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Taking my own advice

If you're like me, you probably enjoy handing out advice, both solicited and unsolicited. After all, those of us who have vast life experiences owe it to those with less experience to share our wisdom.

July 27, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: There’s a difference between wants and needs

I got Cole up this morning and the first thing he wanted was something to drink. I went into the kitchen, opened the refrigerator and grabbed the container of milk.

July 24, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Proper planning prevents weeding

Many people don't like to use synthetic herbicides in the landscape. But weeds can be a big problem with many gardening practices. With organic gardening, prevention is one of the most essential ways to keep weeds out.

July 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Save valuable time by cooking at home

Many of us have busy schedules, and eating out is often our solution to meal time when we're on the go. But does it really save us time and money?

July 20, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: To have loved but never lost? That’s my hero

Out of curiosity, folks will sometimes ask who is an inspiration or hero to me. Since I rarely think in those terms, I have to stop and think about that answer.

July 19, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cannon: What's wrong with my garden?

It is a busy time at the extension office this month. Puzzled gardeners have called and some have brought in their sickly plants, just as a concerned parent will take their child to the doctor hoping for a remedy.

July 15, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Be aware of 3 bright, shiny leaves

Many years ago, while serving as camp chaperone, I had some unfortunate boys in my cabin who got into some poison ivy. They were covered from head to toe. Best I can determine, they must have stripped down to the boxer shorts and rolled in it!

July 15, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep summer corn’s flavor all year

Tonight I will be cooking and serving cream-style corn I bought from our local farmers market. I also can have this corn months from now thanks to safe food preservation methods.

July 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Hairspray holds more than styles

In looking back at photos, I am left to wonder if I have ever had a truly good hair day. I'm amazed because when I see the snapshots, I think, "Now, I'm sure that when I left home that day, I felt pretty good about my hair. How could it look like that?"

July 12, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


A few words of blessing should lead to many more

One morning on the way to church, a cute and wonderful thing happened. Chloe was sitting in her car seat, Amy and I were talking, Cole was snoozing (I'm telling you, that boy just can't stay awake in the van. If he just looks at the van, his eyes start to glaze over).

July 11, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Don't let bunny's cute, floppy ears fool you

At the Extension office, we receive many calls from agitated gardeners on how to control pests in the landscape.

July 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Wine club members in Georgia mainly out of luck

Time to clean out the old mail bag. I welcome questions from readers; drop me a note c/o The Times, or e-mail me (the address is at the end of this column). I do respond to each one when I receive it, but hoard them for a column just like this one.

Question: I know Georgia changed its laws regarding buying wine from out of state, but I've been told by an online wine club I belong to that they still are not able to sell wine directly to Georgia residents. What's the story here?

July 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


You’re only as good as your word

There is a saying among the people of the rural South used to condemn anyone who has changed the terms of an agreement, especially those done with a word and a hand shake.

July 06, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cook: 'Lemon Cake' blends realism, imagination

An unusual "superpower" is as the center of Aimee Bender's "Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake," in which 9-year-old Rose discovers she can "taste" the true emotions of people through the food that they cook.

July 03, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Wilburn: Monitor your child's cell phone use

Less than 20 years ago, cell phones were considered luxury items used only in emergencies. Today, 4.1 billion people worldwide own cell phones.

July 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Midnight bathroom trips trouble veterinarian

I once had a nightmare where a lump under a welcome mat was lurching toward me as I hid under the covers. It sounds weird ...

August 21, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: ‘Stayin’ alive’ in a storm means avoid lightning

"When thunder roars, go indoors" is a good rule for protection from lightning. But there isn't always an audible warning.

August 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Don't judge cookbook by its cover or recipe names

People often make assumptions about others based on their hair color, hairstyle, clothes, skin tone, purse or even car.

August 16, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Microchip leads to happy ending

Lemmy's owners call me just before noon. They relay a story that's unlikely at best, but the take-home message is Lemmy's depressive ...

August 14, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Bees’ sting is worth sweet reward

When bees are mentioned, painful bee stings may come to mind. But the culprits in most cases are wasps, especially the ground-dwelling yellow jackets.

August 13, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Summer heat is causing tulip poplar trees to shed leaves early

During the past week or two, I have noticed the tulip poplars around the county losing their leaves.

August 11, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Pets mourn loss of their animal companions, too

About two months ago, Lemmy's family suffered the loss of their home to a fire. No one was injured, and Lemmy has remained in ...

August 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy saves his family from a house fire

I want to repay my student loans. Therefore, I charge people for my veterinarian services.

July 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Embarking on my first trip to Athens

I'm an Iowan, born, bred and super corn-fed.

July 31, 2016 | | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Imagination plays a key role in hope and faith

When I was a kid, some of my older relatives would always tell me, "You have a big imagination."

July 24, 2016 | | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Soak up every moment as the seasons change

August in Hall County is an amazing time of the year.

July 17, 2016 | | Columnists


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