Articles by: Andy Brack

BRACK:  How would you deal with a jerk neighbor like this?

BRACK:  How would you deal with a jerk neighbor like this?

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  If you’re like most people, there’s a neighbor or two nearby who you could easily do without.  He or she might even be a full-fledged jerk.

A friend in another state (yes, I really am describing someone else’s hell, not anything around my home) has a real jerk for a neighbor.  This guy’s antics have gotten to be just too much in recent days.  …. What would you do?  How do you deal with jerk neighbors?

by · 06/19/2017 · 0 comments · Andy Brack, Views
REVIEW:  Penguin the Magpie: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family

REVIEW:  Penguin the Magpie: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family

Reviewed by Jessica Smith | Penguin the Magpie: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family is the true story of one family’s startling encounter with sudden loss and their subsequent journey to hope and healing. Cameron Bloom recounts his wife’s terrible accident, which leaves her paralyzed and feeling hopeless. As Sam – and her family – grapples with the hardships of her new life, her three sons find a severely injured magpie chick.

by · 06/12/2017 · 0 comments · Features, Reviews
BRACK:  S.C. needs more environmental courage, not cowardice

BRACK:  S.C. needs more environmental courage, not cowardice

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  With so much that could be done to protect the South Carolina’s special places and put the state on a stronger, more renewable energy footing, you may sometimes wonder whether we just have too many environmental cowards.

Maybe that’s a bit harsh.  But look at some recent stories that show that technology exists to transform how we power our economy from the traditional dirty oil and coal to a blend of renewables plus nuclear power with natural gas as a backup for peak usage.

by · 06/12/2017 · 0 comments · Andy Brack, Views
CALENDAR, June 5+:  Last week of the festivals, more

CALENDAR, June 5+: Last week of the festivals, more

Spoleto Festival and Piccolo Spoleto: It’s the last week of the festivals and there are still scads of events through June 11. Check out top events in our Focus piece from May 22.

Commission on Women sessions. The City of Charleston’s Commission on Women will hold three more public listening sessions in June to get input to shape the focus and goals of the commission, which was set up to make recommendations, policies and programs related to the status of women.

Farmers markets — see our list of markets around the area.

by · 06/04/2017 · 0 comments · calendar
REVIEW:    The Ocean at the End of the Lane

REVIEW: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Reviewed by Melissa Hatch | Neil Gaiman has a knack for the creepy-crawly, and this book is no exception. He wrote one of my all-time favorites, “The Graveyard Book”, so I expected a lot. He did not disappoint. The story begins when a middle aged man returns to his childhood home for a funeral. He finds himself wandering down the lane to the home of a former friend, a girl named Lettie Hempstock. Remarkably the house is unchanged, as are the persons inhabiting it. Behind the house is a pond, which Lettie had once called an ocean. As he encounters these elements from his past, the memories come flooding back.

by · 06/04/2017 · 0 comments · Features, Reviews
Georgia farmers spread fertilizer with a four-mule team around 1940. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott via Farm Security Administration.

BRACK: From a tenant South to the tech South

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Last year at Elvis Presley’s boyhood home in Tupelo, Miss., I was thrilled to see a white metal bowl with a red rim. It was the same kind of bowl my grandmother used to make biscuits.

A lot of things in the two-room home looked familiar – an oilcloth on a kitchen table, the icebox, pieces of furniture, a butter churn, a metal flour sifter.

by · 06/04/2017 · 2 comments · Andy Brack, Views
Too tight; Jackets, sleeves too short.

BRACK: Guys need to buy clothes that fit

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Count me as a guy who doesn’t get what’s going on with men’s clothes these days.

Jackets, shirts, pants – too many that are too small and too tight. Whether it’s the guy in front of me at church, the hipster at a civic club meeting or the hero out and about at the grocery store, I don’t need to see that much of any guy.

Clothes need to fit, not be plastered onto a body. And plaid needs to be reserved for a special place in hell.

by · 05/29/2017 · 2 comments · Andy Brack, Views
PHOTO:   This story won’t have a happy ending

PHOTO: This story won’t have a happy ending

Charleston isn’t New Orleans. Spotted near Marion Square in two locations on Saturday were Booze Pop vans – portable places that adults could purchase frozen cocktails on a stick. What could be a worse idea than providing another way for tourists on a hot day to party on streets crowded by people and too many cars? This won’t have a happy ending. Note to City Council: Is this the kind of town you really want visitors to see? (On the other hand, maybe we’ll lose our top travel ranking and life downtown will become more Holy City than Disney City.)

by · 05/29/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Photos
A clever window display in Soho catches the eye.

BRACK: Navigating news in times of scandal and hyperbole

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | With scandal swirling throughout Washington and more indictments stemming from a corruption probe in Columbia, it is becoming harder to keep up with what’s really happening in government and politics.

Part of the problem is the Internet, which overturned the news apple cart by diversifying and segmenting sources of news into so many streams that it can be difficult to figure out which are credible. There are traditional media – newspapers, magazines, radio and television – which operate under an old model of hiring professionals to report news as they see it and digest information critically to make it understandable.

by · 05/22/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  The legislature takes a wild ride in 2017 session

BRACK: The legislature takes a wild ride in 2017 session

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | The General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session is sure to be remembered for a long time as a wild ride.

Two things stand out. First, who in the world would have thought the Republican-led legislature would have given millions of dollars in tax relief to working people in South Carolina in a bill to hike taxes to fix roads? Most of the time, tax breaks go to the rich.

by · 05/16/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views