Restoring Devil’s Ditch

Deep in the heart of Rosewood sits a creek known as Devil’s Ditch. While its name may not invoke warm and fuzzy feelings, Devil’s Ditch holds a special place in the childhood of many longtime Rosewood residents like Rosewood Ranger Gary Dowdey. “It’s been a central drainage ditch for at least 65 years I know,” Dowdey said. “I used to […]

Columbia’s city in the sky

Columbia’s location in the geographic center of South Carolina has long made the city a busy crossroads for thousands of people who traverse the Palmetto State’s highways in any given 24-hour period. It turns out the same can be said for the city in the sky above the capital by virtue of the scores of airliners passing overhead on several […]

Hammond’s Josh Lipsitz receives SCISA’s highest honor

Josh Lipsitz, a 2019 graduate of Hammond School and a four-sport athlete, was one of only two students in the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) to receive the highest honor the association bestows—the Bill Simpson Award. Lipsitz, who is University of Georgia bound, was the captain of both this year’s champion football team and runner-up basketball team. He was […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia 12th Street: A man was arrested at 12:30 p.m. Friday after an officer on patrol spotted him sitting in a slumped position beside the road having a beer. When the officer made contact with the man, he picked up his can of beer and “toasted” the officer with it before taking a sip. The officer then asked the […]

Historic Columbia announces June 2019 events

This month is packed with Summer fun at Historic Columbia, from classic, family-friendly events like our Storytime in the Gardens series and Cemetery Tours, to a special Renovation Rodeo in Wales Garden and Weekend Stroll through Five Points. The full June calendar of events is highlighted below. Storytime in the Gardens Thursday, June 6, 10 –11 a.m., Robert Mills House […]

Poop in our Path—Step Over It and Let it Go

“Forget about it.” “Let it go.” We tell ourselves these things when we are upset, but it’s easier said than done. Author and psychologist Archibald Hart says it a little differently. He advises folks to “step over” a bad feeling or negative emotion. Dr. Hart might be on to something. “Forget about it” and “let it go” are vague expressions […]

America has yet another drug problem: Drug Overload known as Polypharmacy


I hear a lot about drug interactions. Tell me more about this. During the past century, great strides have been made in health care with lifesaving medications clearly a major factor in that progress. Those medications include antibiotics, steroids, antihypertensives, statins, and many others like those to treat diabetes. Yet, as in so many aspects of life, there have been […]

The Life of Pets

In my uninformed, fake country boy opinion, nothing measures up to the pure joy that exudes from a dog riding in a car with its head out the open window. Nothing. I know there are nanny spoilsports worrying the dog might jump out the window, just like there are people who think riding dogs in pickup truck beds is dangerous. […]

Women Woes

I’m just saying...

Commercials today are getting crazy! Some of them are almost like a comedy skit. They will truly advertise for ANYTHING these days! I mean, it’s bad enough we have to listen to screaming car salesmen as they shriek out their “deals” and ambulance chasing lawyers promising hundreds of thousands of dollars if you call them after an accident, but now […]

Crazy Like a…Dad


I’m beginning to believe my oldest daughters’ friends may think I’m a little crazy…and by extension, so do their parents. Some of it may be justified, but certainly not all of it. For starters, there’s a bit of a cultural divide. My oldest daughter goes to college in northern Indiana, and as a result, many of her friends are from […]