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Rich: Share love with a pen and paper

Just this morning, I turned the page of a book and was immediately and delightedly reminded of the power of words on paper.

July 28, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Myers: A brutal killing becomes an act of grace

A couple of years ago, I read a story in this very newspaper about a man named Glen Mitchell. He lived in Jacksonville, Fla., and had a 13-year-old son named Jeff. One day Jeff was shot and killed by four boys while he was waiting for Glen to pick him up from school. One of the boys, Ellis Curry, later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and spent 12 years in prison.

July 26, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Thompson: Some prep keeps burgers from over-plumping

Here's a hamburger grilling tip that I bet you've never heard. Have you ever noticed that when grilling a hamburger it tends to plump in the middle? To avoid this, make an indentation in the center of the patty before you put it on the grill. The indentation should be around two inches in diameter and about half of the thickness of the burger.

July 26, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Skaggs: Watch out! Ambrosia beetles will do damage

Over the last several weeks, I've received numerous calls concerning a particularly damaging pest of landscape trees.

July 24, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Wilburn: Preserve tomatoes at their summer peak

There are lots of ways to continue enjoying those fresh tomatoes all year.

July 22, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: In the world of Southern cooks, enough isn’t enough

Early on that Saturday morning, the phone had rung as I puzzled over the recently acquired digital camcorder, wondering why on earth I had purchased such a sophisticated one.

July 21, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Cook: A silly tale for fans of Middle Earth

You can pretty much guess from the title alone: "Muddle Earth," a trilogy of short novels following the adventures of a young boy magically transported to a whimsical world of elves and magical creatures, is largely a parody of the "Lord of the Rings" series by J.R.R. Tolkien.

July 19, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists

Thompson: Make sure fruit won’t ripen all at once

When buying fruit at the store, buy some pieces that are already ripe and some that are not quite ripe. By doing this you minimize having to eat over-ripe fruits and reduce chances of the fruit going bad before you can eat it. By the way, people don't realize that you can break up a bunch of bananas when you're in the store.

July 19, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Skaggs: Dos and don’ts for Georgia gardening

Today's column comes to you courtesy of my good friend Wade Hutcheson, Spalding County Extension agent.

July 17, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Cannon: Knock out roses add color

What is a great landscape plant that will add color to my yard, too?

July 17, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Wilburn: Be safe when cooking outside

Common sense goes a long way in packing foods safely for outdoor dining. Whether you are packing up to go to Lake Lanier, the park or to the backyard, the same principles apply.

July 15, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: South’s old drifters still drift, but with luggage

Not long ago, headed down Interstate 20 somewhere near Augusta, I saw a sight not particularly unusual but thought-provoking, nonetheless. One detail caught my attention.

July 14, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Skaggs: Chores for the summer garden

While the weather is warm and muggy, there is still much to do in the landscape and garden.

July 10, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Murray: Summer's heat calls for a wine that's sweet

Yep, it's summer. If you don't believe the thermometer and the humidity indicator, just check your personal sweat factor.

July 09, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists

Wilburn: Embrace summer’s bounty of squash

I love to cook summer squash because it is such a versatile vegetable. I have hundreds of recipes from zucchini bread to stuffed squash boats and of course, my grandmother's squash and Vidalia onion casserole.

July 08, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

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Coupon club starts same time as holiday baking begins

Do you love saving money at the grocery store? Do you clip coupons, but misplace them? Do you spend extra time at the store trying ...

October 25, 2016 | Sandra Stinger | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Beloved dog's health progressively worse

Lemmy's appointment is at 10 o'clock.

October 23, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Lee Koontz: Our children are watching and recording

Our children know us better than we do. Sometimes that's a frightening thing.

October 23, 2016 | The Rev. Lee Koontz | Columnists

Embracing the thrill of Gold Rush Days


October 23, 2016 | BY BEKAH PORTER For The Times | Columnists

Earth Sense: High pressure keeping away needed rain

Almost always, tourists will consider the big "H" letters on weather maps a friend. It stands for "High."

October 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Michael Wheeler: Composting: Art and science of improving garden

We are getting into the best time of year with cooler weather and crisp days. It is a bit exciting, because it finally feels like ...

October 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Crevolyn Wiley: Visit classic fall feature, make a classic fall dish

I'm sure you've seen cute signs in stores with ideas for activities called a fall checklist, or fall bucket lists on sites such ...

October 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Doctor offers but never demands treatment

Lemmy is late for his appointment.

October 16, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Stuart Higginbotham: Discovering things unseen and buried deep

My associates Cynthia Park and Alan Cowart and I saw 1,146 unmarked graves of African-Americans on a visit to Alta Vista Cemetery. Some of ...

October 16, 2016 | By Stuart Higginbotham stuart@gracechurch | Columnists

Evacuations a privilege not viable in impoverished Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I ...

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Evacuations a privilege not viable in Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I ...

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Robin Friedman: October gardening tasks to complete before winter

With the arrival of October and cooler temperatures finally settling on Northeast Georgia, it is time for homeowners to conduct their fall checklist now.

October 13, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Lemmy is slowly losing his mind

Who do you think you are?

October 02, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Earth Sense: Houses on barrier islands are not safe from storms

Sunrise at the beach is mesmerizing. The Atlantic Ocean reflects in hues of green, blue and purple. A salty breeze refreshes the air.

October 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Harris Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists

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