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Cannon: Spruce up winter landscape with ornamental grasses

What makes ornamental grass ornamental?

November 06, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep winter visitors out of your home

You might first think someone's having a little fun at your expense, but if you're being invaded by lady bugs, it is no Halloween prank. Now is the time of year when multicolored Asian lady beetles start moving into Georgia homes.

November 06, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Pair the right wine with your turkey

Don't look now but Halloween's over your shoulder and the next big family holiday bash is Thanksgiving. And, of course, the burning question of the day is not whether President Barack Obama should have been given the Nobel Peace Prize or if the Army Corps of Engineers will try to turn Lake Lanier back into Death Valley East.

November 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: You can’t pay for the musings of this Poet

It wasn't intended to be a long conversation, but I should have known better than that. No call to Poet is ever abbreviated.

November 03, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep financial, marital stress in check

Lately there's been a lot of tension between my husband and me about our finances. How can we get past this?

November 01, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Myers: A parent’s role is to protect their children

Cole and I went for a drive in my truck the other day. It was in the morning and as we got out on the road, Cole started fussing. I looked over to see him squinting his eyes and turning his head to the side.

November 01, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: One more use for candy corn

I hope everybody had a great Halloween. OK, here's one more Halloween tip. (I can't help myself). If you have any candy corn left over, use it in place of chocolate chips when making cookies. It tastes good and keeps the memory of Halloween alive. (By the way, send me an e-mail and let me know if last week's tips were helpful or not).

November 01, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Garden chores abound in fall

Halloween is here and Turkey Day is just around the corner. My, how time flies.

October 30, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Vegetarians, put focus on variety

Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendations for nutrients, but the key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount of foods to meet your calorie needs.

October 28, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Carrying the torch of Southern tradition

Sometimes two old souls can find each other and form a friendship that is anchored in rock solid respect and like thinking.

October 27, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Tricks to get your ghouls through Halloween

I love Halloween. I guess it goes back to when I was a kid growing up in a suburb where there were a lot of small homes near each other.

October 25, 2009 | By Tim Thompson For The Times | Columnists


Cook: Don’t be scared by these classic Halloween reads

I love Halloween. Nothing gets me in the mood for ghosts, ghouls and goblins better than a good scary story, so I wanted to share some of my favorite classic picks.

October 25, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Landscape perfection requires a good plan

This fall I have received quite a few questions from area residents interested in renovating their home landscapes. Often the conversation starts something like this:

October 23, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Plant ornamental shrubs and trees in fall

When is the best time to plant an all-season landscape with ornamental shrubs and trees?

October 23, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Help kids learn healthy habits

You are the most important influence on your child, and you can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life.

October 21, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


From the film archives: ‘Wonderful Life’ charms Scrooge

I have a confession: I don't like Christmas movies.

December 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Fit in time for holiday fitness

You can weave health and fitness into your holiday routine.

December 17, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Chronic kidney disease affects millions of Americans

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk to develop CKD. In fact, one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease.

December 15, 2014 | By Sherry Davis For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Let go of the past and live in the present

As a guy, I think remote controls are wonderful things. I love the look and feel of them. They seem to fit so perfectly, so comfortably in my hand.

December 14, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Research pet store before purchase

Singer Taylor Swift has said a player's gonna play, play, play, play, play. And similar is true for a baker (gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake).

December 14, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Roundabouts could reduce fuel waste, collisions and air pollution

You're doing your Christmas shopping. Traffic is heavy. On the main streets, two or more lanes are completely filled with cars. Slow forward movement in your lane ensures a stop at every traffic light.

December 14, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Winter is the ideal time for bird-watching

Spotting and identifying the different birds in the Northeast Georgia landscape can be exciting and educational. So grab a pair of binoculars and see how many you can identify.

December 12, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Baking memories with pound cake, peppermint

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

December 10, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Play with pets but practice caution

If you read my column regularly, you're aware I'm a nerd, a nerd of many colors.

December 07, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Repairing frozen pipes within skill set of many homeowners

Most North Georgia homeowners have had this unpleasant experience. You step into the garage or some other room with outside walls after a cold night, and are greeted by a waterfall coming out of the drywall. After turning off the water supply at the meter and using every available towel to mop up the lake that has formed, there are two immediate goals: Fix the damage, and do something that will prevent this from happening again.

December 07, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep your Christmas tree fresh

During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.

December 05, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Drinking in the memory of my first taste of wine

I had an "aha" moment recently. I pinpointed the precise moment I began to listen to the siren call of wine, and it predates my previous landmark by a few years.

December 03, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Take time to grieve for your lost pet

My vocation can make you a bit nutty. Or maybe you have to be eccentric to even get involved.

November 30, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Greatest gift from God is eternal life

We were sitting in the sanctuary, waiting for the evening service to begin. My Bible was in my lap, and Chloe asked me if she could see it.

November 30, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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