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Cook: Unlikely friends combine for love of language

Most people these days don't give much thought to one of the most fundamental language resources that we have used all of our lives: the dictionary.

With the Internet at our fingertips, searching for the proper words and their definitions has never been faster or easier. But when I was young, the dictionary was one of the staple books that every household had, along with the encyclopedia. I never had the appreciation for the centuries of effort it took lexicographers to compile all the words of the English language into an accessible tome that all of us use to ...

February 14, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Myers: Try less-abrasive cleansers inside

In our bathroom, we have what is known as a "garden tub." Strangely enough, it has nothing to do with gardening. I know this because Amy got very upset when I tried to plant flowers in it.

One day, Amy got an idea that she thought would be fun for the kids. She told me she wanted to put a blanket and some books in the garden tub. "Chloe and Cole can sit on the blanket in the tub and read their books. It'll be fun." I told her I didn't think it was such a good idea.

February 14, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Cannon: What types of flowering trees usher us into warmer weather?

A few trees come to mind this time of year, when we are yearning for some signs of warmer weather. With their fragrant blossoms, flowering trees bring the landscape to life and delight our senses with life and promise.

February 11, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree

Feb. 19 is Arbor Day in Georgia - so why not plant a tree to celebrate?

February 11, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Want to lose weight? Rethink what you drink

Americans are drinking more soft drinks than ever; per-capita soft drink consumption has increased almost 500 percent during the past 50 years.

February 09, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Not all Southern gentlemen can stomach dinner conversation

A few months ago when Poet, the freelance wanderer that he is, found himself passing through my neck of the South, he called up, then turned up at my front door, then plopped down in my guest room for a few days.

February 08, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Tips to take away family TV time

What can you do to decrease the hours that your family spends glued to the screen? Here are some simple solutions to get you started.

February 07, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Web site lets you in on 'boring' movie parts

Editor's note: This will be the final weekly installment of Tim Thompson's Tips, Tools and Tricks column. After five years of providing helpful hints and lots of ways to use duct tape, he is retiring his tip hat, reserving it for occasional special guest columns.

February 06, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Embrace the shade in your yard or garden

As someone who loves a healthy, green lawn, today's article was tough to write.

February 05, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Southerners have unique love/hate relationship with death

One Sunday morning I came breezing into Sunday School class after having been out of town for a week. My sister grabbed me and hugged me tightly to welcome me home.

February 01, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cannon: Camellias and Lenten roses

What information do you have about camellias and Lenten roses?

January 31, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Myers: If you're looking for guidance, just trust in your father

Someone was teasing Cole. Cole had several pieces of candy, and an adult was trying to convince Cole to give some of the candy to him. "You already have so many pieces, surely you can spare one or two," the adult said to Cole. "Besides, it's my candy anyway."

January 30, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Funky earbuds blink along with the music

Gainesville has a lot of walkers and joggers. If you go out and exercise at night, you should always wear reflective gear. I'd also like to recommend that you use the iBlink earbuds. These cool earbuds, which work with most MP3 players, actually have LED lights built into them. The lights actually blink with the rhythm of the music. The iBlink comes with white, blue or pink lights and can be found at most online retailers like Amazon for $30.

January 30, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Winter blooms add color, variety

Winter is a strange time to think of flowers in the landscape, yet it can be a surprising awakening of the garden. Some trees, shrubs, vines, annuals and perennials bloom between fall and spring.

January 28, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Where I come from, newspapers still reign

In the home in which I grew up, the daily newspaper was almost as important to our everyday lives as the Bible.

January 25, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Carin Booth: Healthy Homes Month a good time to check for radon

Today is the official first day of summer, according to the Farmer's Almanac. Summer brings the outdoor fun and, for many of us, finding ...

June 21, 2017 | BY CARIN BOOTH boothc@uga.edu | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: The significance of silence is great

If you were to make a list of the top 10 characteristics of our current society, I don't think silence would make the list ...

June 18, 2017 | The Rev. Dr. Stuart Higginbotham stuart@gracechurchgainesville.org | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Skunks love cat food; cats hate skunks

Leia lives an uneventful life for a couple of years. At least relative to health issues, it is uneventful. She visits our office yearly, receiving ...

June 18, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


God remains an all-powerful being for everyone

Question: I know God is supposed to be all-powerful, but is there anything that God can't do? - Mrs. S.F.

June 17, 2017 | Billy Graham www.billygraham.org | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Be on the lookout for leaf spots in the landscapes

Georgia's weather is funny, and it does not take long for it to change on a dime. Spring was warm and wet and now ...

June 16, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: No teen girl wants to pick corn, but the payoff is sweet

I've had many jobs over the years but one I don't miss at all is the corn-picking job I was assigned as a ...

June 14, 2017 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Cats can develop cauliflower ear

I once was on my way to a tire repair shop to have a leak checked. About two blocks from the shop, my tire exploded.

June 11, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Scott Hearn: How to recharge yourself mid-flight during life

During the Cold War, the Strategic Air Command operated 24 hours a day as a shield of protection for our nation.

June 11, 2017 | | Columnists


Randall Murray: Educate yourself on the range of wine issues such as counterfeiting, fermentating

Here's a collection of myths, stories, newsbreaks and interesting tidbits from the world of wine. Sometimes you just can't make this stuff up.

June 07, 2017 | Randall Murray | 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


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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