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Wilburn: Free time during spring break may lead to risky behavior

Thoughts of spring are on everyone's mind. However, this time of year brings with it opportunities for teens to make choices that are potentially dangerous. Spring break parties, trips and proms all pose situations where teens need to make choices.

April 17, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Blackwood: One big confession or little white lies?

The new governor of New York, David Paterson, decided after taking office that he would go ahead and confess all of his sins. It was a pretty good list. Before it was over he had 'fessed up to everything except burying Jimmy Hoffa and kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.

April 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


England: Trilliums, while hard to find, can grow easily in woodland gardens

Question: I want to plant some native trilliums in a small woodland garden. What is the easiest kind to grow?

April 14, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


White wines range from soft and fruity to very crisp

In last month's column I described some of the most popular red wine grapes and the wines they produce. This month we're taking on white wine grapes. So, pour yourself a glass of chardonnay and read on.

April 12, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: In the battle of love, ladies wear five stars

It would behoove all you men to thoroughly understand one thing: We women normally conduct our romances by committee.

April 11, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Plant expo focuses on drought

Spring is here, and with it comes the urge to dig, prune, plant and mow. For many gardeners living in Northeast Georgia, a much anticipated event is finally here - the 2008 Spring Garden Expo!

April 10, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: A little change can be OK

The other day I was looking back at some old pictures of Chloe. Some of them were more than a year old. If it weren't for me or Amy in the pictures with her, I would think I was looking at someone else's child, not mine. I was amazed at how much Chloe had changed in such a short a time.

April 10, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Freeze grapes for sweet snack

Do your kids love sweets? Try this sweet snack instead of the usual junk food: frozen grapes. Just put the grapes in your freezer and leave them there. When you pull them out let them sit for about five minutes before serving. They're delicious and healthy!

April 10, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Stay cool with this neat seat

Have you ever heard of Lava Buns? If not, you need to check it out. It's basically a seat cushion that you can either heat up in the microwave or cool in the freezer. The internal microcore element holds the hot or cold for up to six hours. It's great for the deer stand, the football stadium bleachers or the Fourth of July picnic. The name is kind of weird, but the product works. You can find it at your local outdoors store or Google it online. It comes in red, navy, black and camo and costs about ...

April 10, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Benefits of duct tape go beyond expectations

OK, did you do well on last week's pop quiz?

April 09, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: It’s quiz time! What do you remember from a year of tips?

I hope you had a wonderful and safe New Year. Now close your books, clear off your desk and pull out a No. 2 pencil. IT'S QUIZ TIME! Let's see how much you remember from the tips I provided in 2007! (The answers are at the bottom. No peeking. I'm serious).

April 09, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Look all around — God is everywhere

At Chloe's day care, they have a large window cut into the wall. Every once in a while, while I'm on lunch, I'll drop in and look at her through that window. From the hallway, I can see how she's doing, how she's interacting with the other kids and whether she's behaving.

April 09, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Lunch guys: ‘Guiltless’ sandwich screams for some fat

If you're anything like us Lunch Guys, you're probably still reeling from a holiday-food hangover. The sweet potatoes, the pecan pies, the many McRibs (yeah, they're back!) - they did a number on us this year.

April 09, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Laughter can give our souls a reprieve

When Ferroll Sams, one of the most beloved writers of Southern literature, was inducted into his native Georgia's Writers of Hall of Fame, he did not let the moment pass without taking the opportunity to underscore one of life's most enduring truths.

April 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Hosiery held in high regard

The other day I was digging through a box for one thing or the other, when I ran across a picture of my best pal, Karen, and me when we were in junior high and on the student council together.

April 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Please don't feed Fido table food

That Sam. That Sam! That dog Sam.

December 21, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper celebrating 20th anniversary

Besides the holidays we're enjoying this week, there's another important milestone. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (www.chattahoochee.org) celebrates its 20th anniversary.

December 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


From the film archives: ‘Wonderful Life’ charms Scrooge

I have a confession: I don't like Christmas movies.

December 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Fit in time for holiday fitness

You can weave health and fitness into your holiday routine.

December 17, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Chronic kidney disease affects millions of Americans

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk to develop CKD. In fact, one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease.

December 15, 2014 | By Sherry Davis For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Let go of the past and live in the present

As a guy, I think remote controls are wonderful things. I love the look and feel of them. They seem to fit so perfectly, so comfortably in my hand.

December 14, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Research pet store before purchase

Singer Taylor Swift has said a player's gonna play, play, play, play, play. And similar is true for a baker (gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake).

December 14, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Roundabouts could reduce fuel waste, collisions and air pollution

You're doing your Christmas shopping. Traffic is heavy. On the main streets, two or more lanes are completely filled with cars. Slow forward movement in your lane ensures a stop at every traffic light.

December 14, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Winter is the ideal time for bird-watching

Spotting and identifying the different birds in the Northeast Georgia landscape can be exciting and educational. So grab a pair of binoculars and see how many you can identify.

December 12, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Baking memories with pound cake, peppermint

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

December 10, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Play with pets but practice caution

If you read my column regularly, you're aware I'm a nerd, a nerd of many colors.

December 07, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Repairing frozen pipes within skill set of many homeowners

Most North Georgia homeowners have had this unpleasant experience. You step into the garage or some other room with outside walls after a cold night, and are greeted by a waterfall coming out of the drywall. After turning off the water supply at the meter and using every available towel to mop up the lake that has formed, there are two immediate goals: Fix the damage, and do something that will prevent this from happening again.

December 07, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep your Christmas tree fresh

During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.

December 05, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Drinking in the memory of my first taste of wine

I had an "aha" moment recently. I pinpointed the precise moment I began to listen to the siren call of wine, and it predates my previous landmark by a few years.

December 03, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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