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Kathy Bradley: Random twinkling

From the road, the wreath on the door and the swags over the windows look just right. From the road, they are even and balanced, the wire-edged ribbons are full and round and the ends flutter just the least little bit in the winter breeze. From the road, the blue on the door and the blue in the ribbons match perfectly and from the road the tiny white lights on the tree fill up the windows at the corner of the house.

December 28, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Have Christmas year-round

Except for the 12 days of Christmas, the season is over and we can't wait for Spring, short sleeves and Bermudas and Easter. It is now time to un-decorate the house and sweep up the wrappings, broken lights and leftovers. It is now time to find the boxes marked "Xmas" (It's okay because it is a Greek acronym) so we can pack up all the decorations for another year. It is my job to pack, sometimes. Julie likes to have everything in order, marked properly and stored in the attic as long as it's accessible. I have ...

December 25, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


The heart of Christmas is priceless

When I was about eight years old, I took great pride in decorating my bedroom for Christmas. We lived in a two-story home in the quaint community of Blythe, Georgia - population 708 - and my room was upstairs to the right and down the hallway. It had two windows that looked out onto the street, a small closet, a little white ceiling fan and pink carpet. I had a radio and cassette player that sat on my window seat. The seat was crafted by my late Great Uncle J.E., who was a cabinet maker. In early December, I would clean ...

December 21, 2014 | By REBEKAH FAULK Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Rice success increases slave trade activity along coast

(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

December 21, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy: Christmas began thanks to Mary's childlike faith

"Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it" (Mark 10:15).

December 21, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Dr. John Bressler: The magic of Christmas

The last couple of weeks have been wonderful for someone who likes the Christmas season and especially if he or she is looking for some Christmas spirit. Julie and I started out by attending the downtown tree lighting ceremony in Brooklet. It was a bit chilly - which is just right for folks like us - and we felt like we were in a Christmas card surrounded by angels. There was great music, Scripture and plenty of laughter and applause to warm our hearts. We love attending church and singing all those carols and admiring the tree decorated with crismons and the ...

December 18, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Why you shouldn't walk your kid to class

Q: My buddy's wife walks their 11-year-old into the classroom each day. Then she takes out his assignments and helps him get ready. We're talking about a very capable kid who has no "issues" at all. My buddy says other mothers at his son's school are also doing the same thing. My wife has heard about this and wants to start walking our very capable son into his 4th grade room. What are your thoughts?

December 14, 2014 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Teaching religion in the classroom

I have been thinking about the GSU professor whose religious approach in class - if what I have read and heard is accurate and not just rhetoric - is at odds with our U.S. Constitution. There are plenty of ways to use intelligent discussion of religion to make a point, open some creative critical thinking and take advantage of a good liberal arts education. I have always believed that some of our theologians, like Augustine or Calvin, could really make an impact in sociology or economics without beating students over the head with Catholicism or Protestantism.

December 11, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Living with Children with John Rosemond: Five fundamentals every parent needs

Despite the conclusion one might reach after reading the latest issue of any popular parenting magazine, the job of parent is actually quite simple - so simple that I can describe the entire ball of wax in less than 15 column inches.

December 07, 2014 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Kathy Bradley: December refrain

It is Advent. The season of wonder. Hot on the trail of Thanksgiving and Black Friday and just a few hours before Cyber Monday. And so far the only wonder I've experienced is what to do with two perfectly good pumpkins that, along with a couple of diminutive bales of hay, some cotton stalks and branches of eucalyptus and about a dozen pine cones, made a lovely autumnal tableau for the front porch at Sandhill for the last two months.

December 07, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Rice growers set up shop in South Carolina, Georgia

(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

December 07, 2014 | By ROGER ALLEN Special to the Herald | Columnists/Editorials


Why Christmas is so special

Just in case you haven't been watching the everyday yuletide movies on television, Christmas is right around the corner. It's not just around the corner. It's on our doorsteps! Many years ago, we held off all the carols, decorating and buying until after Thanksgiving. Not now! Christmas has become such an economic necessity that retailers are already licking their lips as the GDP looks like it's made a comeback and money is for the making so prepare yourselves for a mountain of Rudolph, advertising and items that you must have in order to fill those stockings ...

December 04, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Living with Children with John Rosemond: Preschool ain't all it's cracked up to be

Courtesy of my friend and parent coach Janet Neal (www.ourchildishways.com) comes an interesting story: The parents of a 4-year-old girl went to a preschool parent conference to learn from her teacher that she is having difficulty with scissors and somewhat behind the other kids in letter and number recognition. The parents apparently blew the teacher's mind when they replied that they were more concerned with their daughter's heart and character than her academic achievement. Was she compassionate? Was she respectful of her teachers and peers?

November 30, 2014 | John Rosemond | Columnists/Editorials


Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender: Christmas and cocoa and crosswords

Stockings and lights and cedars and reindeer are appearing, which can only mean one thing: Another year is almost over, and December has arrived. Is your house decorated? Have you marked everything off your Christmas list? Are the cookies baked?

November 30, 2014 | Julie Lavender Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Sugar becomes profitable product in Georgia, Bulloch

(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

November 23, 2014 | Roger Allen Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


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Living with Children with John Rosemond: Son likely untruthful about smoking habits

Q: We just discovered that our 17-year-old is using nicotine. He tells us he's been using for the past several months, smoking two to four cigarettes a day to cope with academic anxiety and relationships. He tends to be socially reserved and has been struggling with academics of late. He appears contrite and remorseful and has said, "I should never have gotten started with this stuff in the first place."

July 05, 2015 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender: Half a year gone already!

With school bells just around the corner, the lazy days of summer are slowly slipping away. Along those lines, over half of the days of year 2015 have slipped away, too. July 1 or 2 - according to how precise you are, and if you add that .5-day when you divide 365 in half - is officially the halfway point of the year. Have you had half of the family fun you hope to have this year? How are the family memories for the year adding up?

July 05, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Dr. James Waring: Yellow fever's causes in South Georgia

(Note: The following is part of a series of columns looking at the establishment and growth of doctors, hospitals and the health industry in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

July 05, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy: Hear God and do his will

A husband and wife were talking with some friends when the subject of marriage counseling came up.

June 28, 2015 | Larry Sheehy Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Consumer Q's: Recalls, heat stroke

Q: How can I get information about recalls of food (including pet food) here in Georgia? Do you send out announcements?

June 28, 2015 | By ARTY SCHRONCE Georgia Department of Agriculture | Columnists/Editorials


Living with Children with John Rosemond: Dealing with new siblings and terrible twos

Q: My 24-month-old is constantly wanting to be in her newborn baby brother's face, poking and touching him. How can I help her with her jealousy?

June 28, 2015 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Kathy Bradley: In the middle -- with snakes

The first snake skin of the season appeared about six weeks ago, stretched out in a long line across the concrete of the carport in almost exactly the same spot as the one I found last year - the one I measured and looked up in the Audubon Guide to confirm its non-venomous nature. Upon spying this new one, I congratulated myself - since there was no one else there to congratulate me - on what amounted to a non-reaction, i.e., "Oh, look. A snake skin. The skin of a snake. Lying within a few feet of my back door. What a ...

June 28, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Physicians identify causes, cures for yellow fever in S. Georgia

(Note: The following is part of a series of columns looking at the establishment and growth of doctors, hospitals and the health industry in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

June 28, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


Living with Children with John Rosemond: Treat emotional outbursts with more sleep

Q: Our 8-year-old daughter tries to manipulate us and her siblings (she is the youngest of three) with emotional outbursts and whining when things don't go her way. She is mostly a delightful, cheerful child, but this bothersome cycle flares up at least every other day. For the time being, at least, she only behaves this way at home. I think she would be embarrassed to behave this way in front of other people, including her friends.

June 21, 2015 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Consumer Q's: The sweets of summer

Question: Is one variety of peach better than another for making cakes and cobblers? What about ice cream?

June 21, 2015 | Arty Schronce Georgia Department of Agriculture | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Savannah yellow fever epidemic kills 900 in summer of 1820

(Note: The following is part of a series of columns looking at the establishment and growth of doctors, hospitals and the health industry in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

June 21, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


You know you're in Fla. when ...

I turned to Julie and said, "I really know we're in Florida!" We had to take some stuff to Goodwill, and while I was talking to the young man who was processing our giveaways, I noticed a sign just back of their store almost hidden by the bushes. I thought it said, "Warning! No golfing or laughing!" That didn't seem to make a lot of sense, so I walked closer to get a better look. There was a makeshift wall that had been put up as a sort of barrier and a shirtless guy leaned out and said ...

June 18, 2015 | Dr. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials


Kathy Bradley: Worthiness of rain

Across the field I could hear it coming, like the rustling of a thousand pages, the whispers of a thousand lovers, the lifting of a thousand wings. The rain moved toward me across the broad, flat field, a row at a time.

June 13, 2015 | Kathy Bradley Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Living with Children with John Rosemond: 'Because I said so' is a perfectly good reason

Two months ago, I conducted a two-day small-group "parent retreat," during which I talked about, among other things, the legitimacy and power of "because I said so."

June 13, 2015 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Consumer Q's: Do bananas grow on trees?

Question: Do bananas grow on trees? I have heard bananas are not actually trees.

June 13, 2015 | By ARTY SCHRONCE Georgia Department of Agriculture | Columnists/Editorials


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