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Family Ties: There are no ‘simple’ changes

Many of us want our partners to be perfect; it's the stuff that dreams are made of. At first, it seems as if everything is just right, then reality sets in. You realize your partner is not flawless, and you want to change some things about them.

March 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Cross Gardener’ beautifully crafted but lacks a spark

A few weeks ago, I reviewed a wonderful book, "The Wednesday Letters" by Jason F. Wright. It was a story about the bonds of family, the enduring strength of love and the power of forgiveness.

March 14, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Don't let spring fever tempt you to plant

Spring fever has hit at the Extension office.

March 11, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: What are some new flowering plants this year?

With a couple of days of warm weather, the itching to start planning my garden is upon me. This time of year always tempts me to get the magazines out and find out about new and upcoming flower varieties to put in to my southern garden. What are some of the hottest new flowering plants to buy this year?

March 11, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Planning ahead saves you time in the kitchen

Better meals are the result of good planning. Planning helps us include the foods we need to be healthy, to write menus and make grocery lists and even be better shoppers. Planning will also help you save time in your kitchen.

March 09, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


If it’s worth keeping, it’s in the family Bible

At a café in Biloxi, Miss., friends and I were chatting over coffee when we were joined by a man who is a business associate of one of my friends sitting at the table.

March 09, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Consider landscaping with herbs this spring

The magical properties of herbs are entwined in the lore of many cultures. People have used them since early times for healing, fragrances and distinctive flavors. However you use them, herbs can be exciting in any landscape, too, from formal herb gardens to informal mixes in beds of annuals, perennials or shrubs.

March 04, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


'Big Red' still dominates wine choices

The sun was heading for the horizon one afternoon recently; it was going on 5 p.m. I glanced at the bird feeder, stuck on a pole about 2 feet from our screened-in back deck.

March 02, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Beware the travails of a rambling wanderer

Poet, my friend who reigns supremely in the Mississippi Delta, has few complaints. So when he voiced one the other day, I was not only surprised, I was astounded. Particularly when I heard what was troubling him.

March 01, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


We can always find safety in our father’s hands

The other day I picked Chloe up, and the strangest thing happened: She got scared. Really scared.

February 28, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


‘Shades’ has lots of imagination but lacks heart

It's hard to define what exactly is the genre for Jasper Fforde's latest novel, "Shades of Grey."

February 28, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Cannon: Prepare now for a fruitful spring

We are into our last days of winter (hopefully), so what types of tasks need to be done to prepare my garden for spring?

February 25, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Meet 5 plants that will go for the gold

Throughout the winter Olympics in Vancouver, gold medals have been awarded for such events as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and bobsledding. While that's all well and good, I'll bet the Olympic committee hasn't presented a single award to an annual, perennial, tree or shrub!

February 25, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Heartburn signals a weak stomach

Many of us suffer from heartburn after eating a big meal. The official name for heartburn is esophageal reflux. Heartburn may mean we have eaten too much, but it can also signal that the sphincter that keeps food in our stomach is weak.

February 23, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Southern tales will warm up coldest Northern nights

During those gray, cloud-filled days, figuratively and literally, I wasn't exactly imprisoned but two years of consented captivity in the unfamiliar North was one of the greatest burdens my Southern soul has ever carried.

February 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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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 ...

July 30, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | 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


Eyes of the Father: You can never outgrow God

One sunny afternoon this past summer, we all went on a family excursion to the ball park.

July 19, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Reward-based training works the best

A lovely aquarium called the Shedd Aquarium is in Chicago. It looks out on the water and is nestled between a planetarium, a giant museum ...

July 19, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Venture outside of Paris when traveling to France

For a first-time visit to Europe, the standard trip to Paris, Rome, London or Berlin is a fine start. There are fascinating other places, though ...

July 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


'American Graffiti:' Nostalgic film still relevant today

"American Graffiti" found box office success and was nominated for five Academy Awards in the 1970s partly because of its nostalgic atmosphere.

July 17, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


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