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Hone relationship skills before dating

David Elkind, professor of child study at Tufts University and author of "The Hurried Child," lists several reasons why early dating is a problem for young people. He says youth younger than age 14 do not have the social and interpersonal skills that are required in dating situations.

March 13, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Love from a father knows no bounds

On February 10, 2006, Joshua Coleman Myers entered the world.

March 12, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Safety knife sheds light on cutting

I have discovered the best utility knife in the world - at least in my humble opinion. It's the Rapid Edge with the Saf-T-Vue light.

March 12, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: ‘Grow’ a good kid through gardening

Spring is fast approaching, and for many, spring means planting a vegetable garden.

March 11, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Get in shape before spring is sprung

Two simple facts we know of affect weight loss: take in less calories when eating and burn more calories with physical activity.

March 09, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: At least sandwich has pretty good ham

"Black Forest Ham" is what Subway is pushing now, so of course it's what we Lunch Guys are eating. In the franchise that Jared built, this ham is a lean option with the promise of you ending up an "after" picture in Subway's next weight-loss ad. But is this Black Forest Ham sub all promise and no punch?

March 09, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: You have to plan to waste some time

Editor's note: Ronda Rich's mother, Bonelle Satterfield, died Sunday. This column was written in advance.

March 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Built-in lights make these gloves genius

I've never done a tip on a pair of gloves, but these gloves are special. They're made by Mechanix, a company that is well respected for making the best work gloves in the world. They're so good that most NASCAR crew members use them. The pair of gloves that I'm going to tell you about today are special because they have built-in LED lights on them. The LED lights put out a bright 10,000 lumens and allow you to see into dark places like the recesses of your car engine. Every mechanic and weekend warrior ...

March 06, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Quality of water affected by runoff

With the ongoing coverage of our lingering drought, much of the "water talk" has focused on water quantity. And while quantity is important, we must not forget water quality.

March 04, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Hardy yellow flowers of winter aconite works well in sun

Question: What is winter aconite?Answer: Winter aconite (Eranthis species) is a tiny ephemeral that bears yellow flowers on 2- to 3-inch stems. Sometimes called wolf's bane, it blooms in late winter about the same time as the very earliest daffodils in zone seven.

March 04, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Lunch guys: Wendy’s Fish Filet picks fight with McDonald’s

There actually aren't that many more fish in the sea, at least when we're talking the Sea of Lunch. McDonald's has had the Filet-o-Fish since the dawn of fish itself, but besides that, only a few national chains have dipped their toe in the water.

March 02, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Wilburn: A few extra tools in the kitchen can simplify cooking

Have you ever felt like a circus juggler trying to do everything at the same time in your kitchen without dropping the ball? Here are some kitchen items you might want to add to your kitchen to reduce the number of balls you're trying to keep in the air!

March 02, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Great marriages don’t need fancy weddings

My friend, Susan, married the other day. Been claiming that she was going to. Then, she up and did it. Just like that.

March 01, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Trust helps us accept the reality of suffering

It is a question that many people, Christian and non-Christian alike, struggle with. It is a question that I myself have struggled with for many years. Even after seminary and almost 10 years as a pastor, I find no easy answers.

February 28, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Tired of crooked picture frames? This tip will fix that

Here's a great tip on how to keep pictures on your walls level. On the back side of the picture, insert straight pins into the four corners. Clip off the heads of the pins leaving about a quarter inch sticking out. Put the picture on the wall and position it. When the picture is level, push the pins into the drywall. No more re-leveling the picture!

February 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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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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