On the Fourth of July, we took Chloe and Cole to a fireworks show. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive. While I had little concern for Chloe's reaction, Cole has never been a fan of sudden, loud noises. I didn't know how he would respond to the thunder-like claps and bright shining lights high above us. I held him in my arms, ready to comfort him should he get upset. It seems I ...
Recently I heard some statistics concerning the divorce rates in Georgia and Hall County that were frightening.
Editor's note: This is Russ England's final column for The Times. After five years of gardening advice, he's decided to spend a little more time planting instead. Extension agent Wanda Cannon's gardening Q&A column will begin Aug. 1
It's midsummer in Georgia, but it could be spring all over again for vegetables. We generally plant summer vegetable crops in April and wind them up about this time of year, but we can grow two summer crops in Georgia.
Good, basic nutrition doesn't have to be a mystery. In fact, there's a free program offering a wealth of nutrition information for adults, teens and children right here through the Hall County Cooperative Extension. For more than 30 years, the University of Georgia Expanded Food and Nutrition Program has been providing a variety of tools and ideas to help limited-income families. Wouldn't you agree that a limited budget can add to the stress of meal ...
Several years ago, an obituary in the Atlanta paper caught my eye and I clipped it out. I ran across it recently and, again as then, I found myself fascinated by how it summed up the man who died and what that summation says about our society.
I was in a grocery store the other day and noticed that they were selling "Jar Opening Rubber Grippers." The grippers were actually just round pieces of rubberized shelf liner. So, save yourself some money, buy the shelf liner and make as many grippers as you want. By the way, you can also cut out small pieces of the liner and sew them to the bottom of your slippers for better traction. There are almost as many uses for rubberized shelf liner as there are for duct tape!
Editor's note: After writing more than 200 columns over the past five years, the Lunch Guys are calling its quits. This is their final column.
Georgia's ongoing drought could produce a mosquito baby boom, says an expert with the University of Georgia.
When romance is in the air and a walk down the aisle is in your future, plans for the big event seem to take priority over planning for the marriage relationship.
With the ongoing drought, many home gardeners and landscape professionals alike are looking for ways to save water yet still maintain an attractive landscape. Here are 10 steps to a more drought-tolerant landscape.
You may recall past columns where I wrote of my friend, Stevie, who rescues distressed 'possums and then influenced me to do the same when I found an injured 'possum on my front porch. I wrote of that experience, noting how sweet the 'possum was and how Stevie and I should start a nonprofit for the preservation of 'possum.
Chloe loves books. Every night before she goes to bed, Amy or I have to read to her. Sometimes, in the middle of the day, she comes to us with a book in her hand, begging us to read it to her.
Last Saturday I had something very unique happen to me. I was traveling down Ga. 53 in my Jeep when I discovered that when I took my foot off of the accelerator, the vehicle didn't slow down. In fact the Jeep kept going at 50 miles per hour with no intention of slowing down. A normal person in this situation would have probably started screaming for mommy - but not the tip man. (OK, I ...
One of the nice aspects of writing a column for a daily newspaper is the interplay that results with readers.
It's a tough time of year for fruits and vegetables.
A few days ago, Amy brought home two copies of the same children's magazine for Chloe and Cole.
Gregor Mendel was a rebel, but not like James Dean or the Sex Pistols.
When Germany's Elbe River flooded in May this year, Hamburg and other communities along the waterway felt reminded of the catastrophic storm flood of February 1962. I remember TV images of people clinging to rooftops that were the only portions of houses still above the water.
During the past few years, many folks have gone to living off the grid.
Want a Ferrari for Christmas? You can have one. It's easy.
I have two white stars on my right forearm - not tattoos, scars.
Human beings are creatures of habit, and most for me are unhealthy.
Back in the 1950s, most hospitals were eerie places: Tiled walls, dimly lit hallways, gruff personnel. It would be tough to find such an old-style, stark facility in this country today.
In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.
This, of course, is a great week for shopping and enjoying time with friends and family. It's also a great time to gather recipes and photos for a family cookbook.
One day while we were at one of Cole's soccer games, a bee stung Chloe on her cheek.
Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.
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