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More than an Easter basket

More than an Easter basket

Before Thanksgiving, as I "juned" around the kitchen - a mountain word Mama used to mean "fast moving" - preparing for company, it occurred to me that I should invite Jerry. » Read More
Spring is in the air, along with something else

Spring is in the air, along with something else

As I was driving down the road this week past a long stretch of pines, I noticed what seemed to be a dust storm circulating just on the edge of the pine thicket. This dust storm was unique in that ... » Read More
Make parenting less complicated

Make parenting less complicated

I asked the men in several recent audiences to raise hands if they believe moms stress out concerning their children at least five times more than dads. All the men's hands went up to general laugh... » Read More
Howell-Jenkins engagement

Howell-Jenkins engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Brent Gene Howell of Guyton are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Lynn Howell, to Tyler Hunt Jenkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie James Jenkins of Rincon. » Read More
Paulk-Peavy engagement

Paulk-Peavy engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Schel Paulk of Guyton are excited to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Danielle Paulk, to Timothy Peavy of Springfield. He is the son of Steve and Wendy ... » Read More
Amelia Victoria Weston birth

Amelia Victoria Weston birth

Amelia Victoria Weston was born Jan. 23, 2015 at 4:01 p.m. at Candler Hospital in Savannah. » Read More
How fast rumors go

How fast rumors go

Carrie called the other day and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie... » Read More
Fire ant control in the garden

Fire ant control in the garden

Warm, sunny spring days are now upon us, which means that many gardeners finally have the chance to get outside and prepare their vegetable plots. Now is a good time to turn the soil and prepare it... » Read More
Getting your child out of a shy cycle

Getting your child out of a shy cycle

Q: Our 7-year-old is very shy. He doesn't enjoy the sort of social activities, including sports, that other kids his age are generally involved in and would rather play alone. He has one friend who... » Read More
A lesson from vacation Bible school

A lesson from vacation Bible school

Coming home one Sunday from the family dinner after church, I said, out of the blue, "I feel like we should volunteer for vacation Bible school." » Read More
Renovating an old pecan orchard

Renovating an old pecan orchard

One question that I receive often is, "Can an old, abandoned pecan orchard be brought back into production?" The answer is yes. However, like everything else, it will require some work and some mon... » Read More
The imaginary problems of parents

The imaginary problems of parents

Today's parents tend to worry about all manner of things that deserve not even second thoughts. Imaginary friends, for example. I've been asked many times by mothers if they should worry that their... » Read More
The wealth of being poor

The wealth of being poor

My people, as I have long said, were raised up on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a hundred doll... » Read More
Now’s a good time to start fighting moles

Now’s a good time to start fighting moles

I have received several calls this past week on how to control moles in the yard, and have even seen tunneling in my backyard which is indicative of these pests. As our soil temperature begins to r... » Read More
Stopping a molehill in its tracks

Stopping a molehill in its tracks

Q: About six months ago, our 4-year old daughter began complaining of being afraid to be alone at bedtime. Upon questioning, she told us she was afraid of monsters in her closet and under her bed. ... » Read More
Bolt-Willis engagement

Bolt-Willis engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Willis of Rincon announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsi Shea Willis, to John Morgan Bolt, son of Donna Crandall Bolt of Watertown, N.Y., and John Barry Bolt of Sandersv... » Read More
When time melts away

When time melts away

It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know. A childhood friend, the red-headed, freckle-faced girl with laughing eyes and the brightest sense of humor possible, was sittin... » Read More
Control summer weeds now

Control summer weeds now

Your battle with summer weeds should start now, if this is the year you plan to beat your over-achieving neighbor for the best-looking lawn. Applying a pre-emergent herbicide now will provide a bet... » Read More
‘Progressive’ parenting hasn’t been progress

‘Progressive’ parenting hasn’t been progress

In the 1960s, child and teen mental health and behavior problems began an alarming rise that has continued to the present. In 1970, one of my grad school professors proposed that this trend could b... » Read More
Tink and the chainsaw

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. » Read More
What to do with winter injury on evergreen plants

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 ... » Read More

‘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. » Read More
Gant 60th anniversary

Gant 60th anniversary

Ernest Lee Gant and Rose Marie Passmore became as one on February 20, 1955. » Read More
When your child has anxiety about going to school

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. » Read More
When children are caught in a tug-of-war

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 tr... » Read More
What to do when chickens stop laying eggs

What to do when chickens stop laying eggs

Why did my chicken stop laying eggs? » Read More
The calling of a screen door

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. » Read More
Griffin 40th anniversary

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 ... » Read More
The causes and remedies of lichens

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 ass... » Read More
From a long line of know-it-alls

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. » Read More
Evans-Cole engagement

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... » Read More
No need for irrational thought on vaccines

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 ... » Read More
Fire destroys landmark but can’t erase memories

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. » Read More
On curfews and being ‘cool’ parents

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.... » Read More


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