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Thompson: Send Christmas cards that help charities, too

If you want an easy, painless way to give to charities, you need to check out CardsThatGive.org. It's a nonprofit Web site that lists greeting cards you can buy from more than 100 different charities. The proceeds from the cards help fund a lot of worthy causes. Do it. You'll feel better about yourself.

December 06, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Don’t get caught up in holiday trappings

When your children are all grown up with families of their own, what do you want them to remember about the holidays of their childhood?

December 06, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Fertilizer, seeds may top gardeners' wish lists

It is one week after Black Friday, the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, and the question is, "Is your Christmas shopping complete?"

December 04, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Use evergreens to spruce up dreary winter landscape

How can I make my winter landscape less dreary?

December 04, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Murray: Keeping track of past greats and flops

As the Christmas holiday approaches - and I battle mightily against the Grinch influence - I have retreated to my cellar book. Actually, I have tried to burrow into my cellar book until, say, Jan. 2, but there are certain physical limitations.

December 02, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: The best entourages come with four legs

It's true. Some things you have to see to believe. And then, even though you're certain of the reliability of your own eyes, you don't believe it.

December 01, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: It's OK to get help, but the trick is asking

What started out as a scary night ended up being pretty fun. A strong storm was moving through the area. The lightning and thunder woke both Chloe and Cole. They asked if they could sleep in the same bed, so we let Chloe move into Cole's room. But a few minutes later, the storm knocked out the power.

November 28, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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


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Eyes of the Father: Discovering the riches from God

I have a large glass coin jar. It's an old pickle jar I got from a grocery store when I was in college. It's a foot-and-a-half tall, with a base that's about seven inches in diameter.

May 03, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Your health care costs more than your cats

It's a question born from ignorance. All the best questions are.

May 03, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Powdercoating a tough, environmentally-friendly option

Owners of cars and two-wheelers like to customize their vehicles, or even rebuild an old one that reminds them of their younger days. Much of the work involves painting, and that's where problems arise.

May 02, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Beware of spot anthracnose attacking dogwood trees

In my last article, I discussed powdery mildew on dogwoods. In this article, I want to talk about a different disease that can infect dogwood trees - spot anthracnose.

May 01, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Concerns arise about canine influenza

I suppose it was unavoidable. This week I got my first email from a reader regarding canine influenza and the ongoing outbreak here in the U.S.

April 26, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Sunlight is filtered into different colors to the eye

After a clammy early spring, the sun is back finally. It's going to rise toward its highest point in the sky by June 21, the longest day of the year. Measured as an angle from the ground, in Gainesville the sun will be about 78 degrees up. It can't ever be exactly vertical above us because the subsolar point, where the sun is perpendicular above the ground, doesn't move this far north.

April 25, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Be aware: Powdery mildew plagues dogwood trees

Just the other day, I was looking at a dogwood tree at the house and saw it was in pretty good shape.

April 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Venture out of comfort zone; try some asparagus

Yay for Spring! It's officially the beginning of the arrival of fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

April 22, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Life comes full circle

I have always worked. In my family, when you turned 16, you got a job.

April 08, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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