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Skaggs: Plan your plants to bloom all season

The normal way of buying flowering plants tends to produce landscapes with three stages every spring: a flash of bountiful flowers, a fizzle and wait-till-next-year.

March 25, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: What is the Spring Lunch and Learn series?

As spring approaches, the Hall County Extension office gets busy with calls from anxious gardeners ready to get outside. Along with providing answers to their gardening questions, the office also partners with the Hall County Library System to set up the Spring Lunch and Learn Series.

March 25, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Fruits, vegetables can be healthy in many forms

When it comes to buying fruits and vegetables, many factors play a role in which types consumers choose, including nutritional value.

March 23, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


My reasons for marriage don't include dollar bills

It was one of those crowded events a while back that I didn't want to attend. But courtesy and obligation dictated that I put my wants aside and be a big girl about it all. So, I put on a pretty dress, a gorgeous pair of high heels and plunged in.

March 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Thank a Master Gardener

Since 1979, almost 5,000 people across the state have worked for the University of Georgia without a paycheck.

March 18, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Hardships of today pale to life in 1937

When she talked about those tribulations back in 1937, her feeble voice crackled with both age and emotion. With more than 70 years separating then from now, the grief still lingered but wisdom had covered it like moss on a riverbank.

March 15, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Have trust in your father

This past summer, our family went on vacation.

March 14, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Family Ties: There are no ‘simple’ changes

Many of us want our partners to be perfect; it's the stuff that dreams are made of. At first, it seems as if everything is just right, then reality sets in. You realize your partner is not flawless, and you want to change some things about them.

March 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Cross Gardener’ beautifully crafted but lacks a spark

A few weeks ago, I reviewed a wonderful book, "The Wednesday Letters" by Jason F. Wright. It was a story about the bonds of family, the enduring strength of love and the power of forgiveness.

March 14, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Don't let spring fever tempt you to plant

Spring fever has hit at the Extension office.

March 11, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: What are some new flowering plants this year?

With a couple of days of warm weather, the itching to start planning my garden is upon me. This time of year always tempts me to get the magazines out and find out about new and upcoming flower varieties to put in to my southern garden. What are some of the hottest new flowering plants to buy this year?

March 11, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Planning ahead saves you time in the kitchen

Better meals are the result of good planning. Planning helps us include the foods we need to be healthy, to write menus and make grocery lists and even be better shoppers. Planning will also help you save time in your kitchen.

March 09, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


If it’s worth keeping, it’s in the family Bible

At a café in Biloxi, Miss., friends and I were chatting over coffee when we were joined by a man who is a business associate of one of my friends sitting at the table.

March 09, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Consider landscaping with herbs this spring

The magical properties of herbs are entwined in the lore of many cultures. People have used them since early times for healing, fragrances and distinctive flavors. However you use them, herbs can be exciting in any landscape, too, from formal herb gardens to informal mixes in beds of annuals, perennials or shrubs.

March 04, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


'Big Red' still dominates wine choices

The sun was heading for the horizon one afternoon recently; it was going on 5 p.m. I glanced at the bird feeder, stuck on a pole about 2 feet from our screened-in back deck.

March 02, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Kennel cough is no laughing matter

A one-eyed dog with a cough walks into a bar.

May 22, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Responses to sunlight vary by country

Some cultural differences are subtle. Others are highly visible; for example, the way in which people treat sunshine.

May 22, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Andrew Akers: Bancroft, Duke make a mark in ‘The Miracle Worker’

When renowned actress Patty Duke died two months ago, I was a bit ashamed. I had never seen any of her films.

May 20, 2016 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Scale insects attack plants early in the season

This year has been a year for scales.

May 19, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: How to eat out and eat healthy

If you're celebrating a special occasion this season, just remember you can still make healthy meal choices.

May 17, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Unruly dog bites Lemmy and causes him to lose an eye

It's noon on a Saturday, and I am anticipating heading home in an hour or so. I have plans to school my oldest child ...

May 15, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Himalayas impact weather across Asia

No mountain system in the world has a greater influence on weather than the plateau of Tibet and its fringe, the Himalayas. Even the tallest ...

May 15, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Lots of April showers bring plenty of May flowers

Returning to Hall County this week after a trip to Japan to witness cherry blossoms in full bloom and my son's wedding, I was ...

May 12, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Homemade jellies, jams, sorghum leave a legacy

I had a friend ask me a very interesting question the other day.

May 10, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog learns to share human attention with a new kitten

Our history of Lemmy leaps forward this week, encompassing three mostly uneventful years.

May 08, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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