In Ernest Haycox's Western classic "Bugles in the Afternoon," Sgt. Kern Shafter, the story's main character, is stationed at Fort Lincoln, Dakota Territory, under Lt. Col. George A. Custer in the winter of 1875. He has delivered a mail pouch to nearby Fort Rice and is waiting for it to be processed so he can get the receipt and return to his post. While waiting, he spends a few minutes exploring the area. Now, the author shares the sergeant's melancholy with readers:
In the prideful insecurity and ignorance of my youth, I registered, in my very first semester of college, for an upper-level history course. An honors upper-level history course. I was not alone in this risky venture, but was accompanied by my friend-since-sixth-grade Lucy Lee. For the next four months, the two of us spent our Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:15 to 9:30 under the tutelage of Marcile Taylor, whose lectures we wrote down word for word and took turns transcribing so that they might be memorized in hopes of passing the final exam.
Travel around the country, and you'll hear the same thing I hear from folks all over the 12th District of Georgia: We want employers to hire more workers and grow their businesses, but they face an uncertain future because of regulations coming down from Washington. One of the biggest barriers keeping businesses, large and small, from creating the jobs we need is the employer mandate in "Obamacare."
Fortunately with the exception of droughts, southeast Georgia tends to escape some of the horrific weather that affects other parts of our state and country such as tornadoes, flooding, wildfires and hurricanes. So much so, that I tend to forget about dangerous weather and its effects much of the time.
A mom asked me a most interesting and currently pertinent question the other day: How much one-on-one interaction should take place between a nanny and a child under her supervision?
Great things are happening at the intersection of South Main and West Vine streets in downtown Statesboro. Open for just five months now, one Georgia Southern alumnus and his team are making a big impact on the community, with a focus on flavor and a philosophy on fresh that you won't believe until your taste buds live it. With more than 1,000 Facebook likes, South & Vine Public House is a food experience Savannahians soon will be driving to Bulloch County to discover.
I try to be very diligent in letting readers know about companies that are hiring locally in large numbers or about unusual job training opportunities.
Bulloch County was formed in 1796 as Georgia's 21st county and was named after Archibald Bulloch. The new county first encompassed more than 800 square miles of pine trees and fields of sandy soil.
Earlier this week, the calendar boasted the halfway point of the year. I hope you've taken the opportunity to make incredibly fun memories with the family during the first six months of 2013. Start now making wonderful memories for the next half of the year. Use the remainder of summer for fun in the sun, pool time, picnics, boiled peanuts, story time on the front porch and chasing fireflies. Take inspiration from some of the following celebrations, or create family holidays of your own for precious time with those you love.
I often hear real-life parenting stories that evoke two equally strong feelings: on the one hand, sorrow; on the other, gratefulness. I am saddened to hear these stories, always told to me by loving parents who have conscientiously always tried to do the right thing, but they also cause me to be glad beyond measure that I am not raising children today. I got out of the game just in time, it seems.
The room was at the end of the hall. Its large windows looked out over an empty field where, during fire drills, we stood at bored attention in long lines awaiting the all clear. Its rows of desks were topped with heavy black Royal and Olivetti manual typewriters and worn copies of the Gregg Typing Manual that opened from the bottom rather than the side like ordinary books. The object, Mrs. Reba Clements explained to us on the first day of seventh grade, was not just speed, but speed along with accuracy.
This past Friday while standing in what once was the French Quarter restaurant, I witnessed the beginning of what may ultimately prove to be a "game changer" for downtown.
In 1767, Englishman Dr. Joseph Priestley developed the process by which one could flavor water beverages. His first flavors included sarsaparilla, birch bark, dandelion and several fruit-flavored drinks. Although Swedish chemist Torben Bergman developed the process to carbonate water, it wasn't until 1832 that American John Waters developed a machine capable of producing large quantities of carbonated soda water.
Q: Help! We find it almost impossible to finish a restaurant meal when our 18-month-old twins are along, which is always. We give them toys to keep them busy, and they do well for about 30 minutes, after which chaos breaks loose. They begin screaming and throwing things and make it very difficult for us to finish our meal, much less enjoy conversation with other adults who may be with us.
A holiday in my home wouldn't be complete without festive food. It's both fun to eat and create.