Q: My two teenage daughters, 13 and 15, are constantly begging me to buy them clothes. It's become highly annoying. To stop the constant whining, I've decided to stop buying them any clothing and give them each an $800 annual clothing allowance. Should I give them the whole amount at once or give it to them on a monthly basis?
Each month, the Georgia Department of Labor issues unemployment statistics. I generally look at Bulloch County's numbers as compared to others, but for the first time, I noticed that Statesboro is listed in the "City Labor Force Estimates" along with 30 other cities from across the state.
Q: Our 13-year-old daughter has been mature for her age from early on. She takes advanced classes and makes straight A's. She's also very talented musically. We think, however, that she has become a media addict. She spends entirely too much time in her room on her computer, mostly using social media. When she's not on the computer, she's using her phone to text her friends. We've asked her to limit her use, but our words are falling on deaf ears. What approach would you recommend short of cutting off the Internet and taking away ...
As the temperatures drop slightly this month, watch closely as hints of burnt orange, fiery red and golden yellow begin decorating the surrounding trees, farmers' fields and produce stands. Take in the beauty of autumn with all five senses this season, and share celebrations and fun times with those you love. Try some of the following ideas, or create your own fall fun.
In Matthew 16:26, Jesus asks, "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?"
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.
(Note: The following is part of a series of columns looking at the establishment and growth of doctors, hospitals and the health industry in Georgia and Bulloch County.)
I suppose most folks who work for a living begin, at some point, to look forward to retirement. Some prefer not to quit for various reasons, but they are exceptions. One thing that causes many to want to stop working is having to go in whether they want to or not. As one fellow reportedly said, "I wouldn't mind the job as much if it just wasn't so every day!"
Thunderstorms, warmer weather, sleeping late and the absence of big yellow buses on the road can only mean one thing: Summertime has arrived!