Doing the funky chicken comes of age

More recently I realized that I had, in fact, constructed an enormous Rube Goldberg of self delusion regarding the exact number of years that have passed since my birth.

Here’s more family humor from one of the Charleston Mercury columnists, Patra Taylor.

Me! One of the beautiful people

I spent spring break in South Florida with the beautiful people.

At this point, the accomplished storyteller should be waxing poetic about the exploits of her college break (sadly, only one) spent in sunny Florida in order to move the storyline forward. While I would love to re-live those few short days on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, and embellish my memories enough to make them worth reading about, I fear pushing the rewind button on that coming-of-age period in my life would trigger enough specifics to flash the approximate date of that trip across my conscious mind causing me to be just one spontaneous subtraction problem away from inadvertently recalling my current age, rounded to the nearest year. I’m pretty good at math, so I’ve decided not to go there. Continue reading “Doing the funky chicken comes of age”

Death and taxes

Living forever sounds like a full-time job to me, and doesn’t seem to include the orange juice and a half a bag of Ruffles® I had for breakfast.

Here’s some senior humor by Charleston Mercury columnist, Patra Taylor.

You grew older today (no kidding)

Benjamin Franklin said, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” If you believe Ray Kurzweil, the modern-day Thomas Edison, by the end of the 21st century Franklin’s adage may have to be altered to read, “The only thing certain in life is taxes.” Continue reading “Death and taxes”

The road to Prosperity

“History is a man-made thing. It’s about the human experience. It’s about how our own consciousness connects with a structure and imbeds there.”

Sacred Spaces

The Road to Prosperity is the second in a series by Patra Taylor about Preservation South Carolina’s efforts to save the state’s rural historic churches and temples.

If you missed the first in the series, read it now.

The journey begins

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In defense of the Pied Piper

No bodies, no weapons, no witnesses and no forensic evidence of the children’s demise was ever found. I rest my case. Now maybe the decades of libel and slander against the hardworking flautist for crimes he did not commit can finally be put to rest.

A simple rat exterminator or diabolical kidnapper?

Check out one of the Charleston Mercury’s op ed columnists, Patra Taylor, for the truth about the Pied Piper of Hamelin in her column, In defense of the Pied Piper.

Op ed columnists have long been among the most admired writers to Patra Taylor. In January 2019, she decided to jump into the churning waters of opinion writing with her own iteration of opinion writing with RAWW, Rants of an Angry White Woman…quite a transformation from the humor she specialized in for a decade and a half.

Decide how Patra Taylor is doing with her new op ed columns:

Should we stay or should we go?

The chicken and the egg plant

Who is John Frum?

About the Charleston Mercury

The Charleston Mercury was founded by Henry L. Pinckney in 1819. He was its sole editor for 15 years. I ceased publication with the Union Army occupation of Charleston. After the Civil War, publication resumed in November 1866 before the newspaper closed permanently two years later in 1868.

The paper’s name was dormant until March 2000 when Charles W. Waring III and a group of investors started the “Charleston Mercury” online. The paper covered the inauguration of George W. Bush on a daily basis in Jan. 2001. In October 2002, Waring took the paper to print. From that point until March 2013, the paper published every two weeks; from March 2013 until the present, the paper has published a monthly edition under the ownership of Holy City Productions, LLC, an independent media firm owned by Waring and a group of investors. The “Charleston Mercury” newspaper reaches roughly 50,000 affluent readers in the greater Charleston area.

Medieval “Typo” Results in International Day of Foolery

Modern scholars believe Chaucer’s passage meant 32 days after March, or May 2.

April Fools!

Can you believe it? The worldwide custom of playing pranks on your friends and family on April 1 actually has its roots in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, which dates back to the early 1390s. As the tale goes, the cocky cock, Chauntecleer, dismisses premonitions of his own death only to be tricked by a cagey fox whose main objective was securing another delicious chicken dinner. (He’d already made a couple of satisfying meals of Chauntecleer’s mom and pop.) Physic chickens and Col. Sanders’ original original recipes aside, the adoption of April 1 as the international holiday for ticking off your loved ones with you obnoxious adolescent practical jokes may have resulted from a 14th centuryy typo (a.k.a. copying error.)  Instead of “March 32,” interpreted as April 1, modern scholars believe Chaucer’s passage meant 32 days after March, or May 2. Continue reading “Medieval “Typo” Results in International Day of Foolery”