"For God so loved the world..." This past week, we received an email from my brother-in-law, we believed, that read, "Help! I am in Italy and have lost my passport and my credit cards and need just enough cash to get home. I'll pay you back as soon as I can. Love, ..."
We are inundated with economic barometers on a daily basis. From the unemployment rate to the consumer price index, these important, closely watched indices are reported on with great fervor as we all hold our collective breath.
You have waited long enough! The time has come, repercussions are on the way unless you act immediately, and there is no forgiveness for slackers.
The family name Richardson translates in "Olde German" to "son of Richard." The name has two parts: "Ric", which means power; and "hard," which means brave. This translation was best displayed in the English King known as "Richard the Lion-Hearted."
Almost everyone knows where Georgia lies inside the boundaries of the United States. But where exactly is Georgia located on Mother Earth? The answer is surprising. It also makes it very clear why Georgia was an area that all of Europe's colonial powers wanted to control.
When my friend Donna told me one of the highlights of her year was when she and I went mud bogging on a four-wheeler with no brakes, it made me stop and think: life is all about your adventures.
I will be the first to admit that I really do love the Statesboro Mall. I don't care that the Georgia Southern student body fondly refers to it as the Statesboro Small, it is still the first large retail shopping development built in Statesboro, and for that reason, it remains near and dear to my heart.
I set the alarm for 3:15 a.m. The lunar eclipse, I understood, would be most visible to those of us at approximately 32 degrees 22 minutes 2 seconds north latitude and 081 degrees, 53 minutes 2 seconds west longitude at exactly 3:17 a.m. Two minutes would be just enough time to throw back the covers, throw on a bathrobe, throw open the door and dash into the front yard.
As the glow of Christmas lights fade and decorations find their way back to the attic, the calendar page flips over, announcing the dawn of a new year. What will the year 2011 hold for your family? Waste no time making treasured memories with family and friends. Roast marshmallows and take long walks. Bake homemade bread and climb trees. Try a new vegetable and watch for falling stars. Dance, sing, play, create. Make at least 365 special memories that will warm hearts and blanket your family with much love and happiness throughout the year.
The apostle Paul, writing to Timothy, said "Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory." (1Timothy 3:16) This is one of the Bible's most concise statements of the events of the work of Jesus, the son of God in making salvation for sinful man possible.
In the 1817 book "A Full and Correct Account of the Chief Naval Occurrences of the Late War," author William James told of the battle between the British warship "Epervier" and the American warship the "Peacock" in the War of 1812.
"I hated my work. Because when I die I will leave all I have done to a complete stranger who might be competent or a complete idiot. I will have spent a lifetime on work which will be given away. What a waste!" (My translation of Ecclesiastes 2:18-19).
A few weeks ago, I was genuinely saddened when the Flowers Discount Bakery store on North Zetterower Avenue in Statesboro closed. It was my "go to" place for all kinds of bakery products when I was feeding a large crowd.
Part two of history of the Confederate Navy.
"Wait until next year."
It's time once again for me to clarify my position on spanking. I arrived at this reluctant conclusion because twice in the last week, I've been informed that I believe in it - which is not exactly true.
(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)
Again, recent temperatures belie the season, but it truly is the month of November in south Georgia. Whether warm or crisp, it's the season to be thankful for a bountiful harvest: the love of family and friends and all the memories both have provided throughout the year. Incorporate a spirit of thankfulness in every day with each event, feast or fellowship. Be grateful for the minutiae and the mighty, and enjoy the beauty of November with those you love.
I have had a certain amount of interest concerning John Forbes Nash Jr. ever since Julie and I saw the very loosely-based movie on his life, "A Beautiful Mind." I also liked the fact that he was born in Bluefield, West Virginia - only a hop, skip and jump from Huntington - and I could claim a certain amount of kinship. The man was a mathematical genius, a schizophrenic and pretty odd. I do not claim any of what I just wrote as kinship. His basic theory was, "any abstract Riemannian manifold can be isometrically realized as a submanifold of Euclidean space."