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Around the Home: New Year’s resolution time

It's that time again. A new year is about to unfold, and we vow to "do (fill-in-the- blank) better this year!" It also follows on the heels of the most festive time of the year, a time when we throw caution to the wind and eat our way through mountains of calorie-laden foods at every opportunity.

December 28, 2011 | Ginger Bennett | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Discipline can help our faith grow

Cole came to me crying. This in itself is not unusual. Cole cries at a lot of things. If he gets in trouble. If Chloe says or does something mean to him. When he has to go to bed.

December 25, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wheeler: Test your soil now to prepare for spring gardening

So the garden has stopped producing, and everything has been bitten by a couple of hard frosts this fall. You might be thinking there is not much to do in the garden this time of year.

December 23, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Some childhood Christmas favorites remain classic

As I was browsing through the local bookstore last week, I thought about how much literature impacted my love of the holiday season when I was growing up.

December 18, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Cannon: Gardeners, make your list, check it twice

December is a busy month: family and friend's holiday gatherings, office parties and shopping lists that never seem to end. But remember to take care of those outdoor and indoor plants during the month and share some alternative gift ideas for all those special people during the holidays.

December 16, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wheeler: Maintaining your Christmas tree will keep it beautiful and safe

It is during this time of year that everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season work on their children and grandchildren. With all of this going on, it is easy to forget to keep an eye out for the condition of your Christmas tree.

December 16, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Remember the real reason for the Christmas season

This Christmas, I've been a man on a mission. When I was a child, Christmas was one of my favorite times of the year. I have many happy memories tied to the holiday.

December 11, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wheeler: Keep poinsettias looking great through the holidays

A popular Christmas plant, poinsettias are actually native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land.

December 09, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Blends are becoming mainstream

With her usual acuity the bride picked up a bottle of wine I had just received, looked over the label and declared, "I think we're seeing a lot more blended red wines than in the past."

December 07, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Graphic novels are not only for geeks

I will confess that one of my literary guilty pleasures is the graphic novel. For the most part, there seems to be a certain stigma about graphic novels and comic books outside of the sci-fi convention crowd or fans of the superhero genre. Many consider graphic novels as not "real" reading - that is, they may view the genre as picture books for adults (and in a vast majority of cases, very adult, given how gory and sexual some mainstream comic books have become nowadays).

December 04, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Know the right time to prune your shrubs, trees

The Hall County Extension office gets plenty of calls this time of year in reference to pruning shrubs and trees in the landscape. Knowing when to prune and how is very important in terms of maintaining vigorous health for woody plants. It is one of the most important gardening practices, and knowing the exact time frame to prune can achieve maximum results in the landscape.

December 02, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Start setting 2012 goals now

It's not too early to set goals for 2012. Why wait until late December or early January?

November 30, 2011 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God's love shines through like a father's kiss

I was standing at the deli counter in a local grocery store, waiting my turn. Cole was with me and I was holding him in my arms. I leaned forward to give him a kiss on his little cheek. His cheek tasted so good, I gave him another kiss. And another. And another.

November 27, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wheeler: Control squirrels in your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 25, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘The House of Silk’ stays true to original Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic crime-solver, Sherlock Holmes, has been represented in several different forms, especially in the past few years.

November 20, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


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Crevolyn Wiley: Food trends to look out for in 2017

It's the beginning of a new year and with it comes all kinds of predictions of how the year will play out.

January 17, 2017 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Honoring the legacy of a longtime friend

There are events in this life that often leave us longing for more. It can be a great meal, a good book or movie or ...

January 16, 2017 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Kitten may play in litter box for now

Leia returns for her four-week check-in while I'm away on vacation.

January 15, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Be great before it's too late

In October 2001, a man by the name of James Collins wrote a book called, "Good to Great," which became a national and international best-seller.

January 15, 2017 | Jentezen Franklin freechapel.org | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tips on being smart with water usage for your yard

Having a water-smart landscape is more than just having a water-efficient irrigation system. It is about looking at your landscape and changing your gardening practices ...

January 13, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Bill Coates: You are what you think about

The great Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose speeches and philosophizing enthralled America in the 1800s, used to say, "A man is what he thinks about all ...

January 08, 2017 | The Rev. Dr. Bill Coates For The Times | Columnists


Cynthia Park: The power of Christmas pageants

Christmas pageants are the equivalent of a biblical "Stone Soup." No one gospel account has enough details to put together an entire pageant, so we ...

December 18, 2016 | The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park cynthia@gracechurchgainesville.org | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Christmas trees aplenty at Atlanta Botanical Garden's Holiday Nights display

Six years ago, my husband and I abandoned the boxy Midwestern state of our birth to migrate to the land of peaches, peanuts, pimentos and ...

December 18, 2016 | | Columnists


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