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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


Use an e-book to catch up on reading while you exercise

For Christmas my wife bought me a Kindle. If you're not familiar with this cool gadget, it's basically a lightweight, electronic reading device. It can download books and even magazines and newspapers. The reason I'm sharing this is because of one of the really neat things you can do with it - exercise! Just set the font to the largest size and use it on either a stationary bike or treadmill. The one-touch page turning feature makes it easy to use. Caution: If you sweat a lot, consider covering the device in clear plastic wrap.

January 22, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Cold weather is no excuse to slack off on chores

fWhile we've had some cold, wet weather in the last few weeks, why not catch a few dry days and get ahead on some of your gardening chores?

January 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: A perfect blend of Southern grits and Vegas glitz

Like any self-respecting Southerner, it's hard for me to pass up reading a well-written obituary. Especially when it runs in the Wall Street Journal and begins by saying she was "a dash of Southern class in a raucous old boys club."

January 19, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Total obedience equals total love

The other day Chloe was talking to me, explaining how things "work" in a 5-year-old's world.

January 17, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Athletic shirt great for sleeping, too

If you're not familiar with the Tech Tee T-shirt, you should be. (These T-shirts also go by the name "Dry Fit"). Instead of cotton, they're made with a polyester blend. The beauty of these shirts is that they have the ability to wick away sweat from your body to the outside of the shirt where it will evaporate. Athletes like them because they'll keep you warm and dry in the winter and cool and dry in the summer. Why do I like them so much? Because they're great to sleep in. The slick polyester material will ...

January 17, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Farmers are the first step in environmentalism

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Earth Sense: Don’t get a shock, or worse, from faulty wiring in home

Time and time again we see it in poorly written movies: The bad guy kills someone by throwing a plugged-in radio into the bathtub.

August 23, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Play with kids after school to encourage exercise habits

Sometimes on school days, there is a bit of a lull between arriving home and study time.

August 19, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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