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. From my father reading one at the breakfast table, or Mom referring to an article she read, to debates with my sisters over which comic strip was best, they always have been a staple in the Kingston household. As Athenians, we subscribed to the Athens Daily News and the Athens Banner Herald. My parents also liked to read the Atlanta papers ...
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 ...
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.
Editor, While visiting my sister who lives in Richmond Hill Village, she pointed out to me the historical marker placed in her neighborhood state it to be "the 'Bottom' Village," which, she says, is just a decades-old nickname for the area.
No one likes to hear "I told you so…"
If New Year's is a time to regroup and look toward the upcoming year, then Thanksgiving is a time to gather and reflect on the year that has passed. In our family, it is a time when we thank the good Lord for both the heartaches and the blessings.
We did it for four years while I was a member of the planning and zoning board of the city of Pooler. We did it for 11 years while I was serving as either Pooler mayor pro tem or mayor. And we've done it for the past nine years while I've served in the state Legislature.
Knock! Knock! Knock!
Somehow I ran across an out-of-print book called "The Last Lap." Now 15 years old, it tells an intriguing, timeless tale of the early days of America's first stock-car racers.
The holidays are upon us and many people will be traveling to visit friends and family over the next few weeks.
Before I had a child, there were a few things I noticed parents doing that really annoyed me, and I swore I would never do those things if and when I became a mother. For the most part, I've been diligent about sticking to my guns.
Homecomings are the stuff of sweet dreams and dessert for breakfast - so perfect and delicious, but often followed by either a rude awakening or a few extra pounds. As a military family member who has experienced distances because of deployment and training, I can tell you it doesn't necessarily get any easier. The families who recently have or are welcoming home loved ones this week have a few battles ahead as they work together to find a new family life balance.
Editor, Remember the great Henry Ford City controversy? A brainchild of former mayor Richard Davis and some others, a major effort was launched to brand many aspects of the Richmond Hill as a "Henry Ford City." Signs proclaiming this appeared and a host of other publicity measures supported the drive, a stated purpose of which was to bring hoards of Ford-worshipping, free-spending visitors to the fair city.
While campaigning for his health care law - and in the years since its passage - President Obama repeatedly assured the American people that, "if you like your health-care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan."
Last week, family and friends gathered in the small town of Chattahoochee Hills, south of Atlanta, to celebrate a life well-lived.
Welcome to the first of many military life columns. Whether it is among civilian friends or military colleagues, military life presents its own unique challenges and opportunities. Your neighbors, children's friends and strangers in the grocery store all have been affected in different ways by the military. In our community especially, we live, work and play next to military families without realizing it.
Around the corner, out in the country where we live, is a hardware store owned by a guy I have known since the day I was born. Our bassinets were next to each other in the hospital nursery.
The Internet is bad for me. I'm an obsessive worrier, and I've only gotten worse since the advent of search engines. I often think that if someone got a hold of my web-search queries, I'd end up an international laughing stock. Among the best last week: "Can you become addicted to nasal spray?" "Affects of eating slightly brown guacamole," "Can Tums cause kidney stones?" and "My cat ate cellophane."