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Thompson: Make popcorn for one in a paper bag

Here's an interesting tip that you've probably never heard before. You can cook regular popcorn in the microwave without having to buy the more expensive microwave popcorn. Simply put a small amount of popcorn in a paper lunch sack, fold the top down twice and then put two staples in the top to hold it in place. (No, the two staples will not cause the microwave to explode. The mass of the two staples is so small that they're not affected by the microwave at all.) It works like a charm!

August 31, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Program helps you master gardening

Working for free may not appeal to most people, but for those who truly love gardening, a little digging in the dirt without pay is not a problem.

August 29, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Diabetes epidemic is on the rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the incidence of diabetes increased 15 percent, or by 3 million people, since 2005. Currently, 24 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 57 million have abnormally high blood sugar levels that indicate that they have prediabetes.

August 27, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: It’s color, not style, that dictates a wardrobe

Being a child of the '70s, television has a powerful influence on me. It can even test the core of my Southern woman being, as it did recently.

August 26, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Welder’s gloves stand up to serious oven heat

If you do a lot of cooking in the kitchen, you need this: A pair of welder's gloves. I'm serious. Don't waste your time with the low-quality pot holders and oven mitts. Welder's gloves are designed for extreme heat and are seriously durable. You can find them at any of the home improvement stores and they're cheap.

August 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Worldly things can’t offer same comfort as your heavenly father

She's now grown out of it, but Chloe used to carry a pink, fluffy blanket around with her. As she walked through the house, she'd have a thumb stuck in her mouth and that blanket bunched in her arms.

August 24, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Question: Since fall is right around the corner, when is the best time to prune woody ornamentals and fruiting plants?

August 22, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Learn to curb invasive plants

Plant species brought into an area where they did not ecologically develop or where they are not considered native, are often termed exotic.

August 22, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Save the date for Diabetes 101 seminar

Do you, a family member or friend have diabetes?

August 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Remember the ones who made us strong

An e-mail arrived one day from a dear, old friend who was once my boss when he was managing editor of a daily newspaper where I worked during college and which was later my first full-time job.

August 19, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Save your spray foam with this trick

I need to start off by giving kudos to reader Daniel Franklin. He solved an age-old dilemma that home repair people have had for years. He discovered the secret of how you can get multiple uses from one can of spray insulating foam. (OK, for those of you who don't know what spray foam is, it's basically an aerosol can that sprays out a foam that expands and hardens. It's great for filling cracks and gaps around your home and making it more airtight. "GREAT STUFF" is the brand most people are familiar with and you can ...

August 17, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Marriage is about more than love

Marriage isn't designed to make you happy; it is designed to make you married.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep on the lookout for grubs invading your lawn

Now is an excellent time to prevent white grubs in turf. White grubs live in the soil and feed on the roots of turf. Most white grubs have a one-year lifecycle in Georgia.

August 15, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: ‘Rollatini’ translates to ‘wimpy lasagna’

For those Lunch Guys readers who don't speak Italian, let us translate the name of Olive Garden's newest dish, the Lasagna Rollatini. In English, that means teeny roll of lasagna.

August 13, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber | Columnists


Rich: It’s not just the words, but how they’re said

From my hotel room in Knoxville, Tenn., once, I phoned in to check on the girls: Mama and Dixie Dew.

August 12, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Wine Without Pretense: South African wins earning worldwide respect

South Africa is a nation of great contradictions, a turbulent history and a remarkable ability to forgive and move forward.

August 04, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: No spoiler alert when it comes to Jesus’ return

Cole has gotten to the point where he wants to tell me the endings of movies and television shows.

August 02, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Referrals are to more practiced person

I was in a band in high school, had long hair down to the middle of my back and played solos in front of thousands ...

August 02, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia marked by geological history

North Georgia offers some of the most interesting geological history in the Eastern United States.

August 01, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Correct way to can food

Intertwined with memories of my grandfather's garden are recollections of my grandmother canning every summer.

July 29, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Beware of danger from Georgia’s flash floods

It doesn't take a hurricane to produce flash floods in North Georgia. Summer thunderstorms at the beginning of this month prompted warnings in counties ...

July 26, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Arthritis affects humans and pets in same way

Since wiffle ball isn't a very heroic sport, I will skip my personal history of injuries related to it. Instead I will tell you ...

July 26, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Reading, understanding pesticide labels important

Just the other day, I received an email from a co-worker about a gentleman who used the wrong chemical on his lawn and wiped it ...

July 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Highlights from a grocery store convention

This past week, my husband, Darrell, and I, along with our children and several folks from J&J Foods, had the privilege of attending the ...

July 22, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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