater than all our sin

Living on Purpose: Grace that is greater than all our sin Dr. William Holland Posted 2/5/24By Dr. William HollandSince you were conceived God has wanted your attention. He has never neglected or ignored you. If you were to write down all the blessings and victories He has given over the...

Bonham House—Last Of Its Kind

Bonham House—Last Of Its Kind Tom Poland Posted 1/31/24By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netIn Saluda County an old homeplace sits on brick piers. It’s as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, but that wasn’t always the case. Some refer to the old homeplace as Flat Grove. Some the Bonham House. If...

Mystery Plant 760

Mystery Plant! #760 John Nelson Posted 1/31/24By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comOne of my favorite trees here at the University grows right behind the herbarium. It’s been there for years (the building was constructed about 1974), and is now about 25’ tall. (I’m terrible at estimating heights of trees…but let’s just say that...

Long Lost Lisbon

Long Lost Lisbon Tom Poland Posted 1/31/24By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.net“The oak was so big, five men could link hands and not reach around it.” On a clear December day I walked where about eight feet of water had retreated. Perhaps I walked where that oak’s roots reached deep into...

The Million Dollar Quartet

The Million Dollar Quartet Tom Poland Posted 1/29/24By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netI go back now, back to August 1, 2012. That’s the day the University of South Carolina Press published Save The Last Dance For Me. Strange circumstances united me with the Society of Stranders, those dedicated shaggers. Together, we...

A novel for now

Everything and Nothing: A novel for now Aïda Rogers Posted 1/26/24By Aïda RogersIt’s December 1916, and along the coast of South Carolina, things aren’t right. In the swamps and rivers around Georgetown, turtles and alligators sun themselves. Snakes and fish cavort in open waters. Weirdly warm, rain is long overdue.In town,...

The joy of the handwritten letter

The joy of the handwritten letter Reba Campbell Posted 1/24/24By Reba CampbellWhen I was growing up, the family mailbox was a magic chamber that delivered cards with good wishes, postcards from interesting places and an occasional gift from a far-off relative. Today’s mailboxes, however, often are more of a torture...

Mystery Plant 759

Mystery Plant! #759 John Nelson Posted 1/24/24By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comNot many flowers to see about this time of year, and certainly not those of woody plants. There are a few: you may know of Cornelian cherry with its very early yellow flowers, and then there a few varieties of “winter cherry”...

Do we love sin more than God?

Living on Purpose: Do we love sin more than God? Dr. William Holland Posted 1/22/24By Dr. William HollandA few weeks ago, we talked about a man named Achan and how his secret sin was not a secret to God. The book of Joshua in chapters 6 and 7 reveals this...

If A Photo Is Worth 1,000 Words …

If A Photo Is Worth 1,000 Words … Tom Poland Posted 1/22/24By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netWhy do we need cutlines? Simple. To better serve the reader. A cutline needs to be right. Long after the writer is gone, his work will be there for others to read. Come with me,...

Mystery Plant 758

Mystery Plant! #758 John Nelson Posted 1/19/24By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comIf you are a cocker-spaniel, you may not want to look at this picture!            Here’s a plant with a kind of midwinter brutal beauty, the drying leaf stalks topped with a constellation of brown, spiny burs. You might have a feeling...

Surprise At Surrender Rock

Surprise At Surrender Rock Tom Poland Posted 1/19/24By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netA Sunday before Christmas it was. With the gifts all wrapped, I had a bit of time. I wanted to see the monument where Mayor T.J. Goodwyn surrendered Columbia to Sherman on February 17, 1865. I set out for...

Mystery Plant! #757

Mystery Plant! #757 John Nelson Posted 1/19/24By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.com            The Father of plant taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus, probably had had a run-in with his editor, while working on his monumental Species Plantarum, in which he attempted to describe all the known plant species of his day....

2024 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW FOR THE MEDIA

2024 Legislative Preview for the Media Posted Jan. 8, 2024 The Honorable Dennis C. Moss: Chairman, House Invitations and Memorial Resolutions (R-Cherokee) The Honorable Bill Sandifer: Chairman, Labor, Commerce & Industry (R-Oconee) The Honorable Dennis C. Moss: Chairman, House Invitations and Memorial Resolutions (R-Cherokee) The Honorable Bill Sandifer: Chairman, Labor,...

2024 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW FOR THE MEDIA

2024 Legislative Preview for the Media Posted Jan. 8, 2024 The Honorable Brad Hutto: Minority Leader (D-Orangeburg) The Honorable Shane Massey: Majority Leader and Chairman, Senate Rules Committee (R-Edgefield) The Honorable Brad Hutto: Minority Leader (D-Orangeburg) The Honorable Shane Massey: Majority Leader and Chairman, Senate Rules Committee (R-Edgefield) The Honorable...

2024 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW FOR THE MEDIA

2024 Legislative Preview for the Media Posted Jan. 8, 2024 The Honorable Tom Davis: Chairman, Labor, Commerce and Industry (R-Beaufort) The Honorable Thomas Alexander: Senate President and Chairman, Interstate Cooperation (R-Oconee) The Honorable Danny Verdin III: Chairman, Medical Affairs (R-Laurens) The Honorable Greg Hembree: Chairman, Education (R-Horry) The Honorable Tom...

2024 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW FOR THE MEDIA

2024 Legislative Preview for the Media Posted Jan. 8, 2024 The Honorable Chip Campsen: Chairman, Fish, Game & Forestry (R-Charleston) The Honorable Katrina Shealy: Chair, Family and Veterans’ Services (R-Lexington) The Honorable Thomas Alexander: Senate President and Chairman, Interstate Cooperation (R-Oconee) The Honorable Chip Campsen: Chairman, Fish, Game & Forestry...

2024 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW FOR THE MEDIA

2024 Legislative Preview for the Media Posted Jan. 8, 2024 The Honorable Danny Verdin III: Chairman, Medical Affairs (R-Laurens) The Honorable Greg Hembree: Chairman, Education (R-Horry) The Honorable Tom Davis: Chairman, Labor, Commerce and Industry (R-Beaufort) The Honorable Thomas Alexander: Senate President and Chairman, Interstate Cooperation (R-Oconee) The Honorable Chip...

Mystery Plant! #756

Mystery Plant! #756 John Nelson Posted 1/3/24By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comWhen clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks;                When great leaves fall, the winter is at hand.                                                Shakespeare, Richard III: II, 3. Can we talk about leaves?Your botany professor probably waxed on and on about leaves, and how important they are for...

What does standing for God mean to you?

Living on Purpose: What does standing for God mean to you? Dr. William Holland Posted 1/3/24By Dr. William HollandIt’s the New Year and everyone is celebrating a fresh start and making resolutions. However, simply wishing that our lives would change for the better, is nothing more than a fantasy or...

Running With Ghosts

Running With Ghosts Tom Poland Posted 1/3/24By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netI dreamed I was in a football game again. Then I awoke. Such disappointment. Other than playing in a game again, the next best thing would be watching my old game films, an impossibility. Properly stored 16mm film can last...

The Light Dessert

The Light Dessert Aïda Rogers Posted 1/3/24By Aïda Rogersaidarogers27@gmail.comThe request seemed simple enough. “A light dessert,” my neighbor Sharon texted. She’d invited us for a soup supper just before Christmas. Always happy to be invited, we accepted, and I’d asked the requisite question of what I could bring. “A light dessert”...

Mystery Plant! #755

Mystery Plant! #755 John Nelson Posted 12/28/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comI remember several years ago listening on the radio in my car…YES, the RADIO… to a public interest story about the benefits of eating compost: fresh, warm  compost, straight from the garden, so full of healthful benefits, including a variety of useful...

A Way To Receive And Give Back

A Way To Receive And Give Back Tom Poland Posted 12/20/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netYou reach a point in life where you look backwards a lot. I recall my days studying Journalism at the University of Georgia. Turns out I chose the wrong discipline. I should have chosen Editorial but...

Mystery Plant! #754

Mystery Plant! #754 John Nelson Posted 12/20/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comAs of the writing of this essay it is not quite winter, at least on the calendar, but it’s cold, for me anyway. No more flowers to enjoy…well, not that many. Nevertheless, there are plenty of reasons for taking a walk in...

The Golden Gloved Artist

The Golden Gloved Artist Tom Poland Posted 12/18/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netDuring my not quite 10 years at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources I worked among talented illustrators, filmmakers, designers, photographers, and artists. I watched as they used pen and ink, paper, raw film, non-photo blue pencils and...

Understanding why we need a Savior

Living on Purpose: Understanding why we need a Savior Dr. William Holland Posted 12/18/23By Dr. William HollandThe author of this story is unknown and it has been told by many people throughout the years. The gentleman to whom I’m going to introduce was not a scrooge, but a kind, decent...

Bring Back Honest-To-Goodness Screen Doors

Bring Back Honest-To-Goodness Screen Doors Tom Poland Posted 12/13/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netWith winter knock, knock, knocking on their door, people are thinking of storm doors and weather stripping. Well, drafty old screen doors occupy my mind. Recent back-road expeditions have taken me across vintage screen doors—the original air conditioning—that...

Mystery Plant! #753

Mystery Plant! #753 John Nelson Posted 12/13/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comWhen I was a kid, our family would make an annual summer trip to visit relatives in Hanover, Virginia. This was before interstate highways, and well before air-conditioning in the car, so we'd always leave early in the morning, well before dawn....

There’s Just Something About A Barn

There’s Just Something About A Barn Tom Poland Posted 12/12/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netOn Highway 378 between Lincolnton and Washington, Georgia, stands a barn. I say a barn. It’s a home built to look like a barn. Or maybe it’s a barn converted into a home. I’m just not sure,...

Mystery Plant! #752

Mystery Plant! #752 John Nelson Posted 12/6/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comOne of the nice things about moving to a new neighborhood, like we did recently, is taking new walking adventures. There’s always something to see: maybe a hidden garden behind someone’s house, or maybe a winter-time water feature, complete with late season...

Mystery Plant! #751

Mystery Plant! #751 John Nelson Posted 11/29/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comIt's a member of the tomato family, and it doesn't matter which way you pronounce it. The tomato family is also quite properly referred to as the potato family, as well, and again, don't worry about pronunciation. The take-home here is that...

Feathers Fit For A King

Feathers Fit For A King Tom Poland Posted 11/29/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netI wanted to hunt birds when a boy. Problem was no one would take me hunting. Dad tried but hunting wasn’t in his blood. And so my hunting adventures lay between the covers of magazines and books where...

Capture A Country Store Christmas Feeling

Capture A Country Store Christmas Feeling Tom Poland Posted 11/27/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netSigning back-road books at Mast General has become a tradition. For four Christmases now, I’ve signed books at Columbia’s Mast General. This Christmas makes five. This store, rich with memories, is down on Main Street, as Bob...

Mystery Plant! #750

Mystery Plant! #750 John Nelson Posted 11/22/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comAn oak tree is just an acorn’s way of making more acorns.                                                            --an old sayingAll of the 400 or so species of oaks in the world belong to the genus Quercus, and North Americans are blessed with about 100 of them. You...

One View, Two Civilizations

One View, Two Civilizations Tom Poland Posted 11/22/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netOn a November Saturday, I drove to the geographic heart of Georgia. The cool breath of autumn and a blue-sky day had pulled people outdoors. I rolled past yard sales and a classic car show into my first stop:...

The Luck Of The Draw

The Luck Of The Draw Tom Poland Posted 11/20/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netDecember 1, 1969, was no ordinary Monday. It was a day when your birthday was your destiny. In Athens, Georgia’s Benton Apartments my roommates and I were glued to the TV. CBS correspondent, Roger Mudd (His name really...

Mystery Plant! #749

Mystery Plant! #749 John Nelson Posted 11/20/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comThe other day I was getting a bit philosophical…or at least introspective, I suppose, thinking about how things change, especially people. Can it be that during our lifetimes, each of us goes through a number of identities as we age? Well, sure....

Ordering Please, One Big Boy

Ordering Please, One Big Boy Tom Poland Posted 11/8/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netDaddy set me straight. “If you want some spending money, get a job.” Thus did I work two jobs while going through college at Georgia. I delivered flowers for Carolyn’s Flowers, where I learned a bit about that...

Mystery Plant! #748

Mystery Plant! #748 John Nelson Posted 11/8/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comDuring my first semester in college, a few years back, I had a class every Saturday (true!) at 8 AM. It was a real ordeal getting there on time, and fortunately, I think, we don't have things scheduled that way now. But...

Folk Artist Leonard Jones—Giving Old Tin New Life

Folk Artist Leonard Jones—Giving Old Tin New Life Tom Poland Posted 11/8/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netDuring my school days the yellow bus rolled me past chicken houses. In 1972, when I taught creative writing in Lincolnton, Georgia, I’d pass those houses each day on the way to class. At the...

Mystery Plant! #747

Mystery Plant! #747 John Nelson Posted 11/1/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comI knew it would happen: it’s gotten cold here in central South Carolina, definitely sweater-weather, at least on these brilliant, clear mornings. I managed to get in one more botany field trip last week just before it got chilly. You might say...

Clawfoot Tubs Hold Memories

Clawfoot Tubs Hold Memories Tom Poland Posted 11/1/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netWhen I see a clawfoot tub, which is rare, four memories surface. First, I go back to my grandfather’s old homeplace. Next I go back to an abandoned home once magnificent. Then I go back to a farm in...

Is it true we can live in peace?

Living on Purpose: Is it true we can live in peace? Dr. William Holland Posted 10/30/23By Dr. William HollandHave you considered that worry and anxiety is an issue we can control? Many within the medical world agree that stress is not a lurking monster that forces us to be afraid,...

Ageratum, Wood, & Water

Ageratum, Wood, & Water Tom Poland Posted 10/25/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netOn a Sunday walk I spotted a splash of blue. Blue wildflowers. They say blue flowers are sometimes difficult to grow in gardens. “They say.” That was Dad’s go-to validation when he shared news back home. He’d come in...

Mystery Plant! #746

Mystery Plant! #746 John Nelson Posted 10/25/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comIt would not be exaggerating to say that grasses are the most important plants, economically, in the world. For one thing, it turns out that every major civilization has depended upon one (or more) grass species as a major food source. (Consider...

The greatest love ever known

Living on Purpose: The greatest love ever known Dr. William Holland Posted 10/23/23By Dr. William HollandI stumbled upon this story a while back that has been retold many times, and as I read it again recently, it caused me to think about God’s love which cannot be measured or fully...

Conifers’ Fragrant Pull On Memory

Conifers’ Fragrant Pull On Memory Tom Poland Posted 10/20/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netI read that fragrances stimulate recall more so than any other sense. I knew from experience that it had to be true. You and I, we’re scentimental creatures … See what I did there? Think about your favorite...

Workplace Friends Best Come Naturally

Workplace Friends Best Come Naturally Tom Poland Posted 10/18/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netI stumbled across an old magazine feature of mine and it made me recall stops I’d made along that long, winding road called “Career.” Some memories were good; some not so great. Let’s be honest. Is there anyplace...

Mystery Plant! #745

Mystery Plant! #745 John Nelson Posted 10/18/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comThey are Brussels sprouts, obviously…but what the heck are they actually? Today, you learn.You also learn that Brussels sprouts and cooked carrots were my most hated foods, as a kid. I believe that I can speak for many thousands of former children...

Good sons, good daughters

Everything and Nothing: Good sons, good daughters Aïda Rogers Posted 10/16/23By Aïda RogersThe news came as it usually does these days – by text. Ben, my sister’s classmate since kindergarten, wanted us to know his mother, Cynthia, had been diagnosed with a fast-moving cancer. Could she visit our mother tomorrow? Our...

Like A Scene From An Old Western

Like A Scene From An Old Western Tom Poland Posted 10/16/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netIt was 1985 when I spent three days in Reno. I didn’t shoot a man just to watch him die, Johnny, but I conjured up images of Old West gunslingers. And when I drove from Reno...

We cannot share what we do not have

Living on Purpose: We cannot share what we do not have Dr. William Holland Posted 10/16/23By Dr. William HollandRecently, I spoke about a wonderful man who is a member of our church, and if you recall he just turned 95 years young. His name is Charlie and since then I’ve...

Your Special Tree

Your Special Tree Tom Poland Posted 10/13/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.net When I was a boy, come Thanksgiving, we observed a tradition that’s decidedly different today. Dad would mix some two-cycle gas, sharpen and oil the saw chain, and we’d scour woodlands and pasture edges looking for a red cedar....

Mystery Plant! #744

Mystery Plant! #744 John Nelson Posted 10/11/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.com Most of us have been thinking that this past summer was really long, hot one. Then they say that this has been the hottest year on record, temperature-wise. This climate change business has very important effects on our local plant life,...

My Father’s Razor

My Father's Razor Tom Poland Posted 10/4/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netNovember 15 my father will have been gone twenty years. Twenty years. Seems like yesterday when he lay in a bed at MUSC in Charleston. Seems like last night we were back home changing out his pajamas during all those...

Letting go of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul

Living on Purpose: Letting go of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul Dr. William Holland Posted 10/2/23By Dr. William HollandI dedicate much of my writing to providing positive and encouraging words of hope and inspiration, but I also must be truthful, we are growing older. I apologize for reminding us about that,...

National Newspaper Week Ad

2023 National Newspaper Week Ad Join SCPA in celebrating National Newspaper Week Oct. 1-7! In addition to the ad below, President Richard Whiting will have a column available later this week. Additional  print and digital ads, columns and editorial cartoons are available on the National Newspaper Week site for download at no...

Mystery Plant! #743

Mystery Plant! #743 John Nelson Posted 9/27/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comFrequently the leaves and stems of a plant will prove to be just as fascinating as its flowers. This is a plant like that, and it is a native, aquatic species.Except for its leaves, the entire plant grows below the surface of...

The Morning Routine

The Morning Routine Tom Poland Posted 9/27/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netCome daybreak, my preferred time to get moving, I check on my neighbor’s flag. I check to see that his place is ok after another night of living in America, (thank you, James Brown), and to see if the wind’s...

Take a quiet walk and talk to God today

Living on Purpose: Take a quiet walk and talk to God today Dr. William Holland Posted 9/27/23By Dr. William HollandJesus Christ loves you, and he desires to spend quiet time with you. Our heavenly Father beckons you to draw near to Him and promises that He will respond with compassion....

Mystery Plant! #742

Mystery Plant! #742 John Nelson Posted 9/27/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comI am sad to say that one of my best friends and botany buddies died last year. Steve W. Leonard was a Tarheel from Davidson County NC, graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with his bachelor’s and later master’s degree (in 1973) in botany....

Blink Book Review #12: History Repeating Itself? Three podcasts and a book, “Against the Tide by Harriet Keyserling”

Blink Book Review #12: History Repeating Itself? Three podcasts and a book, “Against the Tide by Harriet Keyserling” Reba Campbell Posted 9/22/23By Reba CampbellThis book and the recommended podcast episodes should be required reading/listening for anyone who is or was a lobbyist, legislator, page, staffer, reporter or anyone who is...

Mystery Plant! #741

Mystery Plant! #741 John Nelson Posted 9/20/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.com"The average American's simplest and commonest form of breakfast consists of coffee and beefsteak."                                                         ...

The Work Of Hands

The Work Of Hands Tom Poland Posted 9/18/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netFolks say the future belongs to “Knowledge Workers.” A so-called knowledge worker is someone who manages information within a specific subject area. I suppose I’m a knowledge worker. I’m more at home with a keyboard than I am a...

Breaking free from distorted thinking

Living on Purpose: Breaking free from distorted thinking Dr. William Holland Posted 9/18/23By Dr. William HollandWe continue the conversation about those who occasionally think about what their life might have been like had they made different choices. It’s true that if we had decided to make other choices our lives...

Have Fireflies Left Us?

Have Fireflies Left Us? Tom Poland Posted 9/15/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netAmong sedges and along tree lines, across lawns and fields they’ll soon cease blinking. Maybe they’ve already ended their nights of miraculous lights. The experts say they left in August. They being lantern bugs, lightning bugs, or fireflies. I...

Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle Tom Poland Posted 9/13/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netI felt like I’d been tied to the whipping post. I was as low as the proverbial snake’s belly. May 30 a tornado destroyed my Athens, Georgia, home. My marriage was floundering, and I found myself with nothing but the...

Coming Undone

Coming Undone Aïda Rogers Posted 9/13/23By Aïda RogersWhen my uncle died I was confident I could get through the funeral dry-eyed. He’d suffered a long time and because I lived next door, I felt somehow I was suffering too. The funeral would be nothing compared to what had come before.Then the...

Mystery Plant! #740

Mystery Plant! #740 John Nelson Posted 9/13/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comMy plan yesterday was to get up early and prepare for a field trip with one of my former students. It was to be something of a “busman’s holiday”, as we wanted to botanize somewhere, and it didn’t really matter where, as...

Mystery Plant! #739

Mystery Plant! #739 John Nelson Posted 9/6/23By John Nelsonjohnbnelson@sc.rr.comWhen it rains it pours, and I don’t mean that recent hurricane.Among the plant identification requests we got last week here in the Herbarium, there were three separate questions about this very odd plant. I can’t quite figure out if it is...

Glancing At Leaves

Glancing At Leaves Tom Poland Posted 9/6/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netThis time of year I catch myself glancing at leaves. On walks through woods and bike rides along trails, I see the occasional red leaf. I glance again and see a few more leaves turning crimson. Soon red outnumbers green....

Catching Up With Lou Miller

Catching Up With Lou Miller Tom Poland Posted 8/30/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netNo. 87 lay on Buddy Bufford Field as still as a stone. Louis Miller, senior end, had broken ribs, but better days lay ahead. The undefeated Red Devils would beat Dade County to claim the 1960 Class C...

Learning Along The Estuary

Learning Along The Estuary Tom Poland Posted 8/15/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netThe children of Sandy Island board a school bus boat for an eight-minute journey across the Waccamaw River to the mainland. There, they ride a traditional bus to public schools. A school bus boat brings to mind a floating...

Waterfall Country

Waterfall Country Tom Poland Posted 8/9/23By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netSeveral hikes proved easy. One proved tougher than nails. By the time we made it to the third waterfall of the day, an idea had firmly cemented itself. “Hiking to waterfalls is a grueling form of physical conditioning. Mountain terrain is...