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Rosemond: Preschool might be beneficial distraction

Question: Our family just moved to a new city and my 2 1/2-year-old son won't do anything during the day but follow me around. If I give him something to play with while I unpack boxes, he ignores what I've given him and starts messing with things he knows he's not supposed to touch, like my computer. If I move from one room to another, he moves with me, asking me question after question or getting into everything. Should I try some form of punishment or just cater to his clinginess for the time being?

March 28, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Myers: Parents, listen to your kids while they’re still talking to you

I once heard a story about a little girl who walked into the living room, where her father sat reading the newspaper. She stopped in front of him and started recounting her day's events. Every couple of seconds, from behind the wall of the newspaper, she would hear him mumble things like "Mmm-hmm," "Really?" and "That's nice," but she could tell he wasn't really paying her any attention.

March 27, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Be careful with chain saw — or try a ‘Lopper’

I was in a meeting last week with a friend when I noticed a serious cut on his arm with quite a few stitches. I asked him how he had hurt himself and he said with an electric chain saw. He had been cutting limbs off of his crepe myrtles by holding the chain saw in one hand and grabbing branches with his other hand. OK, at this point in the story I need to point out that my friend isn't a redneck. He legitimately was trying to find an easy way to cut the limbs that were actually ...

March 27, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Have you thanked your local Master Gardeners today?

Since 1979, more than 4,500 people across the state have worked for the University of Georgia and never received a paycheck - and done so willingly!

March 25, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Have a safe, happy Easter with these egg safety tips

Eggs, like other potentially hazardous foods, need to be handled properly in order to prevent foodborne illness. The following are answers to commonly asked questions about eggs and egg safety in order to help you more safely handle eggs.

March 23, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Colonel's new wrap heats up chicken war

To toast or not to toast. That's one of the most heated topics here at Lunch Guys headquarters.

March 23, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: It’s biscuits, not APRs that make the bank

Dixie Dew and I quit a bank I've been doing business with for 15 years, marking the first time in 20 years that I have closed a financial account.

March 22, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Freeze and thaw your turkey carefully

Here are food safety questions that I answer frequently throughout the year, but especially close to Thanksgiving, concerning preparing turkey.

March 21, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: A tip that could please St. Nick

It's the holiday season and time to hang the stockings. I've got a cool tip on how you can hang your stockings from the fireplace mantle. Instead of buying expensive hangers, make your own. First, go to your local hardware store and buy a piece of "square rod stock." It's basically a thin piece of steel that is 3 feet long and 3/16-inch thick. Each rod will cost you less than $3. Cut off a 12-inch piece of the rod - you can use a hacksaw. Now, take the rod and bend it in a vice so ...

March 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Drought brings unwanted visitors

With the ongoing drought, many gardeners are complaining of unwanted critters visiting their landscapes - namely, deer.

March 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Plan ahead, pay attention to surroundings before planting a tree

Question: I want to plant a tree small enough to fit under a power line. Can you recommend one that has good fall color?Answer: You are wise to consider the height a mature tree will achieve before you plant one under a power line. It is so easy to find examples of what would be large, stately trees had they not been butchered to protect powerlines from falling branches.

March 21, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Rosemond: Son’s teasing needs to be stopped by mother

Question of the week: My 5-year-old son plays with two other 5-year-olds in the neighborhood on a regular basis.

March 21, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Both adults, kids will enjoy this balloon trick

I recently held a party and had a professional decorator come in and decorate. She was creating balloon center pieces for each of the tables. They looked pretty cool. One of the balloons she had filled up with helium escaped from her and went to the ceiling. (The room had 30-foot-high ceilings). I said to her, "Well, I guess that balloon is gone." She replied, "Oh no its not. Just watch." And with that she filled up another balloon with helium, attached a string to it and put doubled-sided tape on the balloon. She then let that balloon rise until ...

March 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Landfills benefit from paper hangers

Is your dry cleaner still using metal hangers? If so, encourage them to switch to EcoHangers. These new hangers are made of biodegradable paper. Each year, more than 3.5 billion metal hangers end up in landfills - and they sit there for more than 100 years. In addition to being good for the environment, EcoHangers are also easier to fold up and throw away - metal hangers just poke out of your garbage bag. One last point, a lot of advertisers are putting their messages on the EcoHangers, thus making them cheaper for the dry cleaners than the metal ones.

March 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Planning on baking for the holidays? Chill out

Instead of baking to a frazzle this holiday season, try chilling out. Bake ahead and freeze foods to avoid last-minute hassles. Here are some guidelines to help you start.

March 21, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Harbingers of spring

Do you want a beautiful garden filled with flowering bulbs next spring? Then, now is the time to plant them. And picking out a desirable garden bed for bulbs will guarantee a show-stopping display for next season and provide joy for many years to come.

October 31, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Watch your weight, budget this holiday season

If you're concerned about adding holiday pounds during the next eight weeks, don't worry. UGA Extension's Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge offers tips and ideas to fit into your daily routine.

October 29, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Gluten not harmful to your pets

Have you heard of dihydrogen monoxide? It's in tons of products from soft drinks to bug sprays and even in baby food. It's one of the most caustic substances known to man and will eventually break down metal or rock if left in contact long enough.

October 26, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Quakes will continue as Earth’s plates keep shifting

"What's becoming of the world? When will it all end?" Words of my late grandmother came to mind after the Oct. 14 quake off the coast of Nicaragua and El Salvador.

October 25, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Clean and maintain your tools

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

October 24, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


'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


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