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Dr. John Bressler: The magic of Christmas

Dr. John Bressler: The magic of Christmas

    The last couple of weeks have been wonderful for someone who likes the Christmas season and especially if he or she is looking for some Christmas spirit. Julie and I started out by attending the downtown tree lighting ceremony in Brooklet. It was a bit chilly — which is just right for folks like us — and we felt like we were in a Christmas card surrounded by angels. There was great music, Scripture and plenty of laughter and applause to warm our hearts. We love attending church and singing all those carols and admiring the tree decorated with crismons and the ...

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Why you shouldn't walk your kid to class

Why you shouldn't walk your kid to class

    Q: My buddy’s wife walks their 11-year-old into the classroom each day. Then she takes out his assignments and helps him get ready. We’re talking about a very capable kid who has no “issues” at all. My buddy says other mothers at his son’s school are also doing the same thing. My wife has heard about this and wants to start walking our very capable son into his 4th grade room. What are your thoughts?

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Updated: dec. 14, 2014 11:59 p.m.
Teaching religion in the classroom

Teaching religion in the classroom

    I have been thinking about the GSU professor whose religious approach in class — if what I have read and heard is accurate and not just rhetoric — is at odds with our U.S. Constitution. There are plenty of ways to use intelligent discussion of religion to make a point, open some creative critical thinking and take advantage of a good liberal arts education. I have always believed that some of our theologians, like Augustine or Calvin, could really make an impact in sociology or economics without beating students over the head with Catholicism or Protestantism.

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Living with Children with John Rosemond: Five fundamentals every parent needs

Living with Children with John Rosemond: Five fundamentals every parent needs

    Despite the conclusion one might reach after reading the latest issue of any popular parenting magazine, the job of parent is actually quite simple — so simple that I can describe the entire ball of wax in less than 15 column inches.

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Updated: dec. 07, 2014 11:59 p.m.
Kathy Bradley: December refrain

Kathy Bradley: December refrain

    It is Advent. The season of wonder. Hot on the trail of Thanksgiving and Black Friday and just a few hours before Cyber Monday. And so far the only wonder I’ve experienced is what to do with two perfectly good pumpkins that, along with a couple of diminutive bales of hay, some cotton stalks and branches of eucalyptus and about a dozen pine cones, made a lovely autumnal tableau for the front porch at Sandhill for the last two months.

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Updated: dec. 07, 2014 10:07 p.m.
Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Rice growers set up shop in South Carolina, Georgia

Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Rice growers set up shop in South Carolina, Georgia

    (Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

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Updated: dec. 07, 2014 10:07 p.m.
Why Christmas is so special

Why Christmas is so special

    Just in case you haven’t been watching the everyday yuletide movies on television, Christmas is right around the corner. It’s not just around the corner. It’s on our doorsteps! Many years ago, we held off all the carols, decorating and buying until after Thanksgiving. Not now! Christmas has become such an economic necessity that retailers are already licking their lips as the GDP looks like it’s made a comeback and money is for the making so prepare yourselves for a mountain of Rudolph, advertising and items that you must have in order to fill those stockings ...

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Living with Children with John Rosemond: Preschool ain't all it's cracked up to be

Living with Children with John Rosemond: Preschool ain't all it's cracked up to be

    Courtesy of my friend and parent coach Janet Neal (www.ourchildishways.com) comes an interesting story: The parents of a 4-year-old girl went to a preschool parent conference to learn from her teacher that she is having difficulty with scissors and somewhat behind the other kids in letter and number recognition. The parents apparently blew the teacher’s mind when they replied that they were more concerned with their daughter’s heart and character than her academic achievement. Was she compassionate? Was she respectful of her teachers and peers?

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Updated: nov. 30, 2014 6:29 p.m.
Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender: Christmas and cocoa and  crosswords

Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender: Christmas and cocoa and crosswords

    Stockings and lights and cedars and reindeer are appearing, which can only mean one thing: Another year is almost over, and December has arrived. Is your house decorated? Have you marked everything off your Christmas list? Are the cookies baked?

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Updated: nov. 30, 2014 6:28 p.m.
Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Sugar becomes profitable product in Georgia, Bulloch

Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Sugar becomes profitable product in Georgia, Bulloch

    (Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

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Updated: nov. 23, 2014 11:59 p.m.
Living with Children with John Rosemond: A brief list of today's parenting problems

Living with Children with John Rosemond: A brief list of today's parenting problems

    From the I’m Sorry to Have to Tell You Department: Parents who say they want to raise kids who “think for themselves” are not being exactly truthful. It’s a nice and very democratic thing to say, for sure, but let’s face it, folks: You want your kids to think like you do. For example: If you’re a liberal, you want your kids to be liberals when they grow up. Right? Right! The same is true of conservatives, libertarians, people of faith, people of no faith and people with COEXIST bumper stickers on their cars. Furthermore, that ...

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Updated: nov. 23, 2014 11:59 p.m.
Kathy Bradley: Owl-eyes spoke to me

Kathy Bradley: Owl-eyes spoke to me

        I hit an owl.

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Updated: nov. 23, 2014 10:14 p.m.
Where do you fit in the scheme?

Where do you fit in the scheme?

    It’s last Monday morning and according to the weather report — and somebody got it right this time — it’s raining very hard with thunder and lightning, and it’s nice to be inside looking out. This afternoon, we have a 100 percent chance of very heavy rain, high winds and a get-ready-to-hunker-down warning, which I will do my best to follow the directions.  One of my colleagues has just told me we’re not supposed to have this kind of stuff this late in the year. Since he teaches Algebra, what does he know? He knows this: it is ...

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Column: What do we do about gangs?

After six days of hearing testimony during a murder trial, I have many questions.

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Updated: nov. 22, 2014 8:23 p.m.
Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy: Gratitude is timeless for Christians

Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy: Gratitude is timeless for Christians

    Thanksgiving is more than a single day — it is an attitude about everything in life. Life is made up of past, present and future. The perspective we have on each helps determine our happiness and effectiveness. So, Christians can be grateful for ...

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Updated: nov. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Our View: A bad day for the city of Statesboro

Our View: A bad day for the city of Statesboro

Tuesday did not go well for the city of Statesboro.

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