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Rich: Don’t get distracted from the best (free) things in life

It is the absence of simple things that has made life so complicated. Those simple things cost nothing yet can make you feel like a million bucks.

January 12, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Test your knowledge of last year’s tips

I want to start off by thanking all of you who gave me tips in 2009. Without your help, this column would not be possible. Trust me, after doing this column for five years, it's hard to come up with new tips.

January 10, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cooke: Hay is for horses, ‘Hey’ is for kids

When I was a kid, I wanted to be like my Grandma Lee.

January 10, 2010 | By Jessica Cooke For The Times | Columnists


Skaggs: Freezing temps can be tough on plants

Earlier this week, people across Georgia were greeted with bitter cold temperatures in the teens as they headed back to work and school after the New Year's holiday. And while such frigid weather is difficult for us, it is equally tough on many of our landscape plants - including even the toughest trees and shrubs.

January 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Local wines’ value comes from supply and demand

Howdy, and Happy New Year! It's quite likely that by the time you read this, my bride and I will be tanning our elderly bodies in the sunshine of the Florida Keys. About this time of year, we genuinely miss South Florida, where we lived for 15 years. This year, we ain't missin' it, we're enjoyin' it.

January 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: A good writer can make up for some bad food

When our friendship was new and still most interesting, Poet sought to impress me. But when the new wore off, Poet cast me into the ring with his other friends who are familiar and comfortable, so there is no longer a need to impress.

January 05, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Anticipating Satan’s attacks helps you overcome them

Sunday morning - the pre-church rush. Things weren't going according to Chloe's plans that morning, and she decided to express her displeasure with a tantrum.

January 03, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wilburn: This year, resolve not to do a few things

STOP! Before you read any further, take out a piece of paper. Draw a large circle.

January 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Cook: Fantasy story borrows from too many others

This week's book review started with a simple curiosity, as do most of my selections for Off the Shelves critiques.

January 03, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Thompson: Kitchen utensil combines jobs

If you've been reading my column for any length of time, you know that I like gadgets. I especially like kitchen gadgets. One of the neatest ones that I've seen in a while is the Spachello by Swissmar. The Spachello is basically a spatula and cutting knife combined into one tool. It is the ultimate sandwich making device. You can use the serrated knife to cut meats, breads and cheeses and then use the spatula side to apply mayo, mustard or even peanut butter. The rounded end of the Spachello allows you to scoop out the remaining peanut ...

January 03, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Detective work could cure ailing houseplants

As I begin this article, I must confess that I am not an indoor plant expert. Frankly, I think plants belong outside.

January 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Winter it time for pruning for many plants

Which plants should I prune now and how?

January 01, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: So great is soup’s versatility

A hot bowl of hearty soup on a cold, winter day is an ultimate comfort food. Turns out, the simple fare boasts many benefits.

December 30, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


This next year, I promise, it is all about me

Unlike many people, I'm not a maker of New Year's resolutions. Mainly because when I see the need for change or improvement, I resolve to fix it then, even if it's July 23 or Oct. 1. I don't wait until the first of the year.

December 29, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Use your dishwasher to clean more than dishes

A dishwasher is really a handy tool. In fact, if you only use your dishwasher on dishes, you're missing out. Consider using it to clean your children's toys, garden tools and even shop tools. Important: Don't use your dish washer to clean anything crystal or thermos mugs. The heat can break the crystal and will break the airtight seal on the mugs.

December 27, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Eyes of the Father: No spoiler alert when it comes to Jesus’ return

Cole has gotten to the point where he wants to tell me the endings of movies and television shows.

August 02, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Referrals are to more practiced person

I was in a band in high school, had long hair down to the middle of my back and played solos in front of thousands ...

August 02, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia marked by geological history

North Georgia offers some of the most interesting geological history in the Eastern United States.

August 01, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Correct way to can food

Intertwined with memories of my grandfather's garden are recollections of my grandmother canning every summer.

July 29, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Beware of danger from Georgia’s flash floods

It doesn't take a hurricane to produce flash floods in North Georgia. Summer thunderstorms at the beginning of this month prompted warnings in counties ...

July 26, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Arthritis affects humans and pets in same way

Since wiffle ball isn't a very heroic sport, I will skip my personal history of injuries related to it. Instead I will tell you ...

July 26, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Reading, understanding pesticide labels important

Just the other day, I received an email from a co-worker about a gentleman who used the wrong chemical on his lawn and wiped it ...

July 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Highlights from a grocery store convention

This past week, my husband, Darrell, and I, along with our children and several folks from J&J Foods, had the privilege of attending the ...

July 22, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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