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Rich: Buying the cow gets you milk for free

To Rodney, my ever dutiful brother-in-law, I suggested that we get a community cow. What with dairy prices going so high and all.

January 27, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: With love, God will take what we are willing to give

I sometimes wonder if I love God enough.

January 25, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Nifty gadget keeps your earbuds in line

If you have an iPod, you know the hassle of storing your earbuds. Well, the Web site X-tremegeek.com has a product that solves this problem once and for all. It's called the iRoll Earphone Cord Manager. It's hard to describe how it works, but let me assure you it does. It's made out of a rubbery material and comes in blue and pink. The pictures help explain it better. (The first picture shows the device open and the second picture shows it closed). It's less than $10.

January 25, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Ferns can survive winter with care

Nothing is more inviting than a big front porch flanked on each side with beautiful ferns.

January 23, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Warm up with homemade soup

When the weather outside is frightful, a nice, hot bowl of homemade soup can be quite delightful. For many, soup is considered the ultimate comfort food, especially during the cold winter months. Whether served as the main course or as an appetizer, soup is a hearty, nutritious, low-cost dish that is sure to satisfy.

January 21, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: GPS is good for more than just directions

Editor's note: Like most things these days, our intrepid tips columnist Tim Thompson is trying to do more with less. Unfortunately, that means he has less time to test and write about tips. Rather than stop the column entirely, he's scaling back his tips to just one or two a week.

January 18, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: A little planning prevents diseases

While it may be bitter cold outside, many gardeners are thinking about their spring vegetable gardens.

January 16, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: When can I plant and transplant rose bushes, and when is the best time to prune them?

Rose bushes can be planted in November through March.

January 16, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Learn how to cut your grocery bill

The Department of Labor estimates that the average American family of four spends $8,513 per year on groceries. That averages out to $709 per month.

January 14, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Obituary writers can get you in the paper at least once

It was an interesting brief I saw in a newspaper industry bulletin the other day.

January 13, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Vinegar is magical solvent for pet stains

When a new puppy or kitten "marks a spot" in your house, it's important to get the smell out. One of the best ways to do this is to apply vinegar. Just make sure to test the vinegar on a small, hidden area first to make sure that it won't harm your carpet or wood finish.

January 11, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Your father’s hand gives you safety, balance

Chloe is fascinated by the steep hill we have in our backyard. She likes nothing more than to walk down it, then back up it, repeating the process several times over. I have to admit it helps in getting her tired out before bedtime, and I often use that to my advantage.

January 11, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: This winter, grow a green thumb

A well-tended, fruitful garden is a delight.

January 09, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: A little bit of planning can save time, calories

When it comes to cooking and preparing meals, more and more Americans are opting for convenience.

January 07, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: You can always rely on the ol' freezer

Mandatory to my mama's generation was the ownership of a deep freezer and a sewing machine. These, remember, were people who believed in self-reliance and independence. You grew what you ate, you froze or canned it and you sewed what you wore.

January 05, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Controlling moss and algae in turf

As turf grass areas occasionally begin to thin out, moss and algae begin to form because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

February 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


For Your Health: Are you sleeping at work

Busy work schedules, hectic family life, late-night television, electronics and other stimulants get in the way of our daily sleep. Therefore, most people sleep when work and family life permits.

February 26, 2015 | BY Daniel L. Cobb, MD For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Stop hiding or covering up sin

When Amy came home, she got the mail out of the mailbox and laid it on the couch when she walked in the door.

February 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Report any violence against animals

Violence against others, be they a female, male, dog, cat or salamander, is never desirable.

February 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia shines as a quiet and safe place, geographically speaking

Complaining about nature's quirks, and the disasters that come with them, is a popular pastime. But in spite of some of the troubles North Georgia has experienced in the past, it's realistic to say that we live in a very sheltered part of the world.

February 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Select healthy snacks for children cooped up at home

Depending on the weather, you may have some children at home during the daytime this week.

February 18, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Just like humans, pets grieve when people die

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article that mentioned taking steps to care for your pets in case you die.

February 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Making salt water drinkable is doable but difficult

It's an ironic fact that more than two-thirds of the Earth's surface is covered by water, yet there always seems to be a shortage in many places.

February 14, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For Your Health: Heart failure becoming more prevalent in Americans

I recently treated a patient who described a long series of problems from the past year. They included weight gain/loss, leg swelling, shortness of breath when walking up stairs, "butterflies fluttering" in her chest and sometimes having to sleep in her recliner to breathe.

February 09, 2015 | | Columnists


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