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Blessed by hard times

Daddy always believed that the good Lord should be thanked for the hard times as much as he was praised for the good times.

November 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Composting 101

Fall is a great time to compost. Although it is not the most glamorous topic in the world of gardening, it is one of the most essential ones.

November 19, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Plant now to have color and fragrance in the winter

Winter is a strange time to think of flowers in the landscape. Yet it can be a surprising awakening in the garden. Some trees, shrubs, vines, annuals and perennials bloom between fall and spring.

November 19, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: No-show guests can jeopardize food safety

You've invited the guests, decorated the table and prepared the food. Then the guests are delayed, call to cancel or don't show at all. Holiday meals and other celebrations require careful planning to ensure that everything goes "just right."

November 16, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Some spots should stay exclusive to us women

It is possible that I could say that I didn't believe my eyes. The truth is, though, that when it comes to the bizarre, the absurd, the downright unnatural, my eyes pretty much believe whatever they see.

November 16, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Don’t cuddle with sins

Cole's favorite thing to hold while he sleeps at night is a Teddy Bear. It's cute, it's cuddly, but it's also misleading. Before I explain, I want to tell you about the origin of the Teddy Bear.

November 14, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wilburn: Getting your daily amount of fruits and veggies on the go

You know that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for you, but you're constantly on the go. See how you can fit fruits and veggies into your everyday world. Fruits and vegetables can be a part of a balanced diet anytime, anywhere.

November 10, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Special CD brings back memories of my youth

My friend, Linda, is one of those kinds of friends that drift in and out of my life. The kind of friend that I see infrequently but when we gather together over lunch or dinner, it's as though we've had coffee together every morning for the past six months. Our conversation isn't constant but our friendship is.

November 08, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Teaching children coping skills for tough financial times

Children are capable of learning and utilizing coping skills that will help them through difficult situations. Adults frequently become so preoccupied, they forget that tough times have an emotional as well as a financial impact on their children. Children depend on their parents for emotional security. When parents are tense, upset and inattentive, it disrupts the flow of normal activities.

November 07, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


'Poisoner's Handbook:' Toxic tales from early days of forensic science

It is amazing to think about how much our world has progressed in the last century. Things we take for granted nowadays were novelties or preliminary ideas in the beginning decades of the 1900s, particularly in the realm of science, chemicals and elements that were considered cryptic or inexplicable were more thoroughly experimented on.

November 07, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Winterizing

What does the gardener need to do before winter sets in?

November 05, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Trees and shrubs are vulnerable to winter weather

Halloween is behind us, and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Many have already begun shopping and making their holiday preparations. And while this is a busy time of year, you shouldn't completely forget about the trees and shrubs that make up the "bones" of your landscape. Trees and shrubs provide structure, texture, color, and form to the landscape and are valuable long-term investments.

November 05, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Readers ask about aerators, pinot gris and pinot grigio

It's that time again; time to answer some of the questions I've received from readers of this column (I heard from all three recently) and from students in my wine appreciation classes.

November 02, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


A man's help with my problems is more than welcome

In a moment of not perfectly clear thinking, I agreed to sit on a panel composed of several women for a television show. The idea was that we so-called "experts" would answer questions posed by guys who wanted to know about the inside thinking of a woman.

November 01, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Even a white lie can erode a child’s trust

Halloween is tonight. All this week, the conversations among Chloe and Cole's friends at school have been about monsters, ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

October 31, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: How to prevent tomato problems

Even though fresh ripe tomatoes are just now coming in, our office has been getting questions about problems with tomatoes.

June 30, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Medical emergency worries veterinarian

It's a whirlwind.

June 26, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care of car now, then go electric

Modern electric cars have changed from fairly unattractive designs to very nice automobiles.

June 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Worms are gone, but enlarged spleen causes concern

The whipworms are gone. Well, the adult whipworms are gone.

June 19, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Now’s the time to check your air conditioner

Summer starts officially Monday afternoon. As always, we'll have hot days ahead, but it won't be like the heat wave that southeastern Asia ...

June 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Keep azaleas in tiptop condition by keeping pests away

When azaleas have blossomed into a big green bush but have lost their spring brilliance, it is easy to forget they are there.

June 16, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Behavioral change in dog caused by whipworms

It happens. Despite millions of dollars in research, and detailed testing beforehand, sometimes it happens. Sometimes a side effect occurs when we use a drug ...

June 12, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Senior dog suffers from old-age ailments

Lemmy comes in for his first "senior" visit, with no problems to report.

June 05, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Randall Murray: Sip some rosy wines during the summertime

Summer is a mere 20 days away. Time to start thinking about hot-weather quaffing.

May 31, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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