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BY: Shep Rose
How political correctness is killing honesty and creativity
BY: Renae Brabham
Instead of ranting on social media about prayer in schools or passing judgement on the beliefs of others, maybe it's time for so-called Christians to focus on the real issues.
BY: Nate Anderson
No Shave November—what a fun, hairy way to spread awareness about and support a serious issue. But what about those who barely need to shave every other week? Here's what the month's like for us...
BY: Rebeccah Connelly
Seriously, though—weird shit happens to, near, in front of, or around me constantly. The latest of which involves a shiny-eyed poodle and a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond. Story—and a question for you—here
BY: Renae Brabham
Get ready to switch your clocks. Me, I'll comply with DST change-ups if I must, but mostly I file the rigidity of the calendar seasons in the BS pile. I have my own guide to the seasons...
BY: Instant Grit
Plus: How to fix the bullying problem that's leaving teen casualties in its wake? Here are two ideas, and they don't involve celebrity spokespeople
BY: Joan Perry
Take a look at this collection of epitaphs to see how five locals have been memorialized. What do you want YOUR tombstone to read?
BY: Evans Craddock
The other evening I lost it after watching an NBC Nightly News story about a 12-year-old who committed suicide due to bullying. So, here's a few words on why we should celebrate the GOOD in others
BY: Instant Grit
Plus! With the shutdown behind us, we've got a delightfully endless supply of jokes about it for your Friday, courtesy of the late-night comics. Trust us—you need to read these today...
BY: Evans Craddock
Does the fact that I drop George off at doggie daycare make me like one of those people who pushes their dogs around busy streets in strollers? Ugh, I hope not. This and other musings on the subject..
BY: Instant Grit
Less Blog of the Week, more Charleston Hip-Hop Breakfast Spelling Bee To-Do List: so stretch those hammies & give this list a whirl. Hint: it involves watching a video of Flavor Flav performing in CHS
BY: Molly Hutter
What's all this talk about molly? Given that we share the same name, I feel the need to debrief
BY: Instant Grit
Here's the top pick from the week! Plus some eCard pics to get you inspired for a festive (rowdy, even?) long weekend
BY: Guest Blogger
We've heard from students, post-grads, and parents aplenty this week, so to round out the series, we bring you a letter from a Lowcountry teacher. Parents: here's what NOT to do this school year...
BY: Stephanie Hunt
I can pray to the gods of the First Day of School, the gods of the quad... but I know where to find our very best lesson plans, and ain't nobody getting a hall pass
BY: Renae Brabham
What was back-to-school shopping like? All about maxis, minis, silk shirts, and swimming with gators... Plus! Some photographic gems I pulled from the Renae Brabham archives
BY: Instant Grit
As we begin to close out our schooldays blog series, we bring you the 13 best back-to-school fails around. We promise—you'll feel better about your week after this
BY: Renae Brabham
Instead of turning and smashing a whiny lady's phone on the ground in the DMV the other day, I pondered our knuckle-headed knack for complaining. As they say, "Ain't nobody got time for that..."
BY: Instant Grit
Here it is! Also... Have you heard that it's Shark Week?! Since it's all everyone's been talking this week, let's take a look at some of the funnier Shark Week jokes before it's all over...
BY: Instant Grit
You've seen this sudden deluge of back-to-school ads, the "Oh, did you not hear the news? It's Fall, suckers." Ummm, no. RELAX. Here are 5 things you can do to prove it's still f*&^ing summer
BY: Renae Brabham
This is one blog I am very glad to be writing this in past tense... Trust me, I can't make this she/it up
BY: Rebeccah Connelly
The heat seems to bring out the crazy, including my own. Here's what gets my blood boiling on the Crosstown, in passing cars, and all over town...
BY: Instant Grit
Plus! Grit's 5 first-rate ideas for fighting this week's vicious news cycle and July-in-Charleston humidity (shark-hunting and ice cream cakes, anyone?)
BY: Renae Brabham
Let freedom ring? The venomous chants and social media slamming don't represent the clear tone of the bell I would imagine freedom sounds like... Why silence isn't necessarily weakness
BY: Instant Grit
Plus, hilarious YouTube pranks for your Friday. Who said we never gave you a surcee? Or sursey...
BY: John F. Abess
Well, here's a hint: it doesn't quite support our recent ranking as one of the nation's snobbiest cities. And while we're at it, a quick glossary of standout Southern phrases...
BY: E. Louise
"We don’t live in the information age. That would be an insult to information..." Have we become the communication equivalent of big-box stores? Pumping out cheap drivel? 5 WAYS we can sound smarter
BY: Evans Craddock
2013? So far it's been a big bully. But thanks to a few self-help books, time with my yoga mat, and several jars of Nutella, I've realized that it’s time to get it together. Here's a start...
BY: Instant Grit
A good blog gives us a peek at something we couldn't—or wouldn't—see on our own. This one took us to a world that we don't often think of as our own... But is it closer than you think?
BY: Cullen Murray Kemp
Last night's insomnia had me thinking about Harry, Leon, and others I sit with on my stoop. Some have shared their life trials with me, others have not—making me wonder how they got where they are...
BY: Rebeccah Connelly
Starting June 1. Predictions, plus the similarly frightening Cat 5 weather system brewing in my house. Break out the radar maps, chain saws, and plywood, and let the season commence...
BY: Instant Grit
Need something to ponder this Memorial Day? Here it is: what lottery have YOU won? This blogger is sharing her winnings...
BY: Renae Brabham
Can a little unwelcome "down time" patch your nerves? Here's what happened when I hauled my bad attitude down to the tire shop...
BY: Stephanie Hunt
10, 18, 8, 12, 2 (my numbers)—do not add up to $590.9 million. I'm not the mystery winner in Zephyrhills, but there is another game in which I have definitely struck it rich. It's called life.
BY: Cullen Murray Kemp
What's been happening on Spring Street as of late? The same old shenanigans. In this story, it's Harry vs. the AAA guy who came to change my tire. Read on to see who prevailed
BY: Molly Hutter
Do you need one of these? Gimme a break, of course you do... bananas being so notoriously hard to slice and all. Pour yourself a drink and scroll through these hilarious Amazon reviews
BY: Ellen McGauley
This poem by the late Rose Mitchell of Sullivan's Island was unearthed by her son over the weekend... here's to all the salty, seaside souls out there
BY: Renae Brabham
Not the sort of place you typically visit when you don't have to, but a beautiful camellia bush beckoned me toward the church's graveyard this weekend. Read on for the spring treasures I found there
BY: Thomas Wilkinson
It used to be that sitcoms like Three's Company were our go-to for hackneyed entertainment, and 6 p.m. newscasts jerked our brains back into high gear. But have the tables turned?
BY: Stephanie Hunt
With techie wunderkinds roving around, there's much to DIG into and celebrate about this weekend. But today reminds us that there're a few things that ain't so progressive going on in town, too...

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