I'm Just Saying

A noble profession

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I have a routine when it comes to writing this column. It’s not much, and perhaps it shows: I prepare a mug of hot milky tea and type the word ‘Column’ on the subject line to the editors that will receive it. I don’t fill in their names until it’s finished, which is generally five to ten minutes later.

Escaping SC heat

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Someone posted a funny ‘meme’ on Facebook yesterday that read, ‘The best part about South Carolina summers is that you know when you get in your car there won’t be anybody hiding in the back seat.’

True, dat.

A little while longer

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I came into the office on Monday, like I’ve done every Monday for a year and 10 months. And after our staff meeting, I stood there in dismay, speechless, pacing in my office. Do I close my door and cry? Take my 11 a.m. phone interview? Call my mom?

Mr. Mao in da houzzz!

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My worst fear.

Paul’s worst fear.

Our recently rescued, rehabbed and snipped feral cat, Chairman Mao, had escaped.

We have a door to our mudroom that, unless you push hard when closing until you hear a click, has a tendency to bounce back open and, in leaving in a hurry to run errands, that is exactly what happened.

A birthday wish

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It’s been roughly 100 years since the general public was first subjected to the Happy Birthday song, and having recently returned from a birthday party in which the tuneless melody was croaked out, I can’t help but to think we can do better.


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When Paul declared he had experienced not so much a sign but an actual visit from a cherished pet, I looked up with a start.

You have to understand that in the 27 years we have been together Paul has only recalled two dreams and he didn’t actually recall them but leapt to his feet on the bed in a panic during the middle of them.

The Fire Chaser

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It says here,” I said to Paul, pointing at the list of requirements for the Fire Chaser Express rollercoaster at Dollywood, “that riders must be a minimum 39” tall.”

Paul eyeballed me. “Not a problem.”

“And that it’s a risk if pregnant—“

“Definitely not a problem.”

Lessons from my cats (and dog)

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Had I been given the good advice my friend Lynn gave after I nearly went into cardiac arrest a few days ago, I could have avoided the entire incident.

“When one of my cats stares into the fireplace,” she began, “I leave the room.”

“When two of my cats stare into the fireplace, I leave the room and close the door.”


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