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Protect yourself, family from pneumonia

Under doctors' orders, American singer and actress Liza Minnelli and Canadian folk singer and songwriter Bruce Cockburn recently were forced to cancel multiple shows on their ongoing tours because of severe bouts of pneumonia. Both performers are in their mid-60s and, fortunately, are doing well now, although Cockburn's recovery took a little longer due to an extended hospital stay for a partially collapsed lung.

October 20, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Columnists


Mysteries still surround Lyman Hall's life

Lyman Hall is well-known throughout the area. He was a Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence, he was a founder of Sunbury and he served as governor of Georgia from 1783-1784. Much has been written about Hall.

October 18, 2010 | By Margie Love Columnist | Columnists


Tell kids what to do, don't reason with them

The National Association for the Education of Young Children and I don't see eye-to-eye on many things - maybe anything. We don't even agree on a definition of "child." For example, they believe children are capable of being reasoned with. I believe that if a person is capable of being reasoned with, he or she is no longer a child.

October 13, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Columnists


Don't be afraid to talk to your teens

October is "Let's Talk Month" and although this column has already addressed teen issues several times this year, these are topics that can't be discussed too often. These issues play such a huge role in the lives of families.

October 13, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Columnists


RH's juke joints and honkey tonks

Country music, friendship, alcohol and cheating love set the tone for a typical honky tonk. There, one could find all this along with amplified music and brawling. The lyrics of most country songs focus on lost love, adultery, loneliness, and self-pity.

October 13, 2010 | By Shirley Hiers Columnist | Columnists


Time to put away the nitrogen

This year has been a curious one. We jumped right from winter into summer and skipped spring altogether.

October 13, 2010 | By Don Gardner Columnist | Columnists


Just tell it to me straight

When it comes to how much a spouse wants to know about their soldier's deployment, there seems to be a fairly even split. Some prefer to be left in the dark completely, while others would like to hear every detail, no matter how gruesome.

October 11, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Columnists


Women march up ladder of success

By Shirley Hiers

October 06, 2010 | By Shirley Hiers Columnist | Columnists


Kids who do their best are good enough

One of the differences between parents of the 1950s and today's is that the former did not care what grades their children made in school. Mind you, they insisted that their children do their best, but if a child's best was average, his parents accepted that and did nothing to make him look like a better student than what he was. Today's parents, as a lot, seem to have great difficulty accepting less than A's on their children's report cards. As a consequence, they are found doing all they can to create the outward impression ...

October 06, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Columnists


Early detection is key to cancer survival

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And since one in eight women in the United States will get breast cancer this year, this month is a great time to highlight and promote the importance of regular mammograms and other methods for early detection of breast cancer. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.

October 06, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Columnists


Let's be happy for each other

It's fast-approaching - the return of our soldiers. Some are no longer counting down in months, but in weeks. Some will return before Thanksgiving, some more before Christmas and still more after New Year's. And you can always tell whose husband will be home soonest, because their relief is palpable. When asked the generally dreaded question, "How much longer?" they smile brightly, and the answer comes out in the form of a relaxed sigh.

October 04, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Columnists


Caring forparents is difficult task

Parents are such a huge chapter in our personal "book of life." To so many, they are the one constant that stands firm when nothing else will. Parents have always been there for us. They are the mold by which most of us have been shaped.

October 04, 2010 | By John Scherer Columnist | Columnists


Georgia shrimping gone wild

By Shirley Hiers

September 29, 2010 | By Shirley Hiers Columnist | Columnists


Mealtime should not be a constant battle

Q: My 2-year-old daughter eats a few bites of supper each night and then wants milk. So I give her milk. Then she refuses to eat anything else. We take the milk away and attempt to bribe her to take a bite of this or a bite of that. Sometimes we make her something else to eat, something we know she likes. What can we do to get her to eat without hassles? I know that giving her milk before she's finished everything on her plate makes no sense, but I'm afraid that if I don't, it ...

September 29, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Columnists


When talking is not enough

Imagine, if you will, that you're in the middle of writing an essay for a college class, mentally compiling your grocery list while noticing that those five pounds you lost exercising has returned in the form of Bunny Tracks ice cream, motivating yourself to add an extra half mile to your run to combat said effects of dessert indulgence, planning a Sunday school lesson for teenagers that will hopefully not be deemed boring in the first five minutes, and hearing the buzz that tells you it's time to switch the laundry over. Then, you hear the familiar Skype ...

September 28, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Columnists


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