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Thompson: Don’t veer for deer — just slam on your brakes

There's a safety campaign out now and its slogan is, "Don't veer for deer." Good advice. I personally don't think you should veer ever. A lot of roll-over accidents are caused by people veering to avoid a car that quickly pulls in front of them. This happened to a good friend of mine last week while he was driving up to Ohio to visit relatives. A car swerved in front of him and he swerved to avoid it. His Tahoe rolled twice, but fortunately no one was injured. My safety slogan is, "Don't veer for anything ...

March 20, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Save your dry-erase board with this easy fix

Have you ever written on a white board with a permanent marker? I have and it's a sickening feeling. Well, fear no more. If you make this mistake, simply take a dry-erase marker and scribble over the permanent marker and then erase. It works like magic. This technique also works with stains on your white board caused by dry-erase marks that have stayed on too long.

March 20, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Stinky feet? These socks help fight smell

Do your feet stink? Here's a product from Duluth Trading Co. that might help. They're called the X-Static Socks. These socks not only wick away moisture from your feet, but they are also made with a strong anti-microbial yarn that fights odor. These socks actually kill 99.9 percent of the bacteria that causes odor.

March 20, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


England: Needle shedding makes ‘evergreen’ moniker a misnomer

Question: I bought a white pine Christmas tree and did not notice until I got it home that it has a lot of brown needles between the outside and the trunk. Did I get a bad tree?

March 20, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Thompson: Special IV can pump life back into your tree

I recently pointed out how you need to keep your live Christmas tree well watered. If the tree's water reservoir goes dry, the bottom of the tree will close up and it won't accept any more water. If this happens, your tree will start losing its needles and will become a fire hazard. OK, let's say that hypothetically your husband forgets to water the tree for several days and the bottom of the tree closes up. What can you do besides remove the decorated Christmas tree from the stand and re-cut the bottom of it? I've ...

March 20, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Slow cooked dinners can be easy, nutritious

Many consumers prefer the convenience of a slow cooker for preparing soups, stews and other favorites. These appliances cook foods slowly at a low temperature, so vitamins and minerals are retained. Also, less expensive cuts of meat are tenderized and meats shrink less. Best of all, the slow cooker can do all this while you're away from home.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Try a trial run before freezing your pies

As filled pies are higher in moisture content and take longer to cool/heat/reheat than many baked goods, pies can be trickier to freeze than many foods. The best advice: Do a trial run with freezing a favorite pie BEFORE you freeze it for a special event. Here are an assortment of tips that may help you decide how to most successfully freeze your favorite pies.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Winter chores abound in winter

Often the cooler weather gives us the feeling that we should be working inside instead of tending to our landscape. On the coldest days, this certainly makes sense, but there are a number of things that can and should be done now in our landscape to get them ready for the spring flush.

March 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Substitutes for ‘classic’ holly can still bear traditional-looking berries

Question: I want to plant a holly tree that has lots of long-lasting berries. What can you suggest?

March 20, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Holiday weight gain can come in form of drinks, not just food

During the holiday season, many people expect that they will gain weight. What they may not know is that what they are drinking is affecting those added pounds.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Stranger’s kindness is repaid over time

Christmas never comes to me without a childhood memory that, in turn, throws its arms around another memory and brings it tagging along.

March 20, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: The spirit of giving can last for a lifetime

At a Thanksgiving luncheon, I was holding my 18-month-old nephew, Tripp, as I visited tables to speak to folks. I stopped and greeted a friend, patting him on his back. Tripp watched quietly then leaned down, stretching out his little arm and patted Billy, too, in that awkward, uncoordinated way that babies have.

I chuckled, realizing that Tripp had simply emulated what he had seen me do. See, children are like that. They, more often than not, simply grow up imitating those they watch. Good or bad.

March 20, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Parental leadership is lacking these days

If, in a 50-employee workplace, several employees are misbehaving, one can reasonably assume that the problem lies with the employees. On the other hand, if half of the employees are misbehaving, the only conclusion to draw is that the problem lies with management.

March 20, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Lunch guys: Subway’s new Feast starts meat scuffle

We Lunch Guys can only imagine Jared choking on his 6-inch veggie sub when he saw the commercial for Subway's new Feast behemoth. It's a sandwich loaded up with roast beef, turkey, ham, salami and pepperoni, plus cheese and all the usual toppings. Does a great name and great concept equal a great sandwich?

March 20, 2008 | | Columnists


England: Orchids don’t require much maintenance

Question: I recently purchased an orchid on impulse, but I know nothing about houseplants. Can you give me some advice on how to take care of it (the label says Phalaenopsis) and perhaps get it to bloom again next year?

March 18, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


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Clean and maintain your tools

Preventive maintenance is so important to any aspect of life, whether it's your health or equipment.

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'Laggies' is a man-child romp with a twist

Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low-production value.

October 23, 2014 | BY JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer | Columnists


Stirring up Halloween cookies and memories

As Halloween festivities are upon us, what is your favorite memory?

October 22, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Brush away bacteria on daily basis

Your pet's mouth is full of bacteria. Just like yours.

October 19, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Volcanoes likely to affect millions within our lifetimes

We know the zones where the Earth's crust is thin and allows for devastating volcanic eruptions. But there seems to be no solution to the peril affecting many millions of people who live in the shadow of active volcanoes.

October 18, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Succulent plants can thrive indoors and outside

Succulent plants have become popular for good reasons: they are beautiful, drought tolerant and low maintenance.

October 17, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Goodie guidelines to follow for overseas shipments

If you're planning to send holiday care packages to the troops, now is the time to gather supplies and materials.

October 15, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Pay attention to your body's symptoms

When I started preparing for this article in August, I planned to write about how women and men often show different signs of chest pain or heart attacks.

October 13, 2014 | BY Necole Acton Huelsbeck For The Times | Columnists


Camping novice learns about 'roughing it'

I'll be the first person to admit I'm not much of an outdoor person.

October 12, 2014 | Steven Welch | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Warnings from God

It was morning, and Chloe was watching me iron my shirt and pants for the day.

October 12, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Good meds may have side effects

When I was about 12, Jake "the Snake" Roberts was a scary, scary man. His finishing move, the DDT, was the most devastating maneuver in professional wrestling. He would tuck your neck under his arm, then drive your forehead into the mat.

October 12, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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