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Take a trip into the surprising ‘Swamplandia!’

Karen Russell's debut novel, "Swamplandia!," is unlike any story you're familiar with, and it may be an odd literary confection that many readers would have to acquire a taste for. However, once you venture into Russell's mystical menagerie of the Florida Everglades, there is an ecosystem of blossoming prose and vibrant imagination. It all weaves together into a mesmerizing gothic portrait of love, death and the loss of innocence.

February 27, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Sharp tools, good technique are needed for pruning

Rural East Georgia in the 1950's was a different world. In retrospect, I sometimes think it was a better world, but hindsight is not always accurate sight.

February 24, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


Consider planting hollies for a property border

Question: What are some good trees that will provide a border or buffer along my property lines?

February 24, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the home:Get more taste, less salt with flavor combinations

The following flavor and food combinations, adapted from information provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (www.nhlbi.nih.gov), have the added benefit of making meat, poultry, fish and vegetables tasty without adding salt.

February 23, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie Divas: There’s family in those hills

When Robert, a devout reader of this column who also happens to be an accomplished researcher in matter of family lineage, offered to trace my family roots, I accepted faster than kudzu can grow on a hot summer's day.

February 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Set an example for our children, as God does for us

When I was 19 years old, I injured my ankle. Badly. I was playing volleyball in someone's backyard without any shoes on (much to the consternation of my mother). I came down wrong, turned my ankle over and heard a loud "pop."

February 20, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Be ready to work if you plant rose bushes

Valentine's Day has come and gone. Candy, jewelry, flowers and cards have been given and received. I have no idea how many roses were given this past Monday, but I'm fairly certain the number would be in the millions.

February 18, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


Around the Home: Tips to keep your food safe and fresh

What good does it do to buy good food for your family if it makes them ill?

February 16, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Mama’s fix? Use Duct tape

In digging through the material remains of what I consider to be my heart's one-and-only home, I have smiled repeatedly, even chuckled out loud on occasion, at Mama's thriftiness.

February 15, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Surviving Valentine’s Day on a budget

Valentine's Day can be a costly holiday. To reduce the cost but retain the sentiment of the day, move beyond traditions. There are a variety of ways to show loved ones how much they mean to you without emptying your wallet.

February 13, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Gardening Q&A: Tips on ornamental, Bermuda grass

Question: When do you cut back ornamental grasses such as pampas, zebra and fountain grass?

February 11, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the home: Learn ways to prevent kids from choking on food

Choking can be life-threatening. According to Safe Kids USA , approximately 873 children ages 14 and younger die from airway obstruction injuries each year. More than 19,000 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for choking-related episodes in 2005.

February 09, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie divas: Mamas and babies are forever

One morning when I went for a run, the good Lord blessed me with such a joy, though simple that it was.

February 08, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Putting the Golden Rule to the test

One day I took a walk with Chloe and Cole. Cole loves his big sister, and expressed an interest for her to walk with him. In response, Chloe sped up and walked ahead, leaving Cole behind.

February 06, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Taste the flavors of childhood with blueberries

Sundays were mighty special around our farm. Of course, they all started with the mad rush of two adults and four children attempting to eat breakfast, clean up and dress for Sunday school and church.

February 03, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


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Robin Friedman: Learn about nurturing the natural world

Having just returned from a hiatus in coastal Georgia, I was reminded of the beauty of the natural world.

July 21, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Bucket list can include new foods and restaurants to try

There comes a time in everyone's life when you begin to think about your mortality.

July 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Snake bite hospitalizes Lemmy

My day starts out in a sadly typical manner.

July 17, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Soak up every moment as the seasons change

August in Hall County is an amazing time of the year.

July 17, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Overland floods dangerous in Chinese region

Parts of Anhui Province in China resemble South Georgia. Two-hundred and fifty miles west of Shanghai, the Yangtze River cuts through a flat landscape of ...

July 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy is too cool, and on the mend

Lemmy is cooler than me. Not as far as thermoregulation goes. Normal canine body temperature is almost 3 degrees higher than is human temperature.

July 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Men of the Cloth: Good reminder in a dispiriting time

"The glory of God is a human being fully alive."

July 10, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Reduction of coal ash a vital step by Ga. Power

Dec. 22, 2008, was filled with anticipation of Christmas in Roane County, Tenn., 85 miles northeast of Chattanooga.

July 10, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: No reason found for dog's almost lethal illness

I have a love-hate relationship with my fax machine.

July 03, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Worms are gone, but enlarged spleen causes concern

The whipworms are gone. Well, the adult whipworms are gone.

June 19, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Keep azaleas in tiptop condition by keeping pests away

When azaleas have blossomed into a big green bush but have lost their spring brilliance, it is easy to forget they are there.

June 16, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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