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Thompson: Nifty tabs keep your foil on the roll

Here's something that I bet you never knew. (And when I tell you about it, you'll have to go verify it for yourself). If you look at the ends of most aluminum foil and plastic wrap boxes, there are push-in tabs that help keep the roll from flying out of the box. These "locking tabs" as they're referred to have been around for years, but most people don't know about them. Check it out. (Contributed by Jere Randall).

June 12, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Garden chores are heating up

Spring is here, and summer lingers in the not too distant future.

June 10, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lost love can send you over the edge

I'd always heard that love - or rather the loss of it - could drive a woman crazy. Push her plum to the edge and sometimes even push her over it until she was in a free fall that landed her slab dab in the middle of crazy.

June 07, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Four little words cause such big pain

Chloe just said four words I've been dreading to hear. I knew they were coming. My friend Chris had already warned me. He said I'd hear them one day, and that I'd better be preparing myself.

June 05, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t bother with a wallet at the beach — use your sandals

Well, it's summer and time to get some flip-flops. Some great ones are made by Reef, and the company also has some cool gadgets that you can get built into your flip-flops. One model, called the Dram, has a built-in bottle opener located in the sole of the shoe. Another model, called the Fanning, has a built-in canister that can hold 3 ounces of a liquid. My personal favorite is the model called the Stash. As the name implies, these flip-flops have a secret compartment that allows you to store a small amount of cash, credit cards or a ...

June 05, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


England: Maintain spiraea by cutting back after flowers disappear

Question: I have a small goldmound spiraea that is blooming now. It is not supposed to get much larger, but I want it to remain vigorous. How and when should I prune it?

Answer: There are some 80 species of the genus Spiraea that are native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Most of the varieties commonly grown for landscaping have been developed from plants not native to the United States.

June 02, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Hanging baskets can brighten a space

Just a few years ago, most hanging baskets contained only one type of plant. But in recent years, mixed baskets have become popular.

This "instant garden" look appeals to beginning and longtime gardeners alike.

June 02, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Maintain spiraea by cutting back after flowers disappear

Question: I have a small goldmound spiraea that is blooming now. It is not supposed to get much larger, but I want it to remain vigorous. How and when should I prune it?

Answer: There are some 80 species of the genus Spiraea that are native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Most of the varieties commonly grown for landscaping have been developed from plants not native to the United States.

June 02, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep things spicy with these tips on how to store herbs

Experimenting with new spices and herbs can be an exciting culinary adventure.

June 01, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Sparkle leaves a warmth in heart

A friend e-mailed to remind me of something I had long forgotten.

May 31, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: This column could make you happier

I enjoy writing this column and I hope you enjoy reading it. I recently had someone say to me that they liked my column but not all of the tips applied to them. I tried to explain to the person that, in fact, all of the tips applied to them. I told them that even if one of my tips didn't help them directly, they should think of everybody they know to see if the tip would benefit someone else. You see, the reason I love tips so much is that even if I don't benefit from a ...

May 29, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Beware, beetles are on their way

It's that time again - time for that most dreaded of garden pests - the Japanese beetle.

May 27, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Start a food business with help from this workshop

Have you been thinking about bottling and selling your secret barbecue sauce?

May 25, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Is Hut’s stab at pasta al dente?

Pasta delivered? Now that's an idea so crazy, it just might work. At least that's what we Lunch Guys thought when we heard about Pizza Hut's newest offering: Tuscani Pasta, available in Creamy Chicken Alfredo and Meaty Marinara.

May 25, 2008 | | Columnists


Rich: Mama’s stories end too soon

My worse fears are about to be realized: Mama has announced her intentions to write a book.

May 24, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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How to make a compost pile at home

Recycling in the garden (composting) and using mulch makes common sense for the landscapes.

March 27, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


A mortifying moment at the DMV

Several weeks ago, we were at dinner with some friends and the conversation turned to life's most embarrassing moments.

March 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Follow the ABCs in pet emergencies

You've frequently read my recommendations on keeping your pet healthy and saving yourself a ton of hassle. Most of these are applicable to the majority of pets and owners.

March 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Pray for wisdom of Solomon every day

Once, while we were on a trip to see Amy's folks in Texas, we stopped at a store to stretch our legs and take a bathroom break. When we walked inside, we saw a large display of polished rocks.

March 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Cope with slippage by steering, accelerating gently

So far, March has shown above-average precipitation totals in North Georgia. Based on the historic record, we also have plenty of rain showers to look forward to in April.

March 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Put a spring in your step with healthy treats this season

Baseball, picnics and other springtime activities offer a chance to incorporate healthy snacks into your family's weekly routine.

March 18, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Ponder your pet’s contribution after its death

I wanted this to start out about Henriettta. I guess it still does, but you'll see how the world can change your plans.

March 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Physics of gasoline explain why it can be explosive

There's enough talk about explosives in the media to have a person worried. Not worried enough, it seems, are some people handling the liquid explosive we use every day: gasoline. Understanding the hazards of this substance requires knowing about its physics.

March 14, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


How to save your trees damaged by winter weather

This past ice storm proved to be very interesting for a lot of people.

March 13, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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