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Life as a 'coastal dweller'

I met a man from New Jersey who was working in a major store bagging groceries here in Richmond Hill. He said he'd been here for about six years. I asked him if he plans to return to his home state. He said, "No way!"

September 22, 2010 | By Francis Bond Columnist | Columnists

A Mayberry state of mind

Long a refuge for male bonding and guy talk, a barbershop is a hallowed place for men. Amid the buzz of clippers and lingering scent of talc and aftershave lotions, a man can be completely himself. Few things smack of testosterone more than a straight-razor shave.

September 22, 2010 | By Shirley Hiers Columnist | Columnists

Inflating a kid's ego is asking for trouble

The notion that adults should do all they possibly can to advance the self-esteem of children is dying a slow but hopefully unavoidable death. Research done by a number of objective folks, most notably Roy Baumeister at Florida State University, has clearly shown that high self-esteem is closely associated with anti-social inclinations. Unfortunately, it's taken more than a decade for the research in question to bridge the gap between academia and popular culture. For this research, two generations of parents were persuaded to devote themselves to creating child-rearing environments that were rich in praise and reward but lacking in ...

September 22, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Columnists

Use caution, education to prevent STDs

Out of frustration, some police departments are seeking new ways to lower the incidence of unlawful sexual behavior by raising the consequences. Men caught in prostitution stings in Daytona Beach, Fla., will have letters mailed to their homes stating that they were picked up and why. Included with the letter is information on sexually transmitted diseases and symptoms to watch for. Imagine the impact that piece of mail could have.

September 22, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Columnists

Adult children need boundaries too

There is hardly anything more painful for a parent or grandparent than to watch our grown children experience major problems. Whether the problem is gradual, continuous or unexpected, it is gut wrenching for parents and grandparents to watch children suffer.

September 21, 2010 | By John Scherer Columnist | Columnists

As fit as a soldier

The Army Physical Fitness Test, more commonly referred to as the PT test, is a tool for measuring a soldier's physical aptitude. The three-part test, made up of push-ups, sit-ups and a run, measures the performance of the soldier against standards set according to age and gender.

September 21, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Columnists

Another stimulus?

We are now hearing from Washington and the media of the possibility of a future stimulus package.

September 20, 2010 | By Vance Parfitt Guest columnist | Columnists

Financially guiding the elderly

A friend of mine recently realized his mother needed help managing her finances when he found her closets filled with oddball purchases like jalapeno jelly beans and Betty Boop bobblehead dolls.

September 16, 2010 | By Jason Alderman Practical money skills | Columnists

The story behind the storyteller

By Shirley Hiers

September 16, 2010 | By Shirley Hiers Columnist | Columnists

Parents are not supposed to obey kids

Today's parents - and especially those in the educated class who consume parenting information via newspaper columns, books and seminars - tend toward what I call "psychological thinking." They assign psychological meaning and significance to any behavior on the part of their children that is the least bit out of kilter. So, for example, a somewhat clingy preschool child isn't simply introverted; rather, the child is insecure and needing additional attention because a younger sibling came along before she was able to completely work through toddler dependency issues and blah blah blah. Thus, something that is no big deal becomes ...

September 15, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Columnists

Keep your family healthy in storm season

Five years ago, the Atlantic hurricane season was the most active season in recorded history. Events that year shattered numerous records with an estimated 3,865 deaths and damages of around $130 billion. Of the 28 storms that year, five of the season's seven major hurricanes - Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma - were responsible for most of the destruction.

September 15, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Columnists

Life is nothing without dreams

I'm a dreamer. This is not to say that I'm goal-oriented or enterprising, words that would far better suit my husband. When I say I'm a dreamer, I mean I can spend five hours of my day researching a weekend getaway to Paris. I'll get price quotes on flights, rental cars and hotels. I'll plan what sights I'd like to see, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, and what restaurants I'd like to dine in. (So far, I'm partial to Le Buisson Ardent, I think.)

September 13, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Columnists

Cut your monthly phone bill

Sometimes I miss the days before cell phones, e-mail and voicemail. Sure, they've simplified our lives in many ways - remember how frustrating it was trying to reach people before answering machines? On the downside, though, not only do we often feel compelled to be accessible 24-7, but it's expensive. After factoring in internet service and cable or satellite TV, you might be paying thousands of dollars a year to keep your family wired and wireless.

September 08, 2010 | By Jason Alderman Practical money skills | Columnists

Celebrate Grandparents Day investing in grandkids

National Grandparents Day is Sept. 12. If you're a grandparent, this day is meant to honor you – but you can also celebrate by investing in your grandchildren's future.

September 08, 2010 | Provided by Laura Evans Special to the News | Columnists

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Most of us here in Richmond Hill, and all across the fruited plane, recall the memories of events of yesterday. The high school days, local movies, soda shops, hot rod racing, walking around with a cigarette hanging out our mouth like Humphrey Bogart, romance at the drive-ins and many other precious memories.

September 08, 2010 | By Francis Bond Columnist | Columnists

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