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Skaggs: Garden chores abound in fall

Halloween is here and Turkey Day is just around the corner. My, how time flies.

October 30, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Vegetarians, put focus on variety

Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendations for nutrients, but the key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount of foods to meet your calorie needs.

October 28, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Carrying the torch of Southern tradition

Sometimes two old souls can find each other and form a friendship that is anchored in rock solid respect and like thinking.

October 27, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Tricks to get your ghouls through Halloween

I love Halloween. I guess it goes back to when I was a kid growing up in a suburb where there were a lot of small homes near each other.

October 25, 2009 | By Tim Thompson For The Times | Columnists


Cook: Don’t be scared by these classic Halloween reads

I love Halloween. Nothing gets me in the mood for ghosts, ghouls and goblins better than a good scary story, so I wanted to share some of my favorite classic picks.

October 25, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Landscape perfection requires a good plan

This fall I have received quite a few questions from area residents interested in renovating their home landscapes. Often the conversation starts something like this:

October 23, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Plant ornamental shrubs and trees in fall

When is the best time to plant an all-season landscape with ornamental shrubs and trees?

October 23, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Help kids learn healthy habits

You are the most important influence on your child, and you can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life.

October 21, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: A wink may say more than you think

In Belfast, in the stunningly gorgeous building dedicated by Prince Edward in 1932 (he who abdicated), where the Northern Ireland Assembly convenes, I learned why I can never be president of the United States.

October 20, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Maybe what you really need is right in front of you

I have recently added a new weapon to my child-rearing arsenal. It's called reverse psychology. Here's how it works: I give Chloe a cup of milk, but she wants juice. She pushes the cup away and says, "I don't want it. I want juice."

October 18, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Find a new use for your credit cards

Do you love brownies? Then this tip is for you. Rather than trying to cut your brownies with a knife, use an old credit card instead. A knife will usually mess up the brownies when you drag it through the pan. With the credit card, you simply push it down into the brownies - don't drag it. Just make sure that you clean the credit card before using it.

October 18, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Popcorn can be a healthy snack

Since October is popcorn month, it is time for popcorn trivia.

October 14, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: I'm proudly following in my grandfather's footsteps

The dawn was barely breaking, the morning just beginning to wrestle the new day away from the black night as the train traveled with a jolting purpose from Dublin to Belfast, Ireland.

October 12, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Have strength to accept things you can't change

Question: My 4-year-old son is not fully engaged when he has a friend over for a play date. His twin sister makes friends easily and the difference between them is glaring. When I arrange a play date for him, he is excited but then, after the friend arrives, he gradually slips off to play by himself.

October 11, 2009 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Before you toss that phone, try to fix it

Before you throw an iPod or iPhone away because it is not working, consider checking out the Web site www.ifixit.com. This cool little site tells you how to fix a variety of ailments. It has step-by-step pictures and even tells you what tools you need to use. Fascinating stuff.

October 10, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Castration not a hands-on lesson for students

If you have a toothache, you're using them. If you stub your toe, you're using them.

February 01, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Combat compact soil that’s robbing plants of nutrients

Over time the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density, resulting in problems for any gardener.

January 30, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: 10 necessary tools to keep in kitchen

You might not know this, but in addition to being a foodie, I am also a wedding planner.

January 28, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Christians are symbols of God’s accomplishments

When I went off to seminary in Texas, I left many of my personal belongings at my parents' house.

January 25, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Plan ahead for your pets after your depart from this world

Thanks to my grandmother, I am now at peace with Kenny Rogers.

January 25, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Carburetors fading as fuel injection offers cleaner air

The carburetor is a time-honored device that may yet see its 150th birthday. But it's disappearing almost completely from the automotive scene.

January 24, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Timing is essential when pruning trees and flowers

Winter is a great time to get outside to prune plants while they are in their dormant state.

January 23, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Small steps to stay on track for losing weight, becoming healthy

It's much too early to give up on your health and fitness goals.

January 21, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


For your health: Studies prove vaccines effective for cervical cancer, HPV

What if I told you that you could receive three shots and prevent three different kinds of cancers in women, at least two in men, and decrease the number of visits for women to their OB/GYN's office? Well, one vaccine has the power to do just that.

January 19, 2015 | | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Knowing the true meaning of failure

Words can hurt. Believe me, I know. If you've ever written a column and gotten some less-than-loving feedback, you understand.

January 18, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Europe’s winter weather patterns stormier than ours

The past two weeks have shown how different the weather can be in Europe, compared to the U.S.

January 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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