It was about 7:00 a.m. and still on the dark side of early morning when I arrived at church and began to walk to the door leading to my office. It's nice to get to work way before the phone starts to ring - which usually meant shelving things I wanted to finish for things that required my immediate attention.
I had the opportunity this past weekend to catch up with Jan Tankersley, our local state representative for District 158. I was really curious about her initial impression of government service at the state level and was it all that she thought it would be.
Q: My son will be 4-years-old in a couple of months. He is having problems playing and relating to groups of kids in social situations. For example, today at a new church nursery there was a group of kids all playing together.
Beth P. Mathews, vice president for College Advancement at Ogeechee Technical College, recently received the Certified Fundraising Executive designation from Certified Fundraising Executives International.
College baseball has finally found its sweet spot.
The words of the children's song are probably familiar to everyone who attended Bible School:
What's it like to be truly really free? I guess it depends on who's asking the question. Is it freedom from tyranny, prison, laws, restrictions, demands, reality, parents, obligations, death, poverty, age, limitations?
Spring in south Georgia - I usually explain to people who are not from around here - generally lasts about three days and those three days are not always consecutive.
Delete Q: Of late, our 8-year-old daughter has not been completing chores and following directions. On the morning of a recent soccer game, she again failed to follow some simple directions. On the way to the game, I calmly told her that when we arrived, she would tell her coach she was unable to play because she had not followed her parent's directions at home. She balked, so I told her that either she obeyed or she would miss the remainder of the soccer season. She complied, and we went home where she sulked a good bit before ultimately ...
With my entrepreneurial days behind me, I do forget sometimes just how hard and stressful it can be to be a small business owner. You haven't lived until you have to make payroll, or let somebody go, not because of job performance, but because the work simply wasn't there. Or maybe your largest client doesn't, or can't pay you, and it ripples throughout your business.
Q: My 16-year-old son refuses to wear his glasses. For the past two years, I have offered to get him contact lenses for his birthday, but he has refused. He will be driving soon, so I told him that if he didn't wear his new glasses, which are less than a month old, he would have to reimburse me for them. He says he hates them and wants contacts. Furthermore, he is willing to pay for them himself out of his savings. Should I let him get the contacts or should I make him pay me for the glasses ...
Not to put too much pressure on Georgia Southern coach Maggie Johnson and her Lady Eagles, but there are plenty of reasons why things couldn't have worked out much better heading into the Southern Conference softball tournament.
Q: Our 4-year old is fairly well behaved but her best friend is definitely not. We just got back from a weekend trip with that family, and I was constantly embarrassed at my daughter's behavior. She did whatever her friend did like running down the hall at the hotel, yelling and laughing all the while. Furthermore, because he doesn't listen to his parents at all, she didn't listen to us either. How would you handle that? We are really good friends with his parents, but they really don't seem to parent the same we do or ...
A tractor, a big tractor, its diesel motor droning from across a distant field. That's what it sounded like. Or a box fan, turned on high, held in place by a window sash pulled down tight on its metal frame and blowing out into the hot summer night to create a draft for the rest of the open windows in the house. That's what it sounded like. Or the jet engine of a DC-10 making its final approach to Hartsfield, its shadow an immense gray bird falling over the cars on I-75. That, too, is what it sounded ...
Where would we be without parents? Well, without parents, we wouldn't "be" at all. In creation, God premeditated to continuously populate the earth by the procreative union of husband and wives.
An article in the Savannah Morning News in 2008, reporting on stress in America, noted a survey showing that more than three-fourths of Americans pointed to the state of the economy as a significant source of anxiety. Almost half said they felt increasing concern about their ability to provide for the basic needs of their families. One individual was quoted as saying that if the people of the United States "continue to experience these high levels of stress for prolonged periods of time, they are at risk for developing serious illnesses."
The following is the last of a four-part series on local African-Americans who are making positive contributions to their community.
Q: My 5-year-old is the youngest of my three children. Her older boy/girl twin siblings clearly outshine her athletically. They're already very skilled at wakeboarding and snow skiing, for example. I think my youngest has decided that because she doesn't measure up to her siblings, she will simply give up. All she wants to do is hang out with me. (I'm not athletic, either, but everyone in the family except this one child is physically active.)
The lines on the sailboats in the boatyard keen in the wind, cats meowing mournfully at some imagined wrong. The tide is low, the water nearly flat. In the not too distance, a shrimp boat's silhouette cuts the gray landscape with edges as sharp as a knife blade. It is not exactly too cold for a long walk, but I am ill-prepared; the coat is warm enough, the shoes sturdy enough, but without gloves or a scarf, my hands, my face, my ears will be gnawed raw in minutes.
God has a lot to say about money in the Bible - in fact, more than almost any other single topic. He cares about the attitudes we have about it and how we use it. Money is necessary; yet there is so much corruption connected with the desire for money.
Every dot on the map needs a hometown grocer - a personable place where you can load up your buggy with beef, where you're called "darlin'" by the cashier at checkout and where you know your butcher by name. They're the jewels of small towns, the businesses that give a city personality. In this week's Local Spotlight, I visit a place that's served Bulloch County for more than 40 years in that very capacity.
February may be short on the calendar, but let's hope it's long on family fun. With the cold days the Boro has experienced in 2014 so far, make sure to create warm and cozy memories with those you love, enough to last until the groundhog comes out to play in the spring.
Q: I have three kids, ages 8, 6 and 4. I need help solving the "pick up the playroom" dilemma. When an area in which they've been playing needs to be picked up and straightened, the 8-year-old always ends up doing all the work. The other two continue to play or just pretend to help.
Note: The following is the 22nd 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.
Of the 12 months on our calendar, February appears to be the month with several observances or events. Isn't it ironic that the shortest month, with 28 days - 29 in a leap year - would have such a plethora of events? Presidents Day is recognized with the celebration of our first president, George Washington, known as the father of our country. Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, is noted for his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves, and, notably, the Gettysburg Address. In this month, Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist, was elected president of the Freedman's Savings and ...
When our family finally got settled in at my first church in Florida, I received a call to visit a young man recently incarcerated for auto theft. Back then, I could sit in a crowded room with him and a lot of other visitors and prisoners trying to communicate by almost shouting over the crowd noise. I asked him, "What happened?"