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Longstreet Cancer Clinic’s All About You shop offers products and comfort

"Cancer itself is just a hard journey all the way around," Cathy Jarrells said.

October 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Parents opt out, tackle teaching on their own

MODESTO, Calif. - As neighborhood schools grapple with pared budgets and pressure-cooker tests, not every family shares the strain. For a hardy few, the living room doubles as classroom, and kids drive the curriculum.An estimated 2 million students, or 3.6 percent, are home-schooled nationwide, twice as many as in 1999.

October 08, 2012 | By Nan Austin The Modesto Bee | Life top stories


They turn bicycle trash into treasure — then give it away

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Bicycle parts crowd out all but the washer and dryer and Christmas ornaments packed on a few shelves in Randy Kiefer's garage.Overhead, dozens of tires and tire tubes - tied together in bunches by size, 26- and 27-inch - hang like long, skinny pieces of black rubbery fruit. Bicycle forks straddle a narrow beam. Frames are tucked up in the rafters; rims hooked to the walls. Smaller parts fill crates, bins and tackle boxes - drive chains, crank arms, derailleurs, hubs, spokes, lugs, clamps, bolts, spacers, washers…

October 07, 2012 | By Theresa Walker The Orange County Register | Life top stories


Mushrooms serve a greater purpose

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - There's always a fungus among us ... in lawns, gardens and woods"Fungi are part of our everyday lives," says Theresa Augustin, curator of natural areas at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Va.

October 05, 2012 | By Kathy Van Mullekom Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) | Life top stories


Charleston’s shrimp and grits is a humble dish full of native history

Barbecue is nice, and fried green tomatoes have a catchy name. But if you want the dish that truly represents the South these days, skip them both and turn to another recipe entirely:

October 03, 2012 | By Kathleen Purvis The Charlotte Observer | Life top stories


Mural by NGCSU art students took more than a year to complete

DAHLONEGA - A woman with a weathered face, silver hair piled atop her head, sits on a rustic porch admiring a patchwork quilt.Behind her, hazy blue mountains and a stream that winds its way between Dahlonega landmarks form the backdrop of a mural depicting the history and culture of Appalachia.

October 02, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories


Adirondack Adventure: Episode III

I maxed out on family in the Syracuse area for a few days until Sunday, June 10, and then headed home for Gainesville via a slightly different route. I rode south out of 'Cuse (as the city is now affectionately known, thanks to the Syracuse University basketball team) and picked up N.Y. Highway 13 southeast in Cortland. Here's the old biker on Pompeii Hill just south of Syracuse - finally, some sun!

September 29, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories


Master Gardeners strut their green stuff at Fall Expo

One of the largest garden shows in Georgia, the Hall County Master Gardeners' Fall Garden Expo begins today and runs through Saturday.

September 28, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories


Warm up with creamy casseroles and creamy vegetable soup sans butter

I've always loved broccoli, even if it does have an unfortunate aroma. It's an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, dietary fiber and many vitamins and minerals.

September 26, 2012 | By Sara Moulton Associated Press | Life top stories


Local dance team featured on reality TV show

Reality television shows aren't exactly known for clearing up misconceptions, but one local dance team hopes a new show will tell the truth about their sport.

September 25, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Adirondack Adventure: Episode II

Editor's note: This is the second of a three-part series chronicling a trip Hall County resident Bill Rezak made across the eastern U.S. on a motorcycle.

September 23, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories


PBS film plumbs Civil War’s staggering toll

RICHMOND, Va. - In the PBS American Experience documentary "Death and the Civil War" premiering tonight, bloated Union and Confederate bodies are shown scattered on battlefields and in trenches and bleached skulls and body parts are stacked like cordwood.As the title suggests, death is the central theme of this moving, extraordinarily graphic film based on Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust's acclaimed book "This Republic of Suffering."

September 18, 2012 | By Steve Szkotak Associated Press | Life top stories


Adirondack Adventure: Episode I

Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series chronicling a trip Hall County resident Bill Rezak made across the eastern U.S. on a motorcycle.

September 16, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories


Rare medieval book offers window to religious life during Middle Ages

University of South Carolina English professor Scott Gwara had sorted through 32 lots of medieval books and manuscripts in a London auction house when he pulled out box 33 and discovered a pristine prayer book that he hoped would round out USC's collection of 15th-century religious texts."I pulled this off the shelf and I thought, 'This is amazing,'" Gwara recalled Friday as he unveiled the volume that was hand-lettered and illuminated more than 500 years ago. "It is the original cover, it has never been rebound, and the paint is as fresh as it was in 1490."

September 15, 2012 | By Carolyn Click The State (Columbia, S.C.) | Life top stories


Reel in the benefits of smoked fish

Several thousand years ago, people discovered that exposing fish to intense amounts of salt and smoke was a great was of preserving the catch for later.

September 12, 2012 | By J.M. Hirsh Associated Press | Life top stories


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Master Gardener maintains her father's living legacy

Deer were here, nibbling on the lilies, hitting up the hydrangeas and binging on the blueberries, only to leave a bare bush behind.

August 22, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Healthy, easy entree for school lunch

If all the commercials on the Disney channel and Nickelodeon are to be believed, children nowadays can survive on gogurt, Kraft mac-n-cheese and pop tarts alone.

August 20, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Life on the farm easier without an air conditioner

David White doesn't mind technology. He just doesn't like one piece in particular.

August 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


From ‘Couch Potato to 5K’: Learning to run

We've all seen them: Sweaty-faced people, huffing for breath and summoning all their energy to shuffle from point A to point B.

August 18, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Atheist, minister discuss viewpoints at downtown bar

A Baptist minister and a proclaimed atheist walk into a bar for an open dialogue about religion.

August 16, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Community garden keeps residents busy, well-fed

Whether it's spending time among the roses, corn or rosemary, the resident garden at Lanier Village Estates serves many purposes.

August 15, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Mountain Fresh Creamery ice cream comes fresh from the cow

From cow to cone in less than a day - that's how Mountain Fresh Creamery produces some of the freshest, creamiest, richest ice cream in North Georgia, according to the store's motto.

August 13, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Tennis instructor works, plays outside in hot conditions

Andy Ramsey rocks back on his heels, sighs and takes another swing.

August 12, 2014 | BY BEKAH PORTER bporter@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Are our chairs killing us?

There's a saying that sitting is the new smoking. It's a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting could be worse than smoking.

August 11, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Life top stories


Woodworker tries to follow in Jesus’ footsteps

Like his father and grandfather before him, Austin White loves woodworking. But when it comes to emulating carpenters, he peers past his own parentage and tries to mirror the most famous of all.

August 10, 2014 | BY BEKAH PORTER bporter@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Toddler ready for kidney transplant

After waiting a couple of years, little Mason Hyde has reached all of the milestones, including a desired weight and finding a donor, required for a kidney transplant.

August 10, 2014 | By Amanda Head For The Times | Life top stories


Church aims to connect with cowboys

At the birth of Christ, angels appeared before shepherds nearby to bring them the news that would revolutionize their lives: "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people."

August 09, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


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