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Cook: This holiday story could give you a blue Christmas

With all the stress of shopping, decorating, traveling and just making time to enjoy the holiday season, one can see why we are drawn to Christmas stories that make us feel good. The most memorable holiday movies, television specials or books are the ones that make us smile and laugh year after year.

December 20, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Maintain your plants during the wintertime

The weather is cool, and the holiday season is in full swing. And while, I know many of you have other things on your mind, here are few tips for the home and garden.

December 18, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: This season, fertilize some and prune others

What can I do to keep my yard and plants healthy through the winter?

December 18, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Rich: A story was not the cure for this bad storyteller

There is a friend I have who cannot, for the life of her, tell a story.

December 15, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Cut through brownie goo with plastic knife

I need to start out by apologizing to Deanna Campbell. She's a faithful reader who gave me a tip some weeks ago on a better way to cut brownies. She said a simple plastic knife will do a better job than any regular knife, and she keeps a plastic knife in one of her kitchen drawers for just this purpose. Well, I didn't believe her. I thought that there was no way that a plastic knife could cut gooey brownies without making a big mess. Well, I was wrong. I eventually got around to testing it out and ...

December 13, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Take care in winter to prepare your trees

As winter approaches, most of us retreat to the cozy confines of our warm, toasty living rooms. We're content watching football, reading a good book or poring over those last-minute Christmas lists. However, have you thought about how your trees are coping with the winter weather?

December 11, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Give your holiday food a healthy makeover

Feel weighed down after a little too much merriment during the holidays? Whether you're watching your waistline, your wallet or your health, some simple substitutions for the fats, sodium and sugars in your favorite dishes can make them healthier.

December 09, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Full moons have allure all their own

For some reason, I've always loved full moons. Every time I see one, I stop in my tracks, fully absorb and appreciate its beauty and then thank the good Lord that I lived to see another beautiful full moon.

December 08, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Send Christmas cards that help charities, too

If you want an easy, painless way to give to charities, you need to check out CardsThatGive.org. It's a nonprofit Web site that lists greeting cards you can buy from more than 100 different charities. The proceeds from the cards help fund a lot of worthy causes. Do it. You'll feel better about yourself.

December 06, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Don’t get caught up in holiday trappings

When your children are all grown up with families of their own, what do you want them to remember about the holidays of their childhood?

December 06, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Fertilizer, seeds may top gardeners' wish lists

It is one week after Black Friday, the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, and the question is, "Is your Christmas shopping complete?"

December 04, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Use evergreens to spruce up dreary winter landscape

How can I make my winter landscape less dreary?

December 04, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Murray: Keeping track of past greats and flops

As the Christmas holiday approaches - and I battle mightily against the Grinch influence - I have retreated to my cellar book. Actually, I have tried to burrow into my cellar book until, say, Jan. 2, but there are certain physical limitations.

December 02, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: The best entourages come with four legs

It's true. Some things you have to see to believe. And then, even though you're certain of the reliability of your own eyes, you don't believe it.

December 01, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: It's OK to get help, but the trick is asking

What started out as a scary night ended up being pretty fun. A strong storm was moving through the area. The lightning and thunder woke both Chloe and Cole. They asked if they could sleep in the same bed, so we let Chloe move into Cole's room. But a few minutes later, the storm knocked out the power.

November 28, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Wine Without Pretense: Gulping Champagne fast equals quicker intoxication

I subscribe to an online wine news service that delivers a couple of times a week some fascinating stories or statistics about happenings in the giddy world of wine. I'm passing along some condensed versions with my own comments.

March 04, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Dogs don’t suffer from scurvy

May way, ye scurvy dogs!

March 01, 2015 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Fiji seems like paradise, but subject to quakes, hurricanes

Conditions like the record-breaking blasts of cold air during much of February make us dream of warmer weather.

February 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Controlling moss and algae in turf

As turf grass areas occasionally begin to thin out, moss and algae begin to form because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

February 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


For Your Health: Are you sleeping at work

Busy work schedules, hectic family life, late-night television, electronics and other stimulants get in the way of our daily sleep. Therefore, most people sleep when work and family life permits.

February 26, 2015 | BY Daniel L. Cobb, MD For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Stop hiding or covering up sin

When Amy came home, she got the mail out of the mailbox and laid it on the couch when she walked in the door.

February 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Report any violence against animals

Violence against others, be they a female, male, dog, cat or salamander, is never desirable.

February 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia shines as a quiet and safe place, geographically speaking

Complaining about nature's quirks, and the disasters that come with them, is a popular pastime. But in spite of some of the troubles North Georgia has experienced in the past, it's realistic to say that we live in a very sheltered part of the world.

February 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For Your Health: Heart failure becoming more prevalent in Americans

I recently treated a patient who described a long series of problems from the past year. They included weight gain/loss, leg swelling, shortness of breath when walking up stairs, "butterflies fluttering" in her chest and sometimes having to sleep in her recliner to breathe.

February 09, 2015 | | Columnists


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