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Myers: God will never comparison shop

Shortly after Cole was born, I was holding him and watching Chloe play. I turned to Amy and said, "I know this is awful to say, but I wish he'd hurry up and grow up a little, so we can do more things with him like we do with Chloe."

February 22, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Automated hammer is no replacement for brute force

I have to tell you that I was extremely disappointed when I tested this new product: The Craftsman Hammerhead Auto Hammer. As its name implies, it's an automated hammer. It's really a mini jackhammer that hits a nail 35 times per second. It is battery operated and has the form factor of a hammer. Why wasn't I impressed with it? When I tried it out with a variety of nails, I found that it would bend the smaller nails and wouldn't be able to drive the larger ones. The cost is $99 and you can find ...

February 21, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Hug — or plant — a tree this Arbor Day

Today, plant a tree.

February 20, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Don’t call it a purse, and don’t mismatch it

Dixie Dew didn't notice, but I did. She was too busy sniffing grass and prancing her bigger-than-it-should-be tail while I was casually observing life during an afternoon walk.

February 17, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use a list at the grocery store to save time, money

Is your food budget getting tighter? One quote that I use over and over in budgeting programs is, "if you are not trying to save money you are wasting money."

February 17, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: New tape won’t leave you stuck

Painter's masking tape sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. When it doesn't, it really ticks me off. Well, now there's a new advancement in painters tape. It's called Frog Tape. What makes this tape so special? It contains a super-absorbent polymer that swells when paint touches it. This swelling actually helps block the paint from seeping beneath the tape. Pretty cool. It's now available at most home improvement stores.

February 15, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


What can you tell us about the lenten rose?

Very few flowers bloom in the winter months around Gainesville, but there is one exception to the rule. The Helleborus x hybridus - known by a more common name of lenten rose - is an excellent drought-tolerant, deer-resistant plant that requires little maintenance. Every year, the lenten rose graces the shady beds of southern gardens.

February 13, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Weather, gender, bees affect holly’s berries

At the extension office, we receive many questions pertaining to the growth and care of holly shrubs.

February 12, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Milk makes body better in any flavor

Should I let my child drink chocolate milk? Is this really part of a healthy diet? Many parents ask these questions.

February 11, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Cooter’s story can inspire dreams

Brandon, the smart young man who has worked for me for years, isn't impressed by much at all. He's remarkably level-headed so fame or celebrity bounces off him like one of Penelope Ann's biscuits bounces off the floor.

February 10, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: To be first, line up last

Chloe is going through this stage where she wants to be first. When I take her and Cole to school, she wants to go inside before he does. When we're about to eat supper, she wants her plate before anyone else gets theirs. When she and Cole are taking medicine, she insists I give Cole his after she gets hers.

February 08, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Simple ideas lessen the hard work

If you've never heard of the Bigslider, let me tell you about it. This cool product helps you move large objects and can replace your wheelbarrow. It's basically a 2-foot by 5-foot piece of high-density Polyethylene and has a handle on one end. You can put a heavy load on the Bigslider like a large TV, a water heater or a big flower pot. Then you can easily slide the heavy load. The Bigslider can slide over carpet, concrete, asphalt and grass. The thing I really like about this product is that instead of picking up a heavy ...

February 08, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: A little work can be fruitful

If you have fruit trees, you have probably experienced the disappointment of watching apples or peaches grow to almost ripe, only to be wiped out by an insect or disease.

February 06, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Lambrusco wine comes in quality varieties

I'm back. I hope somebody noticed I took a month off in January. Lots of "stuff" going on in December - including a visit from a brand new grandbaby - so I gave myself a brief hiatus for the start of the new year.

February 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Sharing the gift of life’s wisdom

Readers have often reassured me that among their favorite columns are the ones in which I share the wisdom passed down to me by my parents. But just this morning I got to thinking: I have some wisdom, too, that I can share.

February 03, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Gluten not harmful to your pets

Have you heard of dihydrogen monoxide? It's in tons of products from soft drinks to bug sprays and even in baby food. It's one of the most caustic substances known to man and will eventually break down metal or rock if left in contact long enough.

October 26, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Quakes will continue as Earth’s plates keep shifting

"What's becoming of the world? When will it all end?" Words of my late grandmother came to mind after the Oct. 14 quake off the coast of Nicaragua and El Salvador.

October 25, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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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