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Blessed by hard times

Daddy always believed that the good Lord should be thanked for the hard times as much as he was praised for the good times.

November 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Composting 101

Fall is a great time to compost. Although it is not the most glamorous topic in the world of gardening, it is one of the most essential ones.

November 19, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Plant now to have color and fragrance in the winter

Winter is a strange time to think of flowers in the landscape. Yet it can be a surprising awakening in the garden. Some trees, shrubs, vines, annuals and perennials bloom between fall and spring.

November 19, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: No-show guests can jeopardize food safety

You've invited the guests, decorated the table and prepared the food. Then the guests are delayed, call to cancel or don't show at all. Holiday meals and other celebrations require careful planning to ensure that everything goes "just right."

November 16, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Some spots should stay exclusive to us women

It is possible that I could say that I didn't believe my eyes. The truth is, though, that when it comes to the bizarre, the absurd, the downright unnatural, my eyes pretty much believe whatever they see.

November 16, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Don’t cuddle with sins

Cole's favorite thing to hold while he sleeps at night is a Teddy Bear. It's cute, it's cuddly, but it's also misleading. Before I explain, I want to tell you about the origin of the Teddy Bear.

November 14, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wilburn: Getting your daily amount of fruits and veggies on the go

You know that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for you, but you're constantly on the go. See how you can fit fruits and veggies into your everyday world. Fruits and vegetables can be a part of a balanced diet anytime, anywhere.

November 10, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Special CD brings back memories of my youth

My friend, Linda, is one of those kinds of friends that drift in and out of my life. The kind of friend that I see infrequently but when we gather together over lunch or dinner, it's as though we've had coffee together every morning for the past six months. Our conversation isn't constant but our friendship is.

November 08, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Teaching children coping skills for tough financial times

Children are capable of learning and utilizing coping skills that will help them through difficult situations. Adults frequently become so preoccupied, they forget that tough times have an emotional as well as a financial impact on their children. Children depend on their parents for emotional security. When parents are tense, upset and inattentive, it disrupts the flow of normal activities.

November 07, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


'Poisoner's Handbook:' Toxic tales from early days of forensic science

It is amazing to think about how much our world has progressed in the last century. Things we take for granted nowadays were novelties or preliminary ideas in the beginning decades of the 1900s, particularly in the realm of science, chemicals and elements that were considered cryptic or inexplicable were more thoroughly experimented on.

November 07, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Winterizing

What does the gardener need to do before winter sets in?

November 05, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Trees and shrubs are vulnerable to winter weather

Halloween is behind us, and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Many have already begun shopping and making their holiday preparations. And while this is a busy time of year, you shouldn't completely forget about the trees and shrubs that make up the "bones" of your landscape. Trees and shrubs provide structure, texture, color, and form to the landscape and are valuable long-term investments.

November 05, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Readers ask about aerators, pinot gris and pinot grigio

It's that time again; time to answer some of the questions I've received from readers of this column (I heard from all three recently) and from students in my wine appreciation classes.

November 02, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


A man's help with my problems is more than welcome

In a moment of not perfectly clear thinking, I agreed to sit on a panel composed of several women for a television show. The idea was that we so-called "experts" would answer questions posed by guys who wanted to know about the inside thinking of a woman.

November 01, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Even a white lie can erode a child’s trust

Halloween is tonight. All this week, the conversations among Chloe and Cole's friends at school have been about monsters, ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

October 31, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Kennel cough is no laughing matter

A one-eyed dog with a cough walks into a bar.

May 22, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Responses to sunlight vary by country

Some cultural differences are subtle. Others are highly visible; for example, the way in which people treat sunshine.

May 22, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Andrew Akers: Bancroft, Duke make a mark in ‘The Miracle Worker’

When renowned actress Patty Duke died two months ago, I was a bit ashamed. I had never seen any of her films.

May 20, 2016 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Scale insects attack plants early in the season

This year has been a year for scales.

May 19, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: How to eat out and eat healthy

If you're celebrating a special occasion this season, just remember you can still make healthy meal choices.

May 17, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Unruly dog bites Lemmy and causes him to lose an eye

It's noon on a Saturday, and I am anticipating heading home in an hour or so. I have plans to school my oldest child ...

May 15, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Himalayas impact weather across Asia

No mountain system in the world has a greater influence on weather than the plateau of Tibet and its fringe, the Himalayas. Even the tallest ...

May 15, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Lots of April showers bring plenty of May flowers

Returning to Hall County this week after a trip to Japan to witness cherry blossoms in full bloom and my son's wedding, I was ...

May 12, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Homemade jellies, jams, sorghum leave a legacy

I had a friend ask me a very interesting question the other day.

May 10, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog learns to share human attention with a new kitten

Our history of Lemmy leaps forward this week, encompassing three mostly uneventful years.

May 08, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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