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Rich: Great marriages don’t need fancy weddings

My friend, Susan, married the other day. Been claiming that she was going to. Then, she up and did it. Just like that.

March 01, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Trust helps us accept the reality of suffering

It is a question that many people, Christian and non-Christian alike, struggle with. It is a question that I myself have struggled with for many years. Even after seminary and almost 10 years as a pastor, I find no easy answers.

February 28, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Tired of crooked picture frames? This tip will fix that

Here's a great tip on how to keep pictures on your walls level. On the back side of the picture, insert straight pins into the four corners. Clip off the heads of the pins leaving about a quarter inch sticking out. Put the picture on the wall and position it. When the picture is level, push the pins into the drywall. No more re-leveling the picture!

February 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Celebrate Arbor Day by planting one of these trees

Today is Arbor Day in Georgia. Arbor Day provides us with an opportunity to educate and inform all people, young and old, about the benefits of trees and tree planting.

February 26, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: 20 tips for higher fiber meals

1. To determine whether a product is made from a whole grain, always look for the word "whole." Check the ingredient list for the words "whole grain" or "whole-wheat." Look for "100 percent whole-wheat" on the package when buying bread and other whole-wheat products.

February 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Chick-fil-A packs taste into sublime sandwich

Chicken is a beautiful, versatile thing. And no one works it better than Chick-fil-A. That we Lunch Guys can agree on.

February 24, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Southern jewels shine with wisdom

Not long ago, I found myself in the midst of one of life's great treasures.

February 23, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Beware of bogus tips from the Internet

I want to start today's column by thanking all of you who have been sending me tips. Without your assistance, it would be very difficult to write this column each week. If a tip I receive is not intuitively obvious, I'll test it for legitimacy. Probably half of the tips I get turn out to be bogus. Here are two that I recently received that fall into that category.

February 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


England: Bot canker can plague Leyland cypress trees

Question: The tips of several branches on my Leyland cypress have turned brown. Is this insect damage or some kind of disease, and how should I treat it?Answer: There are two diseases of Leyland cypress that cause branches to turn brown and die on otherwise healthy-looking trees. The most common of these is bot canker, caused by the fungus Botryosphaeria dothidea (you can see why they just call it bot canker).

February 21, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Winning plants are cream of the crop

Each year, green industry professionals from throughout Georgia select a slate of outstanding ornamental plants in five categories: annual flower, herbaceous perennial, vine, shrub and tree.

February 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Get in the pink with your wines this Valentine’s Day

Writing about wine is a dirty job. But, somebody has to stand up and embrace the responsibility.

February 17, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Some life lessons just won’t stick

One day I ran into my precious second-grade teacher, Mrs. Rudeseal, in what used to be called the dime store but in these times of economic advancement is now called the dollar store.

February 16, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn, Family Ties: To make a relationship work, it takes two

Both partners in a marriage are equally responsible for nurturing the relationship and "keeping the spark alive."

February 14, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Myers: Hearing child’s sweet words means more than the universe

I'll remember Friday for a long time. It's a day that I'll remember because it's a day when two significant events occurred.

February 13, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: One simple call can save you phone time

Do you hate getting calls where the caller ID shows, "Private Number" or "Unknown?" Odds are it's either a sales call or something worse. Here's a neat trick to block these types of calls. Simply dial *77 on your phone. The service will automatically block them. To turn the service off, simply dial *87. Check with your phone service provider to see if there's a charge. (Whatever the charge, it's worth it!)

February 13, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Protect your pets from skin invaders

My son is 7 years old. He loves science and is very curious about the world.

September 28, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protecting topsoil important key to plants, food production

The word "resources" comes up frequently in discussions about the environment. Among those, the importance of topsoil is often overlooked.

September 27, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Planting a tree with care increases chance of survival

For gardeners, there is nothing better than putting new plants into a landscape. The end product is eye-appealing and rewards you with the beauty of nature.

September 26, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


The talented Danny Kaye, company in 'The Court Jester'

As fall begins this week, many storytellers including Hollywood screenwriters are pushing their best comedies and dramas into the box office in time for the awards' season. And the best stories have one thing in comma: good storytelling.

September 25, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


An apple for every taste bud

One of the best things about living in Northeast Georgia is undoubtedly the proximity to the mountains, especially when those mountains start producing apples. And now is the perfect time to start planning recipes to use the delicious fruits.

September 24, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Do good fences make good neighbor dogs?

I'm a philosopher. So are you. Our philosophies may differ, but they are there, nonetheless.

September 21, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: No mystique or magic accompanies equinox

The fall equinox is occurring Monday at 10:29 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

September 21, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Fall full of gardening activities for plants, trees and lawns

Fall is my favorite time to work in the garden. The days are cooler, making it the perfect time to plan and implement some projects to ensure a beautiful landscape for the following year.

September 19, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Being frugal with food

Need to trim some expenses from your food budget? Luckily, several simple ways can help you get more for your dollar.

September 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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