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Around the Home: Tomatillos add flavor, texture, Vitamin C to dishes

Tomatillos (tohm-ah-TEE-oh) are small fruits, used as a vegetable, enclosed in a husk. The fruit resembles a small unripe tomato and is usually green or yellow.

May 11, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

‘Please Look After Mom’ is a moving reflection on motherhood

I believe, as I'm sure many do, that one of the most under appreciated role models in our lives is that of the mother.

May 08, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists

Family Ties: Humor can help caregivers laugh off their stress

A 2010 report by Emblem Health and National Alliance for Caregiving indicates that roughly 29 percent of the U.S. population serves in an unpaid caregiver capacity. Seven in 10 of these caregivers are caring for someone who is 50 years of age or older. More than half of caregivers are relatively young, between the ages of 18 and 49 years. The vast majority is related to the recipient; 36 percent care for a parent.

May 08, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Douse the lights to ward off black beetles

I have already had a call about the black scarab beetle this year, and seeing how they caused such a problem for a lot of Georgians last year, I wanted to touch on the subject.

May 06, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Gardening with Wanda: Take these steps to control nuisance pests

The invasion of oak leaf loopers and kudzu bugs are a rampant problem this spring. The office has been flooded with calls about these creatures and how to get rid of them.

May 06, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Wine without Pretense: German wines in a French land hold their own

Last month we traipsed around the world looking at trademark or signature grapes and the regions with which they are identified: i.e., Burgundy and pinot noir, and Italy with pinot grigio.

May 04, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists

Eyes of the Father: Special gift readily accepted

I've had a little bit of back trouble since I was a teenager. It's nothing serious, but every once in a while it'll go out on me. I can usually get it to go back in place, but sometimes it's a little ... stubborn.

May 01, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Keep your lawn happy with proper mowing, fertilizing

Lawns and springtime go hand-in-hand for many people in Gainesville and Hall County. For many of us, it is the gathering place for our children, family and neighbors. It's where barbecues happen and spontaneous games of Frisbee and tag are begun.

April 30, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Around the Home: Buy local, buy fresh at area farmers markets

Mark your calendars with some very important dates, the opening of our area farmers markets. The Spout Springs Library farmers market will open on Thursday. You can shop from 4-7 p.m. each Thursday.

April 27, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Off the Shelves: ‘Friendship Bread’ has a sweet but familiar flavor

Darien Gee's newly released novel, "Friendship Bread," compiles the accounts of the various residents of small town Avalon, Ill., and how they are brought together through an "edible chain letter" called Amish Friendship Bread.

April 24, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists

Gardening with Wanda: Cover all the basics before planting your edible garden

You may have plans to start your own veggie garden. Or maybe plant some fruiting trees and bushes. Whatever the case, it is time to make sure you plant in the right areas, the soil is the correct pH and everything is in order to obtain the maximum satisfaction of your endeavors.

April 22, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Consider installing a few rain gardens

Storm water is usually we all don't think too much about on a day-to-day basis. When it is usually thought of, we all want it to be carried away off our streets and away from our homes.

April 22, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Around the Home: Tips to prepare your Easter ham safely

If you've been shopping for ham recently, you may have found yourself bewildered by the many choices available: fresh, cured, cooked, spiral-cut, smoked, bone in, boneless, country. It's no wonder people have so many questions about cooking and storing ham.

April 20, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Eyes of the Father: Don't want — God will provide your needs

Chloe's come up with a new declaration. I guess in her mind, it's more of an explanation. Lately, she's discovered that she lacks certain things. These things are not necessary to health or survival, though.

April 17, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Prepare for the descent of the winged red-eyed ‘monsters’

In the coming weeks, much of Hall County will be invaded by a rare sight; six legged, winged creatures with red eyes. These creatures are not from a far off land or a distant planet, but they are a normal occurrence for our part of the country. Georgia's only 13-year cicada will emerge from the ground.

April 15, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

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Matthew Sisk: Beloved dog's health progressively worse

Lemmy's appointment is at 10 o'clock.

October 23, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Lee Koontz: Our children are watching and recording

Our children know us better than we do. Sometimes that's a frightening thing.

October 23, 2016 | The Rev. Lee Koontz | Columnists

Embracing the thrill of Gold Rush Days


October 23, 2016 | BY BEKAH PORTER For The Times | Columnists

Earth Sense: High pressure keeping away needed rain

Almost always, tourists will consider the big "H" letters on weather maps a friend. It stands for "High."

October 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Michael Wheeler: Composting: Art and science of improving garden

We are getting into the best time of year with cooler weather and crisp days. It is a bit exciting, because it finally feels like ...

October 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Crevolyn Wiley: Visit classic fall feature, make a classic fall dish

I'm sure you've seen cute signs in stores with ideas for activities called a fall checklist, or fall bucket lists on sites such ...

October 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Doctor offers but never demands treatment

Lemmy is late for his appointment.

October 16, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Stuart Higginbotham: Discovering things unseen and buried deep

My associates Cynthia Park and Alan Cowart and I saw 1,146 unmarked graves of African-Americans on a visit to Alta Vista Cemetery. Some of ...

October 16, 2016 | By Stuart Higginbotham stuart@gracechurch | Columnists

Evacuations a privilege not viable in impoverished Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I ...

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Evacuations a privilege not viable in Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I ...

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Robin Friedman: October gardening tasks to complete before winter

With the arrival of October and cooler temperatures finally settling on Northeast Georgia, it is time for homeowners to conduct their fall checklist now.

October 13, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Lemmy is slowly losing his mind

Who do you think you are?

October 02, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Harris Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists

Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists

Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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