Chris Trainor: The storyteller passes

People drift into and out of our lives. Sure, in the course of a lifetime there are those who are, for the most part, constant -- parents, siblings, close friends. But our lives are also filled with m ...

Chris Trainor: This is a no-Peep zone

It's Easter Sunday, which means folks across the Lakelands and beyond will doubtless be carrying out all of the rituals and traditions that come with it. Some of you might have already attended a sunr ...

Chris Trainor: Magic Saturdays in my mind

There is something undeniably special about grandmothers. They are a link to our past and a treasure in the present, a reminder of the way things once were, while at the same time representing all of ...

Chris Trainor: So long to a tipster

Anyone who has worked in newspapering for any length of time will tell you how important it is to have a few good tipsters. Now, I'm not talking about sources, though you definitely need those too. Bu ...

Chris Trainor: An ode to Big G

Sometimes there is great comfort in finding things just as they should be. One thing that is certain in life is change. Our jobs change, the economy changes, political leaders change, we change where ...

Chris Trainor: The Night Before Surprise

Kids are going to do kid things. You did them when you were a kid. Your kids do them now. Your kids' kids will do them in the future. Times change, but the things kids do, at least some things, stay t ...

Chris Trainor: The flower shop boogie

When it comes to maintaining a happy marriage, you've just got to keep trying. A good marriage requires love, of course, but also healthy doses of commitment, humility, patience, understanding and mor ...

Chris Trainor: Enjoy that French toast

Last month we experienced the warmest Christmas I can remember in my lifetime. In fact, there were some days during the holiday season that were downright toasty. Not long before Christmas, I spent a ...

Chris Trainor: What's in a sock?

When I was getting ready to write this week's column, there were a number of items in the news that caught my eye as possible topics of conversation. There was, of course, Clemson's performance in las ...

Chris Trainor: The Statesman

He always picked up. For a reporter, nothing is more important than having good sources. A good source who will actually pick up the phone with some regularity is like gold. But a source who always pi ...

Chris Trainor: A real, live, American kid

One day last week, I was sitting at my desk doing what I've been doing just about every day for more than a decade: Trying to cobble together a story for a newspaper.  Luckily there's always some ...

Chris Trainor: Muschamp? We'll see

There was a point, as I sat in Williams-Brice Stadium on Monday, that I thought my cellphone might actually overheat. I was at the stadium for the introductory press conference of new University of So ...

Chris Trainor: Don't forget Thanksgiving

The forgotten holiday is almost here. That's right, Thanksgiving is upon us. OK, it's probably a little much to say that Thanksgiving is "forgotten." But, let's be real about it. These days our cultu ...

Chris Trainor: Ode to the Sunday paper

Everyone knows things have changed for the newspaper business in the last several years. In fact, the entire media industry has shifted with the emergence and widespread accessibility of the Internet. ...

Just getting started

So, I turned 37 last week. The 37th birthday shouldn't be a particularly remarkable birthday, but there is just something about that number, 37. Truthfully, in my mind I still feel like a young man. P ...