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Wine without Pretense: Trotting the globe for some signature grapes

I was telling students in one of my wine appreciation classes at Brenau University about wines from Argentina. Malbec, I told them, is the signature red wine grape of Argentina. Likewise, I declared, that country's trademark white wine grape is torrontes.

April 06, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Family Ties: Making summer camp work for children with AD/HD

Although it is only March, now is the time to register for many upcoming summer camps. Summer can be a challenging time for children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and for their parents.

April 03, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Do we have God or does God have us?

We were on vacation at the beach last summer and went swimming at the hotel's swimming pool. I don't know about you, but there seems to be something wrong with that. If you're at the beach, why are you swimming in a pool? In spite of the warped logic, that's where we were.

April 03, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


The times they are a-changing, yet again

I have never particularly liked change. Perhaps one of the worst days of my young life was when I entered the eighth grade. After attending Appling Elementary School for seven years and being taught by only four teachers for that entire time, I was petrified at the thought of moving on up to Harlem High with six teachers for the eighth grade alone.

March 31, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


‘Love Virtually’ is a new take on fantasy vs. reality

While the Internet allows us access to information and communication worldwide, it is arguable it has also contaminated our ability to interact with others in person. The Internet is a place where we can choose to remain anonymous, and even create imaginative alter-egos. Thus we can live out secret fantasies, speak openly without negative repercussions and share private friendships, even romances, with people that may or may not be what they claim.

March 27, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Hall Master Gardeners have a big impact on community

Question: Who are the Hall County Master Gardeners?

March 25, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


So many spring growing questions, and so little time

What is that yellow plant that's so pretty right now? What's the name of those trees that bloom so early every year? Why doesn't my camellia bloom as profusely as my neighbors'? Why do my azaleas bloom in early April while my sister's bloom in May?

March 25, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


Around the Home: Wasting food is wasting money, so follow these tips

We throw away 14 percent of the food bought in the U.S. That adds up to about $1,000 to $2,000 a year for an average family of four (The range depends on whether the family uses a thrifty food plan or a more liberal one, and is based on September 2008 food prices).

March 23, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Facing off with Facebook

It wasn't my idea. In fact, I was so opposed to it that I had to be forced into doing it. I'm still not a happy participant.

March 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Forgiveness isn’t easy, but it’s a path to grace

Chloe and Cole got into an exchange of words. Somewhere along the way, Chloe said something very hurtful to Cole. I could tell he was on the verge of tears.

March 20, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Celebrating those who started green, stayed green

"They were green before green was cool."

March 18, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


Going green for St. Patrick’s Day

Green fruits and vegetables contain many health-promoting phytochemicals including lutein and indoles. They help protect against certain cancers and help maintain vision, and strong bones and teeth.

March 16, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie Divas: What happened to NASCAR

Since I once called the garage area of the NASCAR Cup Series "home," working in the sport for several years as one of few women among hundreds of men, folks often ask my opinion on today's NASCAR.

March 15, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Left Neglected’ neglects appeal and originality

One of the things I love about writing book reviews is I can encourage people to pick up a literary treasure they would have passed over or never heard about. That is why I feel a little disappointed I'm essentially telling readers not to bother with this week's novel. And it is particularly disappointing that it is from an author whose first novel was such a success and so highly praised.

March 13, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Follow the Preacher’s advice on gardening

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted." These words were spoken and recorded many centuries ago by one referred to as the Preacher. Of course, they are found in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes.

March 10, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: How to prevent tomato problems

Even though fresh ripe tomatoes are just now coming in, our office has been getting questions about problems with tomatoes.

June 30, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Medical emergency worries veterinarian

It's a whirlwind.

June 26, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care of car now, then go electric

Modern electric cars have changed from fairly unattractive designs to very nice automobiles.

June 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | 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


Earth Sense: Now’s the time to check your air conditioner

Summer starts officially Monday afternoon. As always, we'll have hot days ahead, but it won't be like the heat wave that southeastern Asia ...

June 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | 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


Matthew Sisk: Behavioral change in dog caused by whipworms

It happens. Despite millions of dollars in research, and detailed testing beforehand, sometimes it happens. Sometimes a side effect occurs when we use a drug ...

June 12, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Senior dog suffers from old-age ailments

Lemmy comes in for his first "senior" visit, with no problems to report.

June 05, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Randall Murray: Sip some rosy wines during the summertime

Summer is a mere 20 days away. Time to start thinking about hot-weather quaffing.

May 31, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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