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Cook: Don’t be scared by these classic Halloween reads

I love Halloween. Nothing gets me in the mood for ghosts, ghouls and goblins better than a good scary story, so I wanted to share some of my favorite classic picks.

October 25, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Landscape perfection requires a good plan

This fall I have received quite a few questions from area residents interested in renovating their home landscapes. Often the conversation starts something like this:

October 23, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Plant ornamental shrubs and trees in fall

When is the best time to plant an all-season landscape with ornamental shrubs and trees?

October 23, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Help kids learn healthy habits

You are the most important influence on your child, and you can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life.

October 21, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: A wink may say more than you think

In Belfast, in the stunningly gorgeous building dedicated by Prince Edward in 1932 (he who abdicated), where the Northern Ireland Assembly convenes, I learned why I can never be president of the United States.

October 20, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Maybe what you really need is right in front of you

I have recently added a new weapon to my child-rearing arsenal. It's called reverse psychology. Here's how it works: I give Chloe a cup of milk, but she wants juice. She pushes the cup away and says, "I don't want it. I want juice."

October 18, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Find a new use for your credit cards

Do you love brownies? Then this tip is for you. Rather than trying to cut your brownies with a knife, use an old credit card instead. A knife will usually mess up the brownies when you drag it through the pan. With the credit card, you simply push it down into the brownies - don't drag it. Just make sure that you clean the credit card before using it.

October 18, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Popcorn can be a healthy snack

Since October is popcorn month, it is time for popcorn trivia.

October 14, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: I'm proudly following in my grandfather's footsteps

The dawn was barely breaking, the morning just beginning to wrestle the new day away from the black night as the train traveled with a jolting purpose from Dublin to Belfast, Ireland.

October 12, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Have strength to accept things you can't change

Question: My 4-year-old son is not fully engaged when he has a friend over for a play date. His twin sister makes friends easily and the difference between them is glaring. When I arrange a play date for him, he is excited but then, after the friend arrives, he gradually slips off to play by himself.

October 11, 2009 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Before you toss that phone, try to fix it

Before you throw an iPod or iPhone away because it is not working, consider checking out the Web site www.ifixit.com. This cool little site tells you how to fix a variety of ailments. It has step-by-step pictures and even tells you what tools you need to use. Fascinating stuff.

October 10, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cook: Updated version of a classic lets you love zombies, too

Most of us are familiar with the classic novel "Pride and Prejudice."

October 10, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Perfect spot is also key for native plants

Fall is here, and for the gardening enthusiast, now is the ideal time to make additions to your landscape - in particular, hardy perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees.

October 09, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Plant daffodils in late October

When is the best time to plant perennial bulbs for a luscious spring fling come next year?

October 09, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cannon: Now is the best time to plant bulbs

When is the best time to plant perennial bulbs for a luscious spring fling come next year?

October 08, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Maintaining soil pH levels is important

If you have ever come to my office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate ...

February 04, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: A camera and microscope capture crystallized wine

Ever hear of "wine diamonds?"

February 02, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering pets carries small risk, but it's better in the long run

In two days, Lemmy will return to my office for his appointment to be neutered.

January 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: God sees whole picture, keeps us safe from harm

I was at home one afternoon, when Amy came in with Chloe and Cole.

January 31, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Home weather station options are available

Inexpensive indoor weather stations showing temperature, air pressure and humidity are nice. But I like to know exactly what's going on right outside, too ...

January 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Diverse, native trees add value to your landscape

Trees in our landscapes provide numerous functions, including beauty to the yard, habitats for wildlife and sound buffers. Trees also provide privacy as well as ...

January 28, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Make a pizza from items in pantry, fridge

I love pizza. It's one of my favorite foods.

January 26, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Puppies can learn tricks at early age

For his third and final puppy visit, Lemmy arrives walking on his leash like a gentleman. His tendency to pull the leash when excited has ...

January 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unexpected Hurricane Alex makes quick appearance, exit

Even experienced meteorologists were surprised when Hurricane Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 14. Unusually warm waters helped produce the storm.

January 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: It's time for your pup's 3-week check-up

Lemmy bounds into the waiting room, his owners trailing behind a taut leash. That's not the worst habit a puppy can have, but it ...

January 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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