Q: My 6-year-old daughter has recently learned to say, "You're hurting my feelings." This is part of her school's anti-bullying program. The problem is, she's now saying it to me when I discipline her. What should I say to her?
As a member of our community, an actively involved parent of a public school student, and a long-time advocate for quality education, I feel a responsibility to comment on the ongoing religious liberties issue. I do believe this issue is drawing to a close and we as a community will be able to move forward; however, there are a few clarifications that I believe need to be made.
I owe the idea for this article to Pastor Wes, and I hope he feels I did a worthy job.
This coming Friday, Farmers and Merchants Bank will host a reception for Ricky Nessmith, who is retiring from day-to-day operations of the bank at the end of this year. Nessmith is an experienced banker whose career in the field of banking and finance has spanned more than 44 years.
Q: My 18-month-old kicks me and hits me when I try to change his diaper. He doesn't do this for his father or grandparents. Should I hold his legs down until he gives up, or will this worsen things?
At the end of a long dirt driveway lined by 23-year-old pine trees in Middle Georgia sits The Old Home Place, where my family has celebrated "The Cookin' " each Christmas for more than 30 years.
Note: The following is the 16th 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 was listening to PBS as I drove home and listened to a program that sounded like a science fiction presentation. It seems that some scientists are beginning to experiment with the brain and finding out truly peculiar results from their testing and sort of speculating what all this study could mean for future generations. For instance, by stimulating certain parts, people who felt depressed or moody could quickly experience a memory - real or imagined - that contained long-lost happy emotions which changed their outlook on life from sad to glad. After the electronic pulse, or whatever it was, was discontinued ...
When I decided to run for mayor this past August, I knew my relationship with the Statesboro Herald would change and it did. For almost 10 years, I had written an "Inside Bulloch Business" column each week as well as a business news story.
Tis' the end of Brown Thursday, Black Friday, and now comes the rush to buy whatever's left for the Christmas morning debacle of boxes of ties and/or underwear for Dad, pots and pans for Mom and electronic gizmos for the kids. There is also a soon-to-arrive thank you card from Visa asking that you pay as you go just in case you forgot.
I really fell in love with Thanksgiving in the first grade. The teacher told us to put away our books and listen. She began telling us a story, using cutouts and maps, about some people called Pilgrims who wore black clothing trimmed in white, lived in log cabins and ate lots of food on a day we would soon celebrate as "Thanksgiving." I thought that Thanksgiving was a day when the family ate turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie and I would fall asleep in the living room while the old people talked a lot. Later on, when I was a teenager ...
Last week, Julie and I drove to our favorite nursery - which I call the grass and tree place - to pick up some Calliope plants to block the neighbor's view of our garage door. Notice how I used flower and grass language because my wife doesn't think I have any idea what the difference is between flowers and grasses. Also notice I did not show off my extensive knowledge of the Calvin cycle of enzyme-catalyzed photosynthesis occurring in chloroplasts and other stuff. You folks think John Calvin was just a second-rate theologian? I laugh you to scorn.
Q: My 5-year-old son is an only child who I homeschool. He talks back, argues and generally wears me down. I need help getting to him to realize that no is no, that I mean what I say. I know I'm the problem. Help!
Note: The following is the 15th 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.
On the other side of the state, my mobile phone produced the bell chime that sounds like an elevator reaching its destination. A friend had sent me a message that read, "Y'all might want to call in reinforcements, there's gonna be some property destroyed in the Boro tonight!"
We certainly live in a "grow or die" world.
Q: Our 4-year-old daughter has a huge problem with being laughed at. She loves to be goofy and do funny things, but as soon as someone, including one of us, laughs at her, she becomes upset. She will say "Don't laugh!" or "I don't want you to laugh at me!" We explain that we aren't laughing at her but at the funny things she does. We've also told her that we laugh because we are happy and having a good time with her. Is there a different way to explain this to her so that she ...
Note: The following is the 27th 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.
Jackson is almost 4 - that age at which he understands his separateness from other people but does not yet understand the separateness of his emotions. His will is clear and distinct, but his heart is still one with the world. Whatever is happening to him, be it highest joy or deepest sorrow, is happening to the world. That thing - the filter, the wall, the individuation of identity that will eventually teach him that this is not so, that his feelings are uniquely his and that not everyone can be trusted with them - has yet to take hold.
"He who has ears to hear, let him hear." - Jesus, Matthew 11:15
Last week, while most students were vacationing in such exotic faraway places like Panama Beach, Daytona Beach or Hopeulikeit, Julie and I had the wonderful opportunity to run down to Sarasota, Florida, to see our daughter and family and our middle son, George, from California. For those of you who don't know the scenario, from the day after Thanksgiving to the day after Easter, Florida fills up like a test tube full of Snowbirds who eat everything in sight, drive like maniacs and play very bad golf.
Despite what you continue to see in the national news, the Affordable Care Act has brought about many positive changes to our health care system – especially for small business owners.
You want another grocery store in town? How about three?
I recently came across a 1951 article my late mother saved from the Charleston (S.C.) News and Courier. Titled "Agency Offers Pointers on How Parents Can Guide Their Child's Emotional Development," it is proof that parents and professionals of three generations ago possessed a wealth of common sense, a quality that has since become most uncommon.
Happy spring! We have survived the long, cold, dark, snowy and rainy days of winter, and I couldn't be happier to lay the power outages to rest and welcome the sunshine, watch the azaleas reveal their colors and see the earth bloom back to life. I've always loved this season, and I may be a little biased. My birthday is in April, the Masters golf tournament returns to my hometown of Augusta, Ga., and my family and I keep I-95 South hot with trips to my favorite vacation destination: St. Simons Island in the beautiful Golden Isles of ...
Note: The following is the 26th 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.