"Words save our lives, sometimes." Author Neil Gaiman states this in his acknowledgements at the end of his latest novel, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane," his first adult book since he wrote "The Anansi Boys" in 2005. One can tell how Gaiman does not only take pleasure in writing, but it is a salve for him. It is his way of bringing a magical element into an otherwise mundane reality. Almost as ...
The F word. Four letters many people substitute for love. Today I'm talking about: food. This is the fuel for your pet. Every bit of nutrition your buddy will ever receive will be via food. If your pet photosynthesizes, please consider yourself an exception. But what foods are good for your pet? Well, as a dog, he or she should have dog food. The companies that make foods have spent millions of dollars and hours ...
Anybody hoping for another dry, parched summer this season must have been disappointed. In the first two-thirds of July, Gainesville received 8.27 inches of rain. In June, the total for the month was 6.38 inches. That's more than was received in some places normally known for heavy summer rains, such as Islamabad (Pakistan), Delhi (India) and Dhaka (Bangladesh). In the U.S. Southeast, it's the Bermuda High that can determine whether we have drought or rain. ...
Get inspired and create a woodland garden! Do you have areas with large trees and unused wooded areas in your yard? Use these areas to create a natural woodland setting. A natural woodland setting is designed to provide a more relaxed and natural look to your landscape. Plus, they are basically maintenance free! Start by scoping out your area of interest. Do you already have native plants there? How is the soil condition? How much ...
The question "What's for dinner?" is easily answered during football season thanks to the high school stadium concession stands.
Rome hated Carthage. If Rome was the Bulldogs, Carthage was the Gators. Except with no visors or jean shorts. And after more than 115 years of war, Rome wanted to send a message to the defeated Carthaginians. Rome did so with a symbolic salting of the ground at Carthage to make sure nothing grew there. This is a good model for how I feel about fleas. Yes, fleas are a creature of the world, and ...
I recently read a news story about a father who was at the pool with his child. The child started struggling in the water, and the father realized his child was drowning. He ran to the side of the pool, kicked off his shoes and threw his cellphone to a friend. Then he dove in and saved his child.
I recently read a news story about a father who was at the pool with his child. The child started struggling in the water, and the father realized his child was drowning. He ran to the side of the pool, kicked off his shoes and threw his cell phone to a friend. Then he dove in and saved his child.
On this day six years ago, I killed my best friend. On purpose. It was way overdue, but I still have mixed feelings about it. Most people never find themselves in that situation, but being a veterinarian lends itself to doing things most people would never even consider. Yes, yes ... insert feces joke here. His name was William, and he helped raise me. He came to live with me when I was 15 and ...
About a week and a half ago, I was in McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. I overheard someone passing by say, "(The book industry) is a dying business."
Be on the lookout for two prominent plant diseases: downey mildew on impatiens and rose rosette disease on our favorite rose bush, the Knock Outs.
Area calendars and datebooks are still filled with summer gatherings such as family reunions. Whether you are driving to a relative's home, a park or community center, taking favorite foods along can make the trip more enjoyable and economical. Your menu may include picnic items such as pimento cheese sandwiches, fried chicken and deviled eggs. And, of course, hamburgers and hot dogs to cook on the grill can find their way onto the menu as ...
Residents of Calgary, Alberta, will be digging out from the mud for weeks to come. Torrential rains resulted in massive flooding that started on June 20. Some areas, including the Saddledome, a popular hockey venue, were submerged to a height of 15 feet.
I walked into the living room and across the way, I saw Cole standing in the kitchen doorway. When he saw me, he turned and disappeared into the kitchen.
The footlong meatball sub with extra cheese. I love those. But none have been the same for me since 20 years ago this past Tuesday.
Want a Ferrari for Christmas? You can have one. It's easy.
I have two white stars on my right forearm - not tattoos, scars.
Human beings are creatures of habit, and most for me are unhealthy.
Back in the 1950s, most hospitals were eerie places: Tiled walls, dimly lit hallways, gruff personnel. It would be tough to find such an old-style, stark facility in this country today.
In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.
This, of course, is a great week for shopping and enjoying time with friends and family. It's also a great time to gather recipes and photos for a family cookbook.
"Dewey defeats Truman." Maybe you've seen the famous photograph of the newspaper with the headline being held by newly re-elected President Truman.
Thanksgiving is a self-defining holiday. It's a time for giving thanks; more specifically, it's a time for giving thanks to God for his provision in our lives.
The Pacific "Ring of Fire" is living up to its name again. After some rumblings in October, Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra (Indonesia) erupted with ash falls and lava flows last week. Five-thousand people were forced to flee the surrounding areas.
It seems the leaves are never going to fall this year, so many of us are still using our lawn mowers and leaf blowers. However, soon enough all of this will come to an end as winter sets in. Then, we can put our mowers and leaf blowers away until the spring.
One day while we were at one of Cole's soccer games, a bee stung Chloe on her cheek.
In last month's column, I answered a question from a reader about a Northeast Georgia winery that recently passed away. In writing that response, I was reminded of the degree to which I have come to be a fan and supporter of Georgia wines.
Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.
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