The concept behind Everybody’s Got A Story, the long interview I lead off with every issue, is the basis behind this whole idea of putting together a paper that’s a good read.
Any person in your life has some interesting background material to expound on, and it’s often the little things that stand out. Magnolia 23’s Don Simmons not having to bring anything to a tailgate party at Carolina for three years because other people just wanted him to cook. Randolph Hospital’s Chief of Staff Michael Lininger playing video games to help make him a better surgeon. Young 20something Colten McCranie essentially leading two lives, one as a local dishwasher, another as a guy hobnobbing with Hollywood actors. Continue reading Everybody has a story, yes; every business, too→
Candie Rudzinski, far right, and her husband Joe, center, with their 3 children, James, left, Bethany and Joey. At bottom left is James’ wife, Sandi, and their two children, Maycie and Claire. Photo: Juan Villa Photography.
Candie Rudzinski’s name is synonymous with the Randolph County Senior Adults Association. Its director since 1992, she has led it from some trying times into the sparkling new senior center that sits on Salisbury Street and wows everyone who walks through the doors.
But who was Candie Rudzinski before then? Who will she become now?
As you can tell, Cori Cagle is always working on something when she’s back home from teaching school. Photo: Deborah Marcus
HUB: How did you get started in the arts?
CORI CAGLE: “From the time I could hold a crayon, art was all I ever wanted to do. As a young child, I loved coloring books and drawing. When I was in elementary school, I drew clothing designs. I have the 3-ring binders full of them somewhere!
In 1996, the late Becky Bowman prefaced her “Worthville – A Lost Mill Village” by saying, “When I drive through the sad little village of Worthville, I think of all the wonderful times I had there as a child. I know the people who live there today do not think of it that way, but I do and I’ll tell you why. Continue reading Worthville: Gone but not forgotten→
We all began life as nomads, following reindeer, buffalo, rabbits, fish or whatever food was available in the region where we lived. Centuries later, we settled down into our home in the world.
It might have been a yurt, a long house for many families, a one-room log cabin, a lean-to near running water, a boat where your family lived, caught and cooked meals and traded with other boat people, or later, a hand-me-down mansion. Continue reading Architecture is one of our influencers→
That was my response in the mid-1990s when a new acquaintance asked me what I did for a living.
It was a terse answer, I admit, and a bit sarcastic. But, in essence, it was true.
At that time, I was working for a furniture manufacturer and my job was to collect wood parts for the guys who built frames for upholstered sofas, loveseats and chairs. As for the sarcasm in my answer to the question, it resulted from the fact that setting up furniture frames wasn’t exactly what I’d always dreamed of doing with my life.
In the light of the recent officer-involved shooting of Walter L. Scott by former N. Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager, I felt this would be an appropriate time to touch on the issue of law enforcement’s use of deadly force.
As I have seen various news outlets play and replay video and cell phone footage, I can honestly say that I cringe when I see it. As a probation officer, as with any sworn law enforcement officer, I am guided on the use of deadly force by department policy, and both state and federal law. I have yearly firearms qualification and classroom instruction in the law/statutes governing deadly force. Continue reading Deadly force, part 1: Life-altering events→
Our 14-year-old son has been a straight A student all of his school life. He is also a very active athlete on his high school varsity soccer team. After Christmas, he started dating his first-ever steady girlfriend. We just got the report card for this quarter. He got a D and F on his report card. We were mortified! Continue reading 14-year-old discovers girls: Now what?→
Only 24 hours, yet so much goes on in that little span of time. You go about your day, all 1,440 minutes, going through the boring and often dramatic events. How often do you stop to realize that each hour of your day is packed with life-changing wisdom?
Sure, there are the big events that punch you in the gut. The lessons from those are hard to ignore, but there are also many mundane things that happen in a day that also have a lot to teach you, if you become aware of them. Continue reading Every day, put your hours to good use→