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Around the home: Local farmers markets offer unique produce

One of the joys of shopping at our local farmers markets are the variety of fresh produce and friendly smiles. I find something new every week. This week I saw pink oyster mushrooms, the first mushrooms I have ever seen at our market.

September 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


When some folks don’t mind their business

One night as a particularly hard, extremely long rain poured down, I discovered a leak in my roof. The leak became a minor problem. Finding a roofer to show up and fix it became the primary problem.

September 13, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Tower, Zoo and Tortoise’ a thought-provoking parable

This week's novel, an enjoyable and humorous fiction entitled The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart, is based on the history of the Tower of London and of the live animal gifts given to the Queen over the decades.

September 12, 2010 | Book review | Columnists


Prepare now for your fall vegetable gardens

Now is the time to start a fall vegetable garden. What do I do to prepare?

September 10, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


September means fescue reseeding time is near

Fescue lawns across North Georgia have suffered tremendously this year due to the extreme heat. If you're fescue lawn is like mine, it's probably looking rather "tired" right now. Even with ample irrigation, tall fescue lawns often thin out and need reseeding.

September 10, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Do you really know how much you’re eating?

We make more than 200 food-related decisions daily, and aren't aware of 90 percent of them, according to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. Wansink's award-winning academic research on food psychology and behavior change has been published in the world's top marketing, medical and nutrition journals.

September 08, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lost keys and found meanings

At Mama's house, which is now my office, I found a teacup filled with keys. Most of them tarnished but all of them a mystery as to what they could unlock.

September 07, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Standing between the snake’s bite and God’s children

One day while I was at the office, I received a telephone call. The caller said, "I'm standing out in front of the office. I need you to come out here, but don't come out the front door." Not fully understanding what was going on, I walked up to the front door and looked out. There, lying stretched out across the front door was a Black Snake.

September 05, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Internet can be abused by cyberbullies

Many parents may remember being a victim of physical and emotional suffering at the hands of a childhood bully. Others may regret being a bully when they were young.

September 05, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Plan your spring garden now with bulbs in fall

A beautiful spring flower garden starts this fall if you'd like bulbs to be a part of it. Nothing could be more simple or rewarding than growing colorful tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other great varieties.

September 03, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the home: Take recalls seriously

A food recall is a voluntary action taken by a company to remove its product from market shelves if the product has a problem. There are three types of product recalls:

August 31, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


If we’ll only listen, there are stories to be found

A favorite book in my family, one we often buy for new college graduates, is Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go."

August 31, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Garden Spells’ offers sweet whimsy, magic

This is a book that I have been wishing to read for a while. Sarah Addison Allen, author of popular books including "The Sugar Queen" and, most recently, "The Girl Who Chased the Moon," writes stories focusing on Southern women and their emotional struggles, mixing in whimsical, fairy-tale imagery. In particular, Allen weaves in themes involving the mystical or healing properties of food, tying what the characters eat directly to their emotions and dreams. Since I recently started in on my own gardening experiment to raise healing plants (sadly, even my chamomile, which is supposed to be fairly indestructible, succumbed ...

August 29, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Garden masters seek new green thumbs

For the past 30 years, more than 5,500 people across the state have worked for the University of Georgia and never received a paycheck. As graduates of the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Master Gardener Program, they volunteer their time to assist local county extension agents across Georgia.

August 27, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Victory Gardens an old idea that's new again

If you enjoy a little bit of history as I do, "Victory Gardens" were primarily associated with the World War II movement prompted by the uncertainties of war.

August 27, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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Articles by Section - Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog's weight loss and depleting muscle causes concern

My brain works in funny ways. Yours is probably similar.

September 25, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Barona: Encourage younger generation to embrace good principles

Recently, I engaged in conversation with some youth of my church at St. Michael.

September 25, 2016 | Jaime Barona jbarona@saintmichael.cc | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Now is time for calibrating your lawn spreader

This is the time of year many homeowners are probably thinking about fertilizing or renovating their lawns.

September 23, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Stringer: Empty Bowl Lunch supports Georgia Mountain Food Bank

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is set for Tuesday.

September 21, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Tom Smiley: Encouragement key in sports, life

I love sports. I love athletics. And as long as I can remember, I've been involved in some facet of sporting competition.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Bacterial infection clears but hearing problem arises

Lemmy returns for his recheck following a bout with Leptospirosis.

September 18, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Keep mindful of fires, keep extinguisher close

Single homes in Hall County often come with a built-in garage and a "bonus room" on top of it. If you're thinking about making ...

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wanda Cannon: Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville hosts classes

With the fall season officially beginning next week, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville will open its doors and offer five ...

September 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Rare subtype of bacteria causes infection in dog

Lemmy has been hospitalized for two days when I learn the reason for his illness. I had suspected, but with confirmatory blood work, I now ...

September 11, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Sudden illness takes toll on older dog

Seventeen is old for most dogs. And although Lemmy is not like most dogs, 17 is old for him, too.

September 04, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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