Former IJ employees are winners, too

In case you missed it, the front page of today's newspaper announced Index-Journal winners of the 2014 South Carolina Press Association contest, which were presented at the annual meeting this weekend ...

Art collecting should start at home

Art lovers in the Greenwood area don't have to travel the globe to create a collection of art that would make anyone proud.Believe it or not, there is an art community right here that's producing pain ...

A shoe just isn't a shoe

Before there was a Nike Air Jordan, there was the Nike Cortez.It's back. Nike releases the Cortez today.In the 1970s, Nike co-founder and Olympic-class track coach Bill Bowerman came up with a running ...

It's a kick to know Bergman

I had no idea who Don Bergman was until a few years back when soccer brought us together. There are a lot of people who can make that same statement. Soccer has been the catalyst for many a friendship ...

Aunt always had my back

When my mom died in 2008, the Hospice room at the New Jersey hospital she was in was filled with family. In preparation for her passing, the nurse made her as comfortable as possible and told us ...

Boyajian lives an artful life

Dohnna Collins Boyajian recently posted two photos on her Facebook page. The two pictures are so different in their content and context, yet so much alike because of the subject matter... Dohnna.One p ...

Putting community in community theater

There's nothing like seeing a thought become more than just a flicker in the recesses of someone's mind. The Greenwood area has a lot of people who have a vision and do what they can to have it come t ...

Who's cookin' heating up Taste page

Wednesday was an exciting day here at the Index-Journal. It had nothing to do with President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday evening. It had nothing to do with Greenwood School Distri ...

Name game is important

Holy cow, how things change. This week's column was about naming pets, but now there's a twist to it.It was about a week and half ago a female black lab showed up at my door with my oldest son, Kyle. ...

'What day is it?'

When Scott J. Bryan was associate editor at the Index-Journal, it wasn't unusual for him to walk into the newsroom and have a round of "What day is it?" be shouted out to him as he opened the door to ...

Not a tear was shed this year

I watched a bunch of my favorite movies and TV shows during the holidays, and during most of my selections, there's usually a point that my eyes well up and I cry. I'm not afraid to say that. I do cry ...

Cookies a sweet part of holidays

The cookie fairy made a delivery to my house a few days before Christmas. How do I know? In the garage on a shelf right next to the door into the house were two aluminum foil-wrapped paper plates ...

Dealing with a new normal

Red is the new normal.Driving my car with a red handicapped placard hanging from my rearview mirror has become part of my life these days. It used to be that I never would have ever considered I might ...

Burn, baby, burn

I'm getting a little worried because of the actions of my oldest son, Kyle, and my "adopted" third son, Jamie.I came home the other day and Kyle asked me if I saw what he and Jamie did. I hadn't becau ...

Once should be enough... hopefully

So far, so good, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.This holiday season I've decided to look to the past as December clicks off day after day on its way to Christmas Day for inspiration. It was a simp ...

Hugs help cover some of the worry

I always thought my mom was my rock because she was. She was the best. She was someone I could count on to be there for me, no matter what. But like an iceberg, it's only the tip of the iceberg that m ...

Lots to be thankful for

Ihadn't given it a second thought until someone asked me if I ever worried about having another stroke. I simply answered, "No," because I really hadn't. I have now, sort of, but not really.I just pas ...

Toying around brings plenty of smiles

Until recently, I'm proud to say I had each of the newest inductees into the toy hall of fame at my desk here at the Index-Journal.The National Toy Hall of Fame recently announced its 2014 inductees a ...

'Car Talk' brothers made drives fun

I've done a lot of traveling on Saturdays to soccer and rugby matches, and one of the things that made the ride fun was listening to brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi share their knowledge of cars and th ...

'Blue Bloods' runs through my veins

Looking at Tom Selleck's TV/movie biography, it seems as if he's been on TV ever since the late 1960s. That's because he has. He's either been on a series or guest starred on a show each year since fi ...

Baseball creates fond memories

I haven't watched a baseball playoff game nor have I watched a single game of the World Series this year. I know that sounds un-American and almost sacrilegious for a former sportswriter to admit. It' ...

It's polka time!

It was fun to watch how many people, including toddlers and youngsters, got up to dance at Oktoberfest presented by Greenwood Catholic Women's Club last weekend behind Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Chu ...

Thank you, Virginia

Thank you, Virginia. Virginia is Virginia Poston Self of the famous Greenwood Self Family who died last November. The Arts Center of Greenwood is having an exhibit that marks the first time it has sho ...

Two for the book

It's official, according to the "Guiness Book of World Records." Greenwood's Cameron Dorn is a world record holder... not just once, but twice.Dorn recently received notice from Guiness the 10,105 bur ...