The irony of two major news events occurring at approximately the same time last week was not lost on me.
On one side is a field of cotton. The stems are blooming with pink and white flowers, soft and sweet like appliques on a gingham sundress. On the other side is a field of corn. The stalks are stiff, the fronds brittle, the ears hard as a brick bat. What was pulsing, quivering green is now lethargic tan, the color of a cup of coffee gone cold. In between, in the middle, is the road.
The first president to visit southeast Georgia was none other than George Washington, who was in Savannah from May 12-15, 1791.
Q: My oldest child starts kindergarten soon. I know there will be the class and/or bus bully who will cause her some distress, whether directly or indirectly. I want to know how to handle it before it happens so I'm prepared. I feel she will have to learn to handle situations like this as time goes on, but at this age she will need my guidance and intervention. What should I say to her now, to prepare her, and how I should handle incidents when and if they occur?
Several years ago, we had three restaurants open in downtown Statesboro in a relatively short span of time - 119 Chops, Hugo's and Statesboro Brews. It was so much fun to go downtown, pick a restaurant, and just have a good time. They really did "feed" off of one another.
Faith is the channel through which we receive the blessings of God designed for his children. "By grace ... through faith" is the way Paul said it in his letter to the Ephesians (2:8). While it is true that "... he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust" (Matthew 5:45), the Lord blesses those who love him in spiritual ways reserved for them alone.
In the late 1960s, as psychologist B. F. Skinner's behavior modification theory made the jump from academia into popular culture, the focus in child rearing shifted from molding character to "shaping" behavior. Books such as Gerald Patterson's Living with Children promised perfectly well-behaved children through the proper manipulation of rewards and punishments such as time-out and systematic removal of privilege.
Vintage Connections in downtown Statesboro has new owners and the focus is on becoming an antique mall.
In opening the back door, I flush a flock of birds at the edge of the branch, their wings fluttering fast and thick like shuffled cards. They rise and disappear too quickly for me to make out any markings and they make no sound from which I, were I a person who knew birdcalls, could identify them. The strip of field grass, broom sedge, and dandelions that separates the branch from the backyard is relatively narrow and, on this filmy, overcast morning, their small feathered bodies are little more than momentary smudges across my contact lenses.
Young Army officer Benjamin Harrison commanded the 70th Regiment of Indiana Volunteers. On Jan. 16, 1865, Brevet Brig. Gen. Harrison was ordered to rejoin his unit, which was then stationed in Savannah.
Q: The first time my 3-year-old called his 4-year-old brother "stupid" I was caught off guard and probably made too big a deal over it. I told him that he is not allowed to call a person stupid because it is hurtful. He promptly began calling the dog, his cup, and everything else under the sun "stupid." He loves to call people "stoopy" or "foopid" or "poopid" (especially that one, since it combines two words he knows annoy me!) I've created a monster, haven't I? I have started ignoring the behavior, but what should I do when he ...
This week I received an email from local Realtor Todd Manack regarding statewide real estate sales trends, and it had some encouraging figures, but a mixed bag at best.
The first few days of a new school year have passed, but according to the calendar - and thermometer, summer days linger. While celebrating a fresh year of school, don't forget to continue making summer memories, like another trip to the ocean, one more watermelon, or sprinkler fun on a hot day. In addition to those warm-weather activities, try some of these holiday suggestions or create family ones of your own.
Between 1802 and 1906 there were 14 schooners sailing the North Atlantic named the Atlanta. They ranged from the 45-ton vessel built in Maine in 1848 to the 104-ton ship built in Nova Scotia in 1862.
Some people have difficulty understanding what it means to be a Christian. Does it mean going to church, praying regularly and often, and reading the Bible daily? Does living as a Christian mean following a bunch of "dos and don'ts?" I would suggest it means all these things and others as well, but there is really no place in scripture that gives a neat list of what is involved in following Jesus.
Sixteen years ago, the house looked like a woman without makeup, a Christmas tree without ornaments, a painting without a frame - lovely, but plain. So I planted.