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Rich: Daddy's gift was made more precious over time

Often, I find myself thinking of the wisdom of my daddy. His observations and experiences continue to guide me daily, 11 years after his departure from what he sometimes called, "this ol' vale of tears and sorrow."

June 14, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Love shared by dad, child lasts forever

One day I asked Chloe, "Do you know how much Daddy loves you?"

June 13, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Give your veggies a lift

Those tiny vegetable transplants and seeds you planted early this spring should now be coming on strong. Soon they'll be burdened with a bounty of fresh produce. Don't jeopardize the fruits of your garden labor. Trellis those vegetables before it's too late.

June 10, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Tips to keep your fresh produce staying fresh

When buying fresh produce, the simplest part is sometimes selecting it. As soon as you leave the store, your mission is to keep it fresh.

June 08, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Sensitivity training should be my specialty

You know, it's beginning to occur to me that I'm not sensitive enough. This is quite a revelation since I spent a goodly amount of my life being told that I was too sensitive. As a child, Mama said I got my feelings hurt too easily and I needed to snap out of it.

June 07, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


'The Walk' has us looking forward to road ahead

Richard Paul Evans' "The Walk" is the first book in what will be a five-part series about a man exploring the open road of America as well as his own inner self.

June 05, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Are the deer abundant in your home yard?

If the answer is yes, a good way to prevent them from browsing in your landscape is to plant ornamental plants that deer do not like to eat.

June 03, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Some tomatoes grown to resist disease

The tomato is the most commonly-grown vegetable in America's backyard gardens. Unfortunately, producing big, red, juicy tomatoes requires considerable effort in preventing and controlling diseases.

June 03, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: These white wines will cool you off

Around this time of year in northeast Georgia, I am reminded of one of the tunes from "Porgy and Bess."

June 01, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: The meaning of words can get all mashed up

Rodney, the reigning patriarch of our family, loves sorghum syrup which, in the mountains, is called "soggum syrup."

May 31, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Take your concerns, no matter how small, to God

We all have problems of some sort, don't we? Granted, some of our problems are not as big as those others face. It would be very easy for us to look at our problems then look at those of others, and feel guilty for being concerned about our "small" problems in light of theirs, right?

May 30, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Decide now whether your grass will go thirsty

Most Georgia lawns have had plenty of rain in the past few months, but the hot, potentially dry months of summer are ahead. Without adequate moisture, plants cannot function normally and can become predisposed to other stresses in the environment, such as winter injury or diseases.

May 27, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Gardeners are separated by more than a manicure

A few years ago, I was in New York City to do a photo session for a book cover and found myself at the behest of a stylist and a hairdresser who also doubled as a make-up artist.

May 24, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Metaphors in ‘Beatrice’ try a bit too hard

You may have heard the expression "there are only 1,001 stories in the world to tell." So how does one take a topic that seems to have been covered on every front and make it unexpected and original?

May 23, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


A little planning will keep the bugs away

There is one big drawback to growing plants in our climate - pests enjoy the same conditions our plants do.

May 20, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Dog's weight loss and depleting muscle causes concern

My brain works in funny ways. Yours is probably similar.

September 25, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Barona: Encourage younger generation to embrace good principles

Recently, I engaged in conversation with some youth of my church at St. Michael.

September 25, 2016 | Jaime Barona jbarona@saintmichael.cc | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Now is time for calibrating your lawn spreader

This is the time of year many homeowners are probably thinking about fertilizing or renovating their lawns.

September 23, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Stringer: Empty Bowl Lunch supports Georgia Mountain Food Bank

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is set for Tuesday.

September 21, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Tom Smiley: Encouragement key in sports, life

I love sports. I love athletics. And as long as I can remember, I've been involved in some facet of sporting competition.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Bacterial infection clears but hearing problem arises

Lemmy returns for his recheck following a bout with Leptospirosis.

September 18, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Keep mindful of fires, keep extinguisher close

Single homes in Hall County often come with a built-in garage and a "bonus room" on top of it. If you're thinking about making ...

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wanda Cannon: Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville hosts classes

With the fall season officially beginning next week, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville will open its doors and offer five ...

September 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Rare subtype of bacteria causes infection in dog

Lemmy has been hospitalized for two days when I learn the reason for his illness. I had suspected, but with confirmatory blood work, I now ...

September 11, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Sudden illness takes toll on older dog

Seventeen is old for most dogs. And although Lemmy is not like most dogs, 17 is old for him, too.

September 04, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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