I received a rather interesting message in response to my last book review for "The Painted Girls" by Cathy Marie Buchanan. The sender sent me a blog post about forgeries of famous artworks at various art institutes. This particular post was about how Edgar Degas may not have been the true artist behind "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," the statue that was modeled after the main heroine in "The Painted Girls."
Compared to the loss of life and property that occurred in Bartow County, the Gainesville area didn't get hit too hard during the Jan. 30 storm.
Now is one of the better times to plant new additions to our landscapes. Planting now gives trees and shrubs a better chance of getting established before the heat of summer hits like a ton of bricks.
Gardening lovers are anxiously awaiting spring this time of year. So how can you get a jump start on the growing season? Start your seeds indoors.
Quick question: What color do you generally associate with February? If you're still grumbling about the Christmas bills gobbling up your bank account it may well be "red." Or, if the weirdos from Publisher's Clearing House just pounded on your front door, the answer could be "green." Typically, with Valentine's Day plunked in the middle of the month, and with all the shopping hype rolling around in every store except the tire center, it's "pink." ...
In the research about global climatic change, one weather system is of particular interest: The ITCZ. Its name may look like the license plate of one of those new European nations, but it stands for Intertropical Convergence Zone.
I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was 10 years old, and I'd gone to the grocery store with my mother. Not wanting to trail along through the store, I sat on a bench just inside the store's entrance and waited for her to complete her shopping.
I see it year after year in the Extension Office: Clients come in wondering what to do about their tomatoes or peppers that are being laid to waste by disease. Many times, the problem in question is part of fungal diseases that can occur. Other times the problem is what is called blossom end rot.
It was good to see the sun again after an entire week of rain during the middle of January. A low-pressure system had established itself over North Georgia, and the front that brought it refused to move out for several days.
Much of the magic behind great works of art comes from the mystery of what inspired the artist to create such a piece. When you walk through an art museum, you may wonder what is the story behind each painstakingly-painted image, what drove someone to spend so many hours laboring to produce something unique and enigmatic.
Though we have had relatively mild winters for a couple of years, cold damage to woody plants can sometimes be a problem here in Georgia.
Over time, the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density.
If you aren't doing well with 2013 fitness goals, don't worry. Just hit the "restart" button and get back on track. Sometimes it's easy to begin a physical activity program, but a challenge to maintain it. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers these ideas that may help you keep active when it seems like everything else competes for your attention and time: If it's hard to do a 30-to-60 minute workout all at once, ...
I've noticed lately that Chloe has a tendency to take some of her things, put them in a box, wrap them in a blanket, and either hide them under her pillow, or tuck them all around her underneath the bed sheets. I come into her room to kiss her goodnight, and I see all these mysterious lumps under the covers!
The World Wide Web is loaded with information tools, but for anyone interested in the natural environment, Google Earth has to rank among the best. A simple search makes it quick to find and download. After starting the program, try putting some place names or coordinates into the search box at left.
I rarely re-read books once I'm finished with them. But every now and then, I come across a published work that not only do I want to revisit, but I feel as if I have to in order to pick up on things I am positive I missed the first read through. One of those books is Volume One of the graphic novel series, "Cursed Pirate Girl." It is written and illustrated by Jeremy Bastian, ...
California Highway 58, east of Bakersfield, presents some truly astounding sights. It's still a rare occurrence here in Georgia to see more than one wind turbine. At Tehachapi Pass on Cal. 58, there are 5,000 of them.
If you have a creative side and have some room to plant flowers, cutting gardens can be a fun and rewarding way to surround one's self with beautiful flowers indoors as well as outdoors for parties.
Spirits were high but clouds hung low during graduation ceremonies on the Brenau campus a week ago. Commenting on the light rain that was falling, Brenau President Ed Schrader said, jokingly, "according to the weather radar on my computer, these rain clouds don't exist."
The front door of our church doesn't have a doorknob. Instead, it has a handle with a small thumb latch above it. To open the door, you have to depress the thumb latch until it clicks and pull. That's all. Easy, right?
Storm water is something we don't think too much about on a day-to-day basis.
Recycling is all the rage, from aluminum cans and newspapers to plastic bottles and bags. But did you know you can recycle in your lawn?
The 2013 Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been selected and as in years past, the winners are rated as No. 1 superior ornamental plants for use in the residential landscape.
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