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Robin Friedman: Join the next class of Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener Extension volunteers help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff transfer research-based information about gardening, horticulture and best practices to the public. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who gave over 18,000 hours of their time to the public in 2016.

August 04, 2017 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Harris Blackwood: Ditch the sanitizer goo; a little dirt won’t kill you

If you're a germaphobe or suffer from mysophobia, you may want to stop reading right here. Mysophobia is the scientific term for a fear of germs.

July 30, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists

Minister's message: Birds teach us lessons in perseverance

"And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." - Romans 5:2b-5

July 23, 2017 | The Rev. Michelle Strall | Columnists

Michael Wheeler: To control mosquitoes, get rid of standing water

The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not too interested with the picnic itself, but are more interested in you.

July 21, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Tom Smiley: We love America, but love God’s kingdom more

Every patriotic American holiday, we wave flags, belt out our national songs triumphantly and consume a lot of barbecue and lemonade. The challenge of our celebrations, as Christian people, is that sometimes we take patriotism beyond gratitude morphing it into a nationalist idolatry.

July 16, 2017 | The Rev. Tom Smiley | Columnists

Crevolyn Wiley: Cool your heels with fresh produce, slow cooker

We are officially in the heat of the summer when all we can think about is how to cool off, whether it be at the lake, at the pool or sitting on the porch drinking a glass of sweet tea. One thing for sure we can't think about the heat index and the 150 percent southern humidity. I saw a sign recently that said, "You don't know what humidity is until you've spent a July down South." Truth.

July 12, 2017 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists

The Rev. Cynthia Park: Freedom’s duty is to serve one another

Galatians 5:13-14 states: "You my brothers and sisters were called to be free. But don't use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping the command: Love your neighbor as yourself."

July 09, 2017 | | Columnists

Lee Koontz: Give up your fear and put your trust in God

Report suspicious activities. Those were the words on the road signs we saw as we drove through Washington, D.C. on a recent vacation.

July 02, 2017 | Rev. Lee Koontz Rev. Lee Koontz | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Finally, Leia gets to go back home

Most patients that undergo a routine dental cleaning go home the same day. The classic pattern is: fast overnight, drop off first thing in the morning, dental, recovery period, go home. Everything is done in less than 12 hours. But again, Leia is exceptional.

July 02, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

The Rev. Eric Hill: Take time to connect with God again

We are in the midst of the summer of 2017. Most likely we are all extremely busy with many activities such as graduations, family reunions, vacations, camps for the kids, fixing things around the house, and just general summer busyness.

June 25, 2017 | The Rev. Eric Hill | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Cats’ chronic problems emerge in middle age

It is the nature of my vocation that I am generally older than most of my co-workers. So to deal with the proverbial elephant in the room, I use humor. Any time a younger person complains of being sore from a workout or tired from work, I quip: "It's rough getting old. Hope it never happens to me."

June 25, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Carin Booth: Healthy Homes Month a good time to check for radon

Today is the official first day of summer, according to the Farmer's Almanac. Summer brings the outdoor fun and, for many of us, finding a cool spot inside to beat the heat.

June 21, 2017 | BY CARIN BOOTH | Columnists

Stuart Higginbotham: The significance of silence is great

If you were to make a list of the top 10 characteristics of our current society, I don't think silence would make the list. It may not even make the top 100. We live in a culture that is bombarded by instant messages, saturated by social media, and obsessed with 24-hour news cycles. Silence is mostly absent in our lives.

June 18, 2017 | The Rev. Dr. Stuart Higginbotham | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Skunks love cat food; cats hate skunks

Leia lives an uneventful life for a couple of years. At least relative to health issues, it is uneventful. She visits our office yearly, receiving updates to her vaccinations as her lifestyle necessitates. Parasite prevention is dispensed regularly, and she passes from young adult cat to full-fledged adult, and eventually she reaches middle age.

June 18, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

God remains an all-powerful being for everyone

Question: I know God is supposed to be all-powerful, but is there anything that God can't do? - Mrs. S.F.

June 17, 2017 | Billy Graham | Columnists

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Bird’s nest fungus is common and harmless, not a disease

Question: What are these strange things growing on top of the soil of one of the houseplants I set outside for the summer? They look ...

August 17, 2017 | Arty Schronce | Columnists

Michael Wheeler: To remove nuisance critters, start with what attracts them

This is a topic that is full of opinion. What is a cute and cuddly critter to one person is a pest to another, or ...

August 11, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Carin Booth: Does home food preserving save on food cost?

With rising food prices, consumers are trying to find ways to save the family food dollar. It is reminiscent of the 1970s energy crisis that ...

August 09, 2017 | Carin Booth | Columnists


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