Holidays

A Few Tips for Safer Holidays

Dec 17, 2019
Unsplash, Public Domain

Everybody wants to believe in the kindness of the season this time of year, but it's still smart to keep a somewhat level head about the world. 

On the upside, taking a few precautions to keep your home from being too tempting to would-be crooks can actually make your holidays more enjoyable. 

Christmas Carols

Dec 25, 2018
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Nobody knows for certain where the word “carol” comes from.  It may come from the Latin, “chorus,” by way of the Greek “khoros,” and both words have to do with dancing in a circle, probably while singing.


Wynton Marsalis Jazzes Up the Holidays

Nov 28, 2018
Wynton Marsalis plays holiday songs with the jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ask Wynton Marsalis to name his favorite holiday song and he might tell you, “The Christmas Song” by Mel Torme.  Then he’ll likely explain it’s personal.  When Marsalis first moved to New York, he played in a show with Torme.  He was 18 years-old.

“The contractor thought I was only a classical trumpet player,” Marsalis recalled.  “He said this boy can’t play.  I don’t know why he’s playing this gig, and Mel heard me play and said, this boy can play.  Leave him alone.”

Narrative: "Together We Grew"

Dec 26, 2017
Marcia Peter and facilitator Felix Lopez, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. When StoryCorps visited Columbia in 2016, Marcia Peters talked with facilitator Felix Lopez about her experience raising three children as a single mom.

Reuse your Christmas Tree

Dec 26, 2017

You’ve been enjoying that Christmas tree all month long, and while it’s sad to think about taking it down and packing away your decorations, start planning for how you’ll reuse that live Christmas tree.

Allergic to Christmas?

Dec 25, 2017

This time of year is magical- unless you’re allergic to the holidays!  No, I’m not talking about Scrooge, but think about all the allergy irritants this time of year.  First, those decorations have been sitting in the attic for a year collecting dust, and anyone with indoor allergies knows that dust can be a real headache.

Narrative: A Freshcut Tree for Christmas

Dec 19, 2017
Jack and Patricia Stewart, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Jack and Patricia Stewart sat down to talk about their marriage of more than 60 years and their seven children. One year, the family had relocated to France for Jack’s job. Here, Jack remembers how he tried to make Christmas special for their kids while living abroad.\

Ilene Fins and her mother Caroline Fins, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Ilene Fins talked with her mother Caroline Fins about moving her family to South Carolina from a large Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York. Here’s Ilene.

photo of a roasted, whole turkey
Tim Sackton [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

(THE CONVERSATION) - 'Tis the season for giblets, wattles and snoods – oh my. On Thanksgiving and Christmas, Americans consume about 68 million turkeys – one for about every five of us. In fact, 29 percent of all turkeys gobbled down in the U.S. are consumed during the holidays.

photo of turkey
Ryan McDonough [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

(THE CONVERSATION) - Intensive livestock farming is a huge global industry that serves up millions of tons of beef, pork and poultry every year. When I asked one producer recently to name something his industry thinks about that consumers don't, he replied, "Beaks and butts." This was his shorthand for animal parts that consumers – especially in wealthy nations – don't choose to eat.

Narrative: Growing Up as Preacher's Kids in Georgetown

Nov 21, 2017
Henry "Harry" Bull Jr., Sarah Clarkson, and Margaret Clarkson, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project that collects the voices of our times. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Margaret Clarkson interviewed her uncle and mother about growing up in Georgetown, South Carolina. Both in their late eighties at the time of taping, Henry Bull Jr., who goes by Harry, and Sarah Clarkson, are two remaining siblings of a family of seven children. Here’s Sarah Clarkson with her recollections of their childhood.

Martin Luther King Day

Jan 16, 2017

It’s Martin Luther King Day.   While many state and federal workers have the day off, I hope you’ll take the time today to celebrate the life and ideals of the influential civil rights leader.  Today is a great time to start donating your time and working with a volunteer or community action group in your area.

Reuse Paper for Wrapping Paper

Dec 16, 2016

Unwrapping gifts this season is so much fun, but that gift wrap accounts for much of the twenty five per cent spike in waste during the holiday season.  So reuse paper you already have to avoid extra waste.


Homemade Holiday Gifts

Dec 12, 2016

If you haven’t begun your holiday shopping yet, it’s time to start thinking about your gift list.  Save yourself the stress of long lines and crazy holiday traffic by staying home and making gifts.


LED Holiday Lights

Dec 9, 2016

Holiday decorating is a fun part of the season, but all those extra lights can really pack a punch on your power bill!  What’s a decorator to do?  Opt for LED holiday lights.  LED's consume seventy five per cent less energy than traditional bulbs and because they emit less heat than traditional bulbs, using LED's reduces the risk of a home fire.  LED's aren’t made of glass, so they’re less likely to break, and they last twenty five times longer than traditional bulbs. 


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