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.
The former location of the "revered" Pizza Inn on South Main is slated to open as El Jalapeno in the next few weeks. Owner Luis Gomez is the proprietor of several other Mexican restaurants in Georgia and Alabama, and is very excited about his latest venture.
On Sept. 12, the Averitt Center for the Arts will begin celebrating its 10th anniversary with 10 days of events and activities planned for the enjoyment of the public. The first day will include a Legend in the Arts Induction and a GSU Music Faculty Showcase. When I look over the list of offerings, from the Lamar Dodd art showing reception on the 13th, to the thank-you performances by students from Averitt youth programs for city and county officials on the 17th, I am reminded of how great a hub of culture and entertainment the Averitt Center has become to ...
In my most popular presentation, "Parenting with Love and Leadership," I reveal the secret to proper, effective discipline: to wit, acting like a superior being.
Note: The following is the 23rd 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 month ago, a friend of mine told me she went to work out at a local gym one morning in early January, but it was so crowded, she couldn't find a machine to use.
The first place to cross your mind when deciding on a lunch locale may not be a coffee shop, but when you visit The Daily Grind in Statesboro, that Red Hot Cinnamon Latte won't be the only thing that tempts you. Serving up more than freshly roasted espresso beans, I'm totally impressed by the plates they produce out of that tiny little kitchen, like Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Smoked Gouda, Hot Ham and Cheese Croissants, Shrimp and Roasted Corn Soup and an array of other nutrient-packed wraps, inventive salads and flavored teas. Open since 2000, the quaint ...
An article in the Savannah Morning News in 2008, reporting on stress in America, noted a survey showing that more than three-fourths of Americans pointed to the state of the economy as a significant source of anxiety. Almost half said they felt increasing concern about their ability to provide for the basic needs of their families. One individual was quoted as saying that if the people of the United States "continue to experience these high levels of stress for prolonged periods of time, they are at risk for developing serious illnesses."
The following is the last of a four-part series on local African-Americans who are making positive contributions to their community.
Q: My 5-year-old is the youngest of my three children. Her older boy/girl twin siblings clearly outshine her athletically. They're already very skilled at wakeboarding and snow skiing, for example. I think my youngest has decided that because she doesn't measure up to her siblings, she will simply give up. All she wants to do is hang out with me. (I'm not athletic, either, but everyone in the family except this one child is physically active.)
The lines on the sailboats in the boatyard keen in the wind, cats meowing mournfully at some imagined wrong. The tide is low, the water nearly flat. In the not too distance, a shrimp boat's silhouette cuts the gray landscape with edges as sharp as a knife blade. It is not exactly too cold for a long walk, but I am ill-prepared; the coat is warm enough, the shoes sturdy enough, but without gloves or a scarf, my hands, my face, my ears will be gnawed raw in minutes.
God has a lot to say about money in the Bible - in fact, more than almost any other single topic. He cares about the attitudes we have about it and how we use it. Money is necessary; yet there is so much corruption connected with the desire for money.
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.
Of the 12 months on our calendar, February appears to be the month with several observances or events. Isn't it ironic that the shortest month, with 28 days - 29 in a leap year - would have such a plethora of events? Presidents Day is recognized with the celebration of our first president, George Washington, known as the father of our country. Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, is noted for his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves, and, notably, the Gettysburg Address. In this month, Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist, was elected president of the Freedman's Savings and ...
When our family finally got settled in at my first church in Florida, I received a call to visit a young man recently incarcerated for auto theft. Back then, I could sit in a crowded room with him and a lot of other visitors and prisoners trying to communicate by almost shouting over the crowd noise. I asked him, "What happened?"