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.
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?
Sheila Moon learned early on how compassionate her daughter Isabella would be toward others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents' house after the death of her father.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of my friends called the other day. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.
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.
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.
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.
Ernest Lee Gant and Rose Marie Passmore became as one on February 20, 1955.
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.
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.
Why did my chicken stop laying eggs?
There is something about the banging of a screen door – soft, sweet and low - that warms the innards of my being.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.