Georgia is the only place I call home. Though I've spent summers in the Pacific Northwest and traveled to Europe on more than one occasion, I am convinced for a number of reasons that the Southern United States is truly God's country. Our culture and our traditions are unlike anywhere else I've been.
An interesting incident was related by Fayetteville, N.C., preacher Alan Smith on his devotional website.
I was watching the local news this morning and was able to hear an interview where a young professional woman was citing numerous situations that clearly indicated that women are still being discriminated against in the workplace and that the so-called "glass ceiling" is still in operation. When I attended college back in the 50s, old Marshall was indeed coed, but at the same time, there were considerably fewer women than men. ...
What's in a name? Read Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" to get his very long and involved answer. Anyway, a Tennessee judge told some parent that she could not use the name she had given her child on his birth certificate.
Freedom of speech is guaranteed to all U.S. citizens by the First Amendment to our Constitution. In a very basic nutshell, it allows us to criticize our government, or espouse a love of communism, or advocate for the legalization of marijuana, and so on, without being persecuted or jailed for publicly holding those beliefs.
Ricky Lane recently became the first dentist in Statesboro to be certified by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics to administer Botox and dermal fillers. The Academy is the leader in providing training courses for doctors, dentists, nurses and other healthcare providers in the area of facial aesthetics.
Q: My 5-year-old is going to kindergarten soon and still sucks her thumb. We've tried everything to get her to stop, even a dental appliance, but she won't give it up. Do you have a solution for us?
Note: The following is the second in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some of these communities have since been cut into other counties.
The road did not always have a name. It was just a road, barely wide enough for two cars to pass in some places, dusty in dry times, slippery in wet. It connected two county-maintained highways, both of which had names but no road signs. People didn't often need directions out that way, but when they did, they were given and received by landmark. When we moved there in January 1974, becoming the only ...
The marriage customs of Jesus' time are sometimes used in the Bible to represent the relationship between Jesus and his people. Three important passages concern the second coming of Christ and illustrate life lessons for followers of Jesus.
Susanne Jackson took her passion for yoga to a new level when she opened her own yoga studio - YourPowerYoga - in Woodlands Square this past May.
Sometimes, the so-called "good old days" really were better. For example, if the data is correct, then the state of parenting in America has been in slow but steady decline since the 1960s. Child mental health and school achievement were much better back then, when the go-to parenting experts were grandparents.
This article is the first in a series that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was settled. Some of these communities have since been cut into other counties.
If ever I had a signature dish, shrimp and grits it would be. It's my go-to meal to serve to company and the item that inevitably grabs my attention first on restaurant menus in the coastal South. The Lowcountry staple has been around for more than 100 years and has grown from what began as a humble fisherman's breakfast to an iconic Southern repast. In 2011, shrimp and grits was the most popular dish served at weddings across the United States.
The musical begins with the story of a recently engaged couple, Mary and Joe Davidson (he's from the linage of David). Joe is about to break off the relationship when an angel tells him that all will be revealed as it is the will of God. The young couple travel to Gainesville, Ga., to register for a census, and Mary gives birth to a boy named Jesus. Sound familiar? Of course it does and ...
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 ...
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." For ...
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 ...