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Happy days are here again

Birthdays and anniversaries seem to be the norm for us this fall. I haven’t written about Evil Sister or Good Sister in a long time. Not that Evil Sister isn’t any less sassy or Good Sister any less, well, good…it’s just that ES hasn’t put any forks through deserving husbands hands lately and GS hasn’t had any particularly spooky morgue encounters.These two are always worthy of my attention and my computer skills and today, both of them are on my...

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A new perspective on jazz

I suppose the first thing I should admit is that I know very little about jazz music. My experience was jazz is pretty limited. I’m not much of a musician, but I do own a guitar and occasionally I can make sound come out of it.I had met with people who studied jazz but still never really got into the genre. Which is why the recent South Carolina Jazz Festival was such an eye-opening experience for me . Even if you don’t really know much about jazz, it is really hard to ...

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You can help as a representative payee

November is Family Caregivers’ Month, a time to thank and acknowledge all of the people who take care of those in need. If you handle the finances of someone who receives benefits from Social Security, or you know someone who needs help managing his or her benefits, you may want to consider applying to be a representative payee.

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It’s good to be (sort of) home

For a journalist, shining the spotlight onto others is simply par for the course. So it’s only natural that there is a chilling deer-in-the-headlights sense of uncertainty and a little fear when that light is turned around on to me.What do I say? It’s really tricky to know which details to include or exclude about myself. How much is too much? How much is not enough? Oh well, I suppose the best place to start is the beginning.My name is Randy Garner, and I am...

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Fighting marriage equality to the bitter end

First, please forgive my personal indulgence about South Carolina with this column. I love our state, I really do. I have a friend who says I’m obsessed with South Carolina; he may be right.My personal family history goes back to the earliest days of the Upcountry; I was born in Greenville. My wife is a native of Laurens and her S.C. family roots go back generations as well. Both our children were born here.

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Women of a certain age

I have noticed that since I left my 40s behind (WAYYY behind) that the topic of conversation has shifted from sex, children and gossip to shopping and food. Mostly shopping FOR food.The closer we get to Halloween, the closer Thanksgiving looms.I have talked to my sister Toni and cousin Crystal this week and, the topic with them both was (you guessed it) food. Mostly we talked about rutabagas. I love rutabagas. No one made them like my grandmother, who we called “Mammy.”...

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Let’s talk about Medicare

October is “Talk About Prescriptions Month” and marks the beginning of this year’s Medicare open enrollment period. It’s the perfect time to talk about Medicare prescriptions and the extra help available from Social Security.Newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries and current beneficiaries who are considering changes to their Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) plan, should act now. The Medicare open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7....

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Everyone should try Mama’s ‘Angel Biscuits’

Mama was an excellent cook. Mama also collected recipes the way some people collect stamps or coins. She had so many different types of recipes that should I live to be 99, well I won’t have gotten through a quarter of them.She was the kind of cook who, should unexpected company arrive, she could take a pound of shoe leather and you’d think you had just dined on filet mignon. I have been dreaming of Angel Biscuits since I became able to walk into the kitchen and stand f...

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Swinney, Spurrier can sack Confederate flag

This week, the Democratic candidate for governor, Vincent Sheheen, called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the statehouse grounds. With Election Day just a few weeks away, people can make their own assessment of his reasons for doing so.To me, it had the feel of the fifth remake of a Jaws movie; we’re just rehashing the same old story and there is not much new to tell. The arguments on both sides pretty much boil down to this: to the flag supporters, it’s ...

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On the road to recovery

It has been weeks since I have been here in the Chronicle. I have a good excuse though. I was so near death’s door that the knocker on it bore my face, grimaces and all.It started out with a little case of fire ant bites. It progressed to cellulitis, for which I was unsuccessfully treated, and then the gas gangrene arrived. I had only heard of gas gangrene in old war movies, so it seemed so far removed from my reality that when the surgeon broke the news, I didn’t under...

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Could S.C. be the next Ferguson?

It is front-page news all across the state and indeed nationwide — a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happened.The question is — what now?Will our state erupt as another Ferguson, or will we be different?In civil protests all around the globe, protesters often use a familiar chant when they are confronted by the police or armed force...

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10 at the Top: A big idea for S.C.

This week, more than 800 movers and shakers from 10 Upstate counties gathered in Greenville. It was an amazing event because of (1) what they said, (2) what they did not say, and (3) what it means for the rest of the state.First, who are they? 10 at the Top, or TATT as they like to call themselves, is made up of community leaders from the 10 county regions we generally call the Upstate who have come together to creatively tackle their common problems.They don’t rea...

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Domestic violence: Tackle it head-on

Hard hits. Domination. Fierce competition to become the victor. Taunting.These words certainly describe an NFL football game, but they can also be used to describe an NFL player such as former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice. In fact, the correlation is uncanny and worthy of inspection. Sorry fans, but a football game can sometimes be likened to nothing short of a controlled barroom brawl. Some players on the field can be barbarians off the field. Again, case in point via Ray Rice.

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Happy days are here again

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Domestic violence: Tackle it head-on

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