A special report titled "Life and Death in Assisted Living" that aired last week on the PBS show "Frontline" painted a poor picture of assisted-living services offered by Emeritus, one of the largest providers of assisted-living and retirement communities in North America.
It's not exactly a secret that new parents get little sleep. I'm OK with that. It comes with the territory. But no one tells expectant moms and dads that their little ones eventually will tease them by occasionally sleeping through the night, sometimes for a week or two at a time, but then will regress back to waking up once or twice - sometimes even three times - per night.
I cannot think of a time in my life when newspapers were not present.
With the recent revelations coming out of the Internal Revenue Service - news that it colluded with the Federal Elections Commission to influence rulings - the last place the scandal-plagued agency belongs is in the most personal aspect of our lives: our health care.
Teachers, as you head back to the classroom for the new school year, I would like to tell you that things have changed for the better, but I would be fibbing.
Having a sick child is hard, there's no doubt about that. First and foremost, parents are faced with the sense of helplessness that comes with knowing your son or daughter feels poorly, and there's little that can be done to instantaneously restore their health.
Editor, I would like to thank the Bryan County News for the coverage of the Little League State Championship games held here in Richmond Hill, and also a huge "thank you" to the South Bryan Recreation Department, Kay Green, Eric Gerber, Dan Goggins, Don Watson and volunteers for the beautiful fields that were kept up during the rains.
School starts next week in Bryan County and, funny as it may seem, one of my favorite days of the year was the first day of school. Maybe it had something to do with the new clothes Mom took me shopping for, or the new boxes of crayons and pencils. Of course, it could have been the new "Snoopy" lunch box with the cool thermos holder - which I still have to this day.
Editor, Our country has a legal jury system and the president of the United States, as well as the attorney general, are supposed to honor this jury by trial. Obama has not only blatantly ignored the facts and the jury's decision of the Zimmerman/Martin case, but stupidly added fuel to the fire with his comments rather than calming the blacks. Holder, who should not be the attorney general since he has perjured himself, is out speaking of the Zimmerman/Martin case saying he pledges that the Justice Department would "continue to act in a manner that is consistent ...
If you want to know why passing congressional legislation has gotten so difficult, here are two numbers to remember: five and 532. They illustrate a great deal about Congress today.
Editor, Would like to say hi to my kids! I hope you have had a great summer. It went by fast. I've missed you and am looking forward to seeing your smiling faces again. Some of you are no longer riding my bus due to an overcrowded bus, but I'm going to miss you. I hope to see you at the schools. I love you all.
With 25 years in the pet industry and formally as a handler licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, I well understand that there is room for improvement in every aspect of animal husbandry. My comments here are superficial to the problems that exist.
I read recently in the Atlanta newspapers that our intrepid public servants just keep on going - on trips, that is.
I probably like to write more than I like to read. Yet, we all know that for one to write well it is important to read well, too … or is it to be well-read? Oh well, when it comes to reading, I am extremely selective. If it's not in my wheelhouse, you can be sure I'm not going to read it. That's too bad, for I am sure that I have missed out on some great writings.
If there's anything cuter than one little blond-haired, blue-eyed baby girl, it's two little blond-haired, blue-eyed baby girls.
I have some good news and some bad news. I read in the paper recently about a proposed venture to send people to Mars. The good news is that it will be a one-way trip. The bad news is that the launch isn't scheduled until 2022, meaning anybody dumb enough to consider the idea of going to Mars and staying there will be hanging around for another nine years on our planet and lowering the collective IQ for the rest of us. Bummer.
Finally, just when we thought it would never happen again, it does - we get some good news out of Washington, D.C.
"Hello, Gov. Deal's office. May I help you? One moment, please. Governor, you have a call on line one."
Halloween is a fun holiday, short and sweet. It doesn't require a lot of prep and is over in a few hours.
There's a topic I've always shied away from in this column - the working mom vs. stay-at-home mom debate. I never felt the need to broach this subject before because, honestly, I didn't really feel it was an issue anymore. I thought we, as parents, had moved past all that trivial nonsense and decided all mothers play important roles. Period.
One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year's elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.
I was talking to Siri the other day - you know, that voice on your Apple smartphone that helps you with directions, tells you who's winning the football game and will also take memos for you and then store them on your iPhone.
Editor, This is to the committee of the Richmond Hill seafood festival. The Saturday morning of the festival, my 5-year-old grandson and son-in-law, both natives of Black Creek, arrived for the annual car show that had been advertised on the website only to find out it had been canceled.
The Richmond Hill Garden Club's 14th annual Pumpkin Patch held in early October was a great success thanks to the generous support of local citizens. The garden club is truly grateful to those who attended and those who helped us publicize and arrange the occasion.
I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in greater Garfield to see what kind of reactions he was getting from the public to the recent shutdown of the federal government.
If you were at J.F. Gregory Park on Saturday, it will be no great surprise to hear that attendance numbers for this year's Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival were up this year compared to last. Droves of people poured through entrance gate all day Saturday, letting up only for what amounted to less than an hour of rain showers.
I went to my mailbox the other day and was surprised to find absolutely nothing inside.
On Saturday, plenty of area residents will enter the graveyard across the street from the Historic Midway Church. Yes, it is again time for the Midway Museum-sponsored cemetery tour.
Just as my husband, Tink, started up the stairs, stepping slowly and carefully to keep the contents of his bowl and coffee cup from sloshing, I appeared around the corner. I paused, watched and debated silently whether to speak.
While much of the media attention over the past two weeks has been focused on the government shutdown, the real story is why it was shutdown: We have a spending problem in this country.