I spent several years living in a second floor apartment just off Washington Road in Augusta.
Something about being isolated from ground level apparently made me forget about just how fierce summer storms can be. Now that I am surrounded by huge pine trees -- including one leaning over the front of my house -- I appreciate the power. And sometimes fear it.
I'm not quite in Gov. Arnold's Girlie Man club, but with a couple of more storms like the one that blew through Monday night, some squealing might be appropriate.
That said, I enjoy the rain. I may not can see the whole world from my front porch, but sitting there -- on the freshly-painted checkerboard cement -- I can get away from it all for a few stormy minutes. It's those little moments of peace that make some bad weeks bearable.Now, on to a little bit of business:
'Tis the season for giving.
The McDuffie Mirror is in the middle of its annual subscription drive and several local groups will be the direct beneficiaries.
For every subscription that comes in during the next few weeks, The Mirror will donate $5 to either the Thomson High athletic boosters, the Thomson High band boosters, the Briarwood Academy booster club or the local Boys and Girls Club. Last year we gave more than $2,000 to various groups.
For those of you who subscribed, say, in December, you can get in on the action too. We can easily add another year to your account. And you can choose who gets your five bucks.
And, yes, those phone calls some of you have been getting about subscribing to The Mirror also count toward helping one of the groups.
At the same time, don't forget about The McDuffie Mirror's Christmas in July. Our Angel Tree is set up and children across McDuffie County are awaiting your donation of school supplies.
For more information on the Angel Tree, call me or Janet at 597-0335.
Speaking of getting kids ready to go back to school, The Mirror -- along with Augusta Tech, the Chamber of Commerce, WTHO, Ryan's, Grand Rental Station and the McDuffie County Board of Education are kicking the school year off in style.
We'll be gathering today (Thursday, July 29) from 3-7 p.m. at Augusta Tech for the First Annual (we hope) Back to School Bash. There will be free food, activities for the kids (including a moonwalk) and a few special giveaways.
But that's not what the event is about. It is about giving parents a one-stop shop to get their back-to-school questions answered. Representatives from each McDuffie County school will be there -- along with a slew of Augusta Tech staff for the Thomson Campus' open house.
Bring your appetite, and your questions. We'll be ready for you.