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Dooley’s new book a must-read for gardeners and football fans

These days, it's not quite as much fun to be a Georgia Bulldog. Our beloved Bulldogs are off to a 1-3 start and the season is stacking up to be the toughest of coach Mark Richt's tenure.

October 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: A nutrious meal grown locally

I can't wait until we eat tonight. Are we heading to a fancy restaurant? No, we are dining at home (one of my favorite places to eat) on a meal courtesy of Mother Nature and our local farmers market.

September 28, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


My great flood didn’t include tears, thanks to Daddy’s words

When one of life's tribulations smacked me in the eye, I did not cry. I thought, instead, of Daddy's words from way back then.

September 28, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Wookiee’ speaks to the inner Jedi in all of us

Recently, my husband and I were watching a documentary about video game players who partake in the online role-playing game, "World of Warcraft." It gives people the chance to take a break from the mundane world to slay monsters, quest for treasure, and explore a majestic fantasy realm (for the fee of about $16 a month).

September 26, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Colorful fall annuals brighten beds, containers

As the curtain falls on the summer show of garden blooms, it's time to gear up for the fall preview. Several hardy annual varieties weather Georgia winters to keep landscapes colorful until spring arrives.

September 24, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


You can pick trees to display the most fall colors

I love this time of year. The nights are cooling off and fall is just around the corner with all of its wonderful opportunities to sample the colorful showcase of our many large and small trees.

September 24, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Unwashed reusable grocery bags can breed bad bacteria

Cloth shopping bags may be good for the environment, but are they good for your health? I have more than a dozen of these bags, some for groceries, some for shopping and some just to keep my stuff together in the car. I feel good saving trees and not adding plastic bags to the landfill. Yet, these bags could possibly be unsafe for use with food if they are not cared for properly.

September 21, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Delivering magic, and love, on ordinary days

When I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address to the National Association of Postmasters of the United States n Anchorage, Alaska, I spoke on the joy that comes in the form of a card or letter.

September 21, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Delivering magic and love on ordinary days

When I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address to the National Association of Postmasters of the United States in Anchorage, Alaska, I spoke on the joy that comes in the form of a card or letter.

September 20, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Good intentions or not, always obey God’s word

While we were getting out of the van one day, Chloe had a small bag of candy in her hand. Somehow a few pieces dropped to the garage floor. This was no big deal, but I feared they would attract ants, so I stooped down to pick them up.

September 19, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Fall Garden Expo is a plant lover’s delight

Fall is upon us, and it won't be long before the dogwoods, redbuds and maples begin to show off their fall color. But while you're making plans to admire the colorful fall foliage, why not plant your own?

September 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the home: Local farmers markets offer unique produce

One of the joys of shopping at our local farmers markets are the variety of fresh produce and friendly smiles. I find something new every week. This week I saw pink oyster mushrooms, the first mushrooms I have ever seen at our market.

September 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


When some folks don’t mind their business

One night as a particularly hard, extremely long rain poured down, I discovered a leak in my roof. The leak became a minor problem. Finding a roofer to show up and fix it became the primary problem.

September 13, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Tower, Zoo and Tortoise’ a thought-provoking parable

This week's novel, an enjoyable and humorous fiction entitled The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart, is based on the history of the Tower of London and of the live animal gifts given to the Queen over the decades.

September 12, 2010 | Book review | Columnists


Prepare now for your fall vegetable gardens

Now is the time to start a fall vegetable garden. What do I do to prepare?

September 10, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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How to hunt for ghosts in the Gainesville library

As the famous theme song goes: "I ain't afraid a no ghost."

February 08, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering a young pet is the responsible thing to do

Lemmy arrives early in the morning, just after the office has opened.

February 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Wind produces wildly high tides in Chile

Even though the name sounds like chilly weather, the west coast of Chile was anything but cold last week. While the U.S. Southeast was ...

February 07, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Maintaining soil pH levels is important

If you have ever come to my office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate ...

February 04, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: A camera and microscope capture crystallized wine

Ever hear of "wine diamonds?"

February 02, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering pets carries small risk, but it's better in the long run

In two days, Lemmy will return to my office for his appointment to be neutered.

January 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: God sees whole picture, keeps us safe from harm

I was at home one afternoon, when Amy came in with Chloe and Cole.

January 31, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Home weather station options are available

Inexpensive indoor weather stations showing temperature, air pressure and humidity are nice. But I like to know exactly what's going on right outside, too ...

January 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Diverse, native trees add value to your landscape

Trees in our landscapes provide numerous functions, including beauty to the yard, habitats for wildlife and sound buffers. Trees also provide privacy as well as ...

January 28, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Make a pizza from items in pantry, fridge

I love pizza. It's one of my favorite foods.

January 26, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Puppies can learn tricks at early age

For his third and final puppy visit, Lemmy arrives walking on his leash like a gentleman. His tendency to pull the leash when excited has ...

January 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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