A good way to get some in-depth information about a career is to go online and type in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mess around with that database for a tad and then switch to Occupational Outlook Handbook. As they say in West Virginia, "You'll have more stuff than you can shake a stick at." I have no idea what that means, but it sounds good.
One of the great joys that I have experienced over the last 10 years in writing this column is to watch businesses grow, thrive, and adapt to the demands of our local economy.
Note: The following is the 11th 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 radio talk show recently called to ask how parents should explain school shootings to their kids.
I recently bought a book titled, "Flatwoods and Lighterknots" by James Elders, which he calls a "cultural visit to the coastal plains of Georgia."
Not long ago, I was driving down a long, flat stretch of highway and listening on my iPod to an interview of Billy Collins, former poet laureate of the United States, he of such soul-ripping lines as, "You will always be the bread and the knife, not to mention the crystal goblet and - somehow - the wine." In the interview, he kept saying things I wanted to remember, bits and pieces of sentences that I wanted to scratch out on tiny slips of paper and stuff into a phylactery and feel bouncing on my forehead as I walked through the day ...
Fundamentals are important to understanding and success, regardless of the subject or activity. According to former New York Mets catcher Clarence "Choo-Choo" Coleman, Mets manager Casey Stengel, frustrated by the ineffectiveness of the team in its first year (1962), decided they needed to return to the basics. During a locker room meeting, he held up a baseball and said, "This is a baseball," to which Coleman interrupted, "Wait, you're going too fast."
An undefeated Bulloch County squad is "playing" Saturday at South Effingham High School as the top-seeded team with a state title on the line.
Pastor Jimmy spoke about one of his favorite biblical passages. Like most of us, it's truly difficult, if not nearly impossible, to pick one over another. What causes us to select one refers to a moment in time when one unit of Scripture jumps out and says, "Here it is! This is the one you need! Go for it!" I certainly don't mean to sound flippant, but there are those days when God almost turns the pages for us and suddenly the words we needed are right in front of our eyes. The Greek gives us two remarkable ...
Savannah-based Vaden Automotive Group is partnering with humane societies in southeast Georgia for the next several weeks, launching its "Doggone Great Deals" campaign, which is focused on raising money and collecting "wish list" items for humane societies in five locations.
I have waited an entire year for this! Julie and I came early to meet friends, Hal and Cyborg Fiscal, whose names have been changed to protect the innocent, and the parking lot is filled to capacity. Why do all these folks in town always arrive before we do? The signs clearly say, "Doors open at 6 p.m." so we are sure to get here by no later than 5:55 p.m.
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 ...
The "their biology makes them do it" hypothesis concerning the oft-horrid behavior of today's teens keeps on rolling along, charming parents of said teens into the comforting belief that said behavior has absolutely nothing to do with their parenting.
Note: The following is the 10th 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.
It's officially holiday season, and if you're like me, visions of green bean casserole, sweet potato soufflé and pumpkin pie have been dancing in your head. This time of year, I'm always itching to entertain. I spend my spare time planning what to bake and take to Thanksgiving dinner and conjuring up a few seasonal parties of my own.
All too often, we hear horror stories about "meeting" people online. It's true that predators and crazy people use the Internet as a tool to take advantage of others, but if one uses common sense, the world of cyberspace can lead to true, real relationships.
Q: Our 14-year-old son seems depressed - to us, at least. His principal sees no sign of depression but thinks he's socially anxious. The subjects of counseling and medication have come up. We have suggested to him that he get more exercise and spend less time playing video games and watching TV, but he says he hates sports. He appears to be withdrawing more and more into his video-screen world.
Note: The following is the 28th 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 know exactly when I fell in love with sports.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil" (Ephesians 6:10–11).
It has been some 30 years since my brother-in-law and I stood on the top of Mount Carmel in northern Israel, the site of the remarkable biblical encounter between Elijah and the priests of Baal. We had talked about 1 Kings 17 the night before and when we realized that we were not bound to the travel itinerary and read about a side trip to Haifa - just a few miles from Mount Carmel - we jumped at the chance.
Have you ever been shopping at ReTails? Yes, that's the way it's spelled, and it just happens to be one of the best thrift shops around.
A cancer diagnosis, no matter the type, can be sobering for any patient. Cervical cancer in particular can be frightening for women with fears that the diagnosis eliminates their chance to have children, or worse. As a gynecological oncologist, helping women understand the importance of preventative care can mitigate many of the threats associated with cervical cancer.
Recently, I exited my editor's office to find a lady waiting to speak to me. I was quite flabbergasted when she told me I was a former student of her father's, and that he spoke of me often until his death earlier this year.
I am, by my father's admission, a Duke's mixture. "Dad, what the heck does that mean?"
When you walk in the door of Dingus Magee's at lunch, chances are you will be met by owner, Stephanie Owens with her 100-watt smile, boundless energy and her trademark question, "You doing alright today?"
Today is my 31st birthday, which brings to mind one of the best parties I've ever thrown, my Low Country Boil Birthday Bash just a few years ago. The most popular search engine terms I receive on my food blog this time of year include phrases like "shrimp boil decorating ideas" and "Southern boil party." It's no wonder so many folks are looking for complimentary side dishes and décor ideas, now that the beautiful weather has returned to us and the spring breeze beckons us outdoors. This week, I'll share some easy entertaining tips for hosting ...
Though there were days when we thought winter would never end, the beauty surrounding us in shades of green and blossoms of every color convinces onlookers that spring actually has arrived. Don't waste a minute of this glorious season - get outdoors and smell the flowers, run barefoot in the grass, go for late-evening walks, and fire up the grill for a family picnic. Create some new springtime celebrations for your family to enjoy, or take part in the following April holidays.
Q: My 14-year-old daughter says I don't trust her because, unlike her best friend's parents, I won't allow her to stay home alone for several days while I go out of town. Her friend's parents do this at least once a month while they go to their second home, and their two teenagers - 14 and 16 - have thrown at least two raucous alcohol (and most likely sex) parties in their absence.
We certainly live in a "grow or die" world.