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Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Before we know it, June will arrive and usher in another Festival of Flowers. The 47th Festival of Flowers, to be precise, and this one has a couple of twists and turns to it.
  • Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Before we know it, June will arrive and usher in another Festival of Flowers. The 47th Festival of Flowers, to be precise, and this one has a couple of twists and turns to it. 

  • Sunday, April 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s difficult not to get more than a twinge of excitement right now. It’s almost as if the Masters not only officially heralds spring, but also sort of jump starts a big season right here in Greenwood.
    We just had the inaugural Uptown Live concert, with Fabulous Expressions kicking off the season (congrats on no rainout, band!), the next one is about to take place Thursday and then — or so it seems — things really take off at break-neck speed. 

  • Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:03 AM
    A few of you who read this column — which might mean all of you, since there are probably only a few who read it to begin with — have expressed disdain for the occasions when the column jumped from one topic to another.
    Writers sometimes call these "random thoughts" or something catchy like that. Political columnist Thomas Sowell produces such columns with a degree of regularity. 

  • Sunday, March 23, 2014 12:27 AM
    AP style.
    Journalists toss that phrase out as if it gives them swag, like the man who thinks having a subscription to GQ magazine alone will make him a sharp-dressed man. 

  • Sunday, March 09, 2014 12:19 AM
    Remember Y2K?
    Some of you are old enough to remember that huge scare. Businesses in particular were scrambling to inoculate their computers and servers against a cataclysmic event: the year 2000. 

  • Sunday, March 02, 2014 1:07 AM
    Recognizing that social media has essentially taken over the world — hey, it proved literally revolutionary in Egypt, didn't it? — I have concluded my funeral will be conducted through social media channels. 

  • Sunday, February 16, 2014 12:05 AM
    Did anyone else have flashbacks this week?
    I'm not talking about the kind of flashbacks Timothy Leary would have had, either. This is about the winter blast we just dug our way out of before being rocked by a 4.1 earthquake compliments of Strom Thurmond's home county. 

  • Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:17 AM
    When news broke of the April 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting, most of us old enough to recall the event were in shock. We shook our heads and wondered how a couple of high school students could even develop, much less carry out, something so heinous, so tragic, so cold. 

  • Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:00 AM
    It should come as no surprise that longtime Index-Journal editor William Ansel "Bill" Collins hasn't let his retirement from the newspaper Dec. 31, 2011 signal an end to his writing. And it should come as no surprise to learn he produced a book since retiring. 

  • Sunday, January 12, 2014 12:29 AM
    What arrives in the mail can be interesting at times, can it not?
    No, Chris Trainor, I'm not getting ready to tell everyone about those magazines you get, the ones that have innocuous looking covers so your neighbors (or family members) don't know what you're really reading. 

  • Sunday, January 05, 2014 1:40 AM
    Before Christmas, knowing some people were waiting till the last minute to shop or simply hadn't found quite the right extra gift for someone on their list, I suggested a CD by local musicians Ashby Stokes, Jake Bartley, Will Thompson and Keller Ridgeway. Recording under the name The Colly Birds, the musicians produced their first CD, just in time for Christmas, title "First Noel." 

  • Sunday, December 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    New Year's resolutions anyone?
    Yeah, it just seems too high pressure to put yourself in that kind of predicament. We've just come off about six weeks of pre-, present- and post-holiday feasting and whatnot and are rolling right into another opportunity for one more excuse to drink and eat excessively in greeting the new year. And then we are supposed to just cut all that off the next day?  

  • Sunday, December 22, 2013 12:02 AM
    Uh-oh. Only three days till the big guy, that jolly ole red-suited socialist, arrives. Oops. Sorry if I messed up your image of Santa there. I know he's not really a socialist, but rather a kind-hearted fellow who makes our greedy wishes come true. 

  • Sunday, December 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Still got some shopping to do before Christmas Day arrives? And it is very nearly here, you know.
    You also know that whenever you can, shopping locally is the way to go. Think of it as doubling the Christmas giving you have. How's that? 

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 8:36 PM
    It seems everyone, including President Obama, weighed in on the Washington Redskins. Not their season, mind you, but their name.
    It turns out a lot of people are offended by the term "Redskins" and have lobbied for a name change.