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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


A fresh take on comfort foods for Rosh Hashanah

Laura Frankel thinks about Rosh Hashanah in simple terms.

September 05, 2012 | By Jim Romanoff Associated Press | Life top stories


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Protect your plants from cold winter temperatures

Winter planning and protection is important for ornamental plants.

March 06, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


Herbs an idea choice for indoor gardens

An icy winter may dampen the mood, but there's no need for it to hinder a green thumb.

March 06, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


Home cooks supply recipes straight out of Georgia

All across Georgia at any given time, you can find a grandma in the kitchen working on one of her family recipes, passed down from her momma and her momma's momma.

March 04, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


Author pens historical fiction on ‘Doc’ Holliday

While many people expect a cross-country move to change the course of their lives, literally and figuratively, Victoria Wilcox never thought it would lead her to change one man's history.

March 03, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Echo Wellness Center offers traditional Chinese medicine

At first blush, it may sound a little nuts to willingly ask someone to place multiple needles in your skin, but proponents say the practice is useful for alleviating a variety of ailments, from chronic pain to depression.

March 02, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Hilda Bell sings with her golden-aged voice

At 91 years old, Hilda Bell knows how to do a little bit of everything.

March 01, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Westminster members break bread together

Getting to know other church members during a Sunday service can be difficult because of the number of people and small amount of time one has for conversation.

February 28, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Area children sprouting knowledge about gardening

During a day when ice covered most of Forsyth County, 10 out of 12 enrolled children showed up at the Forsyth County Library for the fourth session of Master Gardener Sprouts to learn about planting vegetables.

February 27, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Cooking with Crevolyn: Secret to good food is the spices

I'm sure you've heard the expression "variety is the spice of life."

February 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Life top stories


Restaurants compete in cookie-inspired contest

The sweetest season is upon Northeast Georgia as Girl Scout cookie sales are in full swing, and the girls are preparing to celebrate the iconic Samoa's 40th birthday.

February 25, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Red Shoe House repairs old soles

Providing North Georgia with an old-fangled service for more than 40 years, Eddie Tatum works long hours to repair shoes, purses, gloves and other leather products at the Red Shoe House.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man returns to the shoe repair business after 16-year absence

Other shoe repair shops in Gainesville include Country Cobbler II, which offers repairs on shoes, handbags and jackets.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


German influence in Northeast Georgia

On a walk down Edelweiss or Munich Strassen, you'll find cobblestone alleys lined with brightly painted Bavarian shops. Only, this charming German town is not actually in Germany. It's Helen, nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia.

February 22, 2015 | BY AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Gardeners learn to grow plants from seeds

Within every seed is life, but to get that life to sprout has some garden hobbyists on edge.

February 20, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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