As you might imagine, folks come up to me all of the time about rumors they have heard. It is true or is it not?
A fellow in West Virginia asks, "My wife and I need to agree concerning our children. She sees things one way, and I see things a completely - and I mean COMPLETELY - different way. How can we get on the same page?"
On Wednesday the Georgia Cities Foundation and Georgia Municipal Association will bring its three day "Heart & Soul" Tour of eight Georgia cities to Statesboro. The bus tour will show state agency heads, business leaders, downtown developers and philanthropists ways in which cities are revitalizing and capitalizing on their downtowns.
About forty years ago, as divorce was becoming commonplace, America began waking up to the importance of fatherhood. Up until then, the literature on child rearing was almost exclusively mother-oriented. Fathers didn't count for much. After all, Freud had pretty much ignored them, hadn't he?
Over the past two centuries, several boats have been named "Ogeechee." The first such vessel, built in 1863 to be a wooden steamer, was converted into a steam-powered "screw-ram."
As I walked the grounds of Augusta National last Saturday, I was in perpetual awe just like everybody else. If this past weekend is any indication, then the sport of golf as a whole is very, very healthy which brings me to my topic - Georgia Southern's University Park recreational development.
The saw-tooth oaks in the back yard, the ones that started out as knee-high, pinky-sized saplings, tower over me now. They move in the breeze like crinolined ball gowns, all hip-swaying, bodice-gripping green chiffon. Their widest branches reach out curving, almost touching, debutantes holding hands before their names are called. They look like Scarlett O'Hara at the barbecue, all insolent and saucy, dangerously aware of their beauty and its seductive power. And, because there are two, the Tarleton twins don't have to fight. There is plenty to go around.
Over our nation's two hundred plus years of existence, there have been two United States Navy ships named "Claxton." The first, the DD-140, was Wickes Class Destroyer launched on January 14, 1919, at Mare Island Navy Yard twenty files miles north of San Francisco.
Q: My 12-year-old daughter thinks she's old enough to set her own bedtime. We told her that we want her in bed, lights out, by 9:30 on weeknights and 10:00 on non-school nights. This really isn't working, however, as she continues to try to stay up later. In one of your books, you describe a system for letting teenagers earn their curfew. Can we use a similar system for bedtime?
Several years ago, I reported on the boom in development on Highway 67 between the Denmark community and I-16. A number of antique shops had opened - anchored by the already thriving 67 Antique Mall - as well as a couple of restaurants and a physician's office.
Though summer-like heat anguished us prematurely in the month of March, Spring officially has arrived, bringing crisp weather with cool breezes, every shade of green imaginable and a plethora of pastels and petals splattered on the earth like paint on an artist's palette. Gather bouquets of springtime memories by celebrating one of the holidays below or creating new family festivities this month with those you love.
We move through our world focused on chewing up the miles to the freeway, not on the roadside views we're traveling. We stroll out to get the mail and see only the weeds that need pulling, not the bird nesting or the magnolia blooming. We live in a place for a year or a lifetime and forget to see the sights, scenes and moments that make the place – and our lives – what they are.
It might be interesting to note that there also has been only one vessel, ship or boat registered with the name "USS Screven." The ship was the Alamosa Class Cargo ship AK-210.
If the frequency of my own sightings is any indication, those "My Child Is a Terrific Kid!" bumper stickers are fast becoming ubiquitous. Curious, I did some investigating and discovered that Terrific Kids is a school-based character-building program sponsored by Kiwanis. Terrific is an acronym that stands for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable.
I think the word is pretty much out that our local business community will soon be losing one its most ardent supporters and accomplished leaders.
(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)