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Thompson: Both adults, kids will enjoy this balloon trick

I recently held a party and had a professional decorator come in and decorate. She was creating balloon center pieces for each of the tables. They looked pretty cool. One of the balloons she had filled up with helium escaped from her and went to the ceiling. (The room had 30-foot-high ceilings). I said to her, "Well, I guess that balloon is gone." She replied, "Oh no its not. Just watch." And with that she filled up another balloon with helium, attached a string to it and put doubled-sided tape on the balloon. She then let that balloon rise until ...

March 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Landfills benefit from paper hangers

Is your dry cleaner still using metal hangers? If so, encourage them to switch to EcoHangers. These new hangers are made of biodegradable paper. Each year, more than 3.5 billion metal hangers end up in landfills - and they sit there for more than 100 years. In addition to being good for the environment, EcoHangers are also easier to fold up and throw away - metal hangers just poke out of your garbage bag. One last point, a lot of advertisers are putting their messages on the EcoHangers, thus making them cheaper for the dry cleaners than the metal ones.

March 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Planning on baking for the holidays? Chill out

Instead of baking to a frazzle this holiday season, try chilling out. Bake ahead and freeze foods to avoid last-minute hassles. Here are some guidelines to help you start.

March 21, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: ‘Glorious’ macaroni makes the holiday

It's a sure thing that when family gathers at my house for Thanksgiving dinner, there will certainly be a hot, gooey dish of homemade macaroni and cheese on the table.

March 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Lunch guys: Sammies at Quiznos taste great, but have few fillings

It's a testament to our love of Quiznos that when we found out the sub chain was selling something called "Sammies," we said, "Yeah, we'll eat that! … Uh, what's a Sammie?"

March 21, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Lunch guys: Bread, bacon help pungent sauce on new BK sandwich

Longtime fans of the Lunch Guys know that if a national chain restaurant is offering something with "bacon" in the name, we've either already eaten it or are idling in the drive-through lane right now.

March 21, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Gardening gifts can be as simple as seeds

It's one week after Black Friday, the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, and the question now is, "Is your Christmas shopping complete?"

March 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: If you’re going too fast, turn around for help

We were visiting Amy's family in Texas. On Sunday morning, we went to church, and God taught me something during the worship service.

March 21, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wilburn: Packing safe 'bag' lunches

Are you looking for a way to save money at work? One way to save an average of $5 a day is to bring your lunch from home instead of eating out.

March 21, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Idea of ‘bad luck' lives on in NASCAR

I picked up the package left on the back porch and read the mailing label that said "RCR Racing, Welcome, N.C." I smiled and hurried inside to tear it open.

March 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Christmas trees need tender care

Is it just me or is the Christmas season beginning earlier each year? Personally, I would like to at least finish trick-or-treating before I begin thinking about Christmas. But whether you've got your shopping wrapped up or haven't even started, it's time to decorate the Christmas tree.

March 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Nothing is sexier than a man with a plan

Flipping through the pages of People magazine, I saw where a guy with whom I once spent a week in Hawaii had been named as one of sexiest men in America.

March 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: A little tape can keep you straight

Last week I talked about how much better a person looks when they have good posture. Well, a physical therapist pointed out to me that there is a simple trick you can use to improve your posture. While you're standing up straight, with your shirt off, have someone apply tape along your spine. The best tape to use is some sort of medical/bandage tape, but I like duct tape. Whenever you start to slouch, you'll feel the tape pulling. You can also have someone apply duct tape in an X pattern across your shoulder blades. This will ...

March 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: ‘Object permanence’ viewed as gift from God

I believe object permanence - or the lack thereof - is God's gift to new parents.

March 21, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Rich: Find some comfort in this sandwich

Three friends and I were motoring our way from the western edge of Kentucky over to Louisville when someone proclaimed a sudden and immediate need for an orange Nehi soda.

March 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Cooking with Crevolyn: Simple meal on school nights

I admit it. I was different than most of the other kids.

August 20, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Earth Sense: Extension cords can lead to shocks, wiring-induced fires

The word "fire" strikes fear in homeowners. Rightfully so: Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 1,513 people in the U.S. died in house fires, including 57 Georgia residents (www.usfa.fema.gov).

August 17, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Blessings flow upon those who obey God

Chloe is at a stage right now where she won't listen to anything I tell her to do.

August 17, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Animals need care of veterinarian

The following is a true story. Names have been omitted to protect the innocent, as well as the less-than-innocent.

August 17, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Resolving pest problems

One man or woman's cute and cuddly critter is another person's pest. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it eats your prize-winning roses or caused $1,000 in damage to the garage or attic.

August 15, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Senior shenanigans at 'Ridgemont High'

It's that time again. The school year has officially begun, which means early, hurried mornings, school supply lists and dents in your wallet for lunch money. Oh joy!

August 14, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: It’s grill time; devour red meats with red wine

Gentlemen, masochists that we are, we struggle out into the North Georgia summer heat and humidity to battle with that masculine dragon - the grill.

August 13, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Research breeds before buying dog

The time is nigh and fantasy football approaches!

August 10, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Colors result from surfaces reflecting available light

Colors change with the light. This was an issue recently when a friend was having a vintage Porsche repainted, and the shade of ivory just didn't look right.

August 10, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


August superb time to ready gardens for autumn harvest

In the Southern climate, gardeners have a second chance to replant, add new plants and harvest vegetables as fall nears.

August 08, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: High-quality winemaker develops affordable drinks

Two issues rarely intertwine in the same sentence: Highly rated winemakers and sensibly priced wines.

August 06, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Around the Home: Cut fat, calories in dips

Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.

July 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Cooking With Cervolyn: Thrill of the grill

Southern summers are the best.

July 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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