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A rather memorable Southern character

When news came that one of the most memorable Southern characters had passed from this world, I found myself musing back on the color, interest and myriad conflict he brought to the world around him.

October 11, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Colorful kale adds color, texture to fall gardens

The anticipation of fall and the colorful beauty that the season brings gets most of us out taking mountain drives and purchasing pumpkins and colorful chrysanthemums to decorate our homes. There is another wonderful plant that can be purchased now that delivers big, fat texture and bold hues to our fall and winter landscapes.

October 08, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Bison country reveals a new red table wine

We're baaack! Yes, five and a half weeks, 7,970 miles and 19 states later, the bride and I have re-established our roots in Hall County. It was a great trip and nobody got hurt.

October 05, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Believing my own eyes and ears is getting ever harder

It's getting to the point that I don't believe my own eyes or trust what my ears hear. Sometimes it feels like I'm starring in the old movie, "Gas Light," where the world is conspiring to make me think I'm crazy.

October 04, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family ties: Coping with children’s temper tantrums

Your 3-year-old has a meltdown in the grocery store. You feel like everyone is watching and waiting to see your next move. Some folks are just dying to tell you what you ought to do. You feel like every eye is on you (you're probably right). So, what do you do about your wailing and thrashing child as the entire world looks on?

October 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


God lowered himself to our level through Jesus

I was sitting on the bed reading the news when Cole came to me and asked me to tie his shoes.

October 03, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Dooley’s new book a must-read for gardeners and football fans

These days, it's not quite as much fun to be a Georgia Bulldog. Our beloved Bulldogs are off to a 1-3 start and the season is stacking up to be the toughest of coach Mark Richt's tenure.

October 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: A nutrious meal grown locally

I can't wait until we eat tonight. Are we heading to a fancy restaurant? No, we are dining at home (one of my favorite places to eat) on a meal courtesy of Mother Nature and our local farmers market.

September 28, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


My great flood didn’t include tears, thanks to Daddy’s words

When one of life's tribulations smacked me in the eye, I did not cry. I thought, instead, of Daddy's words from way back then.

September 28, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Wookiee’ speaks to the inner Jedi in all of us

Recently, my husband and I were watching a documentary about video game players who partake in the online role-playing game, "World of Warcraft." It gives people the chance to take a break from the mundane world to slay monsters, quest for treasure, and explore a majestic fantasy realm (for the fee of about $16 a month).

September 26, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Colorful fall annuals brighten beds, containers

As the curtain falls on the summer show of garden blooms, it's time to gear up for the fall preview. Several hardy annual varieties weather Georgia winters to keep landscapes colorful until spring arrives.

September 24, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


You can pick trees to display the most fall colors

I love this time of year. The nights are cooling off and fall is just around the corner with all of its wonderful opportunities to sample the colorful showcase of our many large and small trees.

September 24, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Unwashed reusable grocery bags can breed bad bacteria

Cloth shopping bags may be good for the environment, but are they good for your health? I have more than a dozen of these bags, some for groceries, some for shopping and some just to keep my stuff together in the car. I feel good saving trees and not adding plastic bags to the landfill. Yet, these bags could possibly be unsafe for use with food if they are not cared for properly.

September 21, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Delivering magic, and love, on ordinary days

When I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address to the National Association of Postmasters of the United States n Anchorage, Alaska, I spoke on the joy that comes in the form of a card or letter.

September 21, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Delivering magic and love on ordinary days

When I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address to the National Association of Postmasters of the United States in Anchorage, Alaska, I spoke on the joy that comes in the form of a card or letter.

September 20, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Enjoy a slice of homegrown

Homegrown vegetables are a staple for many Southerners in the summertime.

May 05, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: Several new wine released into market fresh off the vine

With apologies to every poet who ever lived:

May 03, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Chinese megacity Hefei keeps on growing

Megacities are the trend of the 21st century. This means metropolitan areas that are home to more than a million inhabitants. Atlanta qualifies for the ...

May 01, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Figuring out dog’s odd behavior

Lemmy has an irregular appointment today.

May 01, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Safety tips to follow for a picnic

If you're making plans for cookouts and family reunions, remember to make food safety a priority.

April 27, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Young couple’s hope heals in time of struggle

It was Nov. 6, 2004, and a beautiful sunny day in Athens. The Georgia Bulldogs were away at Kentucky and my wife's cousin was ...

April 24, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: A common but itchy situation for pets

I say "Lemmy." He says "No! Memmy!"

April 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: China can handle challenges of development

Everyone has heard of Beijing, China. With more than 11 million residents, the city stands out even among the other world capitals.

April 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog's empathy for his little brother leads to diarrhea

He looks disheveled. Not Lemmy, he looks fine.

April 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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