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Dixie Diva

As a child, I was captivated by emotional stories and how words strung together had the power to make me feel happy, touched, sad, or inspired. The rudiments of my education came around the kitchen table or in the car as I listened to Mama's and Daddy's storytelling.

August 03, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: The woman I've been dating - a single mom with two young boys - and I have decided to get married. My only reservation, and I've told her this, concerns the stepfather thing. I'm not clear and really neither is she on the proper role and responsibilities of stepfathers, especially in the area of discipline. She reads your column religiously and told me to ask you for advice. It would be most appreciated.

August 03, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: Our son is a rising second-grader at a private school. Last year, his behavior was often disruptive and sometimes even downright defiant - problems his first grade teacher did not have with him. At home, we have no more than typical "boyishness"- nothing approaching serious.

July 27, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It would be, I decided, a nice gesture of Southern thoughtfulness if I made a dish of my famous macaroni and cheese. I call it "famous" because it Duke's mayonnaise once put the recipe on its label along with my name and my Aunt Ozelle's from whom I stole it.

July 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Daniel Eddy, a New York City chef, on how to have a mutually-successful experience with a young child in an upscale restaurant ("How to Take Your Kids Out to Eat and Actually Enjoy the Experience," July 14, 2016). WSJ obviously thinks the fact that being a chef qualifies one as an expert the subject; it seems to me, however, that a waitperson would have the better perspective.

July 20, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It is now that I have reached the age where the wiser generation, those who taught me and mentored me, are starting to take their leave of this world that I search both their lives and deaths for lessons.

July 20, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

One of the more powerful parenting memes to emerge from the parenting revolution of the late '60s and early '70s was "Children deserve reasons." To large degree, that was a reaction to the previous parental policy of answering "Why? and "Why not?" with "Because I said so."

July 13, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics for telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

July 13, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


No one wins when it comes to bullying

Bullying is being malicious to others repeatedly and can include teasing, threatening physical harm, spreading rumors, the deliberate exclusion of others, physical attacks, and verbal abuse.

July 13, 2016 | By Dr. Jackie Smart | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: What can we reasonably expect of our 18-year-old daughter when she comes home on weekends from her summer job? She usually heads straight to her boyfriend's family's home and rolls in around 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night. We'd love to have a family meal with her. Do we say, "Dinner is at 6 o'clock and it would mean a lot to us if you'd join us," and let it go at that or should we insist that she have at least one evening meal with us?

July 06, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves polishing furniture, mopping floors, scrubbing the outside doors, cleaning out the window sills and wiping down Mama's cracked, ceramic canister set.

July 06, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: My 8-year-old daughter is having anxiety issues that seem to border on obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wants me to repeat certain things back to her and has a set routine of things I must say when I'm tucking her into bed. She's genuinely upset by all this and tells me she thinks there's something wrong with her.

June 29, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It was with remarkable bravery that Daddy plunked down $1,000 of hard earned, long saved money in 1956 to buy a few acres of pasture land with a tree-shaded large creek that twisted through it.

June 29, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: Our 12-year-old has a smart phone. I know you don't approve, but all - and I do mean all - of his friends have them and texting is how they communicate. I don't think, under the circumstances, that making him be the "odd man out" socially is a good idea.

June 22, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

There are two Bibles that sit, always untouched, on the fireplace mantle in our living room. They are delicate and old, yellowed pages are falling from them, the black tabs denoting the different books mostly gone.

June 22, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


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Dickerson retiring after 32 years of service to US

Chief Master Sgt. Henry Dickerson, Chief of Safety at the Air Dominance Center, Georgia Air National Guard, is retiring with 32 years of service to ...

December 08, 2016 | Staff report | Lifestyle


California Guitar Trio to present holiday show Dec. 17 at Mars Theatre

The Mars Theatre will present California Guitar Trio's Holiday show on Dec. 17.

December 01, 2016 | Staff report | Lifestyle


Effingham Community Orchestra to perform Holiday Concert Dec. 4

It all began with a dream and a love of music.

December 01, 2016 | By Angye Morrison | Lifestyle


Springfield Elementary students stack cups in Guinness World Record attempt

Big cups, little cups and everything in between were stacked quickly to the sounds of music and cheering kids Thursday as all grade levels at ...

November 23, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Lifestyle


Blandford Elementary School Art Club students create gingerbread houses

Blandford Elementary school's Art Club recently constructed two gingerbread houses to enter into the Savannah Westin Gingerbread Village, an event that takes place each ...

November 23, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Lifestyle


In the season of giving, two North Salem Baptist Church members go the extra mile

A Port Wentworth church has packed and donated 72 Christmas backpacks full of toiletries, games, toys, books and more as part of the Backpacks for ...

November 22, 2016 | Staff report | Lifestyle


Social Service Spotlight: Treutlen House

With continued support from the community and various organizations, the Treutlen House has maintained a strong commitment towards providing support and guidance for children and ...

November 21, 2016 | By Richard Walls | Lifestyle


Effingham Health System partners with Bernard Health

To make choosing a health insurance plan easier, Effingham Health System (EHS) is bringing in experts to help patients and local residents navigate the complex ...

November 02, 2016 | | Lifestyle


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