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Living in black and white

Living in black and white

One Sunday while sitting around the dinner table, Louise and I began to tell Daddy stories, the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life. Since I was born 12 years after he ... » Read More
Drawing a line on kids touching

Drawing a line on kids touching

Q: Our 5-year-old grandson sees his 5-year-old female first cousin from time to time. After they play for a while, he tells her he wants to "touch" her. This has happened twice in recent months. He... » Read More
Youthful choices and mistakes

Youthful choices and mistakes

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the t... » Read More
The secret to effective discipline

The secret to effective discipline

On one of my Web sites I, along with a team of certified parent coaches, answer questions submitted by parents. In the last two days, 67 percent of the questions have concerned toilet training. A 3... » Read More

YMCA of Coastal Georgia to partner with LIVESTRONG

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia will become a provider of the nationally recognized LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, thanks to an implementation grant from YMCA of the USA, the Y's national resource off... » Read More
The man who was

The man who was

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more, for their stories would read like a page-turning novel. » Read More
Better a ‘no’ hawk than a mohawk

Better a ‘no’ hawk than a mohawk

A mom recently asked me what I would say to my son if he was 12 years old and wanted a mohawk haircut for the summer. I told her I'd say no. » Read More
Protect your retirement against market volatility

Protect your retirement against market volatility

As an investor, you're well aware that, over the short term, the financial markets always move up and down. During your working years, you may feel that you have time to overcome this volatility. A... » Read More
Crazy and proud of it

Crazy and proud of it

My grandmother - Daddy's mother - was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we a... » Read More
Bashlor back to ‘Getting It All Together’

Bashlor back to ‘Getting It All Together’

Carolyn Bashlor penned her first book, "Getting It All Together," back in 1980. » Read More
No benefit from arguing with your child

No benefit from arguing with your child

I absolutely love it when people begin to realize that the problems they're having with a child are of their own making; when they begin to realize, in other words, that the child is not the proble... » Read More
The power of hard labor

The power of hard labor

It was an early summer morning, an enchanting time when flowers are blooming, blackberries are spurting to full growth, and the birds are happy to have sunny warmth. I had taken myself out to the b... » Read More
The toils and troubles of toilet training

The toils and troubles of toilet training

Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several ... » Read More
Guyton girl takes a sweet stand against cancer

Guyton girl takes a sweet stand against cancer

Tisha Holland put her heart into a school project this spring. » Read More
The art of frying biscuits (and everything else)

The art of frying biscuits (and everything else)

Mama used to fry biscuits. If you knew Mama, that doesn't surprise you because she fried every food possible. In the course of her life, I knew her to fry green beans, corn, grits and cornmeal mush... » Read More
Nothing to pull your hair out over

Nothing to pull your hair out over

Q: Since our daughter, now 2 years old, was born we have lived with my parents. Being the first and only grandchild, she has been the center of attention. Several months ago, our son was born and w... » Read More
The politeness of the South

The politeness of the South

There are many things I love about the South. We're fiercely patriotic. We're neighborly. We're storytellers without equal. We're unabashedly and unapologetically faithful. We're proudly hospitable... » Read More
How to deal with a ‘sassy’ child

How to deal with a ‘sassy’ child

Q: The "sassiness" that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter. She will say things to me that I actually find myself tongue-tied on how or... » Read More

State launches new ExploreGeorgia.org tourism site

Georgia Tourism, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, announced the launch of the state's newly redesigned tourism Web site. ExploreGeorgia.org offers visitors custom featu... » Read More
Precious memories that really are

Precious memories that really are

In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life, where I found the Lord at the age of 11, where, without fail, I had the leading part in every Christmas pageant and w... » Read More
How to deal with your child’s tantrums

How to deal with your child’s tantrums

Q: When he throws a tantrum, which happens several times a day, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. Worried that he may hurt himself, I pick him up and comfort... » Read More


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