"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 get a handle on this bad habit?
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 on brown sugar and sprinkles, festive packaging and condensed milk.
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 the company was doing so with a permit that was invalidated in 2006.
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.
On this Sunday before our national day of Thanksgiving, let's think a little about the importance of gratitude.
Note: The following is the 13th 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.
The mother of a 4-year-old boy shared an interesting story with me the other day. At age 2, her son began chewing meat to the point where it became liquid, but would not swallow. The parents became worried and began attempting various means of persuading him to swallow. Nothing worked, which increased the parents' anxiety and, likewise, the energy they put into the swallowing project.
The city of Statesboro and our community are safer places today because the Platinum Lounge and the Primetime Lounge are closed.
Thanksgiving is upon us. Whether you're planning to host the event at your home, travel to a relative's house or opt to dine out and let someone else do the dishes, I've got a holiday menu that won't disappoint and some downhome local restaurant recommendations that are sure to satisfy.
Note: The following is the 12th 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.
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.
Q: Our 4-year-old daughter has a huge problem with being laughed at. She loves to be goofy and do funny things, but as soon as someone, including one of us, laughs at her, she becomes upset. She will say "Don't laugh!" or "I don't want you to laugh at me!" We explain that we aren't laughing at her but at the funny things she does. We've also told her that we laugh because we are happy and having a good time with her. Is there a different way to explain this to her so that she ...
Note: The following is the 27th 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.
Jackson is almost 4 - that age at which he understands his separateness from other people but does not yet understand the separateness of his emotions. His will is clear and distinct, but his heart is still one with the world. Whatever is happening to him, be it highest joy or deepest sorrow, is happening to the world. That thing - the filter, the wall, the individuation of identity that will eventually teach him that this is not so, that his feelings are uniquely his and that not everyone can be trusted with them - has yet to take hold.
"He who has ears to hear, let him hear." - Jesus, Matthew 11:15
Last week, while most students were vacationing in such exotic faraway places like Panama Beach, Daytona Beach or Hopeulikeit, Julie and I had the wonderful opportunity to run down to Sarasota, Florida, to see our daughter and family and our middle son, George, from California. For those of you who don't know the scenario, from the day after Thanksgiving to the day after Easter, Florida fills up like a test tube full of Snowbirds who eat everything in sight, drive like maniacs and play very bad golf.
Despite what you continue to see in the national news, the Affordable Care Act has brought about many positive changes to our health care system – especially for small business owners.
You want another grocery store in town? How about three?
I recently came across a 1951 article my late mother saved from the Charleston (S.C.) News and Courier. Titled "Agency Offers Pointers on How Parents Can Guide Their Child's Emotional Development," it is proof that parents and professionals of three generations ago possessed a wealth of common sense, a quality that has since become most uncommon.
Happy spring! We have survived the long, cold, dark, snowy and rainy days of winter, and I couldn't be happier to lay the power outages to rest and welcome the sunshine, watch the azaleas reveal their colors and see the earth bloom back to life. I've always loved this season, and I may be a little biased. My birthday is in April, the Masters golf tournament returns to my hometown of Augusta, Ga., and my family and I keep I-95 South hot with trips to my favorite vacation destination: St. Simons Island in the beautiful Golden Isles of ...
Note: The following is the 26th 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.