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Wilburn: Marriage is about more than love

Marriage isn't designed to make you happy; it is designed to make you married.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep on the lookout for grubs invading your lawn

Now is an excellent time to prevent white grubs in turf. White grubs live in the soil and feed on the roots of turf. Most white grubs have a one-year lifecycle in Georgia.

August 15, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: ‘Rollatini’ translates to ‘wimpy lasagna’

For those Lunch Guys readers who don't speak Italian, let us translate the name of Olive Garden's newest dish, the Lasagna Rollatini. In English, that means teeny roll of lasagna.

August 13, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber | Columnists


Rich: It’s not just the words, but how they’re said

From my hotel room in Knoxville, Tenn., once, I phoned in to check on the girls: Mama and Dixie Dew.

August 12, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Murray: Go ahead — take the plunge into winemaking

Like red wines? I do. And I enjoy passing along to my readers word of good ones I encounter.

August 10, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Question: Who are Master Gardeners and what do they do?

August 08, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Order bulbs now for the fall

Flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocus are some of the earliest flowers to appear in gardens each year, some starting to bloom as early as January. Many will bloom and multiply for years with minimal care.

August 08, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: Four years of parenthood and lots of love to show for it

On Wednesday, Chloe turned 4 years old. I sat down that evening after she went to bed and wrote the following letter to her and Cole.

August 06, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wilburn: Love those luscious mangos

What is the most popular fruit in the world?

August 06, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: Shoe holders get new life for kids’ clothes

Rachael Reksten has four young kids younger than 6. I admire, respect and pity her all at the same time. She told me that the hardest thing she used to have to deal with was getting her kids dressed in the morning.

August 06, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Rich: Good night moon, good night pacifier

When my niece, Nicole, decided it was time to separate Zoe, who was nearing the age of 2, from her pacifier, she consulted the lunar calendar.

August 05, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t dump all your money on pricey bags

I usually enjoy debunking questionable tips. However, this time I'm somewhat hesitant. Odds are that I'm going to tick off at least a few of you out there. What tip am I talking about? The Debbie Meyers Green Bags. For those of you not familiar with them, they're the green plastic bags that you store fruits and vegetables in and they supposedly stay fresher longer. You've probably seen the bags advertised on late-night TV. The bags are supposed to be specially made so that they absorb ethylene gas, which contributes to spoilage. I tested the bags ...

August 03, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Yellow jackets no laughing matter

The last few weeks at the Extension office have been filled with talk of yellow jackets - and not those who frequent Bobby Dodd Stadium in the fall. As a loyal member of the Bulldog Nation, I occasionally have a little fun with folks who ask me how to control yellow jackets. When asked, I'm always tempted to reference coach Mark Richt and the beloved Georgia Bulldogs. However, yellow jackets are no laughing matter.

July 29, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Pick a peck of peaches to preserve

Gardens overflowing with shiny, red tomatoes and bright green peppers ... orchards filled with sweet, juicy peaches ... farmers' markets piled high with fresh produce ... they are all so easy to preserve.

July 27, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Wandering minds get hot pink luggage

Too often I used to stop by Mama's and find her with that look in her eye. I'd know it the moment I walked in, so I silently curse myself for picking that time to drop by.

July 26, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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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


Ask a Vet: Take time to grieve for your lost pet

My vocation can make you a bit nutty. Or maybe you have to be eccentric to even get involved.

November 30, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Greatest gift from God is eternal life

We were sitting in the sanctuary, waiting for the evening service to begin. My Bible was in my lap, and Chloe asked me if she could see it.

November 30, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Cold comes from imported air, doesn’t linger around

"This place is awfully cold. I hope it's not like this all the time."

November 30, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Decorate like a Colonial with fresh greens, reds

November has almost passed and Thanksgiving is over, but December ushers in another holiday season. And with the landscapes full of endless possibilities for holiday decorating, one can only look out of the window for an array of creative ideas.

November 28, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Thankful holiday helpings

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. And oh, don't we have so much to be thankful for.

November 26, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Tricks can improve pets mental health

One of my favorite quotes is from the 1990s. "Snoop Doggy Dogg. Need to get a jobby job."

November 23, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Controlling squirrel population around your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Getting in the ‘Holiday’ mood

The holiday season is nearly here, and it is time to break out some Thanksgiving and Christmas classics.

November 20, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


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