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Looking back before looking forward

When the New Year arrives every year, I, like most, look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity, and a chance to reform from bad habits.

December 30, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Living with children

Who are the happier campers in a workplace setting: the employees who (a) obey the rules, follow the procedures, and voice any complaints respectfully, such that the entire workplace is not disrupted, or (b) disobey the rules at every possible opportunity, deliberately fail to follow procedures, and disrupt the workplace with frequent and often subversive complaints?

December 30, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

A child’s gift

Sheila Moon learned early on how compassionate her daughter Isabella would be toward others.

December 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Lifestyle

Oh, Christmas tree

It was late in the summer of my parents' lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home.

December 23, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Short-circuiting a parent-child power struggle

Q: My 31-month-old has been out of diapers for at least eight months during the day. She has been very good with toilet training until recently. Now she goes for a while without accidents and then a period of a week or so with at least one accident a day. I can see she needs to go, but when I ask her she says no.

December 23, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

'The King' makes a visit

Some residents at Lakeview Manor in Springfield were "All Shook Up" by an appearance from "Rick Elvis." He performed recently for a combined meeting of the Divas of Lakeview Manor and Red Hatters of Rincon.

December 16, 2014 | Staff report | Lifestyle

Dixie Diva

Hollywood, more often than not, gets it wrong about the South in movies and television. When they do get it right, we Southerners are both amazed and appreciative.

December 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Living with children

Q: I've been trying for two months with little to no success to get your "ticket" system to work on my 4-year-old daughter. The target behaviors are ignoring me when I tell her to do something and blatantly refusing to do what I tell her to do. She has three tickets a day. When she loses one, she has to sit in a chair for 15 minutes, and if she loses all three before the day is done, she spends the rest of it in her room.

December 16, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

Local Knights of Columbus donate ultrasound machine

In conjunction with the national Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 14439 from St. Boniface Catholic Church in Springfield helped purchase an ultrasound machine for the Pregnancy Care Center of Rincon.

December 16, 2014 | Staff report | Lifestyle

Don’t throw out good food

A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents' house after the death of her father.

December 09, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Boyles 69th

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Boyles Sr. of Guyton celebrated 69 years of marriage on Dec. 5. They were married on Dec. 5, 1945, by Rev. B.E. Whittington in Springfield.

December 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

A closer walk may not always help

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 fourth-grade room.

December 09, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

DPH confirms death of elderly woman from the flu

The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the flu-related deaths of two elderly females in the Coastal Health District - one from Chatham County and one from Effingham County. These are the first confirmed flu-related deaths in the Coastal Health District; however, there have been five additional confirmed flu-related deaths statewide.

December 08, 2014 | Staff report | Lifestyle

Parenting is really quite simple

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.

December 02, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

Out of control

One of my friends called the other day. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.

December 02, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

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Articles by Section - Lifestyle

Tink and the chainsaw

My husband is like a relentless teenager. When he wants something, he persists until it's easier for me to say "yes" just to get him out of my hair.

February 24, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

What to do with winter injury on evergreen plants

Our area has recently set record-low temperatures and although our plants did not experience direct damage from snow and ice like those of the northern part of the state, we could still see damage from this weather later this season.

February 24, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle

‘American Pickers’ heading to Peach State

The "American Pickers" are headed to Georgia in April and they're looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them.

February 24, 2015 | Staff report | Lifestyle

Gant 60th anniversary

Ernest Lee Gant and Rose Marie Passmore became as one on February 20, 1955.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

When your child has anxiety about going to school

Q: My 13-year-old son has developed overwhelming anxiety about going to school. This began a year ago, but has gotten steadily worse since then.

February 24, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

When children are caught in a tug-of-war

Equality under the law is a uniquely American principle, one that no freedom-loving person would oppose, but the manner in which said principle is currently applied to the issue of child custody treats children as property, like pieces of furniture or bank accounts, rather than human beings with rights of their own, including the right to stable living conditions.

February 17, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

What to do when chickens stop laying eggs

Why did my chicken stop laying eggs?

February 17, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle

The calling of a screen door

There is something about the banging of a screen door – soft, sweet and low - that warms the innards of my being.

February 17, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Griffin 40th anniversary

The family of Delma and Roy Griffin will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. The ceremony will take place Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 3 p.m. at St. Matthews Baptist Church, 218 Wallace Drive in Springfield.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

The causes and remedies of lichens

Something growing on many of our landscape plants is causing concern for homeowners. It may resemble a small patch of green hair or other specimens may look similar to grey pieces of paper. The assumed pests are actually fungi called lichens and actually do not cause damage to the plants, but are a sign that the plant may be declining or under stress.

February 10, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle

From a long line of know-it-alls

I come from a long line of know-it-alls. Honestly, on both sides of my family, we can pretty much tell you anything you need to know for we know it all. Or so we believe.

February 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Evans-Cole engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Grady Evans of Newington are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hilary Lyn, to Ryan Wayne Cole of Rincon. He is the son of Mrs. Cynthia Brunet of Rincon.

February 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

No need for irrational thought on vaccines

First, a full disclosure: I have been vaccinated against measles, mumps, diphtheria, rubella, whooping cough, smallpox and shingles, and have had none of these maladies. At one time or another, my wife received all of these same vaccinations. Our kids were both immunized, and they have chosen to have their kids immunized. None of us has ever had an adverse reaction to a vaccination.

February 10, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

Fire destroys landmark but can’t erase memories

We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was - my sister and I - and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

February 03, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

On curfews and being ‘cool’ parents

Q: My twin boys just turned 13 and are demanding - that is the right word - later curfews. They tell us that their curfew, which is 8:30 on nights when there is no school the next day, is "pitiful." We live in an area where there's nothing for kids that age to do in the evenings but hang out in small groups or go to one another's houses and watch television or play video games. I don't especially want my kids doing any of that.

February 03, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

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