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Small portions

on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

In the history of the Pentecostal church, there is a term that is used to refer to fasting as “turning down your plate”. Fasting is not practiced as much as it is needed in my opinion, nor is it done appropriately in correspondence with the scriptures. Ma

This journey ends, a new one begins

on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I’ve dreamed about retirement for many years, but now that the time has come, I’m a bundle of emotions. Monday was my last day with Swartz Media. For the first time since I was a teenager, I’m unemployed. That’s a little scary. It is also freeing and ex

Adjusting your portfolio as you age

on Wednesday, 09 May 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

If you are an experienced investor, you have probably fine-tuned your portfolio through the years in response to market cycles or in pursuit of a better return. As you approach or enter retirement, is another adjustment necessary? Some investors may think

Making travel plans? Consider S.C.

on Wednesday, 09 May 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Weather is improving, summer is coming so now is a good time to start planning a vacation or weekend getaway. You don’t have to go far – there is lots to do and see right here in our own state. VacationIdea has developed a list of the 25 Best Places to V

More of my favorite quotes

on Wednesday, 02 May 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Laozi, “Old Master,” (6th-5th century BC- 531 BC). “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn (1930-2009). “

The transistor radio was cool in its day

on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I don’t remember if it was for Christmas or my birthday, nor do I remember the year, but sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s, my parents gave me a transistor radio. This neat little portable device was about the size and shape of a man’s electric ra

Spring break in Washington

on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Taking my teenage granddaughters to Washington, D.C., during their spring break seemed like a great idea. I wanted them to see our nation’s Capitol and get a visual of this beautiful city and a better understanding what it is about. So, on April 3, I drov

Just a little trivia

on Wednesday, 11 April 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Don’t worry about the male mosquitoes, only female mosquitoes will bite you. In the early stage version of “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy’s faithful companion Toto was replaced by a cow named Imogene. Dr. Seuss was challenged to write a book using no more th

Will Rogers’ sentiments still valid

on Tuesday, 03 April 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Although Will Rogers died in a plane crash in 1935, his witty comments and advice still seem appropriate 82 years later. Such as.... Lord, the money we do spend on government! And its not one bit better than the government we got for one-third the money t

2018 retirement account limits

on Tuesday, 27 March 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

In 2018, you have another chance to max out your retirement accounts. Here is a rundown of yearly contribution limits for the popular retirement savings vehicles. IRAs. The 2018 limits are the same as in 2016: $5,500 for IRA owners who will be 49 and you

More good advice to live by

on Tuesday, 27 March 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Following are some meaningful quotes that I have discovered and collected: The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King Jr., 1929-1968. God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. Francois-Ma

How many of these slogans do you know?

on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I’ve been seeing a lot of TV commercials lately for BDO. You know the slogan, “People who know, know BDO.” While it is a catchy slogan that is ingrained in my memory, I really don’t know BDO. So, I Googled it. I learned the network originally formed in 19

Good reasons to retire later

on Wednesday, 14 March 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Are you in your fifties and unsure if you have enough retirement savings? Then you have two basic financial choices. You could start saving and investing more of your pay than you currently do, or you could work longer so you have fewer years of retiremen

The Southern way of phrasing things

on Wednesday, 14 March 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

If you’ve grown up in the South, you’re heard all, or most, of the following sayings about people and life. You’ve probably said some of them yourself: Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit. I feel like I’ve been chewed up and spit out. He’s been rode

Spiritual buffet

on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I love going out to eat with friends and family and one of the best places to go is a good ‘ole buffet. Walking in you see and smell the steaming smorgasbord of delectable delights to choose from. There is so much to select that you can hardly decide what
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