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England: Cinnamon-colored peeling bark gives this tree interest in any season

Question: Can you recommend a small to medium size tree that has good fall color and a trunk and branches that look good in the winter landscape?

April 09, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Myers: Feeling guilty? It’s better to come out with it

Chloe stood in the doorway of her room, smiling at me. Yet the smile was unlike her usual smile. It didn't hold the brightness. It didn't display the openness. There was no enjoyment in it. Instead, it seemed guarded. Forced. Something plastered on her face to distract me from something else she didn't want me to see.

April 09, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Check house now for repairs

My friend Tracy Tesmer has a great piece of advice. He recommends that homeowners do an outside inspection of their home every several months. Why? Because it's cheaper to fix things when they're smaller than when they get bigger. Here's an example of what I'm talking about. Another friend of mine was sitting at home one evening when his lights blinked and then all of a sudden a number of his electrical appliances stopped working. He called an electrician to figure out what happened. It turned out that because of the drought, his underground power cables ...

April 09, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: A little planning can go a long way in the kitchen

When it comes to cooking and preparing meals, more and more Americans are opting for convenience. Americans spend 47 percent of their food budget away from home, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

April 09, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Drought stress can weaken azaleas

For many people, spring doesn't truly begin until the azaleas are blooming. It is hard to imagine spring without the vivid blooms of this beautiful flowering shrub.

April 08, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Thompson: This handy step gives dogs a lift

If you have a large dog, then you know the hassle of getting them into the back of a truck or an SUV. If you don't hurt your back lifting them, they'll hurt their hips jumping up and down from the vehicle. Well, now there's a neat solution and it's called the "Otto Step." It's a super strong piece of plastic that can fit into your trailer hitch receiver. After your dog has used it as a step, simply remove it. You can get more information on it at www.ottostep.com.

April 08, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Family time can be spent gardening

Today's busy lifestyles often leave families little time to spend together. But now that the holidays are almost over, why not make a New Year's resolution to spend more time with family?

April 08, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: Wendy’s double burger doesn’t stack up

If it costs a buck, we'll eat it. That's the official motto inscribed above the door here at Lunch Guys headquarters.

April 08, 2008 | Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Traveling with pup is practice for mamas

Dixie Dew and I went away for the weekend to visit our friends Stevie and Darrell in Nashville, Tenn. It was actually Dew's invitation, but I was allowed to tag along.

April 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Making the jump to a younger man

If a woman is truly fortunate, she will know two distinct dating periods in her life.

April 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Remember these rules when cooking for a crowd

Community festivals are very popular during the fall season and food is an important part of these events. Volunteers are a vital part of these functions and contribute many hours of work to make them successful.

April 08, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Guys split on KFC’s package of dips

Messy dipping sauce ranks alongside climate change as global problems that scientists are looking to fix.

April 08, 2008 | | Columnists


England: Vigilant care can get amaryllis blooming again next Christmas

Question: I received a beautiful amaryllis for Christmas. How can I take care of it so it will bloom again next year?Answer: Native to the tropics and subtropics, amaryllis (Hippeastrum species) have been widely hybridized.

April 08, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Use some caution when zapping your food

Microwave ovens can be a very useful appliance for the family on the run. But because microwaves can cook unevenly and leave cold spots where bacteria can survive, precautions must be taken.

April 08, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Cracker Barrel can sure do turkey

During the holiday season when we Lunch Guys are going over the river and through the woods, we inevitably pass a Cracker Barrel.

April 08, 2008 | | Columnists


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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


Ask a Vet: Take time to grieve for your lost pet

My vocation can make you a bit nutty. Or maybe you have to be eccentric to even get involved.

November 30, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Greatest gift from God is eternal life

We were sitting in the sanctuary, waiting for the evening service to begin. My Bible was in my lap, and Chloe asked me if she could see it.

November 30, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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