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Earth Sense: Indian city, New Orleans in danger of floods

Concerns about climatic change, and the sea level rise that comes with it, wouldn't be so urgent if there weren't so many of the world's major cities on coastlines.

April 09, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: 12 tips to follow before playing in the dirt

Can you feel it? It's springtime in North Georgia.

April 07, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: Basic tools of the trade to become a wine connoisseur

OK, so I've finally convinced you not to cower and snivel when somebody asks, "Hey, you got any wine here?" "Here," of course, being your own abode.

April 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy loves his human baby brother

The next time I see Lemmy, he saunters into the waiting room as a full-on adult dog.

April 03, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: New appliances can conserve a sea of water

Even if we don't get a replay of the serious droughts that North Georgia experienced this century, it makes sense to conserve water.

April 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Dee Ridley, Master Gardeners kick off spring planting in Victory Garden

On a very cold day in March 2012, members of the Hall County Master Gardener Class of 2012 assumed stewardship of the Victory Garden under the leadership of Toby Blackwell. Since then, it has come a long way thanks to the members' loving regard and dedicated maintenance.

April 01, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Andrew Akers: ‘Seven Brides’ put a spring in your step

Lauded for its Oscar-winning musical score, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is a comedy filled with singing and dance numbers to celebrate the rebirth of spring with its warm, pollen-filled days. It makes the mostly lighthearted musical romp perfect to watch indoors when it's raining or night falls.

April 01, 2016 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Don't use only iceberg lettuce in salads; switch up ingredients

I was probably grown before I ever tried a tossed salad with a main ingredient of something other than iceberg lettuce.

March 30, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Drink tap water and skip the bottles

Traveling to foreign countries can be an education about the value of fresh, potable water.

March 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ground or digger bees: Are they good or bad?

As trees and flowers start to bloom, the buzzing sound from bees will begin to be heard. But did you know not all bees live in hive?

March 24, 2016 | BY WILLIE CHANCE For The Times | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy maintains his weight, health

My continuing relationship with Lemmy over the next seven months consists of regular phone calls with his owners.

March 20, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: How to prepare your dog for a baby

This week's column isn't about examining Lemmy or treating him directly.

March 20, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Best way to manage turf grasses under shaded conditions

In most landscapes, turf grasses are grown with trees, shrubs or buildings.

March 20, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Earth Sense: Rain forest being depleted in Brazil

It's impossible not to learn some Spanish in Gainesville, even from just glancing at billboards.

March 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Exercise improves energy, health and overall attitude

I'm not a morning person, but I managed to push myself to get up early recently and exercise.

March 15, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Kennel cough is no laughing matter

A one-eyed dog with a cough walks into a bar.

May 22, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Responses to sunlight vary by country

Some cultural differences are subtle. Others are highly visible; for example, the way in which people treat sunshine.

May 22, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Andrew Akers: Bancroft, Duke make a mark in ‘The Miracle Worker’

When renowned actress Patty Duke died two months ago, I was a bit ashamed. I had never seen any of her films.

May 20, 2016 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Scale insects attack plants early in the season

This year has been a year for scales.

May 19, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: How to eat out and eat healthy

If you're celebrating a special occasion this season, just remember you can still make healthy meal choices.

May 17, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Unruly dog bites Lemmy and causes him to lose an eye

It's noon on a Saturday, and I am anticipating heading home in an hour or so. I have plans to school my oldest child ...

May 15, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Himalayas impact weather across Asia

No mountain system in the world has a greater influence on weather than the plateau of Tibet and its fringe, the Himalayas. Even the tallest ...

May 15, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Lots of April showers bring plenty of May flowers

Returning to Hall County this week after a trip to Japan to witness cherry blossoms in full bloom and my son's wedding, I was ...

May 12, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Homemade jellies, jams, sorghum leave a legacy

I had a friend ask me a very interesting question the other day.

May 10, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog learns to share human attention with a new kitten

Our history of Lemmy leaps forward this week, encompassing three mostly uneventful years.

May 08, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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