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Earth Sense: College network focuses on sustainability

There are a lot of differences between Georgia's colleges and universities. Some are privately funded, some with tax dollars. Some have historic campuses, like the University of Georgia, which incorporated in 1785. Others were founded in the 20th century, like Georgia State.

March 15, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ready for spring? Sample soil now for success later

The past couple of weeks I think my office has shipped close to 100 soil samples to the test lab in Athens. This is always a sign that spring is on the horizon as people begin to prepare and plan what they want to grow this year.

March 14, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Birthdays are kind of a big deal in my family

My firstborn and only daughter turned 28 last week. In our family, we make a big deal out of birthdays.

March 12, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Extra food leads to overweight pets

"Your dog is fat. And it's your fault."

March 09, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Are tobacco companies to blame for addiction?

Cigarette manufacturers have received flak for the health dangers of their products since the first surgeon general's report on the subject was released in 1964. Parents, activists and even former Marlboro men have spoken out against their products and practices.

March 09, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Prepare for all-electric cars in near future

The "futurology" movement of the 1960s, which promised progress and prosperity, based almost entirely on technology, has long ebbed away. Science fiction literature and movies range from the realistic to the ridiculous.

March 08, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Companion planting: Truth or myth?

Through the years, garden folklore has observed some facts about how gardens are planted and arranged. Some plants naturally grow well together, while others do not.

March 07, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Reminder of a good Hungarian red win

You always can learn something new from The Times. I did in January. And that led to some fond memories from my past and conversations with folks with a real history in this town.

March 05, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


For your health: Heart failure symptoms and prevention

We watched in awe as he shook the salt shaker until a thick, white layer topped his entire breakfast, including the bacon and sausage. In the back of my mind, I thought it was only a matter of time before this man became a patient at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC).

March 02, 2014 | By EVA JOHNSON For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: No real way to fake out God

At dinnertime one evening, Cole wasn't eating his sandwich. He did, however, make several references to dessert.

March 02, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Could dogs or any animals be gay?

I recently had a client ask me a very unusual question.

March 02, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Jet stream in flux means more changeable weather

While much of the northern and eastern U.S. shivered in frigid weather, parts of England experienced severe storms. Recent research suggests that these record-setting events were due to warming of the Arctic.

March 02, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Picking the proper place for a vegetable garden

Choosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make.

February 28, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Harold Ramis impacts popular culture with his films

Harold Ramis died Monday at the age of 69, and I have to admit I am a bit surprised by the volume and intensity of grief about his death.

February 27, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Columnists


Southern women's language of love

What do births, surgeries, new neighbors, church meetings, new homes or pretty much any life event all have in common? A home-cooked meal delivered straight from one kitchen to another.

February 26, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants selected

The 2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been selected and are rated as the No. 1 superior ornamental plant for residential landscape use in Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Classic musical filled with laughs and love triangle

I'm a sucker for a good musical. I'll take any excuse to sing along loudly and off-key during a movie, honestly.

April 17, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Around the Home: Free program offers summer snack inspiration

Summer will be here before you know it.

April 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Easter lilies poisonous to pets

Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.

April 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God can carry all our burdens

A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.

April 13, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: This is the best time to plan a European vacation

Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.

April 12, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Blessed during Easter

For me, Easter is a time of reflection.

April 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Alienation isn’t the way to stop habit of smoking

Last week marked four months since I quit smoking.

April 06, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Emergency visits rise in states with legalized pot

Marijuana has been legalized in several states.

April 06, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


For your health: Enjoy the taste of eating healthy

"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is a campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices while developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's message is combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals following dietary guidelines.

April 06, 2014 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Earthquakes, mudslides can happen anywhere so prepare

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.

April 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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