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Earth Sense: North Georgia shines as a quiet and safe place, geographically speaking

Complaining about nature's quirks, and the disasters that come with them, is a popular pastime. But in spite of some of the troubles North Georgia has experienced in the past, it's realistic to say that we live in a very sheltered part of the world.

February 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Select healthy snacks for children cooped up at home

Depending on the weather, you may have some children at home during the daytime this week.

February 18, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Just like humans, pets grieve when people die

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article that mentioned taking steps to care for your pets in case you die.

February 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Making salt water drinkable is doable but difficult

It's an ironic fact that more than two-thirds of the Earth's surface is covered by water, yet there always seems to be a shortage in many places.

February 14, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep those Valentine’s Day flowers fresh longer

Valentine's Day is not only all about romance and significant others, but it is about reflecting on all of those whom you care for in your life such as siblings, parents, close friends and even pets.

February 13, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Chocolate is the food love language

It's almost Valentine's Day. Does the holiday make you think of roses, cards, conversation hearts or, if you're like me, chocolate?

February 11, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


For Your Health: Heart failure becoming more prevalent in Americans

I recently treated a patient who described a long series of problems from the past year. They included weight gain/loss, leg swelling, shortness of breath when walking up stairs, "butterflies fluttering" in her chest and sometimes having to sleep in her recliner to breathe.

February 09, 2015 | | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Certain foods prove poisonous to pets

They came from outer space. Of course, there was xenophobia to deal with, but they gradually became integrated into society and held many respectable roles, including police detectives.

February 08, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: How is God talking to you?

The other day I made a wonderful discovery: Chloe and Cole were diligently working on improving their handwriting skills.

February 08, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Gimmicks won’t result in better gas mileage

Buying gasoline for less than $2 a gallon has been nice. Sooner or later, prices will rise again, and thoughts about saving gas are going to return.

February 07, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Professionals select 2015 Gold Medal Plants

As in the years past, the winners are rated as the No. 1 superior ornamental plants for use in Georgia in the residential landscape.

February 06, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Love is in the air and rose-colored wine is on the table

In 10 days, we fall into one of those holidays that must be subsidized by the flower, greeting card and candy companies - St. Valentine's Day.

February 04, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Choosing the best types of fabrics for a workout

With the usual popular New Year's resolution to lose weight and get in shape comes shopping for the proper attire to wear to the gym, your home treadmill, outside, etc.

February 02, 2015 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Earth Sense: Brazil drought a warning for Georgia about water consumption

Some scenes in last week's news look familiar.

February 01, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Castration not a hands-on lesson for students

If you have a toothache, you're using them. If you stub your toe, you're using them.

February 01, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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Glazed over by some Gewurztraminer

In gazing at the galaxy of grapes used to make April's Wine of the Month, you may have noticed gewurztraminer. And I'm sure many of you are muttering, "What the heck is that?"

April 01, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Dress for Easter: Pastels, prints and peplum

Nothing says Easter Sunday quite like soft pastel colors. This Easter, you can dress your part by following any of the three P's: pastels, prints and peplum.

March 30, 2015 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Be wary of giving pets as Easter gifts

I recommend people having pets.

March 29, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Trees provide food chain for Georgia wildlife

The region that is North Georgia today was explored a long time ago. As early as the 1540s, Spanish explorers trekked through the Cartersville area looking for gold. None was found there, but we have a golden treasure that's well worth preserving: our native trees.

March 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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


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