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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 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

Tim: You can thank me later for these

Thanksgiving is this week and I hope you're ready for it. Here are some miscellaneous Thanksgiving tips that I hope will make your holiday better.

November 22, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

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Matthew Sisk: Beloved dog's health progressively worse

Lemmy's appointment is at 10 o'clock.

October 23, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Lee Koontz: Our children are watching and recording

Our children know us better than we do. Sometimes that's a frightening thing.

October 23, 2016 | The Rev. Lee Koontz | Columnists

Embracing the thrill of Gold Rush Days


October 23, 2016 | BY BEKAH PORTER For The Times | Columnists

Earth Sense: High pressure keeping away needed rain

Almost always, tourists will consider the big "H" letters on weather maps a friend. It stands for "High."

October 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Michael Wheeler: Composting: Art and science of improving garden

We are getting into the best time of year with cooler weather and crisp days. It is a bit exciting, because it finally feels like ...

October 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Crevolyn Wiley: Visit classic fall feature, make a classic fall dish

I'm sure you've seen cute signs in stores with ideas for activities called a fall checklist, or fall bucket lists on sites such ...

October 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Doctor offers but never demands treatment

Lemmy is late for his appointment.

October 16, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Stuart Higginbotham: Discovering things unseen and buried deep

My associates Cynthia Park and Alan Cowart and I saw 1,146 unmarked graves of African-Americans on a visit to Alta Vista Cemetery. Some of ...

October 16, 2016 | By Stuart Higginbotham stuart@gracechurch | Columnists

Evacuations a privilege not viable in impoverished Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I ...

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Evacuations a privilege not viable in Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I ...

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Robin Friedman: October gardening tasks to complete before winter

With the arrival of October and cooler temperatures finally settling on Northeast Georgia, it is time for homeowners to conduct their fall checklist now.

October 13, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Lemmy is slowly losing his mind

Who do you think you are?

October 02, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Harris Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists

Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists

Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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