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Cook: Sparks’ latest tale sings with charm

Nicholas Spark's latest novel, "The Last Song," is a heartwarming story about the relationship between a father and his children, the love between two young adults from different classes and the struggles that teenagers endure as they grow up, learning to make wiser and less selfish decisions.

November 22, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Tim: You can thank me later for these

Thanksgiving is this week and I hope you're ready for it. Here are some miscellaneous Thanksgiving tips that I hope will make your holiday better.

November 22, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Cut costs now and save in the future

Economic uncertainty often has people looking for ways to tighten their belts and save money. There are times, though, when skimping in the landscape can cost more in the long run. The following tips will hopefully help you save money in the landscape and garden.

November 20, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wanda: Winter has its own natural beauty

While the fall leaves on our trees dazzle us in autumn, they do not last very long into the winter months. So how can we find other interesting, dramatic features on our trees during the cold months?

November 20, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Turkeys don’t have to go in the oven

There are many alternatives to roasting the holiday turkey - any way you slice it, as long as the turkey is thoroughly cooked, you can have a great holiday meal.

November 18, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Even the babies of our enemies need friends

Funny how situations in life can slip up on you and turn your feelings completely around.

November 17, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: No matter how you squeeze, one size won’t fit all

We were getting ready to go somewhere, and I'd sent Chloe to her room to get her shoes on. She loves putting on her own shoes, so you can imagine my surprise when I heard her start crying and screaming. I walked into her room and immediately discovered the cause of the problem: she was trying to put Cole's shoes on her feet.

November 15, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Give trees, shrubs a little TLC this winter

Halloween is behind us, and Thanksgiving is fast-approaching. Many already have begun shopping and making their holiday preparations.

November 13, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Parents can keep picky eaters satisfied during holidays

Question: Thanksgiving and other holiday dinners are coming up, and I wish my 4-year-old would be willing to eat the traditional foods that will be prepared. I worry that she's still a picky eater and hasn't been willing to try much beyond macaroni and cheese, cereal, bread and apples. Do you have any tips for what I can do?

November 10, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Even when sick, a good hairdresser still steps up

Every trip to the beauty shop is, for me, an adventure in some way. And without fail, it's immensely entertaining.

November 10, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Show your house, not your valuables

There has been a rash of robberies recently of people who are trying to sell their homes. The scam goes like this: Two separate people show up at the same time at an open house. One of the two will keep the owner, or agent, busy while the other person steals jewelry or financial information. If you're trying to sell your home, make sure that all of your valuables are locked up and out of sight.

November 08, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cook: Fantasy familiar, but still enjoyable

Ted Dekker is best known for his best-selling Christian fiction series, The Circle Trilogy, following the adventures of a man from our world who dreams of adventures in an alternate world of magical forests, terrifying demons, and ancient mysteries - or does he truly exist in this "Other World," and only dreams of our world?

November 08, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Cannon: Spruce up winter landscape with ornamental grasses

What makes ornamental grass ornamental?

November 06, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep winter visitors out of your home

You might first think someone's having a little fun at your expense, but if you're being invaded by lady bugs, it is no Halloween prank. Now is the time of year when multicolored Asian lady beetles start moving into Georgia homes.

November 06, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Pair the right wine with your turkey

Don't look now but Halloween's over your shoulder and the next big family holiday bash is Thanksgiving. And, of course, the burning question of the day is not whether President Barack Obama should have been given the Nobel Peace Prize or if the Army Corps of Engineers will try to turn Lake Lanier back into Death Valley East.

November 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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Wine Without Pretense: Celebrate with red, white and blue wines

Saturday is Independence Day. Happy Birthday, America! And what better way to celebrate this auspicious occasion than to embrace the red, white and blue and all the goodness and greatness it represents.

July 01, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Understanding the science of seizures

Dogs and cats have brains, and those brains work much the same way human brains do.

June 28, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Nutrients absent in red clay topsoil in North Georgia

In terms of its natural setting, North Georgia can count many blessings.

June 27, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Beating back the squash vine borer

A vegetable garden is just not complete without summer squash growing among the tomatoes, peppers, okra and cucumbers.

June 25, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Classic Grant, Saint thrill audience

Widely considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, I finally decided to sit down and watch "North by Northwest" and was treated to a fantastic spy thriller.

June 24, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Family fun, fitness on 4th of July

So what are your plans for the Fourth of July? Having a cookout? Attending a fireworks display? Getting up at the crack of dawn to go run?

June 24, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: No small thing to receive forgiveness

I love putting puzzles together. As a child, I'd usually receive a puzzle every Christmas. Even as an adult, my mom still makes sure I get one each year.

June 21, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Catch-22 of health insurance for pets

I loved Wolverine before it was cool.

June 21, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Hurricane season underway

Summer begins today, and hurricane season is already in progress. Georgia is affected by hurricanes, but they play out differently in our northern part of the state than they do in the coastal plain.

June 20, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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