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Cannon: Grow a sustainable garden

Since we hear a lot about "going green" these days, how we can use that term in our gardening practices?

April 24, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: With care, everything will come up roses

Even novice gardeners can appreciate the beauty of roses. There are more than 6,000 varieties, offering a wide range of forms, colors and fragrances from spring until fall.

April 24, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Mealtime planning goes a long way

There are lots of benefits to eating as a family.

April 22, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Even good Christians have their arguments

When I learned that a friend had decided to plunge himself into the political world and run for office, I thought it prudent to offer two pieces of solid advice.

April 21, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Keep duct tape in first-aid box, too

Duct tape has a number of medical uses - I'm serious. Here are two examples. First, when children get chicken pox, some parents put mittens on their children's hands to keep them from scratching. Wrap duct tape around the end of their mittens to keep them from pulling the mittens off. Second, use duct tape and plastic garbage bags to keep casts dry when you're taking a shower.

April 19, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Everything we have is just on loan

Chloe's learned a four-letter word. I don't know where or from whom she learned it, but oh, how I wish I could find out.

April 19, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: A home's curb appeal takes some planning

In today's economy, everyone is well aware of the housing slump. If you are trying to sell a home right now, improving the home's curb appeal is a great idea. And for those planning to stay in their homes for a few more years, why not make it more inviting and enjoyable for you and your family?

April 16, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Vitamin D is for more than bones

Vitamin D is promoted as essential for bone health because it plays a pivotal role in adequate absorption of calcium and phosphorus to build bone. It also helps us avoid the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

April 15, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: The family that fights together stays together

One night at the supper table, my brother-in-law took a teasing jab at me over a sour business deal.

April 14, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Good luck peeling that backward banana

I love debunking old tips. For example, there have been e-mails going around for years stating that the best way to peel a banana is from the bottom. The tip states that by doing this you don't get any of the strings. Baloney. You get just as many strings as if you'd peeled it normally. Word of caution: most of the chain mail e-mail tips I've gotten over the years have been bogus.

April 12, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Respect the bees in your garden

As someone who is highly allergic to bee stings, I'm always concerned when I see any kind of bee-like insect buzzing around my yard.

April 10, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Keep things simple for garden success

What can I do to prepare my garden for beautiful, successful plants?

April 10, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Follow guidelines to keep meat safe

Choosing wholesome meat and getting those products home safely will start you on the path to preventing foodborne illness.

April 08, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Easter dawns chances for memories

One of the things that always excites me about Easter is that it kicks off the spring and summer season; so Sundays, until Labor Day weekend, will be the stuff of which memories are made. Especially for kids.

April 07, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Timer will quiet your digital video recorder

The digital video recorder, also known as a DVR, is one of the greatest inventions of all time. It allows you to record multiple TV shows at the same time and even allows you to pause and replay live TV. TiVo came out with the first DVR in 1999. Today you can get the DVR functionality from your cable company or satellite service. A dilemma that a lot of people have is that they have a DVR in their bedroom but it will wake them up at night when the device's harddrive either turns on or shuts down. If ...

April 05, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Clean and maintain your tools

Preventive maintenance is so important to any aspect of life, whether it's your health or equipment.

October 24, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


'Laggies' is a man-child romp with a twist

Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low-production value.

October 23, 2014 | BY JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer | Columnists


Stirring up Halloween cookies and memories

As Halloween festivities are upon us, what is your favorite memory?

October 22, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Brush away bacteria on daily basis

Your pet's mouth is full of bacteria. Just like yours.

October 19, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Volcanoes likely to affect millions within our lifetimes

We know the zones where the Earth's crust is thin and allows for devastating volcanic eruptions. But there seems to be no solution to the peril affecting many millions of people who live in the shadow of active volcanoes.

October 18, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Succulent plants can thrive indoors and outside

Succulent plants have become popular for good reasons: they are beautiful, drought tolerant and low maintenance.

October 17, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Goodie guidelines to follow for overseas shipments

If you're planning to send holiday care packages to the troops, now is the time to gather supplies and materials.

October 15, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Pay attention to your body's symptoms

When I started preparing for this article in August, I planned to write about how women and men often show different signs of chest pain or heart attacks.

October 13, 2014 | BY Necole Acton Huelsbeck For The Times | Columnists


Camping novice learns about 'roughing it'

I'll be the first person to admit I'm not much of an outdoor person.

October 12, 2014 | Steven Welch | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Warnings from God

It was morning, and Chloe was watching me iron my shirt and pants for the day.

October 12, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Good meds may have side effects

When I was about 12, Jake "the Snake" Roberts was a scary, scary man. His finishing move, the DDT, was the most devastating maneuver in professional wrestling. He would tuck your neck under his arm, then drive your forehead into the mat.

October 12, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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