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Thompson: Bulb always burnt? Try a different kind

Do you have a lamp or light fixture in your home in which light bulbs just don't seem to last that long? If so, you need to know this. There are two main culprits that cause incandescent light bulbs to burn out prematurely: excessive heat and vibration. The simple solution is to just stop using an incandescent bulb in the fixture and use a compact fluorescent. Compact fluorescents are not affected by heat or vibration. About a year ago I was having a real problem with the lights in my garage door opener. I was changing bulbs every month ...

December 14, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn, Family Ties: Second time can be the charm, with hard work

Most people today want a marriage that will last a lifetime.

December 14, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Gifts for gardeners on the ‘good’ list

Now that Black Friday, the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, is behind us, do you have your Christmas shopping wrapped up?

December 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

What's my favorite plant for the holidays?

December 12, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Tiny holiday tastes can add up

The extra calories sometimes sneak up on us over the winter holidays. But they don't always arrive in the form of large portions of calorie-laden food. Rather, they may tiptoe in through many tiny tastes throughout the day.

December 10, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: You never know who might hold purse strings

When Dixie Dew's beloved baby sitter up and went to heaven, I found myself in a quandary: What was I going to do about child care when I traveled?

December 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: A big thanks to all who share tips, comments

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to start this week's column by saying thanks to all of you who have shared your tips and feedback. Connecting with people is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. I'm blessed to be able to connect with all of you each week. You'll truly never know how much your e-mails mean to me.

December 08, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: When sorry seems to be the hardest word

Twin tear tracks spilled down Chloe's reddened face. "I'm sorry!" she cried.

December 08, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wilburn: Have a holiday cooking question? We’ve got an answer

With a holiday such as Thanksgiving, when the main event revolves around cooking, there are invariably going to be some questions that come up.

December 03, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rosemond: Serious response will curb child's behavior

Question: Our 4-year-old son has a problem with hitting other children at preschool and has to spend the afternoon in his room for this.

December 02, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Rich: This year’s pie comes bittersweet

For many years now, Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday.

December 02, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Relationships provide true riches

When it comes to finances, I am by nature a saver. Amy is, by nature, a spender.

November 30, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Feeling a chill? Warm up your room and rug

Christmas is around the corner and I have a cool gift idea for you. It's called the RugBuddy. It's basically an electric blanket that can go under area rugs. It gently warms the rug and your room. It's safer than a space heater and a whole lot cheaper to operate. Plus, it's the only radiant heater on the market that you can put under area rugs. (It's even waterproof). You can use it under your desk, on cold bathroom floors, on your boat and even your motorhome. You can find the product by going to ...

November 30, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Today, readers, I have a question for you: Do you have a camellia in your garden? If the answer is "No," maybe you should ask yourself, "Why not?"

November 28, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Remember the basics when cooking turkey

Cooking a turkey can seem daunting, but it's simply a matter of following directions and watching your food thermometer.

November 28, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Around the Home: Free program offers summer snack inspiration

Summer will be here before you know it.

April 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Easter lilies poisonous to pets

Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.

April 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God can carry all our burdens

A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.

April 13, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: This is the best time to plan a European vacation

Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.

April 12, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Blessed during Easter

For me, Easter is a time of reflection.

April 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Alienation isn’t the way to stop habit of smoking

Last week marked four months since I quit smoking.

April 06, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Emergency visits rise in states with legalized pot

Marijuana has been legalized in several states.

April 06, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


For your health: Enjoy the taste of eating healthy

"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is a campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices while developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's message is combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals following dietary guidelines.

April 06, 2014 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Earthquakes, mudslides can happen anywhere so prepare

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.

April 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Create a colorful container garden on a patio or deck

Container gardening, hanging baskets and window boxes can be a fun and rewarding to those who only have a patio, deck or balcony.

April 04, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Transforming from city girl to wine grower’s wife

Martha Ezzard wears many hats. She's been a lawyer, journalist, state legislator and most likely a few other things.

April 02, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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