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Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 AM
I knew Greenwood attorney Don Long was a music fan. I’ve seen him at different music events in and around Greenwood including Music on Maxwell and the Greenwood Blues Cruise portion of the annual South Carolina Festival of Discovery in Uptown Greenwood.
What I didn’t know was that he was a fan of Barry Manilow. At least I think he is. He probably didn’t know that about me, either. That is until I wrote my column on Aug. 17 about a card and a note my mom included with a Christmas present once many years ago. It explained how she loved me because she was my mother, but liking me was something totally different, and she didn’t have to do that. The note let me know she did love me... and like me.
  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    I knew Greenwood attorney Don Long was a music fan. I’ve seen him at different music events in and around Greenwood including Music on Maxwell and the Greenwood Blues Cruise portion of the annual South Carolina Festival of Discovery in Uptown Greenwood.
    What I didn’t know was that he was a fan of Barry Manilow. At least I think he is. He probably didn’t know that about me, either. That is until I wrote my column on Aug. 17 about a card and a note my mom included with a Christmas present once many years ago. It explained how she loved me because she was my mother, but liking me was something totally different, and she didn’t have to do that. The note let me know she did love me... and like me. 

  • Sunday, August 24, 2014 12:36 AM
    Coco was a good dog. He was our family dog for 12 years. He was Kyle’s dog. He was Adam’s dog.
    We lost Coco, a Peekapoo, Monday morning after a rough weekend that showed everyone in the house just how fragile life can be. He started showing signs of a rapid decline on Saturday. He lost control of his bodily functions on the couch without moving an inch while sitting next to my oldest son. His urine had blood in it.
    He couldn’t control himself three more times before my oldest and I took him to Dr. Teresa Willis at Emerald City Animal Hospital on an emergency call on Sunday. 

  • Sunday, August 17, 2014 12:30 AM
    My mom was a pretty smart and philosophical woman. Most moms are.
    She paid attention and knew what was important to me and what made me tick. That’s not to say she didn’t go a little overboard at times, because she did.
    She would spend hours putting my baseball cards in numerical order and then would do it again for the doubles and triples of cards I had. She’d even separate some so I could trade with my friends. 

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014 12:09 AM
    Hello, Miss Chicken.
    I have been more than remiss in not getting back to you until now about something you asked after reading my column about the passing of a good friend, John Banks. I mentioned he was a fan of meatloaf and how much he liked mine when I made in for him during one of his visits to my house. 

  • Sunday, August 03, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the July 28 edition of the Index-Journal, I wrote a Closer Look profile on Greenwood native Quentin “Q” Talley and his nonprofit organization, On Q Performing Arts, which is building its success in Charlotte.
    Talley found his love for acting and theater in Greenwood, where he attended public schools and was a student in the gifted and talented program in Greenwood School District 50. 

  • Sunday, July 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sometimes we’re thrust into positions and situations where, for better or worse, we’re not all that comfortable. Being able to inspire someone is a hefty responsibility. 

  • Monday, July 21, 2014 9:44 AM
    I know there are folks in the Greenwood area who have purchased CDs or downloaded music put out by the blues performers in town recently for the annual South Carolina Festival of Discovery and Greenwood Blues Cruise in Uptown Greenwood. If anyone is tired of going through the same music selection over and over or has gotten a hankerin’ for new music, have no fear. 

  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:57 AM
    Anyone who was at the Red Wanting Blue concert at Sundance Gallery as a special Music on Maxwell show last September already heard a few of the songs on the Ohio-based band’s latest CD, “Little America.” The CD was released July 1 on Fanatic Records with the first single being “You Are My Las Vegas,” which I know was played here.
    I listened to the Internet stream of the band’s performance and interview on the WCBE.ORG 90.5 on July 1. The band was home to play the Rumba Cafe that night for its CD release party. “Little America” has 13 songs. 

  • Sunday, July 06, 2014 12:47 AM
    When I was reading Add Penfield’s obituary in the Index-Journal on June 26, I had my memory jogged a little bit when I saw, “he was struck by a stroke while writing a headline.” Then, when I saw what former Index-Journal editor Patricia Edwards wrote on her Facebook page, I had to think about the events of that day a little harder. 

  • Monday, June 23, 2014 12:28 PM
    I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, this is a great time to be in Greenwood, especially with the South Carolina Festival of Discovery and Greenwood Blues Cruise coming to town July 10-12. 

  • Monday, June 16, 2014 12:51 PM
    In last Sunday’s edition of the Index-Journal was the obituary for John Clarence Banks. 
    John and his bands, from the John Banks Trio to the Tritones, were often mentioned in this newspaper when they were going to perform locally. John, a world class drummer, was the subject of several of my past columns. 

  • Monday, June 09, 2014 12:06 PM
    It seems as if red-tailed black sharks come from hardy stock. At least the one I have does because it has survived just about anything I’ve thrown at it. 

  • Monday, June 02, 2014 12:24 PM
    It wasn’t too long ago the annual South Carolina Festival of Flowers didn’t have topiaries.
    Imagine that. How could that be? 

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:44 AM
    I am among those who have been asked by Mathews Elementary School counselor Iris Stevens to participate in the school’s upcoming Career Day. Without hesitation, I gladly accepted and I’m looking forward to taking part in the day.
    I’m not sure who else was asked, so I’m not sure what other professions will be represented. I could be crossing the paths of a butcher, baker and candlestick maker, or even doctor, lawyer and Indian chief. That’s some pretty heady company for a journalist. 

  • Monday, May 19, 2014 2:31 PM
    Memorial Day Weekend signals the start of a special time in the Greenwood area for folks who love festivals ... and more importantly, for music lovers.