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Thompson: Make popcorn for one in a paper bag

Here's an interesting tip that you've probably never heard before. You can cook regular popcorn in the microwave without having to buy the more expensive microwave popcorn. Simply put a small amount of popcorn in a paper lunch sack, fold the top down twice and then put two staples in the top to hold it in place. (No, the two staples will not cause the microwave to explode. The mass of the two staples is so small that they're not affected by the microwave at all.) It works like a charm!

August 31, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Program helps you master gardening

Working for free may not appeal to most people, but for those who truly love gardening, a little digging in the dirt without pay is not a problem.

August 29, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Diabetes epidemic is on the rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the incidence of diabetes increased 15 percent, or by 3 million people, since 2005. Currently, 24 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 57 million have abnormally high blood sugar levels that indicate that they have prediabetes.

August 27, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: It’s color, not style, that dictates a wardrobe

Being a child of the '70s, television has a powerful influence on me. It can even test the core of my Southern woman being, as it did recently.

August 26, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Welder’s gloves stand up to serious oven heat

If you do a lot of cooking in the kitchen, you need this: A pair of welder's gloves. I'm serious. Don't waste your time with the low-quality pot holders and oven mitts. Welder's gloves are designed for extreme heat and are seriously durable. You can find them at any of the home improvement stores and they're cheap.

August 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Worldly things can’t offer same comfort as your heavenly father

She's now grown out of it, but Chloe used to carry a pink, fluffy blanket around with her. As she walked through the house, she'd have a thumb stuck in her mouth and that blanket bunched in her arms.

August 24, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Question: Since fall is right around the corner, when is the best time to prune woody ornamentals and fruiting plants?

August 22, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Learn to curb invasive plants

Plant species brought into an area where they did not ecologically develop or where they are not considered native, are often termed exotic.

August 22, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Save the date for Diabetes 101 seminar

Do you, a family member or friend have diabetes?

August 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Remember the ones who made us strong

An e-mail arrived one day from a dear, old friend who was once my boss when he was managing editor of a daily newspaper where I worked during college and which was later my first full-time job.

August 19, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Save your spray foam with this trick

I need to start off by giving kudos to reader Daniel Franklin. He solved an age-old dilemma that home repair people have had for years. He discovered the secret of how you can get multiple uses from one can of spray insulating foam. (OK, for those of you who don't know what spray foam is, it's basically an aerosol can that sprays out a foam that expands and hardens. It's great for filling cracks and gaps around your home and making it more airtight. "GREAT STUFF" is the brand most people are familiar with and you can ...

August 17, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Marriage is about more than love

Marriage isn't designed to make you happy; it is designed to make you married.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep on the lookout for grubs invading your lawn

Now is an excellent time to prevent white grubs in turf. White grubs live in the soil and feed on the roots of turf. Most white grubs have a one-year lifecycle in Georgia.

August 15, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: ‘Rollatini’ translates to ‘wimpy lasagna’

For those Lunch Guys readers who don't speak Italian, let us translate the name of Olive Garden's newest dish, the Lasagna Rollatini. In English, that means teeny roll of lasagna.

August 13, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber | Columnists


Rich: It’s not just the words, but how they’re said

From my hotel room in Knoxville, Tenn., once, I phoned in to check on the girls: Mama and Dixie Dew.

August 12, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Handling the nuisance of webworms and their nests

It has begun. The annual appearance of webbing in trees along the roadways and woods in the county has started.

August 29, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


'November Man' one worth seeing

It's been a dozen years since Pierce Brosnan played Bond, James Bond, in "Die Another Day."

August 28, 2014 | By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee | Columnists


Around the Home: Walk, eat way to healthier version

Whether you like walking, aerobics, dancing or a variety of sports, UGA Extension's Walk Georgia can help you find tools to stay fit.

August 27, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Follow your veterinarian’s advice

I recently enjoyed a day of whitewater rafting near Clayton.

August 24, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: When unexpected heavy rains occur, move to higher ground

Superstorm Sandy, which covered the East Coast with floodwaters from Florida to Maine in 2012, is still a household name. But memories of Sandy were overshadowed by the torrential rains that hit Baltimore, Long Island and Connecticut on Aug. 12.

August 24, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Interested in becoming a Georgia Master Gardener?

Around this time of year, I begin sending out applications to individuals interested in taking our Georgia Master Gardener classes at the Hall County Extension office.

August 22, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Bacall, Bogart's chemistry ignites

Last week was a sad one in Hollywood. One day after comedian Robin Williams was found dead, legendary actress Lauren Bacall died.

August 21, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


From the film archives: Parallels between Williams, role of "Patch Adams"

Last week, we lost a comedic icon. The death of Robin Williams is a bitter ending to a man who delighted millions through entertainment.

August 21, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Simple meal on school nights

I admit it. I was different than most of the other kids.

August 20, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Earth Sense: Extension cords can lead to shocks, wiring-induced fires

The word "fire" strikes fear in homeowners. Rightfully so: Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 1,513 people in the U.S. died in house fires, including 57 Georgia residents (www.usfa.fema.gov).

August 17, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Blessings flow upon those who obey God

Chloe is at a stage right now where she won't listen to anything I tell her to do.

August 17, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Animals need care of veterinarian

The following is a true story. Names have been omitted to protect the innocent, as well as the less-than-innocent.

August 17, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Resolving pest problems

One man or woman's cute and cuddly critter is another person's pest. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it eats your prize-winning roses or caused $1,000 in damage to the garage or attic.

August 15, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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