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Murray: Unique mix of grapes adds to winemaker's allure

David Harris knows his way around a vineyard. He should; for many years the fruit from his Blackstock Vineyards was highly prized by winemakers throughout northeast Georgia, who bought Blackstock grapes to make wines that would bear their labels.

April 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Love for each other, the Lord came from a little church

When the newspaper reporter called to set up an interview for the story she was writing on my newest book, she said, "We need to shoot a photo, too. Do you have any suggestions for a good location?"

April 05, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Weigh options before moving your parent in

You visited your mother for the holidays and found her refrigerator nearly empty, her checkbook misplaced and her finances in complete disarray. Or, your father has neglected to take his diabetes medications, nearly putting him into a coma.

April 04, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Do your research before taking in an elderly parent

You visited your mother for the holidays and found her refrigerator nearly empty, her checkbook misplaced and her finances in complete disarray. Or, your father has neglected to take his diabetes medications, nearly putting him into a coma.

April 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Before you start in the garden, hit the expo

After the bitter cold temperatures, ice and snow of this past winter, I fully expect spring fever to be rampant this year. Spring is an exciting time of year for those of us who consider ourselves gardeners. We cannot wait to get outside to dig, prune, plant and mow.

April 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Mediterranean-style diets may help ward off disease

Mediterranean people eat healthy. Following their culinary tastes may reduce anyone's risk for diseases, says Connie Crawley, a nutrition specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

March 30, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: It's Easter when the Southern men are shopping

Years ago, before fuel conservation became popular and trendy, I was a forerunner to saving gas by combining errands. When I go into town, I spend several hours doing errands that I have been waiting to do. It saves both gas and time.

March 29, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Mathilda’ a surreal coming-of-age story

"Mathilda Savitch" is the debut novel for playwright and poet Victor Lodato, where he introduces us to a young girl named Mathilda and her coming-of-age struggles.

March 28, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Myers: Don't be afraid to take a leap of faith

When Cole was learning to walk, he had trouble stepping out on faith. Literally.

March 27, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Plan your plants to bloom all season

The normal way of buying flowering plants tends to produce landscapes with three stages every spring: a flash of bountiful flowers, a fizzle and wait-till-next-year.

March 25, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: What is the Spring Lunch and Learn series?

As spring approaches, the Hall County Extension office gets busy with calls from anxious gardeners ready to get outside. Along with providing answers to their gardening questions, the office also partners with the Hall County Library System to set up the Spring Lunch and Learn Series.

March 25, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Fruits, vegetables can be healthy in many forms

When it comes to buying fruits and vegetables, many factors play a role in which types consumers choose, including nutritional value.

March 23, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


My reasons for marriage don't include dollar bills

It was one of those crowded events a while back that I didn't want to attend. But courtesy and obligation dictated that I put my wants aside and be a big girl about it all. So, I put on a pretty dress, a gorgeous pair of high heels and plunged in.

March 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Thank a Master Gardener

Since 1979, almost 5,000 people across the state have worked for the University of Georgia without a paycheck.

March 18, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Hardships of today pale to life in 1937

When she talked about those tribulations back in 1937, her feeble voice crackled with both age and emotion. With more than 70 years separating then from now, the grief still lingered but wisdom had covered it like moss on a riverbank.

March 15, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Bill Coates: A hopeful perspective in a turbulent time

I have just finished best-selling author Ron Chernow's 800-page biography of Alexander Hamilton upon which the wildly popular Broadway musical is based.

May 28, 2017 | Bill Coates kristiwright@mindspring.com | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Paw pad burns take a few days to appear on cat

Summer is upon us. Well, at least, this time of year is traditionally considered summer.

May 28, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Pros and cons of pet paperwork

I became a veterinarian, in part, because I love animals.

May 21, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Follow these tips to control snakes around your house

People have been attracted and repulsed by snakes ever since the dawn of time. Not too many animals in the world get such an emotional ...

May 19, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Storing Vidalia onions, strawberries year-round is easy

It's May in Georgia and fortunately that means fresh strawberries and Vidalia onions.

May 17, 2017 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Getting started in journalism at country radio station

When I was 10 months into my 16th year, I encountered the most fortuitous opportunity.

May 15, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Steps to follow when traveling with your pet

Long story short: The government of Argentina has a copy of my driver's license.

May 14, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Dr. Tom Smiley: Let Eastertide serve as a reflection all season

The resurrection of Christ is the central point of Christianity. Jesus' life, death and resurrection were all for you.

May 14, 2017 | | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Add rituals to prayer during Holy Week

Twelve years ago this week, I found myself at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I went with a seminary group to spend a week at ...

April 09, 2017 | The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham stuart@gracechurch gainesville.org | Columnists


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