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Thompson: Include a plunger in your party planning

The holiday season is upon us and I know that a lot of you will be hosting parties. Here is a tip that you're not likely to find in any of the women's magazines: Make sure that have a toilet plunger in every bathroom. I'm serious about this. Toilets always seem to know when you're throwing a party and that's when they decide to back up. By having plungers in each bathroom, you can avoid a really embarrassing situation for you and your guests. (Contributed by Bryan Reksten).

November 28, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep your Christmas tree happy

Thanksgiving is now behind us, and that means it is officially Christmas season (though local retailers, of course, started the season weeks ago.)

November 27, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Offer up a blessing for those no longer with us

Thanksgiving is a time to come together and celebrate a family's beloved characters, the ones who give us many stories to declare and laughter to share.

November 23, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cook: Sparks’ latest tale sings with charm

Nicholas Spark's latest novel, "The Last Song," is a heartwarming story about the relationship between a father and his children, the love between two young adults from different classes and the struggles that teenagers endure as they grow up, learning to make wiser and less selfish decisions.

November 22, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Tim: You can thank me later for these

Thanksgiving is this week and I hope you're ready for it. Here are some miscellaneous Thanksgiving tips that I hope will make your holiday better.

November 22, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Cut costs now and save in the future

Economic uncertainty often has people looking for ways to tighten their belts and save money. There are times, though, when skimping in the landscape can cost more in the long run. The following tips will hopefully help you save money in the landscape and garden.

November 20, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wanda: Winter has its own natural beauty

While the fall leaves on our trees dazzle us in autumn, they do not last very long into the winter months. So how can we find other interesting, dramatic features on our trees during the cold months?

November 20, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Turkeys don’t have to go in the oven

There are many alternatives to roasting the holiday turkey - any way you slice it, as long as the turkey is thoroughly cooked, you can have a great holiday meal.

November 18, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Even the babies of our enemies need friends

Funny how situations in life can slip up on you and turn your feelings completely around.

November 17, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: No matter how you squeeze, one size won’t fit all

We were getting ready to go somewhere, and I'd sent Chloe to her room to get her shoes on. She loves putting on her own shoes, so you can imagine my surprise when I heard her start crying and screaming. I walked into her room and immediately discovered the cause of the problem: she was trying to put Cole's shoes on her feet.

November 15, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Give trees, shrubs a little TLC this winter

Halloween is behind us, and Thanksgiving is fast-approaching. Many already have begun shopping and making their holiday preparations.

November 13, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Parents can keep picky eaters satisfied during holidays

Question: Thanksgiving and other holiday dinners are coming up, and I wish my 4-year-old would be willing to eat the traditional foods that will be prepared. I worry that she's still a picky eater and hasn't been willing to try much beyond macaroni and cheese, cereal, bread and apples. Do you have any tips for what I can do?

November 10, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Even when sick, a good hairdresser still steps up

Every trip to the beauty shop is, for me, an adventure in some way. And without fail, it's immensely entertaining.

November 10, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Show your house, not your valuables

There has been a rash of robberies recently of people who are trying to sell their homes. The scam goes like this: Two separate people show up at the same time at an open house. One of the two will keep the owner, or agent, busy while the other person steals jewelry or financial information. If you're trying to sell your home, make sure that all of your valuables are locked up and out of sight.

November 08, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cook: Fantasy familiar, but still enjoyable

Ted Dekker is best known for his best-selling Christian fiction series, The Circle Trilogy, following the adventures of a man from our world who dreams of adventures in an alternate world of magical forests, terrifying demons, and ancient mysteries - or does he truly exist in this "Other World," and only dreams of our world?

November 08, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


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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


Ask a Vet: Ponder your pet’s contribution after its death

I wanted this to start out about Henriettta. I guess it still does, but you'll see how the world can change your plans.

March 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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