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Skaggs: Fall expo can bring more color to garden

Fall is here, and dogwoods, redbuds and maples are hinting of the fall leaf season. But while you're making plans to admire the colorful foliage, why not plant your own fall color?

October 02, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Think twice before drinking empty calories

Have you ever been overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices you have when it comes to beverages? Between sports drinks, vitamin waters, energy drinks or specialty teas, what is the best for your health?

September 30, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Even little notes can jog larger memories

When Mama died and the remainders and reminders of her life had to be sorted, distributed and, in some rare incidences, disposed of, my sister, Louise, and I marveled constantly at the historian that Mama was.

September 29, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Forget the floss if your ring is stuck

If you have a ring stuck on your finger, there are several things you can do to get it off. The easiest method is to just hold your hand up in the air for a couple of minutes. See if the reduced blood flow is enough to loosen the ring. The next easiest thing to do is to apply some kind of lubricant like hand lotion, hair conditioner or WD-40. If this doesn't work for you, then your next best bet is to soak your hand in cold water for a while. (Note: This is why you should take ...

September 27, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Reeger Cook: Delicious tale embraces your inner storyteller

I took a look at my bookshelf a few weeks ago, cluttered with comic books, sci-fi and fantasy novels, art books and martial arts instruction guides (the last being my husband's). I realized this was an opportune moment to step outside of my usual fare of books.

September 27, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Give leaves new life as blanket for flower beds

In a few weeks, deciduous trees across North Georgia will begin their fall color show - green will give way to gold, red and yellow. And then they will drop. Instead of spending your fall burning leaves, consider using them as a blanket - for your plants.

September 25, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Get fall veggie garden planted

Now is the time to start a fall vegetable garden. What do I do to prepare?

September 25, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Leafy greens pack in nutrients

Green leaves are nutrient rich because they contain the light-catching, energy-converting machinery of plants.

September 23, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Let others spend their money — save yours

There is a story that my daddy used to like to tell about me. It happened when I was 8 or 9.

September 22, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Keeping a check on anger means controlling sin, too

I don't know what set her off. It could have been anything really - she'd been skulking around the house all morning like a wounded bear. I tried to talk to her and she growled at me. I tried to hug her and she pushed me away. Chloe was in a bad mood, and she was determined to stay that way.

September 20, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t lose those plastic tag holders

Here's a great tip from Julian Wilson: "New slacks and jackets frequently have size tags and other informational tags held on by what amounts to being plastic "staples" that have little "T" ends. If you just cut the plastic on the other side of the tag, the whole thing can come apart and the small plastic pieces may get lost in the material of the clothing and irritate you when wearing it. Just put a piece of masking tape across the "T" before cutting the other side. This will keep the small plastic pieces from getting lost.

September 20, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Beware the stinging caterpillars of autumn

A couple of years ago while mowing the lawn, I received quite a sting from a surprising source - a saddleback caterpillar. The resulting hives didn't last too long, but were a bit painful.

September 18, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Mythbusters: Get the facts on kitchen safety

There are a lot of myths floating around about things concerning the kitchen, so I thought I would share a few with you.

September 16, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: For wealthy, dying beats going broke

Poet and I were having one of our hour long conversations. I was driving somewhere, with a wireless piece tucked into my ear, catching up on Poet's stories and sharing a few of mine.

September 15, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Reeger Cook: ‘Noticer’ provides a new perspective

Think, learn, pray, plan, dream. These are the words of a mysterious drifter who has a way of emotionally affecting those around him.

September 13, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


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Michelle Rawdin: Stick close by God and receive his blessing

My dog, Duke, is a follower.

February 26, 2017 | MICHELLE RAWDIN pastor@antiochunitedmethodistchurch.com | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Kitten tests negative for FIV two weeks later

After a dramatic arrival to our planet, followed by a few weeks of mostly uneventful growth, Leia threw us a curveball. She tested positive for ...

February 26, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Alex Popp: Preparing for challenges of monumental trek

Editor's note: This is the first in a monthly series of columns. Alex Popp will update The Times on his trek while he is ...

February 26, 2017 | Alexander Popp | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tips for controlling moss and algae in turfgrass

The primitive plants of moss and algae begin to form as turfgrass areas begin to thin out. This happens because conditions for growing dense, healthy ...

February 23, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Humans can’t contract cat’s FIV

Leia's family is freaked out.

February 19, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park: Celebrating the change in the religious season

Some families have closets where out-of-season clothing and gear remain hidden away when not in use.

February 19, 2017 | | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: An interesting name for a special nonprofit cause

"What's in a name?" Juliet asked Romeo.

February 19, 2017 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Tame your food cravings during the sweetest seasons by keeping a daily diet journal

Each year, I face a challenge when it comes to the days from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28.

February 14, 2017 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Finding abundance hidden in plain sight

It was a "dusting." Just enough to cover the yard in crystalline white, but not enough to keep the grass, leaves and dirt from showing.

February 12, 2017 | Rev. Lee Koontz | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Kitten tests positive for feline HIV

My significant other is a cat person. I love cats, but I am more of a dog guy.

February 12, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Beware of pet peer pressure regarding people food

Cats don't fully appreciate observational humor.

February 05, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Father Eric Hill: My opportunity to serve God in Flowery Branch

In November 2010, I was called by the Archbishop of Atlanta Wilton Gregory to be the pastor at Prince of Peace Catholic Church on Spout ...

February 05, 2017 | | Columnists


Randall Murray: Six wines to accent your Valentine's Day dinner

It's right around the corner! You know, the holiday that's the result of a great commercial conspiracy involving candy makers and the greeting ...

January 31, 2017 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Honoring the legacy of a longtime friend

There are events in this life that often leave us longing for more. It can be a great meal, a good book or movie or ...

January 16, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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