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Thompson: Vinegar is magical solvent for pet stains

When a new puppy or kitten "marks a spot" in your house, it's important to get the smell out. One of the best ways to do this is to apply vinegar. Just make sure to test the vinegar on a small, hidden area first to make sure that it won't harm your carpet or wood finish.

January 11, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Your father’s hand gives you safety, balance

Chloe is fascinated by the steep hill we have in our backyard. She likes nothing more than to walk down it, then back up it, repeating the process several times over. I have to admit it helps in getting her tired out before bedtime, and I often use that to my advantage.

January 11, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: This winter, grow a green thumb

A well-tended, fruitful garden is a delight.

January 09, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: A little bit of planning can save time, calories

When it comes to cooking and preparing meals, more and more Americans are opting for convenience.

January 07, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: You can always rely on the ol' freezer

Mandatory to my mama's generation was the ownership of a deep freezer and a sewing machine. These, remember, were people who believed in self-reliance and independence. You grew what you ate, you froze or canned it and you sewed what you wore.

January 05, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Focus on cornerstones for a strong marriage

Pause for a moment and think about your marriage.

January 04, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Know difference between date labels

Is the food you buy fresh enough to eat? How long will it remain fresh? The answer to these questions can be found on most food labels.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Black-eyed peas and greens may be perfect for economy

Now, I've been telling y'all for a few years about the importance of eating your black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day and how by doing so, you'll have more money in the coming year.

December 29, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Parents need to stay on course to teach kids

American parents believe in behavior modification. They believe that the same principles that govern the behavior of a rat or a dog also govern the behavior of a human being. Therefore, they think the discipline of a child is a matter of manipulating reward and punishment. Furthermore, they think that if one manipulates reward and punishment properly, the correct behavior will ensue. If it does not, then they reason that they must not have used the proper consequences.

December 28, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Husbands, here’s a tip to do during halftime today

Do you find that you keep missing stains on your clothes when you wash them? The solution may be as simple as improving the lighting next to your washing machine. Either install a brighter bulb or add a spotlight. If you can see your clothes better, you have a better chance of seeing the stains and pre-treating them before they go in the wash. Husbands: During halftime today, go do this for your wives.

December 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Pull of forbidden fruit still haunts us to this day

There's nothing so tempting as forbidden fruit. Or forbidden toys.

December 27, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Keep your Christmas cards to use as gift tags next year

Now that Christmas is over, don't throw away those Christmas cards. Instead, cut them up and make hanging name tags for your gifts for next Christmas. You're recycling and saving money!

December 27, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Christmas plants like poinsettias and Christmas cactus help add to our holiday cheer, but where did they come from?

December 26, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Holidays are a great time to catch up on garden chores

With the holiday season in full swing, many of us have forgotten about our homes and gardens.

December 25, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Shopping for a wine lover? Think locally

Ho ho ho, and all that seasonal stuff. It's coming up on that cheery time of the year, and wine lovers should be completing their lists for Santa to fill.

December 25, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Please don't feed Fido table food

That Sam. That Sam! That dog Sam.

December 21, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper celebrating 20th anniversary

Besides the holidays we're enjoying this week, there's another important milestone. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (www.chattahoochee.org) celebrates its 20th anniversary.

December 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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


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