One afternoon last week, I came tootling down my street, only to see a service type truck in my driveway. I hadn't requested any help, so I was beyond curious, whipped into my driveway, and addressed the pleasant looking man in the truck with a pointed question - "Is there something that I can do for you?"
I've been thinking a lot lately about the difference between the way I and almost everyone else in my generation (I was born in 1947, the year the flying saucers returned…just a coincidence) were raised and the way today's kids are being raised. The two ways in question reflect two entirely different mindsets; specifically, two entirely different understandings of the responsibilities involved in being a parent.
A few leaves in golden yellow and fiery red have turned loose their grasp and fallen to the ground, littering the floor in patchwork colors of fall. Let every shade of autumn, from the brilliant display of colors on the trees to the oranges and yellows of scarecrows, pumpkins, and gourds remind you to capture each moment fall has to offer to make fun memories with your family. Try some of the celebrations below or make up a few crazy ones of your own. (After all, what could be much crazier than Moldy Cheese Day?)
The formation of the Confederate Navy is one in which Georgia, and particularly the port of Savannah, played an important part.
Let me start this column by saying that I commend my fellow reporter Holli Deal Bragg for her coverage of the Ogeechee River fish kill including the most recent development - a consent order agreement between manufacturer King America Finishing and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
I finally used my passport. It's been in my safe for eight years, its navy blue cover stiff, the edges of its pages unruffled. It would be difficult to explain why it took so long; the important thing is that now a lovely blue stamp on one of its pages confirms the fact that my feet left the sovereign soil of the United States, landed in Ireland, and returned.
Browsing a gift shop the other day, I happened on a decorative plaque on which was inscribed a quote attributed to the late "power of positive thinking" guru Norman Vincent Peale: "Change your thinking, and you change your world."
In Georgia, the effort to organize a Farmers Alliance was led by two men: Oswald Wilson and J.B. Wilkes. Wilkes set up the first four local groups (or sub-alliances) in Carroll, Heard, Coweta, and Troup Counties, starting in the fall of 1887.
Even though most people don't think about making personal resolutions until closer to the New Year, I'd like to say a few things about their importance, and suggest a few for you to consider. A lot of people don't like them, but, in my opinion, we need them. They help us think about where we need to improve, and, at the same time, encourage us toward making our lives more productive and enjoyable.
A priest, who taught at Notre Dame, spoke to me about a textbook he had written which concentrated on the early sociological system around the first century Middle Eastern culture. While the Bible does not use his exact terminology to describe the family unit, most scholars agree that he and his peers are right on target.
Several years ago, my wife Carole and I were in "the process" of moving to a different house in Statesboro. "The process" had began several weeks earlier when we learned our offer on the house we're in now had been accepted, and we started getting things together.
Another Bulloch Countian, Franklin P. Register set up his businesses in Bengal, nine miles west of Statesboro, in 1894. As two railroads made plans to pass through his land, he set up his own new town, Register. His nephew, J.L. Johnson, arrived to work with him until he built his own still.
The question of the day: Why do today's parents have more problems with obedience than their grandparents ever thought possible?
A large area of property has been cleared on West Jones on which low income housing for the elderly is going to be constructed. The complex is to be called Grace Crossing Apartments and will sit on a 12-acre tract.
In a manuscript dated 1610, entitled "Instructions for suche things as are to be sente from Virginia", it listed "Hard Pitche, Tarre, Turpentine, and Rozen." The monetary value of these "naval stores" had long been recognized.
A flock of blackbirds covers the field. Two hundred, maybe. Silent and still before rising, as though at the lift of some unseen maestro's baton, into the air in one loud flap like a bleached sheet on a clothesline. I watch and listen and shiver. Blackbirds. Sign of cold weather.
Michael Kaas is a young man who recently posted a petition on Change.org in protest of local police enforcing laws regarding underage drinking. He complains that arresting Georgia Southern students is ruining their lives.