One of them looked like the Jacob's Ladder I used to make with a long loop of string laced in and out of the fingers of my two outstretched hands. One of them could have been a hammock tatted for a hummingbird. One, draped over the deck railing and onto the banisters, was a net for flying fish, and all of them, all of the dozens of spiderwebs that dangled and hung and cascaded ...
Note: The following is the fourth in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.
There's an old adage about not truly understanding someone until you have walked in their shoes - or rolled with their wheels?
I believe it was in early elementary school when I found myself carrying a report card home for my folks to sign. I did at least two things: the first was to make up a story to tell dad that "F" meant fine. My buddies convinced me that even though my dad was an old man - by youthful standards - he wasn't dumb. The second thing was my fall-back plan. God always answers prayer. The preacher said so, Jesus said so and God does not take back promises.
The back-to-school season has arrived for families and teachers in Georgia. Most schools have already started classes, while a few others are holding in-service days and new student orientations in preparation for the first day of school. It's an exciting time that makes me think back to my first days as a new teacher when the school building hummed with the anticipation of the coming year and the possibilities it held.
For those of you who don't know, two weeks ago I announced my intent to run for mayor of Statesboro and filed the necessary paperwork with the city Monday to do so.
Note: The following is the third in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.
In a recent column I said thumb-sucking is not, as was once thought, a sign of insecurity or other psychological problems. Well-adjusted children suck their thumbs and grow up to be well-adjusted adults. My daughter, who began sucking her thumb minutes after she was born - I think she used it to pass the time in utero - occasionally sucked her thumb to get to sleep when she was in high school. One time, ...
Georgia is the only place I call home. Though I've spent summers in the Pacific Northwest and traveled to Europe on more than one occasion, I am convinced for a number of reasons that the Southern United States is truly God's country. Our culture and our traditions are unlike anywhere else I've been.
An interesting incident was related by Fayetteville, N.C., preacher Alan Smith on his devotional website.
I was watching the local news this morning and was able to hear an interview where a young professional woman was citing numerous situations that clearly indicated that women are still being discriminated against in the workplace and that the so-called "glass ceiling" is still in operation. When I attended college back in the 50s, old Marshall was indeed coed, but at the same time, there were considerably fewer women than men. ...
What's in a name? Read Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" to get his very long and involved answer. Anyway, a Tennessee judge told some parent that she could not use the name she had given her child on his birth certificate.
Freedom of speech is guaranteed to all U.S. citizens by the First Amendment to our Constitution. In a very basic nutshell, it allows us to criticize our government, or espouse a love of communism, or advocate for the legalization of marijuana, and so on, without being persecuted or jailed for publicly holding those beliefs.
Ricky Lane recently became the first dentist in Statesboro to be certified by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics to administer Botox and dermal fillers. The Academy is the leader in providing training courses for doctors, dentists, nurses and other healthcare providers in the area of facial aesthetics.
Q: My 5-year-old is going to kindergarten soon and still sucks her thumb. We've tried everything to get her to stop, even a dental appliance, but she won't give it up. Do you have a solution for us?
Tis' the end of Brown Thursday, Black Friday, and now comes the rush to buy whatever's left for the Christmas morning debacle of boxes of ties and/or underwear for Dad, pots and pans for Mom and electronic gizmos for the kids. There is also a soon-to-arrive thank you card from Visa asking that you pay as you go just in case you forgot.
I really fell in love with Thanksgiving in the first grade. The teacher told us to put away our books and listen. She began telling us a story, using cutouts and maps, about some people called Pilgrims who wore black clothing trimmed in white, lived in log cabins and ate lots of food on a day we would soon celebrate as "Thanksgiving." I thought that Thanksgiving was a day when the family ate turkey, dressing, ...
Last week, Julie and I drove to our favorite nursery - which I call the grass and tree place - to pick up some Calliope plants to block the neighbor's view of our garage door. Notice how I used flower and grass language because my wife doesn't think I have any idea what the difference is between flowers and grasses. Also notice I did not show off my extensive knowledge of the Calvin cycle of ...
Q: My 5-year-old son is an only child who I homeschool. He talks back, argues and generally wears me down. I need help getting to him to realize that no is no, that I mean what I say. I know I'm the problem. Help!
Note: The following is the 15th in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.
On the other side of the state, my mobile phone produced the bell chime that sounds like an elevator reaching its destination. A friend had sent me a message that read, "Y'all might want to call in reinforcements, there's gonna be some property destroyed in the Boro tonight!"
"Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
It is so hard to believe another year is almost history. There are just a few days left to decorate, shop, wrap, bake, visit, light candles and sing carols. Remember to keep the holiday frenzy in check, being mindful of what's really important during the Christmas season. Make the most of every day this month with family traditions, and try celebrating a few of the following holidays.
For several years, I commuted back and forth on Highway 67 South to Bryan County serving as a school psychologist in the Bryan County school system. Each day, I would pass Hodges Antiques, occasionally stopping in.
Note: The following is the 14th in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.
Q: My 11-year-old son cuts corners on everything. If he does a chore, he'll leave the cleaning products behind. If his bed is hard to make, he hides the sheet in the closet and throws the blanket over the bed. Concerning his schoolwork, he doesn't bother studying for tests - he figures he'll gets A's, anyway. We're now seeing this in his soccer practices, where he literally has started cutting corners. How can we ...
Now that December is here, Christmas shopping is in full swing! It's the season of giving, and while material things are always nice to have, my favorite gifts to offer come from the heart of my home, the kitchen. Most folks can be found at the mall hunting for presents this time of year, but you'd have better luck finding me on the baking aisle of the grocery store. My shopping budget is spent ...
One of my favorite local charitable fundraisers is spearheaded by Statesboro artist Beth Sands. Sands is the owner of Barefoot Angel Designs, and her Christmas tree ornament fundraiser is affectionately known in and around Statesboro as Paul's Angel.
After about seven years of discharging effluent from its textiles plant into the Ogeechee River without a permit, King America Finishing is no longer in violation of federal law because King finally does have a permit. Georgia's Environmental Protection Division issued the permit earlier this week to the Screven County plant, nearly 18 months after a massive fish kill drew attention to what King America was discharging into the Ogeechee, and also the fact ...
In the navy blue of just dark, the headlights illuminate only a few feet in front of the car. The high beams give shadows to the rocks on the road directly in front of the tires in outlandish proportion to their size, but the hundred-foot pines on the other side of the ditch remain invisible. Behind me, the full moon is but a promise, not even a tease of her liquid silver light yet spilling over the horizon.