Columns

A new Series: Do You Remember The Sixties?

September 8, 2020

It’s been said that “if you remember the sixties, you weren’t really there.” I must respectfully disagree. Introducing a new series about a decade that no one in our country should every forget about.

Do You Remember … The Mazeppa Show?

August 6, 2020

How many of you remember this line: “Lawzee, scope them turkeys out!”

Do You Remember … The Civil Rights Movement?

July 29, 2020

For nearly a century after emancipation, black people couldn’t eat at the same restaurants, use the same toilet facilities, stay at the same hotels, go to the same schools as whites, or live in certain places. And then a black woman refused to give up her bus seat and sparked the Civil Rights Movement.

Nerd Knowledge: What is the Plague?

July 16, 2020

Though it never really left, The Black Plague is getting more recognition in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how it started.

Do You Remember The Fourth of Julys of Your Childhood?

July 2, 2020

When I was growing up, the Fourth of July meant many things. There were picnics with homemade ice cream, potato salad, watermelon, and BBQ. Flags were flown on just about every front porch. Concerts with stirring patriotic music were held in the courthouse gazebo. But the most enjoyable part of the Fourth of July involved fireworks.

Nerd Knowledge: What is Synthetic Biology?

June 2, 2020

Synthetic biology focuses on creating technologies for designing and building biological organisms.

What is “Herd Immunity”?

May 27, 2020

You might’ve heard the term “herd immunity” being used as a way to fight COVID-19. What does it really mean, and would it work?

Who’s Essential?

May 4, 2020

Work, or having a job, has become the definition of who a person is–his or her “essence.” It is not so, is it? Aren’t you and I also children, parents, lovers, friends, participants or appreciators of art and music, sightseers, storytellers, and more? Essence does not include a paycheck.

Nerd Knowledge: What is Critical Thinking?

April 29, 2020

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe.

Do You Remember…George Brite?

April 27, 2020

During George Brite’s thirty-four-year tenure at SPS, many of his students went on to become accomplished and widely-acclaimed musicians, conductors, and high school band directors.