Vacationers at the Florida Coast and at the Great Lakes had a good chance to see a waterspout this season. Because of its close resemblance to a tornado, a waterspout can look really frightening. What makes it so distinctly visible is the column of water that's hurled upward by the swirling wind.
We all love a bargain. Admit it; your head swivels on spotting a BOGO sign. Bargains are a retailer's way of enticing us to part with our hard-earned money. The compulsion to get something cheaper is like an addiction. That's why we dicker with car sales people over the price of a new ride and generally lose. It's that way with wine. Some stores, wine shops or supermarkets will discount wine occasionally. You'll find mounds ...
I hate my hair. It's slowly abandoning me. It's graying. And some of it has somehow ended up in my ears.
For her first foray into organized recreation, Chloe wanted to try cheerleading. It was a traveling cheer squad, which went wherever the boys' football team went.
An emerging trend across the nation is the designation of "blueways." In spring 2012, the Department of the Interior initiated a system of waterways with boat launch points and camping sites, intended to protect the natural landscape while at the same time allowing for recreational uses such as paddling and kayaking.
Recent rains left some homeowners tackling septic tank problems since saturated soils are unable to absorb additional water from drain field lines. Hopefully, conditions will improve as soils dry out.
"Words save our lives, sometimes." Author Neil Gaiman states this in his acknowledgements at the end of his latest novel, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane," his first adult book since he wrote "The Anansi Boys" in 2005. One can tell how Gaiman does not only take pleasure in writing, but it is a salve for him. It is his way of bringing a magical element into an otherwise mundane reality. Almost as ...
The F word. Four letters many people substitute for love. Today I'm talking about: food. This is the fuel for your pet. Every bit of nutrition your buddy will ever receive will be via food. If your pet photosynthesizes, please consider yourself an exception. But what foods are good for your pet? Well, as a dog, he or she should have dog food. The companies that make foods have spent millions of dollars and hours ...
Anybody hoping for another dry, parched summer this season must have been disappointed. In the first two-thirds of July, Gainesville received 8.27 inches of rain. In June, the total for the month was 6.38 inches. That's more than was received in some places normally known for heavy summer rains, such as Islamabad (Pakistan), Delhi (India) and Dhaka (Bangladesh). In the U.S. Southeast, it's the Bermuda High that can determine whether we have drought or rain. ...
Get inspired and create a woodland garden! Do you have areas with large trees and unused wooded areas in your yard? Use these areas to create a natural woodland setting. A natural woodland setting is designed to provide a more relaxed and natural look to your landscape. Plus, they are basically maintenance free! Start by scoping out your area of interest. Do you already have native plants there? How is the soil condition? How much ...
The question "What's for dinner?" is easily answered during football season thanks to the high school stadium concession stands.
Rome hated Carthage. If Rome was the Bulldogs, Carthage was the Gators. Except with no visors or jean shorts. And after more than 115 years of war, Rome wanted to send a message to the defeated Carthaginians. Rome did so with a symbolic salting of the ground at Carthage to make sure nothing grew there. This is a good model for how I feel about fleas. Yes, fleas are a creature of the world, and ...
I recently read a news story about a father who was at the pool with his child. The child started struggling in the water, and the father realized his child was drowning. He ran to the side of the pool, kicked off his shoes and threw his cellphone to a friend. Then he dove in and saved his child.
I recently read a news story about a father who was at the pool with his child. The child started struggling in the water, and the father realized his child was drowning. He ran to the side of the pool, kicked off his shoes and threw his cell phone to a friend. Then he dove in and saved his child.
On this day six years ago, I killed my best friend. On purpose. It was way overdue, but I still have mixed feelings about it. Most people never find themselves in that situation, but being a veterinarian lends itself to doing things most people would never even consider. Yes, yes ... insert feces joke here. His name was William, and he helped raise me. He came to live with me when I was 15 and ...
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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