A 13-year-old Washington state boy was arrested recently, then released to the custody of his parents after making online threats of shooting up and blowing up his middle school. He also threatened to kill one of his teachers, specifically named, and then kill himself. It turns out he didn't have the means with which to carry out his threats, which prompted officials to close five schools in the area for a day.
God planned, before the world was created, to make it possible for men to be saved. There are a lot of reasons why he wants us to be rescued from the devil's efforts to destroy us through our own bad choices. One of those reasons is the terrible result of disobedience.
It is still September. Still September, and I am startled on my Sunday afternoon walk by the tall, skinny stalks of blazing star that have already appeared at the edges of the road. Florescent purple spikes, they sway in the breeze over the round faces of asters, yellow as grocery store lemons. It is not time for blazing star and, yet, here it is.
Note: The following is the sixth 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.
When I was in seminary and beginning the process that would lead to a doctorate, I was required to spend a summer working in a hospital environment. I not only had to know the hospital's policies, but also every area where patient care was given: emergency room, nurses' stations, intake, counseling, was on call 24/7 and had to meet with a qualified supervisor, prepare in-depth written reports (often post mortems) and attend specific seminars in order to stay up-to-date with regulations and modifications. I developed a very sensitive loyalty toward anyone in the medical profession.
Q: Several months back, our just-turned 3-year-old son invented an imaginary friend whom he calls Larry. We're worried because he seems involved to the point of being obsessed with him. He plays with Larry almost constantly, talking to him all the while. When we go somewhere, I have to pretend that Larry is coming along, too. I've drawn the line at setting a place at the table for him, explaining to our son that I feed Larry after he's gone to bed.
Note: The following is the fifth 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.
When God created Adam and Eve, he had tremendously high hopes they would serve as a source of great joy for him. He made a perfect - although physical - place for them to live, gave them the joy of human companionship, the satisfaction of daily labor and accomplishment and provided for every need they had.
We all know the saying, "If these walls could talk," but if my family's kitchen table could speak, boy, could it tell some stories. I'm fortunate enough to have been raised eating around the family table, and every day I'm thankful my parents made it a priority. In homes across the world, the kitchen table, much like the front porch, is an iconic, central hub, especially in the American South.
"What is religion?" Well, according to my free book on Anthropology, it's a system of ideas about spiritual beliefs and practices which (try to) guide folks who are hoping to make sense of a world out of control, where do they fit into this world, and how to influence or even manipulate the unknown.
Downtown entrepreneur Heath Robinson is at it again. Robinson just opened The Hall which fronts Vine Street next to the drive-thru of the Sea Island Bank. The rear entrance of the building is across the alley from the rear of 40 East - Robinson's popular downtown eatery.
The anniversary has come and gone again; the anniversary of the day that became a hinge, when time bent into before and after; the anniversary of another day about which the sentence always starts, "I remember exactly where I was." And I do. We all do.
Q: Our 9-year-old son, Bobby, is very intelligent and capable of doing good work in school when he wants to, but he is generally just downright lazy. As a result, he makes mediocre grades, and we have to monitor his homework to make sure he does it. Even then, 30 minutes of homework takes him a couple of hours to complete, during which time he finds every possible way of dawdling.
Based on her accent, the lady who approached our veterans in D.C. recently was obviously French. Thirty-one World War II and Korean War veterans had just disembarked from a bus chartered by Honor Flight Savannah and were lining up for a picture in front of the WWII Memorial.
I was in the waiting room of our favorite family practice here in Statesboro - I am fine, but they just wanted to look at my legs - and started up a conversation with an intelligent-looking guy sitting across from me. Reading the magazines was out of the question as I have looked at them so many times that I have memorized the articles.
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.