Why would an innocent man lie to police about the last time he saw his wife and son alive? I’m no closer to answering that question now than I was in January when Judge Clifton Newman appointed me liaison between the court and the press for the Murdaugh murders trial.

Pine pollen yellows my deck, but the green of winter colors my thoughts. Two things I like about winter. One, winter’s cold bones lay the land bare. You see things that go unnoticed when leaves flutter and hide old homeplaces, an abandoned truck, a ghost bridge and woodland ponds. Two, green…

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There are parts of South Carolina that feel like a jungle at times, with the lush growth of vines covering everything. Wisteria and kudzu climbing and overtaking buildings, power poles, and other trees as if it was a post-apocalyptic landscape. It’s so commonplace that most of us don’t think…

Tikka is almost 14 while Parker is 12. No, these are not my great-grandchildren, even though I acquired the first of these in February, thanks to my granddaughter, Diana, and her husband, Kyle.

In 1993, President Clinton signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty that extends to children the rights to associate with whom they please and have access to all forms of media, among other head-scratchers. Thankfully, as of March 2023, the U.S…

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After high school, I hoped to land a scholarship to play football. I played first unit on the junior varsity team and started three years on the varsity.

DEAR AUNTY PAM: I just had something awful happen to me and I hope you can help. I’m a 35-year-old, white female and have always felt OK about how I look until last week.

I don’t care what the clocks say, I’m still getting up by my usual time: as the sun ascends the tree line and shoots its first shafts of light through the windows of my bedroom.

Maybe the week that members of the S.C. House discussed the state’s $14 billion budget will be remembered as a tipping point for traditional Republicans. Maybe they now have become so sick and tired of the uber-right S.C. Freedom Caucus that they’ll start doing more to shut down the nuttiness.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d use today’s column to consider the shamrock. Not to be confused with the lucky four-leaved clover, the shamrock is the trifoliate symbol of Ireland. Saint Patrick is often depicted with the clover, and it is said he used its form to illustrate the…

“What have I done to cause my 18-month-old son to reject me?” asks a new dad. Whenever he tries to hold his son, feed, dress or change him, the child puts up great resistance and screams hysterically for his mother.