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Thompson: Cut through brownie goo with plastic knife

I need to start out by apologizing to Deanna Campbell. She's a faithful reader who gave me a tip some weeks ago on a better way to cut brownies. She said a simple plastic knife will do a better job than any regular knife, and she keeps a plastic knife in one of her kitchen drawers for just this purpose. Well, I didn't believe her. I thought that there was no way that a plastic knife could cut gooey brownies without making a big mess. Well, I was wrong. I eventually got around to testing it out and ...

December 13, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Take care in winter to prepare your trees

As winter approaches, most of us retreat to the cozy confines of our warm, toasty living rooms. We're content watching football, reading a good book or poring over those last-minute Christmas lists. However, have you thought about how your trees are coping with the winter weather?

December 11, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Give your holiday food a healthy makeover

Feel weighed down after a little too much merriment during the holidays? Whether you're watching your waistline, your wallet or your health, some simple substitutions for the fats, sodium and sugars in your favorite dishes can make them healthier.

December 09, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Full moons have allure all their own

For some reason, I've always loved full moons. Every time I see one, I stop in my tracks, fully absorb and appreciate its beauty and then thank the good Lord that I lived to see another beautiful full moon.

December 08, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Send Christmas cards that help charities, too

If you want an easy, painless way to give to charities, you need to check out CardsThatGive.org. It's a nonprofit Web site that lists greeting cards you can buy from more than 100 different charities. The proceeds from the cards help fund a lot of worthy causes. Do it. You'll feel better about yourself.

December 06, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Don’t get caught up in holiday trappings

When your children are all grown up with families of their own, what do you want them to remember about the holidays of their childhood?

December 06, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Fertilizer, seeds may top gardeners' wish lists

It is one week after Black Friday, the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, and the question is, "Is your Christmas shopping complete?"

December 04, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Use evergreens to spruce up dreary winter landscape

How can I make my winter landscape less dreary?

December 04, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Murray: Keeping track of past greats and flops

As the Christmas holiday approaches - and I battle mightily against the Grinch influence - I have retreated to my cellar book. Actually, I have tried to burrow into my cellar book until, say, Jan. 2, but there are certain physical limitations.

December 02, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: The best entourages come with four legs

It's true. Some things you have to see to believe. And then, even though you're certain of the reliability of your own eyes, you don't believe it.

December 01, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: It's OK to get help, but the trick is asking

What started out as a scary night ended up being pretty fun. A strong storm was moving through the area. The lightning and thunder woke both Chloe and Cole. They asked if they could sleep in the same bed, so we let Chloe move into Cole's room. But a few minutes later, the storm knocked out the power.

November 28, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Include a plunger in your party planning

The holiday season is upon us and I know that a lot of you will be hosting parties. Here is a tip that you're not likely to find in any of the women's magazines: Make sure that have a toilet plunger in every bathroom. I'm serious about this. Toilets always seem to know when you're throwing a party and that's when they decide to back up. By having plungers in each bathroom, you can avoid a really embarrassing situation for you and your guests. (Contributed by Bryan Reksten).

November 28, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep your Christmas tree happy

Thanksgiving is now behind us, and that means it is officially Christmas season (though local retailers, of course, started the season weeks ago.)

November 27, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Offer up a blessing for those no longer with us

Thanksgiving is a time to come together and celebrate a family's beloved characters, the ones who give us many stories to declare and laughter to share.

November 23, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cook: Sparks’ latest tale sings with charm

Nicholas Spark's latest novel, "The Last Song," is a heartwarming story about the relationship between a father and his children, the love between two young adults from different classes and the struggles that teenagers endure as they grow up, learning to make wiser and less selfish decisions.

November 22, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: The difference between a vaccine and an infection

Lemmy recovers from his bout with apparent "kennel cough" with no complications.

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A one-eyed dog with a cough walks into a bar.

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Earth Sense: Responses to sunlight vary by country

Some cultural differences are subtle. Others are highly visible; for example, the way in which people treat sunshine.

May 22, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Scale insects attack plants early in the season

This year has been a year for scales.

May 19, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: How to eat out and eat healthy

If you're celebrating a special occasion this season, just remember you can still make healthy meal choices.

May 17, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Unruly dog bites Lemmy and causes him to lose an eye

It's noon on a Saturday, and I am anticipating heading home in an hour or so. I have plans to school my oldest child ...

May 15, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog learns to share human attention with a new kitten

Our history of Lemmy leaps forward this week, encompassing three mostly uneventful years.

May 08, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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