Curious word origins

I’m often curious about the origins of words. Here are some I hope you find interesting. -- Brogue: from the Irish Gaelic meaning “shoe.” In early Britain, this was a shoe made of u ...

'The Diary of Anne Frank' opens at AOH

Abbeville Opera House brings to the stage the story of a Dutch Jewish girl who hid from Nazi persecution for two years during World War II, with its production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” ...

The ministry of presence

Several years ago, I heard a story of a little boy whose neighbor had just lost her husband to cancer. The little boy was accustomed to going in and out of the elderly couple’s home daily and he ...

Plenty more than feelings

The problem in American parenting is the 1960s. Among other things that defined that very interesting (reference ancient Chinese curse) decade was the replacement of rationality by emotionality. It wa ...

Lunatic, liar... or Lord?

Did you hear that someone recently paid nearly $100,000 on eBay for a Cheeto that looks like a gorilla? (Yes, I did too say a Cheeto that looks like a gorilla.) Well, it was a Flamin’ Hot Cheet ...

RELIGION DIGEST: March 11

-- Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 418 Marion Ave., features the Rev. Johnny Waller, 10:45 a.m. Sundays in March. -- Greater Faith Cathedral Church, new location beginning Sunday: Sunday school, ...

Selecting trees, shrubs

With the arrival of warm weather, large numbers of woody plants grown in containers arrive at local greenhouses, nurseries and chain stores. Fall planting provides more time for plants to adjust to co ...

Just for fun

I enjoy reading funny quotes. Yogi Berra, the baseball player and manager, and Samuel Goldwyn, the movie maker, were great ones for this. Here are some of their best, plus a few others. Hope you enjoy ...

RELIGION DIGEST: March 4

-- Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 418 Marion Ave., features the Rev. Johnny Waller, 10:45 a.m. Sundays in March. -- Greater Faith Cathedral Church, new location beginning March 12: Sunday school ...

Birth, life and death of a king

As we enter the Lenten season, I find myself thinking about the thematic connections among Jesus’ birth, his life and his death. In Matthew, the connection might be most evident in the kingship ...

Pruning trees and shrubs

As winter grows short, several people have asked about pruning woody shrubs and trees. The question of when to prune shrubs and trees does not have a single answer -- you must know the species of wood ...

You from around here?

There’s something we do in the South that I’ve recently learned the rest of the world doesn’t do as much. Southerners -- God’s gift to the rest of the world -- are fond of aski ...

Going under covers

“Cover: a recording or performance of a song that was previously recorded by someone else.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary Love them or not, cover songs are an integral part of our mus ...

Origins of common terms and sayings

Let’s take a look at the origins of some common terms and sayings. — The best man: Well, it seems that the groom should be the “best man” for the moment. Other than the guy wh ...