September 3, 2020

A Lowndes family history

Since the early days of the colony that became known as “The Little Charleston of the Mountains,” the Lowndes family of Charleston was here. Of English descent, they were planters who made their fortunes in sugar and rice and public servants who...

September 3, 2020

Flat Rock’s historic Tanglewood

Flat Rock has a beautifully restored new Airbnb, Tanglewood. Located on Greenville Hwy., right in the historic district and within walking distance to Little Rainbow Row, Tanglewood is owned by Virginia Spigener, the proprietor of The Wri...

August 25, 2020

Only a few months before the Covid-19 pandemic, a groundbreaking poll was published highlighting the shocking pace of decline of Christianity in America. This Pew research poll, published in Oct 17, 2019 (https://www.pewforum.org/2019/10/17/in-u-s-decline-of-christiani...

August 12, 2020

Le Carnet de France

Since 2012, one of the most popular programs on French television is entitled “Le Village préféré des Français” (the French people’s favorite village). It is hosted by Stéphane Bern, a very popular expert on French history and culture who presents co...

August 12, 2020

I first took the oath of office as a newly commissioned second lieutenant in the Army, some 30 years ago. I recall the sacred importance of the oath, as I was pledging my life and potential death in fidelity to those words. The oath of all U.S. federal officers is to “...

August 10, 2020

Just down the road from Flat Rock, is Tuxedo, North Carolina, the heart of the Green River Township. Once a vibrant mill village, Tuxedo was founded in 1907 by Joseph Oscar Bell, Sr.; he along with his brother-in-law, J.A. Durham and S. B. Tanner, formed a textile mill...

August 10, 2020

Closing Notes

By Robert Salvo

It may not feel like it today, but there will be some silver linings in the storm clouds of Covid-19. Perhaps, if we’re lucky, one of them will be the much needed revitalization of small-town America. After all, if broadband and Zoom meeting...

August 5, 2020

Captain Brad Rumph of Sonny Boy Charters has been working on boats at Bohicket Marina since his teenage years. Brad’s success as a fishing guide is evident when you consider that “80 percent of our business is repeat customers.” He continues: “And we are at the point i...

August 5, 2020

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to Israel’s internal affairs. The United States, Europe, the Arab states, Russia and even Iran. The U.S. has been a tremendous supporter and ally. The European Union sends mixed signals because they’re extremely critical of what th...

August 5, 2020

I’ve never been very clear on the notion of “gun culture” that seems to have exploded as a term of art since roughly the 1980s. Perhaps that’s simply when I became increasingly aware of it — hard to say. One seems to hear the term frequently, often in the same breath w...

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