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Wilburn: Stepfamily happiness takes time and hard work

Parenting can be a challenge in any family, but living in a stepfamily can add more issues to the parenting role.

March 01, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Cannon: Get your garden ready for spring

As spring approaches, what do I need to do to have my yard and garden beds ready to go?

February 27, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Choose winning plants for your yard

Thinking of adding some new plants to your landscape? Check out the Georgia Gold Medal Plants.

February 26, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Food-related illness has dramatic effects

Food may cause illness if it has been contaminated with parasites, viruses or bacteria, and all food can be carriers of these microorganisms.

February 25, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: A gentle woman and her gentle tales

In the sleepy Southern town of Selma, Ala., there is no denying that history has visited in times past and made its memorable mark. To enter into the town from the interstate, it is necessary to cross the Edmund Pettis Bridge, made famous by the march of civil rights protesters.

February 24, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: God will never comparison shop

Shortly after Cole was born, I was holding him and watching Chloe play. I turned to Amy and said, "I know this is awful to say, but I wish he'd hurry up and grow up a little, so we can do more things with him like we do with Chloe."

February 22, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Automated hammer is no replacement for brute force

I have to tell you that I was extremely disappointed when I tested this new product: The Craftsman Hammerhead Auto Hammer. As its name implies, it's an automated hammer. It's really a mini jackhammer that hits a nail 35 times per second. It is battery operated and has the form factor of a hammer. Why wasn't I impressed with it? When I tried it out with a variety of nails, I found that it would bend the smaller nails and wouldn't be able to drive the larger ones. The cost is $99 and you can find ...

February 21, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Hug — or plant — a tree this Arbor Day

Today, plant a tree.

February 20, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Don’t call it a purse, and don’t mismatch it

Dixie Dew didn't notice, but I did. She was too busy sniffing grass and prancing her bigger-than-it-should-be tail while I was casually observing life during an afternoon walk.

February 17, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use a list at the grocery store to save time, money

Is your food budget getting tighter? One quote that I use over and over in budgeting programs is, "if you are not trying to save money you are wasting money."

February 17, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: New tape won’t leave you stuck

Painter's masking tape sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. When it doesn't, it really ticks me off. Well, now there's a new advancement in painters tape. It's called Frog Tape. What makes this tape so special? It contains a super-absorbent polymer that swells when paint touches it. This swelling actually helps block the paint from seeping beneath the tape. Pretty cool. It's now available at most home improvement stores.

February 15, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


What can you tell us about the lenten rose?

Very few flowers bloom in the winter months around Gainesville, but there is one exception to the rule. The Helleborus x hybridus - known by a more common name of lenten rose - is an excellent drought-tolerant, deer-resistant plant that requires little maintenance. Every year, the lenten rose graces the shady beds of southern gardens.

February 13, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Weather, gender, bees affect holly’s berries

At the extension office, we receive many questions pertaining to the growth and care of holly shrubs.

February 12, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Milk makes body better in any flavor

Should I let my child drink chocolate milk? Is this really part of a healthy diet? Many parents ask these questions.

February 11, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Cooter’s story can inspire dreams

Brandon, the smart young man who has worked for me for years, isn't impressed by much at all. He's remarkably level-headed so fame or celebrity bounces off him like one of Penelope Ann's biscuits bounces off the floor.

February 10, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Sandra Stringer: Safety tips to follow for a picnic

If you're making plans for cookouts and family reunions, remember to make food safety a priority.

April 27, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Young couple’s hope heals in time of struggle

It was Nov. 6, 2004, and a beautiful sunny day in Athens. The Georgia Bulldogs were away at Kentucky and my wife's cousin was ...

April 24, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: A common but itchy situation for pets

I say "Lemmy." He says "No! Memmy!"

April 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: China can handle challenges of development

Everyone has heard of Beijing, China. With more than 11 million residents, the city stands out even among the other world capitals.

April 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tailoring a flowering garden to its gardener

Most plant lovers want to have flowers blooming in their garden all season long, but the problem arises in what to grow.

April 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Reading, traveling can take you to new places near and far

I have a plaque on my nightstand that says, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

April 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Annual checkup reveals exposure to Lyme disease

It's been a year since I saw Lemmy last. And now it's time for his routine yearly checkup.

April 17, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Try adding fruit trees to your edible garden

As a new resident to Gainesville and moderately experienced edible and organic gardener, I developed a fenced-in, organic raised-bed vegetable and herb garden last spring.

April 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog's empathy for his little brother leads to diarrhea

He looks disheveled. Not Lemmy, he looks fine.

April 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Randall Murray: Basic tools of the trade to become a wine connoisseur

OK, so I've finally convinced you not to cower and snivel when somebody asks, "Hey, you got any wine here?" "Here," of course, being ...

April 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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