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Around the Home: Head to the kitchen for fun with friends and family

Looking for a fun activity to do with friends? Seeking a new adventure with your spouse or date? Want to spend some quality time with a child or grandchild?

April 13, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Homelessness’ should be on your bookshelf

Our world is not a perfect place. If it were, we would always help our fellow man in need without a moment's hesitation, without placing stigmas on those lacking the same privileges and luxuries as we have.

April 10, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Careful planning and right plants can keep deer at bay

Are the deer nibbling in your yard? Here are some helpful tips:

April 07, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Trotting the globe for some signature grapes

I was telling students in one of my wine appreciation classes at Brenau University about wines from Argentina. Malbec, I told them, is the signature red wine grape of Argentina. Likewise, I declared, that country's trademark white wine grape is torrontes.

April 06, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Family Ties: Making summer camp work for children with AD/HD

Although it is only March, now is the time to register for many upcoming summer camps. Summer can be a challenging time for children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and for their parents.

April 03, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Do we have God or does God have us?

We were on vacation at the beach last summer and went swimming at the hotel's swimming pool. I don't know about you, but there seems to be something wrong with that. If you're at the beach, why are you swimming in a pool? In spite of the warped logic, that's where we were.

April 03, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


The times they are a-changing, yet again

I have never particularly liked change. Perhaps one of the worst days of my young life was when I entered the eighth grade. After attending Appling Elementary School for seven years and being taught by only four teachers for that entire time, I was petrified at the thought of moving on up to Harlem High with six teachers for the eighth grade alone.

March 31, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


‘Love Virtually’ is a new take on fantasy vs. reality

While the Internet allows us access to information and communication worldwide, it is arguable it has also contaminated our ability to interact with others in person. The Internet is a place where we can choose to remain anonymous, and even create imaginative alter-egos. Thus we can live out secret fantasies, speak openly without negative repercussions and share private friendships, even romances, with people that may or may not be what they claim.

March 27, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Hall Master Gardeners have a big impact on community

Question: Who are the Hall County Master Gardeners?

March 25, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


So many spring growing questions, and so little time

What is that yellow plant that's so pretty right now? What's the name of those trees that bloom so early every year? Why doesn't my camellia bloom as profusely as my neighbors'? Why do my azaleas bloom in early April while my sister's bloom in May?

March 25, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


Around the Home: Wasting food is wasting money, so follow these tips

We throw away 14 percent of the food bought in the U.S. That adds up to about $1,000 to $2,000 a year for an average family of four (The range depends on whether the family uses a thrifty food plan or a more liberal one, and is based on September 2008 food prices).

March 23, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Facing off with Facebook

It wasn't my idea. In fact, I was so opposed to it that I had to be forced into doing it. I'm still not a happy participant.

March 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Forgiveness isn’t easy, but it’s a path to grace

Chloe and Cole got into an exchange of words. Somewhere along the way, Chloe said something very hurtful to Cole. I could tell he was on the verge of tears.

March 20, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Celebrating those who started green, stayed green

"They were green before green was cool."

March 18, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


Going green for St. Patrick’s Day

Green fruits and vegetables contain many health-promoting phytochemicals including lutein and indoles. They help protect against certain cancers and help maintain vision, and strong bones and teeth.

March 16, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Drought conditions still a factor despite two rainy days

This is one of the worst droughts I can remember. And according to a lot of other folks, this one sure does take the cake ...

December 01, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Slight variations to recipes can make dishes healthier

Family dinners are great places to treat your appetites this holiday season. Unfortunately, it's tempting to overeat.

November 29, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Help pets in need this holiday season

There's a scene in "Rebel Without A Cause" in which the line "You read too many comic books" is uttered.

November 27, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Thankful for the natural world and Master Gardeners who work in it

As the holiday season begins, many reflect on the year and what lies ahead.

November 24, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Avoid dog disasters on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming.

November 20, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Thanksgiving is a spirit, not a spurt

Movie star George Burns was 97 years old when he was asked, "What's the most exciting part of your day?"

November 20, 2016 | | Columnists


Bekah Porter: A knight to remember at Medieval Times

My only exposure to Medieval Times - a national entertainment chain featuring jousts, sword fights and 11th century fare - was the solitary time my husband forced ...

November 20, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Wildfires spoil romance of camping in woods

The lingering drought in North Georgia isn't just impacting our water supply. It also spoils some of the romance involved in camping. Specifically, we ...

November 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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