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The Civil War: 150 Years Later

  2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. We as Americans can never forget The Civil War …      … and frankly, it’s not something that we should ever want to forget. On April 12th, 1861, the … Continue reading

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The Leader of the Band …

We “Baby Boomers” have a lot of things in common. For one thing we aren’t getting any younger and for another, many of us have suffered in comparison to our Fathers who have been lauded as “The Greatest Generation” … … Continue reading

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If You Know What THIS Is … You May be getting OLD!

WHAT is this!?       Anybody know? If you were a child in the late 1950’s, you can’t help but recognize it. This is something I used to stare at every Saturday morning from about 6 o’clock a.m. until maybe 8 … Continue reading

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It’s a “Classic”!!

“It’s a classic”!!  Now there’s a phrase you hear a lot. Most frequently to describe something that is assumed to be timeless.  Something that is just as good … no, wait …  BETTER … today than it was when it was first produced. … Continue reading

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Is Morality Relative to Time and Place?

We are a band of brothers and native to the soil Fighting for our Liberty, With treasure, blood and toil And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far … Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that … Continue reading

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Cpl. A.B. Ellis and Kershaw’s Brigade

Archibald B. Ellis … my Great-Great Grandfather who lived to the age of 84, was born in Hodges, SC in 1842.  Early in his life, he was faced with the decision to defend a popular cause that would ultimately prove indefensible both militarily … Continue reading

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“Mayflower” … A Cautionary Tale

Like so many of the myths created to tell the story of the creation of our country, the tale of The Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving has been scrubbed and polished so many times over the years that when the … Continue reading

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Blooming Late in the Season

I’m a late bloomer.  I believe this because I really have no choice. My faith is based less on the certainty that I still have something important in me, than on the overwhelming evidence that so far, greatness has yet to … Continue reading

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The Ravine

  My best buddy Ernie and I grew up together in a small college town in the late 1950s.  We became friends in school, shortly after my father took his job with the college and just before my family bought the … Continue reading

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Oil in Our Blood … Nostalgia on Our Minds?

As I watched the apparently futile efforts of BP to cap the oil gushing from their damaged well in the Gulf and anticipated the looming ecological impact that is inevitable once this mess reaches shore, I felt a sharp pang … Continue reading

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