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February 12, 2018

We see it in the news every day: A firefighter saving people from burning buildings, teachers going above and beyond for their students, people selflessly giving up all of their free time to help the homeless.  Remarkable people doing remarkable things.  Don’t get me w...

March 25, 2015

 “Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in a world all of your own.” – Albert Schweitzer

 

Is there such a thing as “no pay” when...

March 3, 2015

On Saturday, the weatherman gleefully announced that the temperature would “feel like 19 degrees.” I reluctantly dragged myself out of bed and donned two pairs of pants, faux-fur-lined socks, two shirts, a coat, a scarf, gloves and waterproof shoes. I left my warm home...

February 3, 2015

The SPCA in Aiken let the dogs out again on Feb. 1. Not the hordes of real dogs which are sheltered in the SPCA Albrecht Center, but the vinyl dogs which are part of the third annual, monthlong spay and neuter initiative and fundraising project.

 

You may recall seeing t...

January 21, 2015

I learned a long time ago that, if it had to do with team sports, my role was supportive and my place was the bench. I may have been the least played captain of any Irmo High School varsity tennis team in history.

 

Coach King, speaking delicately to my mother, said, “Ch...

January 19, 2015

Caper arrived at the Wire Road shelter in March 2012 via animal control as a city stray. Being a rather large, black adolescent dog, Caper was promptly labeled a “Lab Mix” neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and placed on the adoption floor. However, due to his size, ex...

January 14, 2015

I can say “no” to a lot of things – chocolate, shoes, good wine – but puppies? Never! Still, when they show up at the SPCA, it is bittersweet.

 

They are darling, sure. They wiggle. They squeak. Their yawns are the most precious. Sometimes their eyes are closed and they...

January 6, 2015

I love a clean slate. I like fresh calendars and unwritten journals. I like new shoes. I like the blank canvas aisle at the art store. I like unburned candles. I like empty photo boxes and books with unbroken bindings. New things represent the promise of accomplishment...

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