Q: My 5-year-old daughter has developed a bad habit of arguing with me whenever I refuse her something - anything. Believe me when I tell you, she is relentless. She will continue to argue until I put her in her room, but as soon as I let her out, she starts up again.
Isn't it funny how powerful our senses can be? My family takes a trip to the Tennessee mountains every fall, and you can't drive very far up there without seeing a pancake house. The smell alone puts me in a good mood. Who can pass up the scent of crispy bacon, cane syrup and stacks of buttery, fluffy and warm silver-dollar pancakes on a cool mountain morning?
It's often the little things that bring out the worst in us, isn't it? You may have heard about the man who insisted on showing how rude he could be by insistently honking his horn at a lady desperately trying to restart her car after it stalled in rush-hour traffic. After enduring several minutes of this exhibition of bad manners, the woman walked back and said, "Sir, I'm having some trouble getting my car started. If you would be so kind as to go up and see if you can get it going, I'll be glad ...
About a dozen years ago, I was very honored to meet Bill Coen, minister of music at First Baptist, and it was like finding an old friend I hadn't seen for years. Over time, Bill has become a Statesboro fixture and proven that he is a man of integrity, hard work and gifted in a very special way. He even puts up with old Presbyterians, and I've been told that's not an easy task.
It has been really interesting to watch the growth of the craft beer industry here in Statesboro. As in Savannah, Athens, and Atlanta, the interest has been immediate, and the industry well-received by locals.
Note: The following is the eighth 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.
I crossed the room to say my goodbyes. The eulogies had been poignant and funny. The burial site, under a moss-covered live oak, was beautiful. The visit with the family was warm and uplifting. It was time for me to leave them in a tight knot of each other.
Most parents describe discipline problems as if they are "coming out" of their kids, that the problems in question reveal facets of their kids' personalities - things like "strong-willed." The fact is that in nearly every instance, discipline problems with a child tell more about the parents than they do the child.
While I was in Sarasota, Florida, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with runaways and develop a method of teaching non-directive counseling to the medical staff at our shelter as well as to interested nurses who wanted to attend some of my classes. The one area that seemed to be of major importance was the session on crisis. One educator wrote, "A crisis develops character." I lean to the definition, "A crisis is the internal reaction to an external event." The reason I say this is that I'm not too sure about the character part, but I do ...
Many of you have asked me what is being built on the Veterans Memorial Parkway near the intersection of the Bypass and Highway 301 South. The specific location being referenced is in the southwest quadrant of the intersection between Advance Auto Parts and the railroad tracks.
Note: The following is the seventh 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.
A journalist recently asked, "What is the biggest mistake parents make?" I had to think about that. Which parents? The biggest mistake made by some parents is paying entirely too much attention to and doing entirely too much for their children. These children usually, but not always, end up as spoiled brats. Why not always? Because some children, by mysterious means, manage to do well in spite of less-than-optimal parenting. The notion that one is produced by the manner in which one is raised is belied by the many exceptions, including children who do well despite bad upbringings and children ...
At the start of each new season, there are a few dishes I greatly anticipate cooking. Spring beckons salads and grilled vegetables, summer calls for hamburgers, and nothing comforts the soul in winter like warm soups and casseroles. Fall, though - fall might just be the season to beat. With the exception of the holidays, I don't think I look forward to eating more any time of the year!
Beautiful fall colors decorate the edges of roads and forests, produce stands and farmers' fields. Cooler mornings and evenings are a welcome change. All things pumpkin adorn the menu and please the palate. Scarecrows and costumes are available for those who need them this month, and sweet treats and candy line the shelves of the grocery stores. All that and more mean only one thing: October has arrived. Make the most of this autumn month with those you love; celebrate with the following holidays, or create some new ones of your own.
Last Saturday evening was remarkable. Julie and I sat in our regular seats waiting for the football game to begin. We had taken the shuttle bus to the stadium and just happened to ride with some folks from Chattanooga whose son plays linebacker. They were nice people and we promised to cheer for their boy now and then. I believe everyone expected a tough game and the stats were leaning towards Tennessee because most of our boys were considered walking wounded and the loss to Wofford was heartbreaking.
Note: The following is the 24th 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: I've been using the method described in your toilet-training book with my 18-month-old daughter, and she's been doing great during the day. She rarely has an accident. However, I'm still using a diaper at nap-time and during the night. (I'm waiting for some consistency in dryness before taking that away). Is that correct?
Cupcakes have always been near and dear to my heart, never mind my waistline. I've never met one I didn't like.
On Oct. 28, 2013, a Statesboro police officer and a city code enforcement officer went to the home of George Pryor to remove a van that neighbors said had sat idle in the yard next to his house "for years."
Almost everyone agrees that the example parents set for their children is of paramount importance. Unless we model the standards we desire for our children, it isn't likely they will value or follow them very closely.
If you are paying attention to the debate over the Common Core State Standards, you've probably thought, "let's wait and see what happens and go from there."
I remember when Julie told me about an incident which took place in one of her classes at Marshall. Someone in class mentioned, "Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning; red sky at night, sailor's delight." Julie said, "That's in the Bible."
After approval last week by the Georgia Senate of a bill that would abandon the Common Core State Standards the state first adopted in 2010, state House members are now getting set to debate the bill that, if signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal, would do serious harm to the public school education of children in our state.
The homemade, fresh-out-of-the-oven yeast rolls that welcomed you to Isabella's are no more. Owner, Donnie Catrabone made the difficult decision to close Isabella's after a three-year run.
Attention, all community and region stakeholders! We need your help!
There is an old proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," which is as true today as when this saying was documented. Dr. Calvin Mackie, in his book, "A View From The Roof," writes about five gifts to give your children: the gift of love, the gift of affection and touch, the gift of discipline, the gift of integrity and the gift of purpose.
I happened to turn on the old TV to a movie entitled, "Bruce Almighty." Here's a young man in his 30s who seems to be the typical loser individual: less qualified folks get promoted over him; he can't keep a girlfriend; his dog doesn't know the difference between a fire hydrant and his favorite chair; nothing ever seems to work out and God obviously doesn't like him; he doesn't like God, and if he were God, the world would be so much better off.
The following is the third of a four-part series on local African-Americans who are making positive contributions to their community. Part 4 will be published in Sunday's Viewpoints page.
The following is the second of a four-part series on local African-Americans who are making positive contributions to their community. Part 3 will be published in Friday's Viewpoints page.
Last Friday, I said goodbye to Marty Hager for the last time. Julie and I sat on the front row of the church along with the rest of our family to let the reality of his death squeeze through the denial everyone faces at times like these.