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Rich: Christmas in the city turns out to be a blessing

Last year's best present was from neither friend nor loved one. It was gifted to me by life. One of those rare lessons that grows more beautiful in memory as time passes.

December 22, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Celebrate the season with specialty butter

The Kellers Co. has been making butter products for more than 100 years. Each December they come out with their famous "Christmas Tree Butter Sculpture." It looks good and tastes good. You can find them at most Publix grocery stores.

December 20, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cook: This holiday story could give you a blue Christmas

With all the stress of shopping, decorating, traveling and just making time to enjoy the holiday season, one can see why we are drawn to Christmas stories that make us feel good. The most memorable holiday movies, television specials or books are the ones that make us smile and laugh year after year.

December 20, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Maintain your plants during the wintertime

The weather is cool, and the holiday season is in full swing. And while, I know many of you have other things on your mind, here are few tips for the home and garden.

December 18, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: This season, fertilize some and prune others

What can I do to keep my yard and plants healthy through the winter?

December 18, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Rich: A story was not the cure for this bad storyteller

There is a friend I have who cannot, for the life of her, tell a story.

December 15, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Cut through brownie goo with plastic knife

I need to start out by apologizing to Deanna Campbell. She's a faithful reader who gave me a tip some weeks ago on a better way to cut brownies. She said a simple plastic knife will do a better job than any regular knife, and she keeps a plastic knife in one of her kitchen drawers for just this purpose. Well, I didn't believe her. I thought that there was no way that a plastic knife could cut gooey brownies without making a big mess. Well, I was wrong. I eventually got around to testing it out and ...

December 13, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Take care in winter to prepare your trees

As winter approaches, most of us retreat to the cozy confines of our warm, toasty living rooms. We're content watching football, reading a good book or poring over those last-minute Christmas lists. However, have you thought about how your trees are coping with the winter weather?

December 11, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Give your holiday food a healthy makeover

Feel weighed down after a little too much merriment during the holidays? Whether you're watching your waistline, your wallet or your health, some simple substitutions for the fats, sodium and sugars in your favorite dishes can make them healthier.

December 09, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Full moons have allure all their own

For some reason, I've always loved full moons. Every time I see one, I stop in my tracks, fully absorb and appreciate its beauty and then thank the good Lord that I lived to see another beautiful full moon.

December 08, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Send Christmas cards that help charities, too

If you want an easy, painless way to give to charities, you need to check out CardsThatGive.org. It's a nonprofit Web site that lists greeting cards you can buy from more than 100 different charities. The proceeds from the cards help fund a lot of worthy causes. Do it. You'll feel better about yourself.

December 06, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Don’t get caught up in holiday trappings

When your children are all grown up with families of their own, what do you want them to remember about the holidays of their childhood?

December 06, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Fertilizer, seeds may top gardeners' wish lists

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

December 04, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Use evergreens to spruce up dreary winter landscape

How can I make my winter landscape less dreary?

December 04, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Murray: Keeping track of past greats and flops

As the Christmas holiday approaches - and I battle mightily against the Grinch influence - I have retreated to my cellar book. Actually, I have tried to burrow into my cellar book until, say, Jan. 2, but there are certain physical limitations.

December 02, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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Michelle Rawdin: Stick close by God and receive his blessing

My dog, Duke, is a follower.

February 26, 2017 | MICHELLE RAWDIN pastor@antiochunitedmethodistchurch.com | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Kitten tests negative for FIV two weeks later

After a dramatic arrival to our planet, followed by a few weeks of mostly uneventful growth, Leia threw us a curveball. She tested positive for ...

February 26, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Alex Popp: Preparing for challenges of monumental trek

Editor's note: This is the first in a monthly series of columns. Alex Popp will update The Times on his trek while he is ...

February 26, 2017 | Alexander Popp | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tips for controlling moss and algae in turfgrass

The primitive plants of moss and algae begin to form as turfgrass areas begin to thin out. This happens because conditions for growing dense, healthy ...

February 23, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Humans can’t contract cat’s FIV

Leia's family is freaked out.

February 19, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park: Celebrating the change in the religious season

Some families have closets where out-of-season clothing and gear remain hidden away when not in use.

February 19, 2017 | | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: An interesting name for a special nonprofit cause

"What's in a name?" Juliet asked Romeo.

February 19, 2017 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Tame your food cravings during the sweetest seasons by keeping a daily diet journal

Each year, I face a challenge when it comes to the days from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28.

February 14, 2017 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Beware of pet peer pressure regarding people food

Cats don't fully appreciate observational humor.

February 05, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Father Eric Hill: My opportunity to serve God in Flowery Branch

In November 2010, I was called by the Archbishop of Atlanta Wilton Gregory to be the pastor at Prince of Peace Catholic Church on Spout ...

February 05, 2017 | | Columnists


Randall Murray: Six wines to accent your Valentine's Day dinner

It's right around the corner! You know, the holiday that's the result of a great commercial conspiracy involving candy makers and the greeting ...

January 31, 2017 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Honoring the legacy of a longtime friend

There are events in this life that often leave us longing for more. It can be a great meal, a good book or movie or ...

January 16, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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