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Gather recyclables, head to fair

Next Saturday, Oct. 2, Keep Liberty Beautiful will host this quarter's Recycle It! Fair at the Kiwanis Club's gigantic yard sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in downtown Hinesville's Bradwell Park. This is a great time for people to drop off any unneeded electronics and household items for recycling. Please note, regular recyclers, we will not be at the old hospital site as we have been in the past.

September 28, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists


When talking is not enough

Imagine, if you will, that you're in the middle of writing an essay for a college class, mentally compiling your grocery list while noticing that those five pounds you lost exercising has returned in the form of Bunny Tracks ice cream, motivating yourself to add an extra half mile to your run to combat said effects of dessert indulgence, planning a Sunday school lesson for teenagers that will hopefully not be deemed boring in the first five minutes, and hearing the buzz that tells you it's time to switch the laundry over. Then, you hear the familiar Skype ...

September 28, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Inflating a kid's ego is asking for trouble

The notion that adults should do all they possibly can to advance the self-esteem of children is dying a slow but hopefully unavoidable death. Research done by a number of objective folks, most notably Roy Baumeister at Florida State University, has clearly shown that high self-esteem is closely associated with anti-social inclinations. Unfortunately, it's taken more than a decade for the research in question to bridge the gap between academia and popular culture. For this research, two generations of parents were persuaded to devote themselves to creating child-rearing environments that were rich in praise and reward but lacking in ...

September 22, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Use caution, education to prevent STDs

Out of frustration, some police departments are seeking new ways to lower the incidence of unlawful sexual behavior by raising the consequences. Men caught in prostitution stings in Daytona Beach, Fla., will have letters mailed to their homes stating that they were picked up and why. Included with the letter is information on sexually transmitted diseases and symptoms to watch for. Imagine the impact that piece of mail could have.

September 22, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Grandparents are fun part of growing up

"Being a grandparent is God's compensation for growing old." That's a saying I have seen many times on small wall plaques. Thirty-two years ago, President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation on Aug. 3, 1978, after Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as Grandparents Day. Even today, however, Grandparents Day is not always recognized. This year, it was Sept. 12. The purpose of Grandparents Day is to honor grandparents and to help children understand the strength and guidance older people can provide.

September 21, 2010 | By Margie Love Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Let's hear it for impressive results

I am kind of a closet "results addict." Well, actually, those who know me well would say I haven't hidden this "secret disease" very well. I must admit, however, I don't get into numbers because I enjoy mathematics. Results just give me feedback. I see strong results as verification that efforts made have paid off, and that is pretty important to me.

September 21, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists


As fit as a soldier

The Army Physical Fitness Test, more commonly referred to as the PT test, is a tool for measuring a soldier's physical aptitude. The three-part test, made up of push-ups, sit-ups and a run, measures the performance of the soldier against standards set according to age and gender.

September 21, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Adult children need boundaries too

There is hardly anything more painful for a parent or grandparent than to watch our grown children experience major problems. Whether the problem is gradual, continuous or unexpected, it is gut wrenching for parents and grandparents to watch children suffer.

September 21, 2010 | By John Scherer Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Another stimulus?

We are now hearing from Washington and the media of the possibility of a future stimulus package.

September 20, 2010 | By Vance Parfitt Guest columnist | Advice/Columnists


The story behind the storyteller

It's not about what you say or even what you do that's remembered – it's how you make someone feel. People remember those who make them feel good and are able to teach them as well.

September 16, 2010 | By Shirley Hiers Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Parents are not supposed to obey kids

Today's parents - and especially those in the educated class who consume parenting information via newspaper columns, books and seminars - tend toward what I call "psychological thinking." They assign psychological meaning and significance to any behavior on the part of their children that is the least bit out of kilter. So, for example, a somewhat clingy preschool child isn't simply introverted; rather, the child is insecure and needing additional attention because a younger sibling came along before she was able to completely work through toddler dependency issues and blah blah blah. Thus, something that is no big deal becomes ...

September 15, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Keep your family healthy in storm season

Five years ago, the Atlantic hurricane season was the most active season in recorded history. Events that year shattered numerous records with an estimated 3,865 deaths and damages of around $130 billion. Of the 28 storms that year, five of the season's seven major hurricanes - Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma - were responsible for most of the destruction.

September 15, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Life is nothing without dreams

I'm a dreamer. This is not to say that I'm goal-oriented or enterprising, words that would far better suit my husband. When I say I'm a dreamer, I mean I can spend five hours of my day researching a weekend getaway to Paris. I'll get price quotes on flights, rental cars and hotels. I'll plan what sights I'd like to see, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, and what restaurants I'd like to dine in. (So far, I'm partial to Le Buisson Ardent, I think.)

September 13, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Forging ahead with full fall schedule

Fall is in the air, even though the temperature does not reflect it yet. As we gear up for Keep Liberty Beautiful's annual autumn events, let me share a few highlights. Mark your calendars now. Your participation in these events can make a difference in your life and in our world.

September 13, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Cut your monthly phone bill

Sometimes I miss the days before cell phones, e-mail and voicemail. Sure, they've simplified our lives in many ways - remember how frustrating it was trying to reach people before answering machines? On the downside, though, not only do we often feel compelled to be accessible 24-7, but it's expensive. After factoring in internet service and cable or satellite TV, you might be paying thousands of dollars a year to keep your family wired and wireless.

September 08, 2010 | By Jason Alderman Practical money skills | Advice/Columnists


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