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Rich: Southern jewels shine with wisdom

Not long ago, I found myself in the midst of one of life's great treasures.

February 23, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Thompson: Beware of bogus tips from the Internet

I want to start today's column by thanking all of you who have been sending me tips. Without your assistance, it would be very difficult to write this column each week. If a tip I receive is not intuitively obvious, I'll test it for legitimacy. Probably half of the tips I get turn out to be bogus. Here are two that I recently received that fall into that category.

February 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

England: Bot canker can plague Leyland cypress trees

Question: The tips of several branches on my Leyland cypress have turned brown. Is this insect damage or some kind of disease, and how should I treat it?Answer: There are two diseases of Leyland cypress that cause branches to turn brown and die on otherwise healthy-looking trees. The most common of these is bot canker, caused by the fungus Botryosphaeria dothidea (you can see why they just call it bot canker).

February 21, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists

Skaggs: Winning plants are cream of the crop

Each year, green industry professionals from throughout Georgia select a slate of outstanding ornamental plants in five categories: annual flower, herbaceous perennial, vine, shrub and tree.

February 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Murray: Get in the pink with your wines this Valentine’s Day

Writing about wine is a dirty job. But, somebody has to stand up and embrace the responsibility.

February 17, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists

Rich: Some life lessons just won’t stick

One day I ran into my precious second-grade teacher, Mrs. Rudeseal, in what used to be called the dime store but in these times of economic advancement is now called the dollar store.

February 16, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Wilburn, Family Ties: To make a relationship work, it takes two

Both partners in a marriage are equally responsible for nurturing the relationship and "keeping the spark alive."

February 14, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Myers: Hearing child’s sweet words means more than the universe

I'll remember Friday for a long time. It's a day that I'll remember because it's a day when two significant events occurred.

February 13, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Thompson: One simple call can save you phone time

Do you hate getting calls where the caller ID shows, "Private Number" or "Unknown?" Odds are it's either a sales call or something worse. Here's a neat trick to block these types of calls. Simply dial *77 on your phone. The service will automatically block them. To turn the service off, simply dial *87. Check with your phone service provider to see if there's a charge. (Whatever the charge, it's worth it!)

February 13, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Skaggs: Native plants mean less water use

In last week's article, I discussed the plight of those lawn and garden enthusiasts who have, some for many years, tried to grow grass in the shade. If you've attempted to establish a lawn in a shady location, you understand where I'm coming from.

February 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Wilburn: Hearty whole grains reduce health risks

Currently most Americans consume less than a single serving of whole grains daily. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 diet recommends eating 6 ounces of grain products every day, and at least half (3 ounces) of this amount should be whole grains.

February 10, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Lunch guys: Whopper better than Big Mac, eat that

How much weight can you lose eating Big Macs? A new best-selling diet book called "Eat This, Not That" has a Big Mac and a Whopper on its cover, with the happy arrow pointing at the Big Mac under the promise of "Thousands of simple food swaps that can save you 10, 20, 30 pounds - or more!"

February 10, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists

Rich: Today’s fast pace keeps us from a visit

Just as I tore past them, hurrying - always hurrying - into the small general store, I heard the old man speak to the younger one sitting beside him.

February 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Thompson: Longer shirts help plug that crack

Does your father or husband suffer from "plumbers' butt"? This is the condition where a man's T-shirt is too short. When they bend over, the world gets to see part of their backside. It's not a pretty sight. Here's the solution. Got to Duluth Trading, where they have special T-shirts designed to combat this problem. The T-shirts have an extra three inches in length! (I'm just doing my part to make Gainesville a better place to live).

February 07, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Skaggs: Fighting for grass in the shade? There are alternatives.

Trying to maintain a thick, healthy lawn in a shady, "light-challenged" location is a losing proposition.

February 05, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

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Cooking with Crevolyn: Pound of perfection

Let's discuss the pound cake.

July 23, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists

Ask a Vet: Respect your veterinarian

In her song, Aretha Franklin was explicit. Not in the parental warning kind of way, but in the honest and this-is-what-I-want way. She wanted respect. So she demanded it with a catchy tune.

July 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Eyes of the Father: Listening to God like children do to parents

The other day Cole and I were sitting around hanging out together. Out of the blue, he looked at me and said, "I want to be an adult."

July 20, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Earth Sense: Unusual weather events have occurred frequently on July 20

Hopefully, you're enjoying a quiet July 20 while sitting down with The Times. In history, today's date hasn't always been uneventful.

July 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Mosquito control made easy with garden products

The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.

July 18, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Around the Home: Cut fat, calories in dips

Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.

July 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists

For your health: A war against obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity is an epidemic in the United States.

July 14, 2014 | | Columnists

Ask a Vet: Canines can handle ice water

I occasionally suffer from sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. You might have it, too. And your pet could, too.

July 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Crape myrtle hardy, colorful blooming accent tree

With different shades of lavender, pink, purple and red, the crape myrtle is a popular flowering tree.

July 11, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Cooking With Cervolyn: Thrill of the grill

Southern summers are the best.

July 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists

Entice a bevy of butterflies to your garden

Nothing brings a summer garden to life the way butterflies do.

June 27, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Eyes of the Father: Expectantly waiting for Jesus' return

I came home late, because Amy had given me a night to myself.

June 22, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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