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Skaggs: Embrace the shade in your yard or garden

As someone who loves a healthy, green lawn, today's article was tough to write.

February 05, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Southerners have unique love/hate relationship with death

One Sunday morning I came breezing into Sunday School class after having been out of town for a week. My sister grabbed me and hugged me tightly to welcome me home.

February 01, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cannon: Camellias and Lenten roses

What information do you have about camellias and Lenten roses?

January 31, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Myers: If you're looking for guidance, just trust in your father

Someone was teasing Cole. Cole had several pieces of candy, and an adult was trying to convince Cole to give some of the candy to him. "You already have so many pieces, surely you can spare one or two," the adult said to Cole. "Besides, it's my candy anyway."

January 30, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Funky earbuds blink along with the music

Gainesville has a lot of walkers and joggers. If you go out and exercise at night, you should always wear reflective gear. I'd also like to recommend that you use the iBlink earbuds. These cool earbuds, which work with most MP3 players, actually have LED lights built into them. The lights actually blink with the rhythm of the music. The iBlink comes with white, blue or pink lights and can be found at most online retailers like Amazon for $30.

January 30, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Winter blooms add color, variety

Winter is a strange time to think of flowers in the landscape, yet it can be a surprising awakening of the garden. Some trees, shrubs, vines, annuals and perennials bloom between fall and spring.

January 28, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Where I come from, newspapers still reign

In the home in which I grew up, the daily newspaper was almost as important to our everyday lives as the Bible.

January 25, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use an e-book to catch up on reading while you exercise

For Christmas my wife bought me a Kindle. If you're not familiar with this cool gadget, it's basically a lightweight, electronic reading device. It can download books and even magazines and newspapers. The reason I'm sharing this is because of one of the really neat things you can do with it - exercise! Just set the font to the largest size and use it on either a stationary bike or treadmill. The one-touch page turning feature makes it easy to use. Caution: If you sweat a lot, consider covering the device in clear plastic wrap.

January 22, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Cold weather is no excuse to slack off on chores

fWhile we've had some cold, wet weather in the last few weeks, why not catch a few dry days and get ahead on some of your gardening chores?

January 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: A perfect blend of Southern grits and Vegas glitz

Like any self-respecting Southerner, it's hard for me to pass up reading a well-written obituary. Especially when it runs in the Wall Street Journal and begins by saying she was "a dash of Southern class in a raucous old boys club."

January 19, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Total obedience equals total love

The other day Chloe was talking to me, explaining how things "work" in a 5-year-old's world.

January 17, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Athletic shirt great for sleeping, too

If you're not familiar with the Tech Tee T-shirt, you should be. (These T-shirts also go by the name "Dry Fit"). Instead of cotton, they're made with a polyester blend. The beauty of these shirts is that they have the ability to wick away sweat from your body to the outside of the shirt where it will evaporate. Athletes like them because they'll keep you warm and dry in the winter and cool and dry in the summer. Why do I like them so much? Because they're great to sleep in. The slick polyester material will ...

January 17, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


‘Letters’ sends message about family and love

All I knew was for this Off the Shelves review, I wanted to read something good. Something inspiring or at least insightful.

January 17, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: TLC helps strawberries survive until spring

Strawberries are a favorite fruit of many. There's nothing better than fresh-picked strawberries in the spring. And recently, I have received numerous calls and e-mails regarding the planting and care of strawberries.

January 15, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Provide shelter for birds during winter

What can you do with the leftover Christmas tree in January?

January 15, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Maintaining soil pH levels is important

If you have ever come to my office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate ...

February 04, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: A camera and microscope capture crystallized wine

Ever hear of "wine diamonds?"

February 02, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering pets carries small risk, but it's better in the long run

In two days, Lemmy will return to my office for his appointment to be neutered.

January 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: God sees whole picture, keeps us safe from harm

I was at home one afternoon, when Amy came in with Chloe and Cole.

January 31, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Home weather station options are available

Inexpensive indoor weather stations showing temperature, air pressure and humidity are nice. But I like to know exactly what's going on right outside, too ...

January 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Diverse, native trees add value to your landscape

Trees in our landscapes provide numerous functions, including beauty to the yard, habitats for wildlife and sound buffers. Trees also provide privacy as well as ...

January 28, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Make a pizza from items in pantry, fridge

I love pizza. It's one of my favorite foods.

January 26, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Puppies can learn tricks at early age

For his third and final puppy visit, Lemmy arrives walking on his leash like a gentleman. His tendency to pull the leash when excited has ...

January 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unexpected Hurricane Alex makes quick appearance, exit

Even experienced meteorologists were surprised when Hurricane Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 14. Unusually warm waters helped produce the storm.

January 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: It's time for your pup's 3-week check-up

Lemmy bounds into the waiting room, his owners trailing behind a taut leash. That's not the worst habit a puppy can have, but it ...

January 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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