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Rich: Southern tales will warm up coldest Northern nights

During those gray, cloud-filled days, figuratively and literally, I wasn't exactly imprisoned but two years of consented captivity in the unfamiliar North was one of the greatest burdens my Southern soul has ever carried.

February 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Prevent pests with proper planning

If you have fruit trees, you have probably experienced the disappointment of watching apples or peaches grow to almost ripe, only to be wiped out by an insect or disease.

February 18, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep food safety in mind when you travel

Who doesn't enjoy a great vacation? Unfortunately, millions might not. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 percent to 50 percent of international travelers suffer from traveler's diarrhea, often during the first few days of a trip.

February 16, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Count your blessings by the memories

I visited a woman, old and gray, her journey of life nearing its winter's end. She settled into an armless rocker and moved gently, slowly back and fro, looking from her view on the porch past the towering magnolia trees that spread the full length of her yard.

February 15, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cook: Unlikely friends combine for love of language

Most people these days don't give much thought to one of the most fundamental language resources that we have used all of our lives: the dictionary.

With the Internet at our fingertips, searching for the proper words and their definitions has never been faster or easier. But when I was young, the dictionary was one of the staple books that every household had, along with the encyclopedia. I never had the appreciation for the centuries of effort it took lexicographers to compile all the words of the English language into an accessible tome that all of us use to ...

February 14, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Myers: Try less-abrasive cleansers inside

In our bathroom, we have what is known as a "garden tub." Strangely enough, it has nothing to do with gardening. I know this because Amy got very upset when I tried to plant flowers in it.

One day, Amy got an idea that she thought would be fun for the kids. She told me she wanted to put a blanket and some books in the garden tub. "Chloe and Cole can sit on the blanket in the tub and read their books. It'll be fun." I told her I didn't think it was such a good idea.

February 14, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Cannon: What types of flowering trees usher us into warmer weather?

A few trees come to mind this time of year, when we are yearning for some signs of warmer weather. With their fragrant blossoms, flowering trees bring the landscape to life and delight our senses with life and promise.

February 11, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree

Feb. 19 is Arbor Day in Georgia - so why not plant a tree to celebrate?

February 11, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Want to lose weight? Rethink what you drink

Americans are drinking more soft drinks than ever; per-capita soft drink consumption has increased almost 500 percent during the past 50 years.

February 09, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Not all Southern gentlemen can stomach dinner conversation

A few months ago when Poet, the freelance wanderer that he is, found himself passing through my neck of the South, he called up, then turned up at my front door, then plopped down in my guest room for a few days.

February 08, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Tips to take away family TV time

What can you do to decrease the hours that your family spends glued to the screen? Here are some simple solutions to get you started.

February 07, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Web site lets you in on 'boring' movie parts

Editor's note: This will be the final weekly installment of Tim Thompson's Tips, Tools and Tricks column. After five years of providing helpful hints and lots of ways to use duct tape, he is retiring his tip hat, reserving it for occasional special guest columns.

February 06, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Embrace the shade in your yard or garden

As someone who loves a healthy, green lawn, today's article was tough to write.

February 05, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Southerners have unique love/hate relationship with death

One Sunday morning I came breezing into Sunday School class after having been out of town for a week. My sister grabbed me and hugged me tightly to welcome me home.

February 01, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cannon: Camellias and Lenten roses

What information do you have about camellias and Lenten roses?

January 31, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | 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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