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Skaggs: Feeling contained? Embrace the space

Spring is fast approaching, and, for many, spring means planting a vegetable garden. I have fond memories of planting a large family garden; the "family" included my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and of course, my immediate family.

March 06, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: If wine smells off, most likely it is

It was supposed to be just a good-quality, mid-range sangiovese - a red wine from Tuscany - served at a popular pizzeria in South Hall.

March 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Thompson: Use your filters for more than coffee

Deborah, a regular reader and contributor to this column, recently shared some "coffee filter" tips with me. I'll confess, I never knew there were so many things you could do with coffee filters besides make coffee. For example, you can use them to clean windows and mirrors - they're lint free and don't leave streaks. You can use them to drain used cooking oil and remove food debris. Finally, you can use them to weigh chopped food. (I'm starting to really like coffee filters!)

March 01, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Stepfamily happiness takes time and hard work

Parenting can be a challenge in any family, but living in a stepfamily can add more issues to the parenting role.

March 01, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Cannon: Get your garden ready for spring

As spring approaches, what do I need to do to have my yard and garden beds ready to go?

February 27, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Choose winning plants for your yard

Thinking of adding some new plants to your landscape? Check out the Georgia Gold Medal Plants.

February 26, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Food-related illness has dramatic effects

Food may cause illness if it has been contaminated with parasites, viruses or bacteria, and all food can be carriers of these microorganisms.

February 25, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: A gentle woman and her gentle tales

In the sleepy Southern town of Selma, Ala., there is no denying that history has visited in times past and made its memorable mark. To enter into the town from the interstate, it is necessary to cross the Edmund Pettis Bridge, made famous by the march of civil rights protesters.

February 24, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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


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Ask a Vet: Tricks can improve pets mental health

One of my favorite quotes is from the 1990s. "Snoop Doggy Dogg. Need to get a jobby job."

November 23, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Controlling squirrel population around your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Getting in the ‘Holiday’ mood

The holiday season is nearly here, and it is time to break out some Thanksgiving and Christmas classics.

November 20, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Around the Home: Serving up a safe turkey for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving dinner countdown clock has reached less than 10 days.

November 19, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Tackle health issue at first sign

I don't play college football. I am the size of a smaller linebacker, but have the speed of an elderly penguin. So I am one of the many fans who puts my heart into it then complains when what I'd hoped for doesn't happen.

November 16, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Temperature inversions create bubbles that affect sound, smoke

Atmospheric conditions often influence the course of history.

November 15, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Camellias flowering with fall and winter blooms

No other flowering Southern plant ushers in cooler weather better than the lovely American camellia.

November 14, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Slow cooking some sweet potatoes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we all know the celebration is not complete until the sweet potatoes are on the table.

November 12, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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