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Take a trip into the surprising ‘Swamplandia!’

Karen Russell's debut novel, "Swamplandia!," is unlike any story you're familiar with, and it may be an odd literary confection that many readers would have to acquire a taste for. However, once you venture into Russell's mystical menagerie of the Florida Everglades, there is an ecosystem of blossoming prose and vibrant imagination. It all weaves together into a mesmerizing gothic portrait of love, death and the loss of innocence.

February 27, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Sharp tools, good technique are needed for pruning

Rural East Georgia in the 1950's was a different world. In retrospect, I sometimes think it was a better world, but hindsight is not always accurate sight.

February 24, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


Consider planting hollies for a property border

Question: What are some good trees that will provide a border or buffer along my property lines?

February 24, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the home:Get more taste, less salt with flavor combinations

The following flavor and food combinations, adapted from information provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (www.nhlbi.nih.gov), have the added benefit of making meat, poultry, fish and vegetables tasty without adding salt.

February 23, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie Divas: There’s family in those hills

When Robert, a devout reader of this column who also happens to be an accomplished researcher in matter of family lineage, offered to trace my family roots, I accepted faster than kudzu can grow on a hot summer's day.

February 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Set an example for our children, as God does for us

When I was 19 years old, I injured my ankle. Badly. I was playing volleyball in someone's backyard without any shoes on (much to the consternation of my mother). I came down wrong, turned my ankle over and heard a loud "pop."

February 20, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Be ready to work if you plant rose bushes

Valentine's Day has come and gone. Candy, jewelry, flowers and cards have been given and received. I have no idea how many roses were given this past Monday, but I'm fairly certain the number would be in the millions.

February 18, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


Around the Home: Tips to keep your food safe and fresh

What good does it do to buy good food for your family if it makes them ill?

February 16, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Mama’s fix? Use Duct tape

In digging through the material remains of what I consider to be my heart's one-and-only home, I have smiled repeatedly, even chuckled out loud on occasion, at Mama's thriftiness.

February 15, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Surviving Valentine’s Day on a budget

Valentine's Day can be a costly holiday. To reduce the cost but retain the sentiment of the day, move beyond traditions. There are a variety of ways to show loved ones how much they mean to you without emptying your wallet.

February 13, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Gardening Q&A: Tips on ornamental, Bermuda grass

Question: When do you cut back ornamental grasses such as pampas, zebra and fountain grass?

February 11, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the home: Learn ways to prevent kids from choking on food

Choking can be life-threatening. According to Safe Kids USA , approximately 873 children ages 14 and younger die from airway obstruction injuries each year. More than 19,000 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for choking-related episodes in 2005.

February 09, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie divas: Mamas and babies are forever

One morning when I went for a run, the good Lord blessed me with such a joy, though simple that it was.

February 08, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Putting the Golden Rule to the test

One day I took a walk with Chloe and Cole. Cole loves his big sister, and expressed an interest for her to walk with him. In response, Chloe sped up and walked ahead, leaving Cole behind.

February 06, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Taste the flavors of childhood with blueberries

Sundays were mighty special around our farm. Of course, they all started with the mad rush of two adults and four children attempting to eat breakfast, clean up and dress for Sunday school and church.

February 03, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


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Robin Friedman: Poinsettias continue to grow in popularity

Despite their limited, two-month run on retailers' shelves each year, poinsettias are the best-selling potted plant in the United States.

December 09, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Not all bad things that happen to pets can be prevented

My tooth hurts.

December 04, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Having to wait during Advent

For the vast majority of Christians around the world, we have entered into the beautiful season of Advent. It is the time when we watch ...

December 04, 2016 | Stuart Higginbotham | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Drought conditions still a factor despite two rainy days

This is one of the worst droughts I can remember. And according to a lot of other folks, this one sure does take the cake ...

December 01, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Slight variations to recipes can make dishes healthier

Family dinners are great places to treat your appetites this holiday season. Unfortunately, it's tempting to overeat.

November 29, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Help pets in need this holiday season

There's a scene in "Rebel Without A Cause" in which the line "You read too many comic books" is uttered.

November 27, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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