“This then is no calamity”: Toni Morrison, 1931-2019

The semester is less than two weeks away and I’m running out of time. I should be finishing syllabi, or writing a book proposal, or attending to half a dozen other tasks I have the privilege of doing in my college-professor job. I’ll get back to those tomorrow, but I need to spend some time […]

What Makes America Great

I was in the 6th or 7th grade (1964?) when I asked Nana, who left Connemara in the 1920s, “Why did you come to America?”

“To eat,” she replied. 

Better Learn to Swim…

My nomination for Pork of the Year: The $2 million down payment deftly budgeted, without public comment and without a separate council vote, for former city councilwoman/swimmer Kathleen Wilson’s dream of a $50 million aquatic and wellness center in West Ashley.

Flooding and the Mayor

[This column by Steve Bailey was first published in the Post and Courier and is reprinted here with the permission of the author.] One campaign ends and another begins. Or does it? The next time Charlestonians go to the polls will be in a year to elect a mayor. And unlikely as it may seem, […]

The Thanksgiving Story You Probably Never Heard

The pilgrim William Bradford tells us about the first Thanksgiving. Winter was brutal. Snowbound in their hastily built houses, nearly every settler got sick; all were hungry, and half died. Spring followed, and with the help of Indians, the survivors reaped their first American harvest. English hunters went fowling in the woods, Massasoit brought in […]