Q: My 5-year-old daughter has developed a bad habit of arguing with me whenever I refuse her something - anything. Believe me when I tell you, she is relentless. She will continue to argue until I put her in her room, but as soon as I let her out, she starts up again.
Isn't it funny how powerful our senses can be? My family takes a trip to the Tennessee mountains every fall, and you can't drive very far up there without seeing a pancake house. The smell alone puts me in a good mood. Who can pass up the scent of crispy bacon, cane syrup and stacks of buttery, fluffy and warm silver-dollar pancakes on a cool mountain morning?
It's often the little things that bring out the worst in us, isn't it? You may have heard about the man who insisted on showing how rude he could be by insistently honking his horn at a lady desperately trying to restart her car after it stalled in rush-hour traffic. After enduring several minutes of this exhibition of bad manners, the woman walked back and said, "Sir, I'm having some trouble getting my car started. If you would be so kind as to go up and see if you can get it going, I'll be glad ...
About a dozen years ago, I was very honored to meet Bill Coen, minister of music at First Baptist, and it was like finding an old friend I hadn't seen for years. Over time, Bill has become a Statesboro fixture and proven that he is a man of integrity, hard work and gifted in a very special way. He even puts up with old Presbyterians, and I've been told that's not an easy task.
It has been really interesting to watch the growth of the craft beer industry here in Statesboro. As in Savannah, Athens, and Atlanta, the interest has been immediate, and the industry well-received by locals.
Note: The following is the eighth in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.
I crossed the room to say my goodbyes. The eulogies had been poignant and funny. The burial site, under a moss-covered live oak, was beautiful. The visit with the family was warm and uplifting. It was time for me to leave them in a tight knot of each other.
Most parents describe discipline problems as if they are "coming out" of their kids, that the problems in question reveal facets of their kids' personalities - things like "strong-willed." The fact is that in nearly every instance, discipline problems with a child tell more about the parents than they do the child.
While I was in Sarasota, Florida, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with runaways and develop a method of teaching non-directive counseling to the medical staff at our shelter as well as to interested nurses who wanted to attend some of my classes. The one area that seemed to be of major importance was the session on crisis. One educator wrote, "A crisis develops character." I lean to the definition, "A crisis is the internal reaction to an external event." The reason I say this is that I'm not too sure about the character part, but I do ...
Many of you have asked me what is being built on the Veterans Memorial Parkway near the intersection of the Bypass and Highway 301 South. The specific location being referenced is in the southwest quadrant of the intersection between Advance Auto Parts and the railroad tracks.
Note: The following is the seventh in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.
A journalist recently asked, "What is the biggest mistake parents make?" I had to think about that. Which parents? The biggest mistake made by some parents is paying entirely too much attention to and doing entirely too much for their children. These children usually, but not always, end up as spoiled brats. Why not always? Because some children, by mysterious means, manage to do well in spite of less-than-optimal parenting. The notion that one is produced by the manner in which one is raised is belied by the many exceptions, including children who do well despite bad upbringings and children ...
At the start of each new season, there are a few dishes I greatly anticipate cooking. Spring beckons salads and grilled vegetables, summer calls for hamburgers, and nothing comforts the soul in winter like warm soups and casseroles. Fall, though - fall might just be the season to beat. With the exception of the holidays, I don't think I look forward to eating more any time of the year!
Beautiful fall colors decorate the edges of roads and forests, produce stands and farmers' fields. Cooler mornings and evenings are a welcome change. All things pumpkin adorn the menu and please the palate. Scarecrows and costumes are available for those who need them this month, and sweet treats and candy line the shelves of the grocery stores. All that and more mean only one thing: October has arrived. Make the most of this autumn month with those you love; celebrate with the following holidays, or create some new ones of your own.
Last Saturday evening was remarkable. Julie and I sat in our regular seats waiting for the football game to begin. We had taken the shuttle bus to the stadium and just happened to ride with some folks from Chattanooga whose son plays linebacker. They were nice people and we promised to cheer for their boy now and then. I believe everyone expected a tough game and the stats were leaning towards Tennessee because most of our boys were considered walking wounded and the loss to Wofford was heartbreaking.
Every dot on the map needs a hometown grocer - a personable place where you can load up your buggy with beef, where you're called "darlin'" by the cashier at checkout and where you know your butcher by name. They're the jewels of small towns, the businesses that give a city personality. In this week's Local Spotlight, I visit a place that's served Bulloch County for more than 40 years in that very capacity.
February may be short on the calendar, but let's hope it's long on family fun. With the cold days the Boro has experienced in 2014 so far, make sure to create warm and cozy memories with those you love, enough to last until the groundhog comes out to play in the spring.
Q: I have three kids, ages 8, 6 and 4. I need help solving the "pick up the playroom" dilemma. When an area in which they've been playing needs to be picked up and straightened, the 8-year-old always ends up doing all the work. The other two continue to play or just pretend to help.
Note: The following is the 22nd in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.