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Myers: Even life’s little scrapes need some mending

Do you remember your first bicycle? I do. It was a red Schwinn with a kick stand, a chain guard and a banana seat. It had smooth street tires and pedal brakes. What a beauty!

June 25, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: It makes sense to add good scents

For those of you not familiar with body sprays, they're basically perfumes that are not as strong as colognes. They're generally cheaper than colognes and some people use them as a deodorant. They come in a variety of scents ranging from cotton candy to Greek isles to Old Spice.

June 25, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


England: Jewel black raspberry tolerates our climate

Question: I want to try growing raspberries. Can you recommend a variety that will grow well in the Gainesville area?

June 24, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Wash produce thoroughly

Questions are still coming in on the best way to handle fresh produce, because when it comes to produce, fresh does not always equal clean.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Attack of the brown patches!

Recently, I've received several phone calls that go something like this: "I have dead and dying spots in my fescue lawn. They are straw-colored and seem to be getting larger. What is it? And how can I stop it?"

June 24, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Thompson: Get some truly custom shoes with a click

Do you remember the old Chuck Taylor tennis shoes from Converse? Well, they're still popular today. (I've always thought they were kind of ugly, but obviously I'm in the minority). Converse is offering something new that is pretty cool. You can get your Chuck Taylors made to your specifications. Just go to their Web site and use their software to create your own unique pair. You can change the colors of all of the canvas panels, you can change the color of the rubber and you can add pin striping. You can even put your name on ...

June 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Rich: Answer to riddle is bitter but sweet

As life stretches on, it is always a blessing to share a history with those who know you well. It is a bond that cannot be fabricated, for it is created by the times and stories you mutually share over many years.

June 24, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Native plants can withstand drought

Over the last two years, the lack of rain and resulting water restrictions have forced many gardeners to look at alternatives to the more common landscape plants used today. In their search, more and more gardeners are discovering the benefits of native plants.

Interest in native plants is not new, but is growing rapidly. Beginning gardeners are often amazed at the beauty and variety of Georgia's native plants. If you would like to learn more about native, a new pocket guide just developed by the University of Georgia is just for you.

June 24, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Eat healthier with a MyPyramid menu plan

On March 11, the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion released the new MyPyramid Menu Planner.

June 22, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Battle of chicken sandwiches rages

McDonald's asked for it the minute the new Southern Style Chicken Sandwich debuted. No, not the "Hey, is McDonald's knocking off Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwich?!" gasps. We're talking about this Lunch Guys' ultimate food fight to decide which chicken sandwich reigns supreme: the Chick-fil-A original or the McDonald's knockoff. So who wins?

June 22, 2008 | | Columnists


Rich: Daddy’s wisdom worth its weight

When it becomes your unfortunate lot to be orphaned in life, you recollect a great deal about your parents, reflecting back on many things including the wisdom they passed along.

June 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Blackwood: Elvis' rock 'n' roll cool rubbed off on Hugh Baby

Hugh Jarrett was quintessentially cool.

June 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Myers: God created us to love forever, not to be perfect

"If God is all-knowing, then he knew we were going to sin. But he created us, anyway. Why would he do that?"

June 18, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Shake your coffee beans to get a more uniform grind

If you love coffee (which is also called "Christian liquor," according to my pastor), then you probably have a coffee grinder. The problem with the new small grinders is they have a tendency to not grind some of the coffee beans that well and at the same time turn some of the beans into powder. If you want a more consistent grind, consider shaking the grinder while it's doing its business.

June 18, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Looking for fragrance? It’s time for a tea olive.

Tea olives (Osmanthus species) are some of the most sweetly fragrant plants in Southern gardens. Their scent makes them ideal for planting near windows and outdoor living areas where the fall blooming flowers can be readily enjoyed.

June 17, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Please don't feed Fido table food

That Sam. That Sam! That dog Sam.

December 21, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper celebrating 20th anniversary

Besides the holidays we're enjoying this week, there's another important milestone. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (www.chattahoochee.org) celebrates its 20th anniversary.

December 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


From the film archives: ‘Wonderful Life’ charms Scrooge

I have a confession: I don't like Christmas movies.

December 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Fit in time for holiday fitness

You can weave health and fitness into your holiday routine.

December 17, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Chronic kidney disease affects millions of Americans

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk to develop CKD. In fact, one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease.

December 15, 2014 | By Sherry Davis For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Let go of the past and live in the present

As a guy, I think remote controls are wonderful things. I love the look and feel of them. They seem to fit so perfectly, so comfortably in my hand.

December 14, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Research pet store before purchase

Singer Taylor Swift has said a player's gonna play, play, play, play, play. And similar is true for a baker (gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake).

December 14, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Roundabouts could reduce fuel waste, collisions and air pollution

You're doing your Christmas shopping. Traffic is heavy. On the main streets, two or more lanes are completely filled with cars. Slow forward movement in your lane ensures a stop at every traffic light.

December 14, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Winter is the ideal time for bird-watching

Spotting and identifying the different birds in the Northeast Georgia landscape can be exciting and educational. So grab a pair of binoculars and see how many you can identify.

December 12, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Baking memories with pound cake, peppermint

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

December 10, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Play with pets but practice caution

If you read my column regularly, you're aware I'm a nerd, a nerd of many colors.

December 07, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Repairing frozen pipes within skill set of many homeowners

Most North Georgia homeowners have had this unpleasant experience. You step into the garage or some other room with outside walls after a cold night, and are greeted by a waterfall coming out of the drywall. After turning off the water supply at the meter and using every available towel to mop up the lake that has formed, there are two immediate goals: Fix the damage, and do something that will prevent this from happening again.

December 07, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep your Christmas tree fresh

During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.

December 05, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Drinking in the memory of my first taste of wine

I had an "aha" moment recently. I pinpointed the precise moment I began to listen to the siren call of wine, and it predates my previous landmark by a few years.

December 03, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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