Beautiful fall colors decorate the edges of roads and forests, produce stands and farmers' fields. Cooler mornings and evenings are a welcome change. All things pumpkin adorn the menu and please the palate. Scarecrows and costumes are available for those who need them this month, and sweet treats and candy line the shelves of the grocery stores. All that and more mean only one thing: October has arrived. Make the most of this autumn ...
Last Saturday evening was remarkable. Julie and I sat in our regular seats waiting for the football game to begin. We had taken the shuttle bus to the stadium and just happened to ride with some folks from Chattanooga whose son plays linebacker. They were nice people and we promised to cheer for their boy now and then. I believe everyone expected a tough game and the stats were leaning towards Tennessee because most of ...
A 13-year-old Washington state boy was arrested recently, then released to the custody of his parents after making online threats of shooting up and blowing up his middle school. He also threatened to kill one of his teachers, specifically named, and then kill himself. It turns out he didn't have the means with which to carry out his threats, which prompted officials to close five schools in the area for a day.
God planned, before the world was created, to make it possible for men to be saved. There are a lot of reasons why he wants us to be rescued from the devil's efforts to destroy us through our own bad choices. One of those reasons is the terrible result of disobedience.
It is still September. Still September, and I am startled on my Sunday afternoon walk by the tall, skinny stalks of blazing star that have already appeared at the edges of the road. Florescent purple spikes, they sway in the breeze over the round faces of asters, yellow as grocery store lemons. It is not time for blazing star and, yet, here it is.
Note: The following is the sixth 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.
When I was in seminary and beginning the process that would lead to a doctorate, I was required to spend a summer working in a hospital environment. I not only had to know the hospital's policies, but also every area where patient care was given: emergency room, nurses' stations, intake, counseling, was on call 24/7 and had to meet with a qualified supervisor, prepare in-depth written reports (often post mortems) and attend specific seminars in ...
Q: Several months back, our just-turned 3-year-old son invented an imaginary friend whom he calls Larry. We're worried because he seems involved to the point of being obsessed with him. He plays with Larry almost constantly, talking to him all the while. When we go somewhere, I have to pretend that Larry is coming along, too. I've drawn the line at setting a place at the table for him, explaining to our son that ...
Note: The following is the fifth 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.
When God created Adam and Eve, he had tremendously high hopes they would serve as a source of great joy for him. He made a perfect - although physical - place for them to live, gave them the joy of human companionship, the satisfaction of daily labor and accomplishment and provided for every need they had.
We all know the saying, "If these walls could talk," but if my family's kitchen table could speak, boy, could it tell some stories. I'm fortunate enough to have been raised eating around the family table, and every day I'm thankful my parents made it a priority. In homes across the world, the kitchen table, much like the front porch, is an iconic, central hub, especially in the American South.
"What is religion?" Well, according to my free book on Anthropology, it's a system of ideas about spiritual beliefs and practices which (try to) guide folks who are hoping to make sense of a world out of control, where do they fit into this world, and how to influence or even manipulate the unknown.
Downtown entrepreneur Heath Robinson is at it again. Robinson just opened The Hall which fronts Vine Street next to the drive-thru of the Sea Island Bank. The rear entrance of the building is across the alley from the rear of 40 East - Robinson's popular downtown eatery.
The anniversary has come and gone again; the anniversary of the day that became a hinge, when time bent into before and after; the anniversary of another day about which the sentence always starts, "I remember exactly where I was." And I do. We all do.
Q: Our 9-year-old son, Bobby, is very intelligent and capable of doing good work in school when he wants to, but he is generally just downright lazy. As a result, he makes mediocre grades, and we have to monitor his homework to make sure he does it. Even then, 30 minutes of homework takes him a couple of hours to complete, during which time he finds every possible way of dawdling.
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.
One of the most problematic words in America's post-1960s parenting language is "cooperate."
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 ...
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 ...