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Skaggs: Prevent pests with proper planning

If you have fruit trees, you have probably experienced the disappointment of watching apples or peaches grow to almost ripe, only to be wiped out by an insect or disease.

February 18, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep food safety in mind when you travel

Who doesn't enjoy a great vacation? Unfortunately, millions might not. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 percent to 50 percent of international travelers suffer from traveler's diarrhea, often during the first few days of a trip.

February 16, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Count your blessings by the memories

I visited a woman, old and gray, her journey of life nearing its winter's end. She settled into an armless rocker and moved gently, slowly back and fro, looking from her view on the porch past the towering magnolia trees that spread the full length of her yard.

February 15, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cook: Unlikely friends combine for love of language

Most people these days don't give much thought to one of the most fundamental language resources that we have used all of our lives: the dictionary.

With the Internet at our fingertips, searching for the proper words and their definitions has never been faster or easier. But when I was young, the dictionary was one of the staple books that every household had, along with the encyclopedia. I never had the appreciation for the centuries of effort it took lexicographers to compile all the words of the English language into an accessible tome that all of us use to ...

February 14, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Myers: Try less-abrasive cleansers inside

In our bathroom, we have what is known as a "garden tub." Strangely enough, it has nothing to do with gardening. I know this because Amy got very upset when I tried to plant flowers in it.

One day, Amy got an idea that she thought would be fun for the kids. She told me she wanted to put a blanket and some books in the garden tub. "Chloe and Cole can sit on the blanket in the tub and read their books. It'll be fun." I told her I didn't think it was such a good idea.

February 14, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Cannon: What types of flowering trees usher us into warmer weather?

A few trees come to mind this time of year, when we are yearning for some signs of warmer weather. With their fragrant blossoms, flowering trees bring the landscape to life and delight our senses with life and promise.

February 11, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree

Feb. 19 is Arbor Day in Georgia - so why not plant a tree to celebrate?

February 11, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Want to lose weight? Rethink what you drink

Americans are drinking more soft drinks than ever; per-capita soft drink consumption has increased almost 500 percent during the past 50 years.

February 09, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Not all Southern gentlemen can stomach dinner conversation

A few months ago when Poet, the freelance wanderer that he is, found himself passing through my neck of the South, he called up, then turned up at my front door, then plopped down in my guest room for a few days.

February 08, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Tips to take away family TV time

What can you do to decrease the hours that your family spends glued to the screen? Here are some simple solutions to get you started.

February 07, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Web site lets you in on 'boring' movie parts

Editor's note: This will be the final weekly installment of Tim Thompson's Tips, Tools and Tricks column. After five years of providing helpful hints and lots of ways to use duct tape, he is retiring his tip hat, reserving it for occasional special guest columns.

February 06, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Embrace the shade in your yard or garden

As someone who loves a healthy, green lawn, today's article was tough to write.

February 05, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Southerners have unique love/hate relationship with death

One Sunday morning I came breezing into Sunday School class after having been out of town for a week. My sister grabbed me and hugged me tightly to welcome me home.

February 01, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cannon: Camellias and Lenten roses

What information do you have about camellias and Lenten roses?

January 31, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Myers: If you're looking for guidance, just trust in your father

Someone was teasing Cole. Cole had several pieces of candy, and an adult was trying to convince Cole to give some of the candy to him. "You already have so many pieces, surely you can spare one or two," the adult said to Cole. "Besides, it's my candy anyway."

January 30, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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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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