Summer starts a few days from now.
Look around in the small towns of North Georgia and you'll find that home food production is as popular as ever. Neatly maintained gardens in Lula, Alto and beyond are producing zucchini, squash, cucumbers, corn, and other local produce.
We are good at making preparations when severe weather is forecast.
If there is one characteristic that college professors have in common, it's curiosity.
Scenes that we've only seen in major hurricanes played out early in Florida and Alabama on April 29-30. The Florida panhandle received 2 feet of rain, causing floods in Pensacola and surroundings. The dramatic footage from the Gulf Coast, and the death of a driver whose car got submerged, speak for themselves.
"Imagine you were about to walk into this building, and 97 percent of structural engineers said 'Don't go in, it's about to fall down!' Would you go in?" asked J. Marshall Sheperd during a recent panel discussion about climatic change held at Brenau's Downtown Center.
Throughout history, people have sought ways to extend the lifespan. Thanks to medical advances, those currently 30 and younger have a good chance to reach their 100th birthday.
The March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash., raises the question whether something like this could happen here. It's not likely, because we don't have the deep soil that led to the Western disaster.
Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.
The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.
Spring season is a great time for a sightseeing trip through the nearby mountains. U.S. 129 goes north from Gainesville toward Blairsville. After steep climbs and curves, you arrive at Neels Gap and the Waleisi-Yi Center, a popular stopping point for many hikers.
The global coordinates you can get with a GPS or smartphone can be confusing. Their units are degrees, minutes and seconds of angle. With exact coordinates, you can pinpoint any place in the world. For example, 34 degrees 18 minutes 14.29 seconds north by 83 degrees 49 minutes 35.44 seconds west gets you to the home of The Times.
There are a lot of differences between Georgia's colleges and universities. Some are privately funded, some with tax dollars. Some have historic campuses, like the University of Georgia, which incorporated in 1785. Others were founded in the 20th century, like Georgia State.
The "futurology" movement of the 1960s, which promised progress and prosperity, based almost entirely on technology, has long ebbed away. Science fiction literature and movies range from the realistic to the ridiculous.
While much of the northern and eastern U.S. shivered in frigid weather, parts of England experienced severe storms. Recent research suggests that these record-setting events were due to warming of the Arctic.
Complaining about nature's quirks, and the disasters that come with them, is a popular pastime. But in spite of some of the troubles North Georgia has experienced in the past, it's realistic to say that we live in a very sheltered part of the world.
It's an ironic fact that more than two-thirds of the Earth's surface is covered by water, yet there always seems to be a shortage in many places.
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