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Literature raises questions of war

For me, there's not much more appealing than curling up with a great novel for a few hours and losing myself to my imagination, immersing myself in someone else's world.

October 18, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Banish the monsters from our waterways

There are monsters lurking in our waterways. I would not be too worried this Halloween about typical monsters such as vampires and werewolves. The monsters we need to worry about are all too real and, unfortunately, we are the Dr. Frankensteins who "create" them every day with careless actions that harm our waterways and our environment.

October 18, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Mysteries still surround Lyman Hall's life

Lyman Hall is well-known throughout the Liberty County area. He was a Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence, he was a founder of Sunbury and he served as governor of Georgia from 1783-1784. Much has been written about Hall.

October 18, 2010 | By Margie Love Columnist | Advice/Columnists

It's a good week to think about retirement

You may not see it posted on your calendar, but this is National Save for Retirement Week. This annual event, endorsed by Congress, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement - so why not take some time this week to review your own strategy for achieving the retirement lifestyle you've envisioned?

October 15, 2010 | Distributed by Matt Cardella Financial advisor | Advice/Columnists

Tell kids what to do, don't reason with them

The National Association for the Education of Young Children and I don't see eye-to-eye on many things - maybe anything. We don't even agree on a definition of "child." For example, they believe children are capable of being reasoned with. I believe that if a person is capable of being reasoned with, he or she is no longer a child.

October 13, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Don't be afraid to talk to your teens

October is "Let's Talk Month" and although this column has already addressed teen issues several times this year, these are topics that can't be discussed too often. These issues play such a huge role in the lives of families.

October 13, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Just tell it to me straight

When it comes to how much a spouse wants to know about their soldier's deployment, there seems to be a fairly even split. Some prefer to be left in the dark completely, while others would like to hear every detail, no matter how gruesome.

October 11, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Everyone wants clean, safe water

Unpolluted waterways should be important to all of us. Whether you ever venture out into the local rivers, lakes or the ocean, the health of our local waters affects all of us. When I am drinking a glass of water, I try not to think about the gross litter we have picked up over the years during the annual Keep Liberty Beautiful Rivers Alive cleanups. Why should clean water matter to you?

October 11, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Kids who do their best are good enough

One of the differences between parents of the 1950s and today's is that the former did not care what grades their children made in school. Mind you, they insisted that their children do their best, but if a child's best was average, his parents accepted that and did nothing to make him look like a better student than what he was. Today's parents, as a lot, seem to have great difficulty accepting less than A's on their children's report cards. As a consequence, they are found doing all they can to create the outward impression ...

October 06, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Early detection is key to cancer survival

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And since one in eight women in the United States will get breast cancer this year, this month is a great time to highlight and promote the importance of regular mammograms and other methods for early detection of breast cancer. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.

October 06, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Let's be happy for each other

It's fast-approaching - the return of our soldiers. Some are no longer counting down in months, but in weeks. Some will return before Thanksgiving, some more before Christmas and still more after New Year's. And you can always tell whose husband will be home soonest, because their relief is palpable. When asked the generally dreaded question, "How much longer?" they smile brightly, and the answer comes out in the form of a relaxed sigh.

October 04, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Caring for parents is difficult task

Parents are such a huge chapter in our personal "book of life." To so many, they are the one constant that stands firm when nothing else will. Parents have always been there for us. They are the mold by which most of us have been shaped.

October 04, 2010 | By John Scherer Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Life moves fast, make a difference now

It is funny - just yesterday I was a young girl, fresh out of college, and in the blink of an eye, 30 years went by just like that! Life is hectic and it goes by so fast. In this hectic world, it is hard to find time to give back or to make time to make a difference in the world. That is why USA Weekend Magazine created Make a Difference Day, an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of October.

October 04, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Laundry made for a tought workday before 1950s

Sometimes when I walk around our farm and notice the many iron wash pots; scrub boards; heavy, black irons; galvanized wash tubs; clothes pins; and old, antique ironing boards, my mind goes back to when I was a child helping my mama wash clothes. With 10 people in the family living on a farm, this was a very hard day of work and it was done each Thursday. How blessed we are to have automatic washers and dryers today.

October 04, 2010 | By Margie Love Columnist | Advice/Columnists

Mealtime should not be a constant battle

Q: My 2-year-old daughter eats a few bites of supper each night and then wants milk. So I give her milk. Then she refuses to eat anything else. We take the milk away and attempt to bribe her to take a bite of this or a bite of that. Sometimes we make her something else to eat, something we know she likes. What can we do to get her to eat without hassles? I know that giving her milk before she's finished everything on her plate makes no sense, but I'm afraid that if I don't, it ...

September 29, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists

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