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Thompson: It’s quiz time! What do you remember from a year of tips?

I hope you had a wonderful and safe New Year. Now close your books, clear off your desk and pull out a No. 2 pencil. IT'S QUIZ TIME! Let's see how much you remember from the tips I provided in 2007! (The answers are at the bottom. No peeking. I'm serious).

April 09, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Look all around — God is everywhere

At Chloe's day care, they have a large window cut into the wall. Every once in a while, while I'm on lunch, I'll drop in and look at her through that window. From the hallway, I can see how she's doing, how she's interacting with the other kids and whether she's behaving.

April 09, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Lunch guys: ‘Guiltless’ sandwich screams for some fat

If you're anything like us Lunch Guys, you're probably still reeling from a holiday-food hangover. The sweet potatoes, the pecan pies, the many McRibs (yeah, they're back!) - they did a number on us this year.

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


Rich: Laughter can give our souls a reprieve

When Ferroll Sams, one of the most beloved writers of Southern literature, was inducted into his native Georgia's Writers of Hall of Fame, he did not let the moment pass without taking the opportunity to underscore one of life's most enduring truths.

April 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Hosiery held in high regard

The other day I was digging through a box for one thing or the other, when I ran across a picture of my best pal, Karen, and me when we were in junior high and on the student council together.

April 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Freezing weather stresses dry plants

Just as things were looking up for Georgia gardeners after last month's rain, Northeast Georgia had temperatures in the teens just after the New Year's holiday. Unfortunately, drought-stressed plants will likely be hit hard.

April 09, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Get your vitamin C with tasty tangerines

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April 09, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Brighten a garden with some baskets

Hanging baskets full of flowers or foliage plants give a color boost to your house and garden. They can be used effectively even in a very small space. And if you choose carefully, you can change the plantings to suit every season - even winter!

April 09, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Cinnamon-colored peeling bark gives this tree interest in any season

Question: Can you recommend a small to medium size tree that has good fall color and a trunk and branches that look good in the winter landscape?

April 09, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Myers: Feeling guilty? It’s better to come out with it

Chloe stood in the doorway of her room, smiling at me. Yet the smile was unlike her usual smile. It didn't hold the brightness. It didn't display the openness. There was no enjoyment in it. Instead, it seemed guarded. Forced. Something plastered on her face to distract me from something else she didn't want me to see.

April 09, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Check house now for repairs

My friend Tracy Tesmer has a great piece of advice. He recommends that homeowners do an outside inspection of their home every several months. Why? Because it's cheaper to fix things when they're smaller than when they get bigger. Here's an example of what I'm talking about. Another friend of mine was sitting at home one evening when his lights blinked and then all of a sudden a number of his electrical appliances stopped working. He called an electrician to figure out what happened. It turned out that because of the drought, his underground power cables ...

April 09, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: A little planning can go a long way in the kitchen

When it comes to cooking and preparing meals, more and more Americans are opting for convenience. Americans spend 47 percent of their food budget away from home, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

April 09, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Drought stress can weaken azaleas

For many people, spring doesn't truly begin until the azaleas are blooming. It is hard to imagine spring without the vivid blooms of this beautiful flowering shrub.

April 08, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Thompson: This handy step gives dogs a lift

If you have a large dog, then you know the hassle of getting them into the back of a truck or an SUV. If you don't hurt your back lifting them, they'll hurt their hips jumping up and down from the vehicle. Well, now there's a neat solution and it's called the "Otto Step." It's a super strong piece of plastic that can fit into your trailer hitch receiver. After your dog has used it as a step, simply remove it. You can get more information on it at www.ottostep.com.

April 08, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Family time can be spent gardening

Today's busy lifestyles often leave families little time to spend together. But now that the holidays are almost over, why not make a New Year's resolution to spend more time with family?

April 08, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Harbingers of spring

Do you want a beautiful garden filled with flowering bulbs next spring? Then, now is the time to plant them. And picking out a desirable garden bed for bulbs will guarantee a show-stopping display for next season and provide joy for many years to come.

October 31, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Watch your weight, budget this holiday season

If you're concerned about adding holiday pounds during the next eight weeks, don't worry. UGA Extension's Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge offers tips and ideas to fit into your daily routine.

October 29, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Gluten not harmful to your pets

Have you heard of dihydrogen monoxide? It's in tons of products from soft drinks to bug sprays and even in baby food. It's one of the most caustic substances known to man and will eventually break down metal or rock if left in contact long enough.

October 26, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Quakes will continue as Earth’s plates keep shifting

"What's becoming of the world? When will it all end?" Words of my late grandmother came to mind after the Oct. 14 quake off the coast of Nicaragua and El Salvador.

October 25, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Clean and maintain your tools

Preventive maintenance is so important to any aspect of life, whether it's your health or equipment.

October 24, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


'Laggies' is a man-child romp with a twist

Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low-production value.

October 23, 2014 | BY JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer | Columnists


Stirring up Halloween cookies and memories

As Halloween festivities are upon us, what is your favorite memory?

October 22, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Brush away bacteria on daily basis

Your pet's mouth is full of bacteria. Just like yours.

October 19, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Volcanoes likely to affect millions within our lifetimes

We know the zones where the Earth's crust is thin and allows for devastating volcanic eruptions. But there seems to be no solution to the peril affecting many millions of people who live in the shadow of active volcanoes.

October 18, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Succulent plants can thrive indoors and outside

Succulent plants have become popular for good reasons: they are beautiful, drought tolerant and low maintenance.

October 17, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Time to transition wardrobe from summer to fall

It's time to break out all things brown, orange and yellow - the season of pumpkin scents and flavors is in full swing with the arrival of fall.

October 06, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


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