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I’ve waited a long time to brag

I brag too much about my baby. I also email and post too many photos of her on social-media sites. I can't help it. That might not seem out of character for a new parent, but it is for me. I spent all of my adolescent years and a good chunk of my adult life claiming I didn't want children. So, it seems to outsiders that I've done a complete 180, although that really isn't the case.

November 13, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Mommy play dates are important

Motherhood seems to make it nearly impossible to keep and make friends. It's not that old friends aren't still amazing. But if they don't have children, it can be hard to find any common ground. Chances are non-parents and single women don't find discussions about teething and diapers very interesting.

November 13, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Maybe mom isn’t always right

I think my husband and my daughter's pediatrician are in cahoots. Before I elaborate, let me stress that I like our pediatrician very much. He's been practicing for more than 20 years and has raised five healthy children of his own. He previously served as chairman of Memorial University Medical Center's Department of Pediatrics and definitely seems to know his stuff.

November 06, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


‘Uncool’ parents aren’t doomed yet

I'm not cool. I listen almost exclusively to classic rock, and I cannot pass up a "Golden Girls" rerun marathon. I don't have a sophisticated cell phone, iPad, mp3 player, gaming console, GPS, TiVo or any other trendy electronic devices. Now, I'm not a total cave-dweller; I do have a computer, a simple cell phone, a television and a DVD player, but that's about it. And I'm fine with that.

October 29, 2012 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Support network integral to parenthood

Raising a baby is tough. I doubt that comes as a surprise to the hardworking parents out there. What many people fail to realize is that having a baby is even harder when new parents have no support network.

October 23, 2012 | Hollie Barnidge | Opinion


‘Entertaining and educational’

Coastal residents and out-of-state visitors alike converged on Riceboro to learn about the Geechee culture Saturday through exhibits, demonstrations, performances and music.

March 01, 2012 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Local news


Group feeds area hungry

Savannah Feed the Hungry made an encore visit to Liberty County on Saturday and the charitable food distribution organization brought along a special guest: Naomi Barber King, sister-in-law of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

February 29, 2012 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Local news


Chamber members feast with friends

Liberty County Chamber of Commerce members put business matters aside for a few hours Friday night and enjoyed fresh food and the company of friends during the annual membership appreciation Lowcountry boil.

October 06, 2011 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Business


No wonder people eat junk

My husband and I have really been trying to watch our budget lately, which means no eating in restaurants or ordering takeout. I've always enjoyed cooking so, if time permits, I don't mind preparing dinner at home most nights. The thing that deters me is actually the cost.

October 05, 2011 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Staff blogs


Saucy barbecue, blues served up

The delectable smell of perfectly smoked and sauced pork, ribs and chicken lured area residents to downtown Hinesville on Saturday evening, where the ninth annual Blues & BBQ festival ran from 5-11:30 p.m. in the Liberty County Justice Center parking lot on M.L. King Jr. Drive.

October 05, 2011 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Local news


That makes NO sense

Many things about government make no sense to me. That may just be because I'm not a government policy scholar … or it may be because some government guidelines really are, well, senseless.

September 26, 2011 | Hollie Barnidge | Staff blogs


United Way Liberty reveals 2011 fundraising goal at kickoff rally

The United Way of the Coastal Empire's Liberty County branch kicked off its portion of the organization's annual campaign Thursday evening by announcing a slightly increased fundraising goal of $181,000 - $1,000 more than last year's $180,000 goal.

September 20, 2011 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Business


Kids, don't take cues from reality TV

I think I know why society is a bit screwed up – and it might have something to do with the Kardashian family and people like them. No, I am not an avid Kardashian fan. Until recently, I didn't even know the first names of the Kardashian family members (well, except for Kim because everybody knows her). But after seeing a clip of their ridiculous show, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," I Googled them and did a bit of research.

August 23, 2011 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Staff blogs


Farmers Market gains vendors, visitors

Lisa Marra, owner of FraLi Gourmet, talked with a customer at the farmers market about her all-natural pasta and marinated vegetables, which she sold Thursday evening in Bradwell Park. Marra had never before set up shop at the Hinesville Farmers Market, but said she was enjoying her experience and plans to return.

August 12, 2011 | Hollie Moore Barnidge | Things to Do


Got frizz? Quick - call the hair hotline!

I recently bought a new hair straightener (or flat iron - whatever you call it). It came with a pamphlet of info that included tips, suggestions, hairstyles and a 1-800 number to call in case the user runs into problems. The pamphlet didn't specify what kind of problems, which I found amusing. Do they mean if I have mechanical problems with the straightener? Or do they mean if I have problems styling my hair using the tips and tricks provided in the brochure?

July 06, 2011 | Hollie Barnidge | Staff blogs


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Articles By Author - Hollie Barnidge


Money needed for turn lane at I-95 interchange

Despite buzz last year that Midway residents would be able to satisfy their Big Mac cravings without having to leave city limits, McDonald's never did set up shop at the Highway 84/Interstate 95 interchange. Rumor had it that the halted restaurant plan boiled down to an expensive right-turn lane required by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

April 17, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Business


Hats off to single parents

I don't believe in illness. OK, perhaps I should rephrase that - I don't believe in a minor illness' ability to keep me down. Unless I'm dragging a limb, hospitalized or totally unable to keep food down at all, I refuse to disrupt my ultra-busy daily routine to do silly things like "rest" or "recuperate."

April 15, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Don't be at kid's beck and call

Call me an old-timer, but moms and dads just did things differently when I was a child. The overall approach to parenting seems to have changed so much. My parents fostered independence in my siblings and me. They wanted us to learn early on that we needed to be able to speak and do things for ourselves, and the sooner we understood that, the better off we'd be.

April 08, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Put kids' safety above all else

There is nothing more important than the safety and protection of innocent children. Not constitutional rights, not animal rights, not thoughts, opinions, feelings or political beliefs. The lives of children must be given top priority.

April 01, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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