P.A. Bennett

Are We Ready for the Future?

April 17, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Produce

In a lot of ways, the world is moving way too fast for me. It’s the little things that make me take notice of this changing world. For example, on a recent trip to a big box store (you know, the biggie of the big box stores) I actually found myself voluntarily checking...

South Carolina's Important Role in African American History

February 20, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
African-American History

February is African American History Month. Some may ask “Why celebrate African American history...isn’t that American history?” Absolutely, but unfortunately, for hundreds of years, much of the history related to those of African descent was either totally ignored or...

Sleep and a Healthy Brain

February 10, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Sleep brain connection

How often do you jump out of bed in the morning refreshed, wide awake, and ready to go? If you’re like most of us, it’s probably not often enough. It happened to me this morning. I was shocked and amazed. Got me to wondering, what did I do right last night, so that I feel...

International Group Focuses on Brain Health

September 19, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Brain health

Our conversation about what you can do to keep your brain healthy continues. In this next segment, we introduce you to The Global Council on Brain Health. And Dr. Barbara Bendlin, Associate Professor-University of Wisconsin, talks with us about why dancing may be the...

[PODCAST] Conversations About Brain Health

September 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Brain Scans

This is the first in a series of conversations with researchers and scientists discussing best practices for staving off dementia and Alzheimer’s. My goal is to leave you with practical, everyday things you can do to help keep your brain healthier longer. In the coming...

Exciting Discoveries for Brain Health

August 24, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Brain Scans

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be focusing on what scientific research is telling us about preventing or staving off the onset of Alzheimer’s . This is an important topic, because while we may think of Alzheimer’s as an old person’s disease, Alzheimer’s may actually...

Chimera, Part II by P.A. Bennett

August 12, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
3 scientists in a lab, one looking through a microscope

Last week I wrote about chimeras, part animal, part human organisms created by scientists. A news story on National Public Radio (NPR) brought it to my attention. Seems the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) is ready to lift a ban on funding chimeric research. With the...

Chimera: What, Why? by P.A. Bennett

August 4, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Chimera

I’ve always thought I was pretty open-minded, but a story I heard recently on NPR had me yelling in the car, “Oh, no. That can’t happen.” It was a story about scientists wanting to commit something called chimera. What is chimera? The reporter on NPR described it as a gene...

P.A.'s Thoughts: Spring Projects

April 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Sidewalk

In the old days, they talked about spring cleaning; washing everything from bed linen to baseboards. You don’t hear about people doing spring cleaning so much anymore, but spring projects, especially outside projects, are big. With the recent sunny, warmer days, my husband...

The Many Hats of Edith Childs

March 9, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Edith Childs in hat

Greenwood's Edith Childs is the lady who gave President Barack Obama his "Fired Up, Ready to Go" campaign chant. She's a big fan of the President and she has a great love for hats, too. In fact, she has a hat to match every outfit.

Politicking In South Carolina

February 10, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
State House Lobby

It was one of those blustery, cold days we don’t often see in the Midlands of South Carolina. I’d travelled to downtown Columbia to get as close as possible to the State House. In this political season, so much is going on, and the State House is often ground zero. It was...

Parts of South Carolina Experiencing Wintry Mess

January 22, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Ice and Snow

"Stay home if you can." That’s the warning for residents of Upstate South Carolina. A Winter Storm Warning is in place for the Upstate that means a quarter to a half-inch of ice and one to four inches of snow could accumulate. The weather prognosticators say that the...

No More New Year's Resolutions by P.A. Bennett

January 5, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
New Year

You heard me, NO MORE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS! This year’s list is all about the fun things I’ll start doing or continue to indulge in. I have not yet composed that complete list, but I know what it won’t include; losing weight, saving money, or getting organized. I’ve been...