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Thompson: Cell phone cameras can serve as a notepad, too

I've written before about the value of having a camera on your cell phone. For example, you can use it to take a picture of your hotel room number or parking space so you don't forget either one. (I've been known to forget). Well, I was given another great suggestion this week for having a camera phone - Use it to take a picture of your X-ray! Apparently a number of patients are doing this so they can share it with nurses, therapists, other doctors and even friends.

April 03, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


England: Looking for fruit? Your plant may be a hybrid or need pollination

Question: Can you tell me why my flowering quince never produces fruit, even though it has lots of blooms each year?

April 01, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Plan your plant buying to keep nice color around

The normal way of buying flowering plants tends to produce landscapes with three stages every spring: a glorious flash, a fizzle and wait-till-next-year. It seems to happen almost every year.

April 01, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Protect your water by using plastic bottles for intended purposes only

Recently I had someone e-mail my office with the following concern: "I've heard that it could cause cancer if you froze water repeatedly in a water bottle."

March 30, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: So big, it’s shameful — or puts others to shame

The line of Big Mouth Burgers at Chili's has long been on the Lunch Guys "Best Burgers" short list. The name captures the spirit of these magnificent monstrosities.

March 30, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Easter memories are to be cherished

Two rather disturbing things happened during our family Easter last year, both of which I hope can be corrected this year.

March 29, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


England: Pretty pink grass can do well in drought conditions

March 28, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Enjoy fall’s squash treasure: Pumpkins

I love pumpkins! To me, they symbolize fall and the coming of cool weather.

March 28, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: In these dry times, mulch is a plant’s best friend

With many Georgia homeowners wondering if their lawns and landscapes will survive the ongoing drought, folks are looking for a "miracle fix" for their water woes.

March 28, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: Sometimes, a little boost is all we need

The other day, Chloe was trying to get into a chair so she could sit in it "like a big girl." Unfortunately for her, she wasn't as big a girl as she thought she was.

March 28, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Rich: Fortunes aren’t always made from money, fame and prestige

If you met my cousin, Melissa, you'd like her immediately.

March 28, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Stop squirrel party with a strobe light

I admire people who come up with ingenious ways to solve problems. Helen Stell of Lula has provided the first two tips. They are definitely ingenious ...

March 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Craving some pumpkin carving? Have I got a tip for you ...

Well, it's time for my SUPERSIZED Halloween tips column. This is my biggest column of the year and I've got a lot of great Halloween tips. Most of them are on how to have a great jack-o-lantern. However, I've also added some on Halloween in general. Look for me when you're out trick-or-treating. This year I'm going as a "duct tape mummy." (What can I say, I love duct tape almost as much as I love Halloween). Have fun and be careful out there!

March 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Lunch guys: Sandwich at Sonic is truly a mouthful

Everyone seems to think making a cheesesteak is as easy as making a ham sandwich. That's why we Lunch Guys have seen franchises from Quiznos to Dominos try their hand at "cheesesteak" lunches - and flounder where Philadelphians flourish.

March 28, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Plan ahead for landscape additions

Considering the water situation, fall landscape planting is not high on many homeowners' list of things to do.

March 28, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Harbingers of spring

Do you want a beautiful garden filled with flowering bulbs next spring? Then, now is the time to plant them. And picking out a desirable garden bed for bulbs will guarantee a show-stopping display for next season and provide joy for many years to come.

October 31, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Watch your weight, budget this holiday season

If you're concerned about adding holiday pounds during the next eight weeks, don't worry. UGA Extension's Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge offers tips and ideas to fit into your daily routine.

October 29, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Gluten not harmful to your pets

Have you heard of dihydrogen monoxide? It's in tons of products from soft drinks to bug sprays and even in baby food. It's one of the most caustic substances known to man and will eventually break down metal or rock if left in contact long enough.

October 26, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Quakes will continue as Earth’s plates keep shifting

"What's becoming of the world? When will it all end?" Words of my late grandmother came to mind after the Oct. 14 quake off the coast of Nicaragua and El Salvador.

October 25, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Clean and maintain your tools

Preventive maintenance is so important to any aspect of life, whether it's your health or equipment.

October 24, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


'Laggies' is a man-child romp with a twist

Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low-production value.

October 23, 2014 | BY JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer | Columnists


Stirring up Halloween cookies and memories

As Halloween festivities are upon us, what is your favorite memory?

October 22, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Brush away bacteria on daily basis

Your pet's mouth is full of bacteria. Just like yours.

October 19, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Volcanoes likely to affect millions within our lifetimes

We know the zones where the Earth's crust is thin and allows for devastating volcanic eruptions. But there seems to be no solution to the peril affecting many millions of people who live in the shadow of active volcanoes.

October 18, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Succulent plants can thrive indoors and outside

Succulent plants have become popular for good reasons: they are beautiful, drought tolerant and low maintenance.

October 17, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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