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Earth Sense: Long-term weather may hinge on Pacific temps

In Georgia, the new year always starts the coldest portion of winter. Naturally, one would like to know if it's going to be a mild winter, an average one or a deep freeze like the one of 1985.

January 03, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Clean out dirty chimneys to prevent potential fires

We really never think about it, but chimney maintenance is important. Especially since a house fire from a badly maintained chimney is 100 percent preventable.

January 02, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Balance the food feast for 2015

Great snacks are key players in college football bowl game parties and New Year's celebrations. Therefore, choose various items for the feast.

December 31, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Keep New Year's attire appropriate this holiday

We know the following to be true: Holiday parties are great for food, family, friends and getting all dolled up.

December 29, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: No replacement for one true God

Chloe came to me very upset. With all the righteous indignation she could muster she said, "Daddy, Mommy won't give me what I want!"

December 28, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Smoking affects pets more than humans

Is it awkward when you go in for your yearly physical and your doctor leans in and sniffs your ears?

December 28, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Drafts can be controlled with extra insulation

Even with quality windows, there's often a pocket of cold air in the space between the window and the corner wall.

December 27, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Legends associated with Christmas and holiday plants

Since the beginning of time, plants have become interwoven into the daily lives that they have developed symbols of nearly every aspect of life. During the holiday season, this aspect is seen more than any other time of the year.

December 26, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


For the love of fruitcake

Johnny Carson reportedly said, "The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the whole world and people just keep sending it to each other."

December 24, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Please don't feed Fido table food

That Sam. That Sam! That dog Sam.

December 21, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper celebrating 20th anniversary

Besides the holidays we're enjoying this week, there's another important milestone. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (www.chattahoochee.org) celebrates its 20th anniversary.

December 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


From the film archives: ‘Wonderful Life’ charms Scrooge

I have a confession: I don't like Christmas movies.

December 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Fit in time for holiday fitness

You can weave health and fitness into your holiday routine.

December 17, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Chronic kidney disease affects millions of Americans

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk to develop CKD. In fact, one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease.

December 15, 2014 | By Sherry Davis For The Times | Columnists


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Glazed over by some Gewurztraminer

In gazing at the galaxy of grapes used to make April's Wine of the Month, you may have noticed gewurztraminer. And I'm sure many of you are muttering, "What the heck is that?"

April 01, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Dress for Easter: Pastels, prints and peplum

Nothing says Easter Sunday quite like soft pastel colors. This Easter, you can dress your part by following any of the three P's: pastels, prints and peplum.

March 30, 2015 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Be wary of giving pets as Easter gifts

I recommend people having pets.

March 29, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Trees provide food chain for Georgia wildlife

The region that is North Georgia today was explored a long time ago. As early as the 1540s, Spanish explorers trekked through the Cartersville area looking for gold. None was found there, but we have a golden treasure that's well worth preserving: our native trees.

March 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


How to make a compost pile at home

Recycling in the garden (composting) and using mulch makes common sense for the landscapes.

March 27, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


A mortifying moment at the DMV

Several weeks ago, we were at dinner with some friends and the conversation turned to life's most embarrassing moments.

March 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Follow the ABCs in pet emergencies

You've frequently read my recommendations on keeping your pet healthy and saving yourself a ton of hassle. Most of these are applicable to the majority of pets and owners.

March 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Pray for wisdom of Solomon every day

Once, while we were on a trip to see Amy's folks in Texas, we stopped at a store to stretch our legs and take a bathroom break. When we walked inside, we saw a large display of polished rocks.

March 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Cope with slippage by steering, accelerating gently

So far, March has shown above-average precipitation totals in North Georgia. Based on the historic record, we also have plenty of rain showers to look forward to in April.

March 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Put a spring in your step with healthy treats this season

Baseball, picnics and other springtime activities offer a chance to incorporate healthy snacks into your family's weekly routine.

March 18, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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