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Try to add more laughter to your life

Laughter has been called "inner jogging" because an old fashioned thigh-slapper does give you an aerobic workout of sorts. It stimulates the cardiovascular system, sends surges of oxygen through your bloodstream, exercises muscles and generates bursts of laughter reaching speeds as high as 70 miles an hour.

May 02, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Harvest some rain and save on your bill

Thankfully, Lake Lanier is in good shape and the drought of 2008 and 2009 appears to be over.

April 29, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Cut your expenses by not wasting food

The most expensive food you buy is the food you throw away; you lose money every time you toss food in the garbage.

April 27, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Cloak of sorrow weighs heavy on her back

There is a woman I know to whom sorrow clings like dew to grass on a Southern summer morning.

April 26, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Curious Incident’ tells a warm and heartfelt story

It can be difficult for an author to effectively write from the point of view of a character who has handicaps or ailments the author never had. Even if someone spends time with people who are the inspiration for the character's traits, how can one write about something he or she can never truly experience?

April 25, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Frequently asked questions of the Extension Office

My trees naturally cool my landscape. But what can I plant under them in those dense shady spots?

April 22, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep an eye out for these tomato pests

This year more than ever before, area residents could not wait to get their gardens planted. And for even the novice gardeners, everyone wants to try their hand at growing tomatoes.

April 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Green cleaning helps your house and your wallet

If you go green when cleaning your kitchen, you simplify the process and reduce volatile organic compounds by using fewer cleaning products.

April 20, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: These 4 staples will enhance your garden

Now that mid-April is here, it's time to get to work in the vegetable garden. If you're planting veggies for the first time, plan to include beans, corn, tomatoes and eggplant in your first garden.

April 15, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: The best days in life are free

My friend, Michelle, e-mailed me one day after we had run into each other at a trunk showing of new clothes, where we shared enthusiasm over the fashions and decided what we should buy - or shouldn't.

April 14, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Be aware of the power of greed; be content

I have a secret to share: I'm just a big kid at heart. I know it's hard to believe but there it is, the truth laid bare.

April 11, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Superhero tale shows not all are invincible

What is it about superheroes that fascinates us?

April 11, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: What can I do to prepare the garden?

A common question asked of the Hall County Extension office, brought to you by Wanda Cannon

April 08, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Nothing boring about these bees

The carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) normally attracts quite a bit of attention during the spring in Georgia. It resembles the bumble bee, but it's larger and attacks wood around homes, making it a household and structural pest.

April 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Unique mix of grapes adds to winemaker's allure

David Harris knows his way around a vineyard. He should; for many years the fruit from his Blackstock Vineyards was highly prized by winemakers throughout northeast Georgia, who bought Blackstock grapes to make wines that would bear their labels.

April 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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Dressing up and down your little black dress for all occasions

The little black dress is an iconic staple in every woman's closet. The beauty of the piece is it doesn't have to mean stilettos and pearls a la "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

July 06, 2015 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Removing your sin is sticky issue

Sometimes I honestly have to wonder what goes through my son's head.

July 05, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: How to avoid inappropriate urination

This past April, I was lucky enough to attend the first opening night in Wrigley Field history. As a long-suffering Cubs fan - I played second base when Ryne Sandberg was the best second baseman - this was a dream come true.

July 05, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Know your hurricane facts as season begins

Some questions come up frequently in conversations about hurricanes:

July 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Celebrate with red, white and blue wines

Saturday is Independence Day. Happy Birthday, America! And what better way to celebrate this auspicious occasion than to embrace the red, white and blue and all the goodness and greatness it represents.

July 01, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Understanding the science of seizures

Dogs and cats have brains, and those brains work much the same way human brains do.

June 28, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Nutrients absent in red clay topsoil in North Georgia

In terms of its natural setting, North Georgia can count many blessings.

June 27, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Beating back the squash vine borer

A vegetable garden is just not complete without summer squash growing among the tomatoes, peppers, okra and cucumbers.

June 25, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Classic Grant, Saint thrill audience

Widely considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, I finally decided to sit down and watch "North by Northwest" and was treated to a fantastic spy thriller.

June 24, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Family fun, fitness on 4th of July

So what are your plans for the Fourth of July? Having a cookout? Attending a fireworks display? Getting up at the crack of dawn to go run?

June 24, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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