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Wilburn: These simple steps can bring back bliss

Marital satisfaction tends to decrease during the early years of marriage, and for some it reaches a low point during the middle years. This change in satisfaction is most often related to increased stresses, such as increasing work demands, parenting adolescents, caring for aging parents and planning for retirement.

May 15, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: What? Ear plugs? Yes,they work — and let you hear, too

The next time you go to a live concert, don't forget to bring the ear plugs. I'm serious. Over the years I've attended a number of concerts ranging from hard rock to country to contemporary Christian. The one thing they all had in common is that the music was so loud I wouldn't get my hearing back until noon the next day. A friend recommended the ear plugs tip to me and it works great. Believe it or not, you can still hear the music really well even with the foam pieces in your ear canals ...

May 15, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Rain gardens provide many benefits, including water conservation

Rain gardens are becoming increasingly popular in the home landscape.

May 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep preschoolers in mind when working in the kitchen

As a toddler I cherished the time spent in the kitchen with my grandmother. Her time and patience encouraged and developed my love of cooking and trying new recipes.

May 11, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Joining with good friends to come home

To be quite frank, I don't remember from where the idea arose. It could have been at the suggestion of one of two friends or - and this is quite possible - it was my own bright idea.

May 10, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: God continues to pursue his children

"I'm going to get you!" I threaten as I start to slowly lumber toward her, wiggling my fingers in the air.

May 08, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Find a new home for this column at the Humane Society

Here's a great recycling tip from Betty Duff. Instead of throwing your newspapers away, save them and give them to the Humane Society. They can always use them for the animals. Just make sure that you don't include the glossy inserts or the comics. (I was told by the Humane Society that the cats and dogs really like my column). The Society's address is 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville. They're open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Also, consider donating cat food during the ...

May 08, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Like your veggies? Grow your own

If you're a gardening novice and a vegetable lover, plan to include beans, corn, tomatoes and eggplant in your first garden.

May 06, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Beauty lies in the heart of beholder

Sophie Rose was not, in the assessment of other women, what you would call "pretty."

May 03, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t toss worn out long-sleeved shirts; recycle them instead

Men, here's something you may not have thought of. Instead of throwing out long-sleeved shirts that have frayed cuffs or soiled elbows, turn them into short-sleeve shirts. Most tailors can do the work and it's fairly inexpensive. (Contributed by Mark Mele).

May 01, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Beware of bees looking for wood

The carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica, normally attracts quite a bit of attention in Georgia in the spring of the year.

April 29, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Dainty English flower thrives in mediocre soil

Question: Do English bluebells require any special growing conditions?

April 29, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Spring means a new crop of fresh asparagus

I have many reasons to love spring, but there are certain foods that always come to mind this time of year: eggs, corned beef and cabbage and, of course, asparagus.

April 27, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: A proper send-off includes wailing

It is not certain how we got on the subject but somehow a friend mentioned that when he dies, he wants "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong to be played at his funeral.

April 26, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: A new perspective is sometimes all we need

I spent part of my day today under the dining room table. Why? Because apparently I've got that kind of time on my hands.

April 24, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Controlling squirrel population around your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Getting in the ‘Holiday’ mood

The holiday season is nearly here, and it is time to break out some Thanksgiving and Christmas classics.

November 20, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Around the Home: Serving up a safe turkey for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving dinner countdown clock has reached less than 10 days.

November 19, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Tackle health issue at first sign

I don't play college football. I am the size of a smaller linebacker, but have the speed of an elderly penguin. So I am one of the many fans who puts my heart into it then complains when what I'd hoped for doesn't happen.

November 16, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Temperature inversions create bubbles that affect sound, smoke

Atmospheric conditions often influence the course of history.

November 15, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Camellias flowering with fall and winter blooms

No other flowering Southern plant ushers in cooler weather better than the lovely American camellia.

November 14, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Slow cooking some sweet potatoes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we all know the celebration is not complete until the sweet potatoes are on the table.

November 12, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Dog breath changes may be worrisome

When I meet a person and somehow learn they don't like puppy breath, I have an innate level of distrust for them.

November 09, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Shining light into darkness

I'm a superhero.

November 09, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Monthly cleanup events help Keep Hall Beautiful

No doubt, Hall County is beautiful.

November 08, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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