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Skaggs: Winter blooms add color, variety

Winter is a strange time to think of flowers in the landscape, yet it can be a surprising awakening of the garden. Some trees, shrubs, vines, annuals and perennials bloom between fall and spring.

January 28, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Where I come from, newspapers still reign

In the home in which I grew up, the daily newspaper was almost as important to our everyday lives as the Bible.

January 25, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use an e-book to catch up on reading while you exercise

For Christmas my wife bought me a Kindle. If you're not familiar with this cool gadget, it's basically a lightweight, electronic reading device. It can download books and even magazines and newspapers. The reason I'm sharing this is because of one of the really neat things you can do with it - exercise! Just set the font to the largest size and use it on either a stationary bike or treadmill. The one-touch page turning feature makes it easy to use. Caution: If you sweat a lot, consider covering the device in clear plastic wrap.

January 22, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Cold weather is no excuse to slack off on chores

fWhile we've had some cold, wet weather in the last few weeks, why not catch a few dry days and get ahead on some of your gardening chores?

January 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: A perfect blend of Southern grits and Vegas glitz

Like any self-respecting Southerner, it's hard for me to pass up reading a well-written obituary. Especially when it runs in the Wall Street Journal and begins by saying she was "a dash of Southern class in a raucous old boys club."

January 19, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Total obedience equals total love

The other day Chloe was talking to me, explaining how things "work" in a 5-year-old's world.

January 17, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Athletic shirt great for sleeping, too

If you're not familiar with the Tech Tee T-shirt, you should be. (These T-shirts also go by the name "Dry Fit"). Instead of cotton, they're made with a polyester blend. The beauty of these shirts is that they have the ability to wick away sweat from your body to the outside of the shirt where it will evaporate. Athletes like them because they'll keep you warm and dry in the winter and cool and dry in the summer. Why do I like them so much? Because they're great to sleep in. The slick polyester material will ...

January 17, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


‘Letters’ sends message about family and love

All I knew was for this Off the Shelves review, I wanted to read something good. Something inspiring or at least insightful.

January 17, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: TLC helps strawberries survive until spring

Strawberries are a favorite fruit of many. There's nothing better than fresh-picked strawberries in the spring. And recently, I have received numerous calls and e-mails regarding the planting and care of strawberries.

January 15, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Provide shelter for birds during winter

What can you do with the leftover Christmas tree in January?

January 15, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Rich: Don’t get distracted from the best (free) things in life

It is the absence of simple things that has made life so complicated. Those simple things cost nothing yet can make you feel like a million bucks.

January 12, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Test your knowledge of last year’s tips

I want to start off by thanking all of you who gave me tips in 2009. Without your help, this column would not be possible. Trust me, after doing this column for five years, it's hard to come up with new tips.

January 10, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cooke: Hay is for horses, ‘Hey’ is for kids

When I was a kid, I wanted to be like my Grandma Lee.

January 10, 2010 | By Jessica Cooke For The Times | Columnists


Skaggs: Freezing temps can be tough on plants

Earlier this week, people across Georgia were greeted with bitter cold temperatures in the teens as they headed back to work and school after the New Year's holiday. And while such frigid weather is difficult for us, it is equally tough on many of our landscape plants - including even the toughest trees and shrubs.

January 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Local wines’ value comes from supply and demand

Howdy, and Happy New Year! It's quite likely that by the time you read this, my bride and I will be tanning our elderly bodies in the sunshine of the Florida Keys. About this time of year, we genuinely miss South Florida, where we lived for 15 years. This year, we ain't missin' it, we're enjoyin' it.

January 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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Harris Blackwood: Honoring the legacy of a longtime friend

There are events in this life that often leave us longing for more. It can be a great meal, a good book or movie or ...

January 16, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Kitten may play in litter box for now

Leia returns for her four-week check-in while I'm away on vacation.

January 15, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Be great before it's too late

In October 2001, a man by the name of James Collins wrote a book called, "Good to Great," which became a national and international best-seller.

January 15, 2017 | Jentezen Franklin freechapel.org | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tips on being smart with water usage for your yard

Having a water-smart landscape is more than just having a water-efficient irrigation system. It is about looking at your landscape and changing your gardening practices ...

January 13, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Bill Coates: You are what you think about

The great Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose speeches and philosophizing enthralled America in the 1800s, used to say, "A man is what he thinks about all ...

January 08, 2017 | The Rev. Dr. Bill Coates For The Times | Columnists


Cynthia Park: The power of Christmas pageants

Christmas pageants are the equivalent of a biblical "Stone Soup." No one gospel account has enough details to put together an entire pageant, so we ...

December 18, 2016 | The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park cynthia@gracechurchgainesville.org | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Christmas trees aplenty at Atlanta Botanical Garden's Holiday Nights display

Six years ago, my husband and I abandoned the boxy Midwestern state of our birth to migrate to the land of peaches, peanuts, pimentos and ...

December 18, 2016 | | Columnists


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