The bride and I have been like Willie Nelson the past few months ... on the road again. Lots of traveling, lots of visits and we've come home with a greater appreciation for this wonderful land of ours.
With my inherent geekiness, I can't resist learning things. I actively seek out learning of any kind: veterinary medicine, quantum theory and fantasy football.
There's no room for doubts when the weather forecast calls for "100 percent chance of precipitation." Such was the case on the last day of summer, Sept. 21. An enormous cold front stretched a line of clouds and rain showers from its southernmost point, the State of Michoacan in central Mexico, to Killiniq Island. That's the northernmost tip of Quebec and Labrador, 4,000 miles from Mexico City.
Parents looking for healthy snack ideas and tips are welcome to attend our upcoming free Food Talk sessions.
There is always a risk when an author writes a book openly admitting to drawing inspiration from a timeless classic.
Hopefully you don't get bogged down in the literary reference, but I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. Specifically Caesar Millan, the well-known "Dog Whisperer."
One may not have heard of Lyons, Colo., before, but recent news brought this town into the spotlight. Isolated from all its surroundings by raging flood waters, this normally pretty town of 1,600 people took the brunt of heavy rains during the first weeks of September. Steep slopes on surrounding mountainsides funneled water straight through residential neighborhoods, causing death and injury, and making roadways collapse.
Fall is a busy time to get a few things done in the garden since September and October are great months to prepare for next year's growing season. It is time to kick start the garden for next year!
Turn the calendar back to October 1973. Israel was at war with Egypt, and Arab members of OPEC tried to stop the U.S. from supporting Israel by imposing an oil embargo. It caused gas shortages in the U.S. and much of Western Europe. Long lines and "no gas" signs at the pumps were the result over here.
I was the only one awake. It was early morning and still dark outside. To help me see, I turned on the kitchen light. Apparently, I was making more noise than I realized, because Cole came stumbling into the kitchen, wiping the sleep out of his eye. I turned to face him. "How did you know where to find me?" Pointing upward he said, "I came to the light." From a worldly perspective, I understood ...
True gardeners are planners. They always look ahead to next season on what to plant, where to plant and what to do differently.
I have a friend who is an EMT, and when we get into conversations about the state of the world today, he often opines a theory about why we have so many dumb people today: Helmet laws keep nature from picking off the idiots when we're young.
Thanks to Walk Georgia, residents can get back on track with their fitness goals and learn more about the Peach State at the same time.
I may be too old for the spinning apples. I rode them with my son at a fair recently, and when we got off, I was ready to be put out of my misery.
"What's up with the weather?" asked a recent cover page on National Geographic. Once again, nature is not complying with the rules which we scientists are trying to nail down.
Our homes would not be complete without a few classic holiday plants such as poinsettias and Christmas cactuses. However, did you know these beautiful plants have been decorating homes for the holidays since the 1800s?
Christmas is a time of iconic films such as "Miracles on 34th Street," "A Christmas Story" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." In order to find a Christmas movie I had never seen before, I had to go all the way back to 1949 for this month's "From the film archives" column.
It's a tough time of year for fruits and vegetables.
A few days ago, Amy brought home two copies of the same children's magazine for Chloe and Cole.
Gregor Mendel was a rebel, but not like James Dean or the Sex Pistols.
When Germany's Elbe River flooded in May this year, Hamburg and other communities along the waterway felt reminded of the catastrophic storm flood of February 1962. I remember TV images of people clinging to rooftops that were the only portions of houses still above the water.
During the past few years, many folks have gone to living off the grid.
Want a Ferrari for Christmas? You can have one. It's easy.
I have two white stars on my right forearm - not tattoos, scars.
Human beings are creatures of habit, and most for me are unhealthy.
Back in the 1950s, most hospitals were eerie places: Tiled walls, dimly lit hallways, gruff personnel. It would be tough to find such an old-style, stark facility in this country today.
In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.
One day while we were at one of Cole's soccer games, a bee stung Chloe on her cheek.
Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.
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