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Meaningful family relationships are forged in life's 'village'

I've always loved that saying, "It takes a village to raise a child."

August 27, 2014 | Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Perfect parenting expectation affects mental health of parents

Parenting takes on a new level of stress as "mommy bloggers" take over the Internet and Facebook becomes stocked with perfect pictures of parents with their children at the park.

August 27, 2014 | Alyssa Banks Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Faith and fitness: One preacher's journey to becoming both Mr. Universe and man of God

Ron Williams is talking about fat: How it sometimes seems impossible to defeat, clinging stubbornly to bodies despite exercise and calorie control and even prayer.

August 26, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Stupid things men do that women don't understand

I am taking on this subject for the very reason that I am a man, make no mistake about it, and I protest vehemently against the inference that my fellow men and I do stupid things.

August 26, 2014 | Tim Torkildson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Vet who simulates homelessness for a month says effects are like PTSD

Tom Rebman, a 53-year-old Florida middle school teacher, spent a month living as though he was homeless. He took on the project, he says, to raise awareness for a local food bank and to inspire the kids that he works with.

August 26, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?

The dinosaurs have been gone a long time, yet we still talk about them, read about them, study them, and make movies about them. They are a perennial favorite in classrooms and theaters.

August 26, 2014 | Tim Torkildson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Visiting NYC? Tips to save money on tourist attractions

NEW YORK CITY - New York City is expensive to visit; however, it is possible to have a great city experience on a budget. By taking advantage of these insider options, visiting the Big Apple can be enjoyable and affordable.

August 26, 2014 | Brigham Wilson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Charlie and the Doll Factory? Internet rebuffs Penguin's new cover of beloved book

Penguin Publishing got an earful via social media last week when it unveiled a 50th anniversary edition cover for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" via Facebook.

August 26, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

5 topics to discuss before marriage

It's, without a doubt, an exhilarating feeling when your partner pops the question. Your first reaction is telling your loved ones the good news. Later, you begin to think when it's a good time for the wedding, the preparations and if everything will come together as expected. But have you and your partner discussed life as husband and wife? When it comes to future goals, are you both on the same page? Besides talking about the wedding, it's wise to discuss life as a married couple before moving forward.

August 26, 2014 | Mayra Bitsko Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Watermelons stop bullets in slow motion video

If you're being shot at and find a pile of watermelons, would it be safe to hide behind them?

August 26, 2014 | Natalie Crofts Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Infographic: Ukraine tries to block Russian humanitarian aid convoy

A huge Russian convoy left Moscow Aug. 12 and is headed for the eastern Ukrainian border. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, it carries humanitarian aid supplies for rebel fighters in Crimea in cooperation with the International Red Cross (IRC). The accompanying infographic shows a rundown of the possible routes and the supplies it carries.

August 25, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Sand Hill Flea boys honored

Effingham County commissioners proclaimed Aug. 19 as Effingham Champions Day and read a proclamation honoring the Sand Hill Flea boys for their second-place finish at the Georgia Recreation and Park Association state championship in Cordele last month.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Sports

Locals in the pros, colleges update


August 25, 2014 | Staff report | Sports

Leaders look for ways to get the word out

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Community leaders want to get Effingham County residents to not just think local but act local - especially when it comes to spending their money.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Mapping how to attract, keep tourists

Effingham County could shape itself into a draw for tourists, if enough resources are applied to making it happen, a state tourism official said Thursday.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

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Locals earn degrees from Mercer University

MACON - Mercer University conferred bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to more than 1,900 students representing all 12 schools and colleges at five spring commencement ceremonies during May in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah.

June 23, 2014 | Staff report | Education

Caught up in the great circle of politics

Norm Woodel is one of those people in the world of politics whose face may not be that well known, but whose voice is right in the thick of it.

June 23, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

There’s hope for future Iraqi generations

In my home hangs a photograph of a rather large and deep hole on the side of an asphalt road. It is the aftermath of an IED (improvised explosive device) - or in more simple terms, a homemade bomb - that went off just as the Humvee in which I was riding passed over it.

June 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Why Georgia still earns AAA rating

Georgia completed another bond sale this week, again under the AAA rating that only nine other states share. The sale validated the state leadership's businesslike management, but also saved the state money in financing costs. This week, we'll look at the five reasons Georgia continues to earn the AAA bond rating.

June 23, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Simmons 50th

Jim and Jackie Simmons will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 3.

June 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Anniversaries

Pair of picture books share how children find strength in differences

Children's language begins and develops at individual rates and with unique qualities. Some may speak clearly at age 1, while others perfect their speech at a later time or with a less sophisticated vocabulary.

June 23, 2014 | Marilou Sorensen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

How to shop in thrift stores for bargains

Thrift shopping can be a rewarding and cheap way to get unique, stylish items on a budget.

June 23, 2014 | Amanda Taylor Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Judges with daughters more likely to rule in favor of women's rights

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was famously conservative and a champion of states' rights, but in a 2003 Supreme Court opinion, he ruled in favor of suing state employers for "violating a federal law that allowed time off for emergencies.

June 23, 2014 | Amy McDonald Deseret News National | Hot Topics

10 parenting payouts

The fruits or parenting are long-bearing, tortuously so at times. When you're in the midst of raising kids, the rewards seem few and far between, and the greatest blessings of raising children often come years, or even decades, after they've grown and left. Don't lose hope in the middle of the journey. Parenthood comes with miraculous moments, no matter how old or young your kids are. The next time you need a parental pick-me-up, think about these ten awesome payouts of parenthood.

June 23, 2014 | Heather Hale Deseret News National | Hot Topics

World Cup 2014 unites the world through simplicity

This week, news broke that Somali terrorists murdered 50 Kenyan men in front of their wives and children, that Russian-backed separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane killing 49 soldiers and that Islamic militants are sweeping through Iraq taking cities and executing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of captives. We live in a dangerous, violent, heart-wrenching world, where tragedy after tragedy crash into our consciousness like waves pounding upon breakers. In such a world, the Macbethian temptation is to come to believe that life is "full of sound and fury signifying nothing."

June 23, 2014 | Dan Liljenquist Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Why kids are the best people

Kids are sometimes seen as annoying, wild, unruly or a nuisance. But, there are many things that kids are better at than adults. For whatever reason, as we age some of us lose our zest for life and can become robot-like while tending our day-to-day obligations. Maybe a key is to let kids be kids instead of forcing them to become miniature adults.

June 23, 2014 | Wendy Jessen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Join the discussion: Should lying be protected as free speech?

The Supreme Court upheld the right to lie in one case and struck it down in another on June 16, sparking a discussion about free speech and its dangers.

June 23, 2014 | Bethan Owen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

How to cultivate a caring relationship with your in-laws

In-laws are not always easy to handle. In many cases, they come off overbearing. They tend to give a lot of recommendations including how to raise children and how their child should be treated. In-laws have a mental picture of the person and life they want for their child. They need assurance that their child will be taken care of and live in a respected environment. So, when mother-in-laws and father-in-laws feel uneasy about their child's spouse, they tend to take over the marriage by sharing the dos and don'ts. However, before this occurs, take the initiative to ...

June 22, 2014 | Mayra Bitsko Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Something every teen should see: 5 things kids should do if they see bullying

A music video on YouTube, "Warrior Within You," depicts a situation that every child dreads. Bullying is cowardly and cruel, and it affects 30 percent of our kids and teens. The song's lyrics urge kids to "fight it," "break through it," and "stand up to it." Whether kids are being harmed in person or cyberspace, they should not allow bullying to break them.

June 22, 2014 | Megan Gladwell Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Professional violinist balances career, faith and family

FAIRFAX, Va. - For a woman who worried that her music career might be finished after she quit a sweet gig with the National Symphony Orchestra, Jenny Oaks Baker has remained remarkably busy.

June 22, 2014 | Doug Robinson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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