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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


Living with Children with John Rosemond: A brief list of today's parenting problems

From the I'm Sorry to Have to Tell You Department: Parents who say they want to raise kids who "think for themselves" are not being exactly truthful. It's a nice and very democratic thing to say, for sure, but let's face it, folks: You want your kids to think like you do. For example: If you're a liberal, you want your kids to be liberals when they grow up. Right? Right! The same is true of conservatives, libertarians, people of faith, people of no faith and people with COEXIST bumper stickers on their cars. Furthermore, that ...

November 23, 2014 | John Rosemond 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


Kathy Bradley: Owl-eyes spoke to me

I hit an owl.

November 23, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Where do you fit in the scheme?

It's last Monday morning and according to the weather report - and somebody got it right this time - it's raining very hard with thunder and lightning, and it's nice to be inside looking out. This afternoon, we have a 100 percent chance of very heavy rain, high winds and a get-ready-to-hunker-down warning, which I will do my best to follow the directions. One of my colleagues has just told me we're not supposed to have this kind of stuff this late in the year. Since he teaches Algebra, what does he know? He knows this: it is ...

November 22, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Column: What do we do about gangs?

After six days of hearing testimony during a murder trial, I have many questions.

November 22, 2014 | Holli Deal Saxon | Columnists/Editorials


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Words written in the firmament

Every morning, I get to look into the eyes of the most beautiful lady I have ever seen. I smile at her and she says, "Good morning, Doofus!" with a smile that makes my day. All week I get to drive on some back roads - hopefully avoiding the ubiquitous deer - to be at East Georgia State and surrounded by students of all shapes and sizes and some of the nicest colleagues you'd ever want to meet. My office is on the south side and I am within spitball range of three historians, two great English professors, a first class ...

February 12, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


Parenting Advice with John Rosemond: Benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks

First, a full disclosure: I have been vaccinated against measles, mumps, diphtheria, rubella, whooping cough, smallpox and shingles and have had none of these maladies. At one time or another, my wife received all of these same vaccinations. Our kids were both immunized, and they have chosen to have their kids immunized. None of us has ever had an adverse reaction to a vaccination.

February 08, 2015 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy: 'Get the jump' on sin and prepare with God's word

Clothing stores normally display new fashions well ahead of the season. Stores here in Statesboro have had spring fashions out for several weeks, even though spring is several weeks away. An iron-clad rule for merchandisers is to "get the jump" on the buying seasons. In a spiritual context, Christians should be interested in "getting the jump" on sin, being prepared for temptation when it comes. This can be done if we'll apply some basic principles.

February 08, 2015 | Larry Sheehy | Columnists/Editorials


Consumer Qs: How do you pronounce the word 'pecan'?

Question: What is the correct way to pronounce "pecan"? My wife says she pronounces it the Southern way. I disagreed and we got into an argument. ...

February 08, 2015 | Georgia Department of Agriculture Special to the Herald | Columnists/Editorials


Kathy Bradley: Groundhogs, spring and things not seen

I want to believe the groundhog.

February 08, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Bulloch oil mill becomes factor in cotton production

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

February 08, 2015 | By ROGER ALLEN Special to the Herald | Columnists/Editorials


Column: Black History Month

What's in a name? Why everything, but mainly the great history that is tied to even greater people.

February 07, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


Editorial - Making Statesboro safer: A good start

A significant drop in the crime rate reported last week by the Statesboro Police Department is good news, indeed, and a positive sign that recent efforts at increasing cooperation between local law enforcement agencies is working. Based on data compiled by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, Part 1 crimes - the most serious and violent crimes - dropped 10.5 percent in 2014 compared to 2013.

February 05, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


No time for distractions

I was talking to a colleague Monday and ended up in a remarkable conversation that went from exercise to distractions and eventually to Christianity. Hey! I don't plan these meetings. They just seem to happen. Let's call them Providence.

February 05, 2015 | Dr. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials


Black History Month

I came to know about "Blind Willie" McTell late in my life - about 11 years ago when I was working on Del Presley's "A Place to Call Home" at the brand new Emma Kelly Theater.

February 02, 2015 | By MICAL R. WHITAKER | Columnists/Editorials


Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender: Celebrate the "love month"

Seems a little unreasonable that the month of February, the one that touts hearts and love and sweethearts and chocolate, is the shortest month on the calendar. But, that just means extra care and attention must be given each day to those we love. Warm up the days in February with time spent with family - bundle up and go for long walks, roast marshmallows, read books under the covers or gather in the kitchen and prepare a big pot of soup. Make every day a celebration with unique ideas or try some of the holidays below.

February 02, 2015 | By JULIE LAVENDER | Columnists/Editorials


Living with Children with John Rosemond: These parents may need some therapy

My column of a few weeks back in which I described real-life parenting scenarios that qualified the parents in question for a diagnosis of "just plain nuts" was a big hit. Since it ran, readers have sent me numerous examples of parents who indeed seem to qualify as JPN and be in need, therefore, of You Ought to be Ashamed of Yourself Therapy.

February 01, 2015 | John Rosemond | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen: South Georgia leads cotton production

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

February 01, 2015 | Roger Allen | Columnists/Editorials


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