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Thompson: Teach kids early about value of duct tape

OK folks, it's time for a duct tape tip: If you have a young toddler, put a piece of duct tape over their shoe laces so they'll stay tied while the child is playing. You'll also be educating the child on the value of duct tape. You can't start too young.

March 22, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Sin separates like a locked door between you and God

Cole doesn't like open doors. Whenever he finds one at the house he rushes to close it, regardless of which side of it he's on. That led to a little trouble for him (and me) the other day.

March 22, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Be sure to thank Master Gardeners

Saturday is Master Gardener Day - so, if you know a Master Gardener around here, be sure to thank them.

March 20, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Control diabetes with right nutrition

Everyone who has diabetes needs to follow an eating plan approved by their physician. And most should follow a physical activity plan, too.

March 18, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: The search for a muse leads to seersucker

Many, who rely upon creative forces to etch out a living, depend on what is called a muse to inspire and fire up those creative juices.

March 17, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: This should help keep toes free of scuffs

Do you know someone who wears work boots? If so, you need to share this great product with them. It's called Boot Savers, and it fits over the toes of any pair of work boots. They protect the toes from getting scuffed and can also cover-up any existing scuffs. They come in three colors: black, brown and tan. You can find them at www.kneeblades.com and they cost $10.

March 15, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cannon: Ground covers fill in what grass won't

When growing grass is difficult, what is a good alternative that can add beauty and interest to my landscape?

March 13, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Don’t be a drip; just use it on your yard

On March 3, landscape professionals and home gardening enthusiasts received some much-welcome news from Carol Couch, director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

March 13, 2009 | | Columnists


Wilburn: Make smart choices even if you grab fast food

Busy schedules filled with work, school and activities can leave families with little time for sit-down meals. So, eating out - or, rather, on the run - can be an unavoidable part of family meal time.

March 11, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Carrying life’s load a burden for some

There is a childhood friend whom is very dear to me, our lives having been tangled together in one way or another like kudzu clinging to a chain-linked fence.

March 10, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Keep your pipes warm with this gadget

Ginny Enzor of Gainesville recently shared a cool product with me. It's called the EasyHeat Freeze Free Thermostat.

March 08, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Commitment keeps you from being wasteful

A couple of days ago, I fixed Chloe and Cole lunch. They ate it all, which was a good bit of food.

March 08, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Feeling contained? Embrace the space

Spring is fast approaching, and, for many, spring means planting a vegetable garden. I have fond memories of planting a large family garden; the "family" included my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and of course, my immediate family.

March 06, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: If wine smells off, most likely it is

It was supposed to be just a good-quality, mid-range sangiovese - a red wine from Tuscany - served at a popular pizzeria in South Hall.

March 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Thompson: Use your filters for more than coffee

Deborah, a regular reader and contributor to this column, recently shared some "coffee filter" tips with me. I'll confess, I never knew there were so many things you could do with coffee filters besides make coffee. For example, you can use them to clean windows and mirrors - they're lint free and don't leave streaks. You can use them to drain used cooking oil and remove food debris. Finally, you can use them to weigh chopped food. (I'm starting to really like coffee filters!)

March 01, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Eyes of the Father: Discovering the riches from God

I have a large glass coin jar. It's an old pickle jar I got from a grocery store when I was in college. It's a foot-and-a-half tall, with a base that's about seven inches in diameter.

May 03, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Your health care costs more than your cats

It's a question born from ignorance. All the best questions are.

May 03, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Powdercoating a tough, environmentally-friendly option

Owners of cars and two-wheelers like to customize their vehicles, or even rebuild an old one that reminds them of their younger days. Much of the work involves painting, and that's where problems arise.

May 02, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Beware of spot anthracnose attacking dogwood trees

In my last article, I discussed powdery mildew on dogwoods. In this article, I want to talk about a different disease that can infect dogwood trees - spot anthracnose.

May 01, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Concerns arise about canine influenza

I suppose it was unavoidable. This week I got my first email from a reader regarding canine influenza and the ongoing outbreak here in the U.S.

April 26, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Sunlight is filtered into different colors to the eye

After a clammy early spring, the sun is back finally. It's going to rise toward its highest point in the sky by June 21, the longest day of the year. Measured as an angle from the ground, in Gainesville the sun will be about 78 degrees up. It can't ever be exactly vertical above us because the subsolar point, where the sun is perpendicular above the ground, doesn't move this far north.

April 25, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Be aware: Powdery mildew plagues dogwood trees

Just the other day, I was looking at a dogwood tree at the house and saw it was in pretty good shape.

April 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Venture out of comfort zone; try some asparagus

Yay for Spring! It's officially the beginning of the arrival of fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

April 22, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Life comes full circle

I have always worked. In my family, when you turned 16, you got a job.

April 08, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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