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Phil La Borie

Here’s to Valentine’s Day – a great opportunity to show that certain someone that you care and to spread a little warmth, cheer and caring during some of the coldest days of the year. That said, we really don’t know very much about St. Valentine, the supposed founder of the day named in his honor. […]

The Lady Marine

By Phil La Borie

I was gassing up my car not too long ago when I happened to notice another car in the station with a plate on the front that read: LADY MARINE. The car’s occupant, a tall, stately and very business-like young lady, was busily filling up her vehicle as well. I got her attention and asked, […]

I love music, especially jazz and classical, but I’m also a fan of bluegrass, rockabilly, (my sons have a band), western swing, you name it. However, I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of heavy metal or rap. I gave my first (and only) piano recital when I was six. I was […]

In the midst of enjoying a great dinner at one of the terrific Italian restaurants in our area the other night, I thought back to my grandmother’s cooking. When I was growing up, I was fortunate enough to have two grandmothers. First off, there was Grandma Gertrude who was my father’s mom, and Grandma Josephina […]

The Caviar of the South?

By Phil La Borie

That depends on who you’re talking to and the actual preparation. For openers, there is some contention about what really should be known as “The Caviar of the South.” For some, this appellation refers to soft pimento cheese. This delicious spread, just like fried chicken or grits, has become a traditional symbol of the southern […]

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines retirement as: The act of ending your working or professional career. While that definition seems clear enough, I think it’s a bit limiting. For one thing, it assumes that you’ve had either a working or professional career, which implies that you’ve either been employed by a company or corporation or been […]

Crossing Lake Ontario

By Phil La Borie

Crossing Lake Ontario

An advertisement for the upcoming Wooden Boat Show in Georgetown this fall put me in mind of my own wooden boat adventure, or as it turned out, my misadventure. The story goes like this: One of my high school friend’s dad had a glorious wooden speedboat. He periodically took the boat out on Lake Ontario […]

The Heart of the Matter

By Phil La Borie

Poor Alfalfa, he’s in love again. Porky, from Our Gang* Yes, ain’t it a shame. Buckwheat, another Gang member Those of us who are past middle age probably recall the long-running Our Gang movie series. These days, if you want to see the original movies, which were produced in the 1930s and ‘40s, they’re readily […]

Notes for Newcomers: Who's Teaching Who?

“Give back what you’ve learned, Share your experience.” 365 TAO, Daily Mediations* I try to read a passage from the Tao Te Ching every morning. I find that it’s a wonderful way to get myself grounded and start my day off on the right foot. And now that I’m substitute teaching here in Horry County, […]

Notes for Newcomers: Come to the Church in the Wildwood

The melody and lyrics to “Church in the Wildwood” have stuck in my head ever since I first heard them as a child. The lyrics go: Come to the church in the wildwood, Come to the church in the vale. No spot is as dear to my childhood as the little brown church in the […]

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