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Earth Sense: We all play part in keeping air clean

The city haze I experienced during a six-week working stay in China, along with a scratchy feeling in my lungs in the morning, were a good learning experience.

June 04, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Handy tips for cutting your grass throughout the summer

There is no question that summer is here, and this means it is grass-cutting time.

June 02, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: Sip some rosy wines during the summertime

Summer is a mere 20 days away. Time to start thinking about hot-weather quaffing.

May 31, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: The difference between a vaccine and an infection

Lemmy recovers from his bout with apparent "kennel cough" with no complications.

May 29, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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 on the basketball court.

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 chains in the U.S., the Rocky Mountains, Brooks Range, Cascades and Sierra Nevada, can't rival the control that the Tibetan plateau exercises over climatic conditions in Pakistan, India, China and the many smaller countries of southeastern Asia.

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 welcomed to a full display of color and greenery.

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


Earth Sense: China a country of crowds, distances, fertile silt

In spite of the many differences between Western and Asian culture, my current residence in Anhui, China, reminds me of Germany.

May 07, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Articles by Section - Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Try using native plants in your landscape this fall

The choices of plants for the garden are endless.

August 25, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Midnight bathroom trips trouble veterinarian

I once had a nightmare where a lump under a welcome mat was lurching toward me as I hid under the covers. It sounds weird ...

August 21, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: ‘Stayin’ alive’ in a storm means avoid lightning

"When thunder roars, go indoors" is a good rule for protection from lightning. But there isn't always an audible warning.

August 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Don't judge cookbook by its cover or recipe names

People often make assumptions about others based on their hair color, hairstyle, clothes, skin tone, purse or even car.

August 16, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Microchip leads to happy ending

Lemmy's owners call me just before noon. They relay a story that's unlikely at best, but the take-home message is Lemmy's depressive ...

August 14, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Bees’ sting is worth sweet reward

When bees are mentioned, painful bee stings may come to mind. But the culprits in most cases are wasps, especially the ground-dwelling yellow jackets.

August 13, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Pets mourn loss of their animal companions, too

About two months ago, Lemmy's family suffered the loss of their home to a fire. No one was injured, and Lemmy has remained in ...

August 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy saves his family from a house fire

I want to repay my student loans. Therefore, I charge people for my veterinarian services.

July 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Embarking on my first trip to Athens

I'm an Iowan, born, bred and super corn-fed.

July 31, 2016 | | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Imagination plays a key role in hope and faith

When I was a kid, some of my older relatives would always tell me, "You have a big imagination."

July 24, 2016 | | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Soak up every moment as the seasons change

August in Hall County is an amazing time of the year.

July 17, 2016 | | Columnists


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