November 5, 2019

Since socialism is all the rage these days, perhaps a few words of wisdom from the godfather of the socialist movement, Karl Marx, are in order. The German journalist, economist, historian, philosopher, sociologist, political theorist and socialist revolutionary (Phew!...

October 15, 2019

China is at war with the West, in general — and the United States in particular. It has been aggressively stealing technology from other countries for decades. It’s built a cyber army that, according to the Department of Defense, is targeting our aviation and anti-subm...

October 15, 2019

Sacred Spaces

To Gaye Sanders Fisher, traveling along a two-lane road winding through the Francis Marion National Forest provided a welcome respite from the incessant city traffic she experiences almost daily. The artist prefers taking the road less traveled whenever po...

September 9, 2019

It’s time for a back-to-school pop quiz.

Name one country in the developed world that allows Group One carcinogens to be served to children in schools.

Need a hint? It’s not Russia. That nation’s little comrades-in-the-making dine primarily on borscht and pelmeni in scho...

July 31, 2019

The former Governor and United States Congressman from the great state of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, re-emerged from a self-imposed exile last month to test the political waters for a potential run against Donald J. Trump in the Republican presidential primary in 20...

July 3, 2019

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems eager to give U.S. President Donald J. Trump a run for his money when it comes to the use of social media. One of PM Trudeau’s recent tweets to the citizens of our neighboring nation to the north reads, in toto… “Canadians t...

June 5, 2019

Each morning, before Michael Bedenbaugh leaves his farmhouse on the outskirts of Prosperity, he tucks a special key safely into his pants pocket. To him, the key already seems a natural piece of his life — even though he can’t deny the extraordinary circumstances that...

June 5, 2019

Like the curse that befalls a theater when the title of “The Scottish Play” is uttered aloud, nothing jinxes an old-fashioned Southern barbecue more than mentioning the name of the 16th president of the United States over the pulled pork, red rice and macaroni casserol...

May 7, 2019

Sacred Spaces

Mike looked up through the windshield of his white Prius. The yellow Kobelco behemoth, its massive articulated arm enveloping his small-in-comparison car from side-to-side, stood silent. Certainly the standoff Mike initiated this early May morning would be...

April 7, 2019

Sacred Spaces

The road to Prosperity is clearly marked. Travel Interstate 26 into the heart of South Carolina, take Exit 82 westward, then follow the signs past the wheat fields and cow pastures until the tiny rural town once known as “Frog Level” comes into view.


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