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Doing public relations when it’s too late

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn't know him well, I knew him to be mean, egotistical, and quite a bully.

November 25, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

What’s your child learning in preschool?

Courtesy of my friend and parent coach Janet Neal (, comes an interesting story: The parents of a 4-year-old girl went to a preschool parent conference to learn from her teacher that she is having difficulty with scissors and somewhat behind the other kids in letter and number recognition. The parents apparently blew the teacher's mind when they replied that they were more concerned with their daughter's heart and character than her academic achievement. Was she compassionate? Was she respectful of her teachers and peers?

November 25, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

Faith Equestrian takes home medals from state horse show

Four athletes from Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center won a total of 10 medals at the state Special Olympics horse show in Gainesville.

November 24, 2014 | Staff report | Lifestyle

Mossy Oak festival takes aim at cancer

For the last several Octobers among the evergreen pines and red, brown and yellow leaves of oak trees in Guyton, there have also been bright spots of pink. For three years now, "Paint the Park Pink" has been the theme for Mossy Oak Music Park's October bluegrass festival.

November 18, 2014 | Staff report | Lifestyle

The different styles of child-raising

From the I'm Sorry to Have to Tell You Department: Parents who say they want to raise kids who "think for themselves" are not being exactly truthful. It's a nice and very democratic thing to say, for sure, but let's face it folks, you want your kids to think like you do. For example: if you're a liberal, you want your kids to be liberals when they grow up. Right? Right!

November 18, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Steven Snooks of Springfield announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Patrice Snooks, to Ryan James Burnside, son of Mr. Conrad Burnside of Suwanee and Ms. Catherine Saul Burnside of Duluth.

November 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

Scattered recipes

My husband was out of town, working on location, when he called one night and discovered that I was still working, though the hour had grown late.

November 18, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Cutting the strings may be a good thing

Why are young adult children emancipating so much later than they did in 1970, when the average age of male emancipation (independent living, paying one's own bills) was 21? Why do significant numbers of college professors and even employers complain about parents of young adult students/employees confronting them over, respectively, bad grades and workplace issues? Why have reduced class sizes and increased per-pupil expenditures not resulted in higher academic achievement levels? Why is the mental health of today's kids so poor when compared with that of children in the 1960s and before? Why has school phobia, test ...

November 11, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

In celebration of glorious Grant

It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday. There was no pomp or circumstance involved. He abhors that. Because he is among the most beautifully well-mannered people I have ever encountered, he politely took all the calls though he really wished we would just treat it as another day and leave him alone to watch the news channel.

November 11, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

A strong dose of laughter helps spread the word

Laughter is the best medicine, the old adage goes.

November 05, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Lifestyle

Annual ACS memorial service to be held Sunday

The annual Effingham County American Cancer Society memorial service will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Effingham County Board of Education auditorium, 405 N. Ash St. in Springfield.

November 05, 2014 | Staff report | Lifestyle

Family Promise cuts the ribbon

Family Promise of Effingham County recently held a ribbon cutting officially dedicating its day center on Laurel Street in Springfield. Joined by Effingham board members, executive director Ashley Moore cut the ribbon as part of the local activities for Family Promise Week.

November 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

Dixie Diva

It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.

November 04, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Living with children

Q: My 6-year-old son argues with me about everything I tell him to do. He comes up with reason after reason why he shouldn't have to or can't, why it's unfair, or why, at the least, I should help him. I think he's got some argument disorder. Is there such a thing? In any case, it's beginning to drive me nuts, up a wall, and over the edge. Is there a solution?

November 04, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

When — and when not — to resort to spanking

It's time once again for me to clarify my position on spanking. I arrived at this reluctant conclusion because twice in the last week, I've been informed that I believe in it, which is not exactly true.

October 28, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

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Miss Elinor’s thank you

It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don't know me but I feel that we are friends."

January 20, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Dealing with the inevitable tantrums

Q: How do you stop tantrums in a 3-year-old? My daughter never went through the "terrible twos," but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday. This coincided with the birth of a sibling, a boy, but she's very affectionate and helpful toward him so I don't know if there's any connection. I've tried everything I can think of to prevent and stop the tantrums - things I've seen recommended in various places - but nothing has worked. She throws one whenever she doesn't get her way. Help!

January 20, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Barbara and Gary Blaxton of Reidsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Ramsey Elisabeth Blaxton, to Christopher Michael McCreery, son of Donna and Troy McCreery of Rincon.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

The American Dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.

January 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Effingham Health System helping to get health care signups

Open enrollment through the health insurance exchange established by the Affordable Care Act ends Feb. 15.

January 13, 2015 | Staff report | Lifestyle

What the Good Mommy Club doesn’t do

Proposed: The primary reason so many of today's mothers are so very stressed by child rearing - something their grandmothers, for the most part, approached fairly nonchalantly - is because they do something their grandmothers did not do: they read parenting columns, magazines, and books. And yes, I'm well aware of the irony here.

January 13, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

Former principal becomes children’s book author

Brenda Jenkins recently stood before a cafeteria full of students at Ebenezer Elementary School - kindergarten through fifth grade - to read them her book, "The Swing on Ginny's Porch." Seven years earlier, she had stood on the very same stage addressing a different group of youngsters as the Ebenezer school principal.

January 06, 2015 | By Nancy Gould | Lifestyle

SleevesUp site allows for virtual donors

January is National Blood Donor Month and this year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives.

January 06, 2015 | Staff report | Lifestyle

Old money and old yards

Sometimes, I look across our yard and sigh somewhat woefully, "Too much of that stubborn red Georgia clay shines through." I think, "Oh, one day ..."

January 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Apply a little perspective to kids

A reader writes that her friends "recently spent around $300 on their daughter's birthday party - her first. They bought lots of stuff to entertain their young guests and extended family. The child, a baby, obviously had no clue what was going on. I should mention that the parents are struggling to make ends meet." She asks for my take on this.

January 06, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

Looking back before looking forward

When the New Year arrives every year, I, like most, look forward to the next 12 months filled with promise, opportunity, and a chance to reform from bad habits.

December 30, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Living with children

Who are the happier campers in a workplace setting: the employees who (a) obey the rules, follow the procedures, and voice any complaints respectfully, such that the entire workplace is not disrupted, or (b) disobey the rules at every possible opportunity, deliberately fail to follow procedures, and disrupt the workplace with frequent and often subversive complaints?

December 30, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

A child’s gift

Sheila Moon learned early on how compassionate her daughter Isabella would be toward others.

December 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Lifestyle

Oh, Christmas tree

It was late in the summer of my parents' lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home.

December 23, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Short-circuiting a parent-child power struggle

Q: My 31-month-old has been out of diapers for at least eight months during the day. She has been very good with toilet training until recently. Now she goes for a while without accidents and then a period of a week or so with at least one accident a day. I can see she needs to go, but when I ask her she says no.

December 23, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

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