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.
Sydney, our youngest daughter, is a member of the local Cheer Savannah competitive cheerleading team. Last week our family attended our first ever cheerleading exhibition to watch Sydney, along with the several hundred girls that are involved in this wonderful program, demonstrate all the skills and techniques they have learned over this past summer.
As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes.
During the recent government shutdown, many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out, and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.
Last Friday morning, dozens of local golfers will take to the greens at Sterling Links Golf Course in Richmond Hill ready for a day of friendly competition and, of course, golf. But these golfers aren't playing just for the sport of it - they'll be participating in the Good Ol' Boys' 14th annual John Stevens Santa Scramble and helping raise funds for the Bryan County Children's Fund.
We often hear how pets are wonderful companions for older adults. Pets provide much-needed comfort, friendship and love to our seniors.
The waitress set down my cup of coffee, and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while silently reflecting on and pondering something.
Funny thing happened the other day to our local newspaper on the way to obscurity: My teenage daughter asked for a printed copy.
Every phase of "babyhood" has its merits, and I've loved them all so far. In fact, every time my daughter Reese enters a new stage of development, I swear that it's the best one yet. I honestly can't pick my favorite.
Some say the adage about pigs flying originated with Washington politicians who have an uncanny ability to get nothing accomplished. If they did accomplish something - the politicians we mean - then said swine would take to the air. The horror.
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.