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Ridiculous advice award goes to...

Every so often, when I'm feeling in an especially mischievous mood (as opposed to my typically mischievous mood), I award a RALPH - Rosemond's Awfully Ludicrous Parenting Honor - to either a parenting pundit who has given exceedingly bad parenting advice or a parent who has done something exceedingly foolish. In either case, to qualify one must have caught the attention of the media.

December 01, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists

When it's not the feel good season

Here we are again, the most wonderful time of the year! The start of the holiday season, Thanksgiving, going shopping early on Black Friday to see the people, sights, sounds and flavor of the start of the shopping season, college and NFL football, school vacation, Christmas movies brought out and seen over and over again, the Twelve Days of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, at Christmas, New Years and a 'lotta' promises made for the coming year, football playoffs, the Super Bowl and for all us romantics, Valentine's Day.

November 29, 2010 | By John Scherer Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Africanized honey bees 102

In the last column, I talked about avoiding getting stung by Africanized honey bees by keeping a high domestic bee population, cleaning up areas that Africanized bees would like to nest and not antagonizing bees when you happen across them.

November 24, 2010 | By Don Gardner Columnist | Advice/Columnists

I'm really happy, really

If you ignore the 20-hour drive in a vehicle that I'm not quite sure can make the trip, complete with my notoriously carsick dog, I'm very thankful to be going home for Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists

We are blessed with conveniences today

As I walk around our home and farm, I am reminded of how things used to be when I was young and even before my time. At my childhood home, the old well bucket used to hang from a rope and was hitched to a wooden pulley. I clearly remember having to draw water from the well and water the horse and cow. It took many buckets hoisted up from the well and poured over the well curb, which was made from a large cypress tree. I would turn the bucket over and pour the water down the wooden gutter ...

November 22, 2010 | By Margie Love Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Don't let 'double-dip' fears slow investments

Fears of a "double-dip" recession are in the air. Obviously, this isn't particularly good news; we'd all like to feel that the economy is growing robustly. At the same time, however, you'll want to avoid making hasty, ill-advised investment decisions based on the mere threat of a slide into another recession. Instead, you'll want to keep your long-term investment plan intact - in all economic environments.

November 19, 2010 | For Matt Cardella Special to the Courier | Advice/Columnists

Living with children

In an e-mail to me, his parents call him "The Laziest Kid in America." The child in question, a third grader, hides his clothes rather than put them away properly (in truth, hiding them probably takes more effort), would sometimes rather poop in his britches than stop what he's doing and go to the bathroom, forgets to bring work to or from school almost daily, and is nasty to his parents when they don't give him his way. He's bright but his grades suffer because he doesn't do his work.

November 17, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Great American Smokeout is Thursday

Tomorrow is the Great American Smokeout. The day was introduced and became a yearly event once the American Cancer Society became aware of the correlation between tobacco and cancer.

November 17, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Take the pledge, start recycling

Often, people are hesitant to recycle because they think it will be too time-consuming, too messy or just plain too much trouble. In reality, if you start off with just a few items, you may realize that recycling will work quite comfortably into your busy lifestyle.

November 15, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Soldier's letter to mom sparks emotions

Many of our young Liberty County men served in World War I. The three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bacon Fraser Sr. of Hinesville and their nephew, who lived with them, fought in the war at the same time.

November 15, 2010 | By Margie Love Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Thank you for your service

This time last year, my husband was not yet a veteran of war. We were newbies to this lifestyle, less than a year in, and dreading the start of this one-year deployment.

November 15, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Consolidating retirement accounts can pay off

Now that fall is officially here, change is everywhere. The days are shorter and cooler and, in many places, the trees are bursting with color. In preparation for the long winter, squirrels gather nuts and put many of them together in one place. If you're nearing retirement, you might be able to learn something from our furry friends, as you, too, may want to consolidate some of your assets - in particular, your retirement accounts - as you prepare for a new season in your life.

November 12, 2010 | For Matt Cardella | Advice/Columnists

The saga of four chaplains

One of my all time favorite stories is the "Four Chaplains" saga of World War II.

November 10, 2010 | By B.J. Clark Guest columnist | Advice/Columnists

Africanized honey bees 101

The Georgia agricultural community has been expecting this for some time and it finally and sadly has happened. A person was killed in Albany, Dougherty County, by an attack of Africanized honey bees.

November 10, 2010 | By Don Gardner Guest columnist | Advice/Columnists

Not all problems were meant to be solved

One of the defining beliefs of this technological age is that with enough ingenuity and perseverance, any problem can be solved. It's a misbelief, actually, because problems that are a function of the human condition do not always respond positively to human effort. This recently came to mind as I contemplated two questions submitted by readers.

November 10, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists

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