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Rich: Southern skillets are simply an iron canvas

There is an art to making fried green tomatoes. Unfortunately, too many restaurant cooks are artless. They think they can when they can't.

It's a risk sometimes to order fried green tomatoes from a menu. This I have learned the hard way.

September 30, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: What do you do when you have an ‘uh-oh’ moment?

From the other room, I watched Chloe standing in the middle of the living room. She raised her arms out beside her, looked down at the floor and slowly started turning in a circle. After a few turns, she became more confident and turned faster.

Faster and faster she went, a grin on her face as wide as her outstretched arms. Suddenly, she stumbled. Her smile faltered. It was replaced with an expression of shock and concern. "Uh-oh," she said as she plopped to the floor, a victim of both dizziness and gravity.

September 28, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: It’s the little things that bring us joy

One of the reasons I enjoy writing this column is because I truly believe I'm helping people. I suppose that sharing another duct tape tip may not radically change a person's life. However, I've found that it's the little improvements that you make in your life and the lives of others that over time leads to great happiness. I'd like to defer to the patron saint of tips, Benjamin Franklin, and what he had to say on the subject...

September 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Color your fall garden with mum varieties

As the garden begins to fade into fall, you can bring out a rainbow of color with garden mums. Colors include many shades of yellow, orange, red, purple, bronze, pink and white.

The flowers themselves come in many different forms, from spider types with long, narrow petals to cushion types that have wider, more compact flowers.

September 26, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rosemond: Halloween’s origins not worth so much worry

Question: I do not like the implications of Halloween, but my husband does, so we allow the kids to dress up as fun/positive characters.

September 25, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Wilburn: Enjoy fresh veggies — then learn how to preserve them

Take part in a food preservation class

The Hall County Extension in partnership with the Hall County Library System will be offering a free food preservation class on up-to-date resources for canning, freezing, drying, jelly-making and pickling from 1-2 p.m. Sept. 26 at Spout Springs Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road.

September 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: The key to a man’s mind is security

It has taken me all the years - proving that you can always learn important new things - to realize how sensitive men can be.

I get twice as much mail from men who have been offended over something I've written - it always has to do with something that pertains to what they perceive as their manhood - than I get from women over anything.

September 23, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Keep your sheets matched with this simple method

This has got to be one of the simplest and most common-sense tips I've ever written about. In fact, I often wonder why most people don't know about this tip. After you wash a set of linens, store them in one of the pillowcases. By doing this you'll ensure that you never have mismatched linens. (It's the simple tips that I love the most).

September 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Father’s voice calms in trying times

Each night before I go to bed, I go into Chloe and Cole's rooms to check on them.

I make sure they're not about to roll off the edge of their beds. I make sure they're tucked under the covers. I stand there and watch their sweet slumber for a minute or two, then I steal one - or several - last kisses.

September 21, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

There are many advantages for planting in the fall. Living in Georgia usually guarantees year-round gardening fun. What are the advantages?

September 19, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Find fall color at garden expo

Fall is here, and random dogwoods and maples are hinting of the fall leaf season. But while you're making plans to admire the colorful foliage, why not plant your own fall color?

September 19, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Make family mealtime special

For many American families, shared mealtimes are less and less common. In a recent national study commissioned by the White House and the YMCA, one in four parents reported that their families eat together four or fewer times per week. In that same study, one in 10 admitted that they eat only one or no meals per week with their children.

September 17, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Man’s missing manners force an end to love

Not too long ago, I met a nice guy, a renewing of an old friendship actually, and I tried to fall in love with him. I tried but I couldn't.

September 16, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Question: Gardening season doesn't have to be over yet, so what kinds of vegetables can I plant now that will grow well into the fall and early winter?

September 12, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Pep up tired lawn with some reseeding

If your fescue lawn is like mine, it's probably looking rather "tired" right now.

September 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Concerns arise about canine influenza

I suppose it was unavoidable. This week I got my first email from a reader regarding canine influenza and the ongoing outbreak here in the U.S.

April 26, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Sunlight is filtered into different colors to the eye

After a clammy early spring, the sun is back finally. It's going to rise toward its highest point in the sky by June 21, the longest day of the year. Measured as an angle from the ground, in Gainesville the sun will be about 78 degrees up. It can't ever be exactly vertical above us because the subsolar point, where the sun is perpendicular above the ground, doesn't move this far north.

April 25, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Be aware: Powdery mildew plagues dogwood trees

Just the other day, I was looking at a dogwood tree at the house and saw it was in pretty good shape.

April 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Venture out of comfort zone; try some asparagus

Yay for Spring! It's officially the beginning of the arrival of fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

April 22, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Christians do not always behave appropriately

For the past few days, Chloe's been rude. She's been moody. She's been downright angry.

April 19, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Colors can alert owners of pet’s illness

Shakespeare told us a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

April 19, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Make your own mulch with leftover plant debris

A lot of plant debris accumulated during the winter. What to do with it all?

April 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Hungry for some hot dogs? Pay attention to product

Grilling season is picking up the pace. The warmer weather means more cookouts and picnics.

April 15, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Keep dogs fit to avoid ligament injuries

Last year, one of my son's favorite Georgia Bulldogs tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

April 12, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Watch out for ticks when outside in warmer months

Most Georgia residents have been bit by a tick at one time or another.

April 11, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Mosquito-eating bats under attack by fungal disease

I remember as a boy playing with all of the other neighborhood kids during the summer.

April 10, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Life comes full circle

I have always worked. In my family, when you turned 16, you got a job.

April 08, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Learning from a game of tug-of-war

They play it with towels, shirts, pants and blankets. They play it with just about anything they can get their hands on. I think that's why the dog has started hiding under the bed.

April 05, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Keep Easter ham, candy away from your pets

Happy Easter! As you read this, I am on my way to Chicago for opening day at Wrigley Field.

April 05, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Check the weather before planting delicate seedlings

As gardening activities are starting, two factors are crucial: topsoil and weather.

April 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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