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Myers: Maybe what you really need is right in front of you

I have recently added a new weapon to my child-rearing arsenal. It's called reverse psychology. Here's how it works: I give Chloe a cup of milk, but she wants juice. She pushes the cup away and says, "I don't want it. I want juice."

October 18, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Find a new use for your credit cards

Do you love brownies? Then this tip is for you. Rather than trying to cut your brownies with a knife, use an old credit card instead. A knife will usually mess up the brownies when you drag it through the pan. With the credit card, you simply push it down into the brownies - don't drag it. Just make sure that you clean the credit card before using it.

October 18, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Popcorn can be a healthy snack

Since October is popcorn month, it is time for popcorn trivia.

October 14, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: I'm proudly following in my grandfather's footsteps

The dawn was barely breaking, the morning just beginning to wrestle the new day away from the black night as the train traveled with a jolting purpose from Dublin to Belfast, Ireland.

October 12, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Have strength to accept things you can't change

Question: My 4-year-old son is not fully engaged when he has a friend over for a play date. His twin sister makes friends easily and the difference between them is glaring. When I arrange a play date for him, he is excited but then, after the friend arrives, he gradually slips off to play by himself.

October 11, 2009 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Before you toss that phone, try to fix it

Before you throw an iPod or iPhone away because it is not working, consider checking out the Web site www.ifixit.com. This cool little site tells you how to fix a variety of ailments. It has step-by-step pictures and even tells you what tools you need to use. Fascinating stuff.

October 10, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cook: Updated version of a classic lets you love zombies, too

Most of us are familiar with the classic novel "Pride and Prejudice."

October 10, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Perfect spot is also key for native plants

Fall is here, and for the gardening enthusiast, now is the ideal time to make additions to your landscape - in particular, hardy perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees.

October 09, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Plant daffodils in late October

When is the best time to plant perennial bulbs for a luscious spring fling come next year?

October 09, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cannon: Now is the best time to plant bulbs

When is the best time to plant perennial bulbs for a luscious spring fling come next year?

October 08, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Native plants need the perfect spot, too

Fall is here, and for the gardening enthusiast, now is the ideal time to make additions to your landscape - in particular, hardy perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees.

October 08, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Have a question? I’m here to help

It is getting cool in Northeast Georgia. Fall is creeping in. And it is getting to be time for cool-weather wines.

October 07, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Thompson: A hostess with the mostest uses a colander for ice

I hate it when I'm at a party and I go to get ice for my drink and the ice is floating in water. If you're hosting a party and you leave your ice out, consider putting it in a colander and then put the colander over a bowl. The melted ice will collect in the bowl and stay away from your ice cubes.

October 04, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: It is up to you to let your father in

The other night I had a dream. I walked by Chloe's room and from the other side of her closed door I heard a conversation she was having with Cole. "So the long and short of it is, there is no Daddy. Despite there being some evidence of his existence - even though some of that evidence is pretty compelling - you have to understand that Daddy really doesn't exist."

October 04, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Fall expo can bring more color to garden

Fall is here, and dogwoods, redbuds and maples are hinting of the fall leaf season. But while you're making plans to admire the colorful foliage, why not plant your own fall color?

October 02, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Be wary of giving pets as Easter gifts

I recommend people having pets.

March 29, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Trees provide food chain for Georgia wildlife

The region that is North Georgia today was explored a long time ago. As early as the 1540s, Spanish explorers trekked through the Cartersville area looking for gold. None was found there, but we have a golden treasure that's well worth preserving: our native trees.

March 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


How to make a compost pile at home

Recycling in the garden (composting) and using mulch makes common sense for the landscapes.

March 27, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


A mortifying moment at the DMV

Several weeks ago, we were at dinner with some friends and the conversation turned to life's most embarrassing moments.

March 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Follow the ABCs in pet emergencies

You've frequently read my recommendations on keeping your pet healthy and saving yourself a ton of hassle. Most of these are applicable to the majority of pets and owners.

March 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Pray for wisdom of Solomon every day

Once, while we were on a trip to see Amy's folks in Texas, we stopped at a store to stretch our legs and take a bathroom break. When we walked inside, we saw a large display of polished rocks.

March 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Cope with slippage by steering, accelerating gently

So far, March has shown above-average precipitation totals in North Georgia. Based on the historic record, we also have plenty of rain showers to look forward to in April.

March 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Put a spring in your step with healthy treats this season

Baseball, picnics and other springtime activities offer a chance to incorporate healthy snacks into your family's weekly routine.

March 18, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Ponder your pet’s contribution after its death

I wanted this to start out about Henriettta. I guess it still does, but you'll see how the world can change your plans.

March 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Physics of gasoline explain why it can be explosive

There's enough talk about explosives in the media to have a person worried. Not worried enough, it seems, are some people handling the liquid explosive we use every day: gasoline. Understanding the hazards of this substance requires knowing about its physics.

March 14, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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