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Thompson: Special IV can pump life back into your tree

I recently pointed out how you need to keep your live Christmas tree well watered. If the tree's water reservoir goes dry, the bottom of the tree will close up and it won't accept any more water. If this happens, your tree will start losing its needles and will become a fire hazard. OK, let's say that hypothetically your husband forgets to water the tree for several days and the bottom of the tree closes up. What can you do besides remove the decorated Christmas tree from the stand and re-cut the bottom of it? I've ...

March 20, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Slow cooked dinners can be easy, nutritious

Many consumers prefer the convenience of a slow cooker for preparing soups, stews and other favorites. These appliances cook foods slowly at a low temperature, so vitamins and minerals are retained. Also, less expensive cuts of meat are tenderized and meats shrink less. Best of all, the slow cooker can do all this while you're away from home.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Try a trial run before freezing your pies

As filled pies are higher in moisture content and take longer to cool/heat/reheat than many baked goods, pies can be trickier to freeze than many foods. The best advice: Do a trial run with freezing a favorite pie BEFORE you freeze it for a special event. Here are an assortment of tips that may help you decide how to most successfully freeze your favorite pies.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Winter chores abound in winter

Often the cooler weather gives us the feeling that we should be working inside instead of tending to our landscape. On the coldest days, this certainly makes sense, but there are a number of things that can and should be done now in our landscape to get them ready for the spring flush.

March 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Substitutes for ‘classic’ holly can still bear traditional-looking berries

Question: I want to plant a holly tree that has lots of long-lasting berries. What can you suggest?

March 20, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Holiday weight gain can come in form of drinks, not just food

During the holiday season, many people expect that they will gain weight. What they may not know is that what they are drinking is affecting those added pounds.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Stranger’s kindness is repaid over time

Christmas never comes to me without a childhood memory that, in turn, throws its arms around another memory and brings it tagging along.

March 20, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: The spirit of giving can last for a lifetime

At a Thanksgiving luncheon, I was holding my 18-month-old nephew, Tripp, as I visited tables to speak to folks. I stopped and greeted a friend, patting him on his back. Tripp watched quietly then leaned down, stretching out his little arm and patted Billy, too, in that awkward, uncoordinated way that babies have.

I chuckled, realizing that Tripp had simply emulated what he had seen me do. See, children are like that. They, more often than not, simply grow up imitating those they watch. Good or bad.

March 20, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Parental leadership is lacking these days

If, in a 50-employee workplace, several employees are misbehaving, one can reasonably assume that the problem lies with the employees. On the other hand, if half of the employees are misbehaving, the only conclusion to draw is that the problem lies with management.

March 20, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Lunch guys: Subway’s new Feast starts meat scuffle

We Lunch Guys can only imagine Jared choking on his 6-inch veggie sub when he saw the commercial for Subway's new Feast behemoth. It's a sandwich loaded up with roast beef, turkey, ham, salami and pepperoni, plus cheese and all the usual toppings. Does a great name and great concept equal a great sandwich?

March 20, 2008 | | Columnists


England: Orchids don’t require much maintenance

Question: I recently purchased an orchid on impulse, but I know nothing about houseplants. Can you give me some advice on how to take care of it (the label says Phalaenopsis) and perhaps get it to bloom again next year?

March 18, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Pesticides aren’t the only line of defense

The recent warm days have resulted in an outbreak of "spring fever" - the undeniable urge to prune, plant, weed and fertilize.

March 18, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Look to grapes to find key to wine’s differences

"Now, just what is 'merlot' anyway?"

March 16, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Lunch guys: Fried ‘steak’ from Sonic blends best of worlds

Sonic has one of the wildest menus in the lunch universe, yet this drive-in chain is still able to top itself with special "limited-time-only" specials.

March 16, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Saying good-bye to a great character

After early church and Sunday school, Mama and I had hurried to the grocery store. An older friend was ailing badly with the flu, so I told Mama I'd make him some quick homemade chicken soup and she could make the cornbread muffins. Then, I'd run it over to him.

March 15, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants selected

The 2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been selected and are rated as the No. 1 superior ornamental plant for residential landscape use in Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Classic musical filled with laughs and love triangle

I'm a sucker for a good musical. I'll take any excuse to sing along loudly and off-key during a movie, honestly.

April 17, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Around the Home: Free program offers summer snack inspiration

Summer will be here before you know it.

April 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Easter lilies poisonous to pets

Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.

April 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God can carry all our burdens

A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.

April 13, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: This is the best time to plan a European vacation

Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.

April 12, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Blessed during Easter

For me, Easter is a time of reflection.

April 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Alienation isn’t the way to stop habit of smoking

Last week marked four months since I quit smoking.

April 06, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Emergency visits rise in states with legalized pot

Marijuana has been legalized in several states.

April 06, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


For your health: Enjoy the taste of eating healthy

"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is a campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices while developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's message is combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals following dietary guidelines.

April 06, 2014 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Earthquakes, mudslides can happen anywhere so prepare

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.

April 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Create a colorful container garden on a patio or deck

Container gardening, hanging baskets and window boxes can be a fun and rewarding to those who only have a patio, deck or balcony.

April 04, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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