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Around the Home: Choose smart salads to cut fat, calories

Why do Americans chose salads as one of their favorite foods? Because they are refreshing, convenient, flavorful and they can be nutritious, if you make healthy choices in selecting ingredients.

August 17, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Animals have guardian angels, too

There are those - perhaps many - who would claim that animals do not have a guardian angel. On behalf of my animals, I vehemently disagree. They have one and her name is Jill.

August 16, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Discover a great mystery in ‘Thieves of Darkness’

One of the best feelings I can get after finishing a book is that moment of regret, when you realize the narrative journey you have been taking for a few weeks is now over and the enjoyment that you've been having has to come to an end (at least until you find your next good read).

August 15, 2010 | Book review | Columnists


Drainage issues can cause major landscape problems

The process of designing and planting a beautiful landscape, then watching healthy plants grow into maturity can be a rewarding experience. However, the path to a healthy landscape is not always an easy one, especially if poor drainage is a problem.

August 13, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Seeking Hall County’s next master gardeners

As August continues to fly by, I will be preparing to send out applications to any and all interested persons in our area who want to become master gardeners in 2011.

August 13, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the home: Breakfast is still the most important meal

Your mother always told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Believe it or not, research shows that she was right! Breakfast means "breaking the fast," or refueling your body after going without food all night. Food is the fuel that keeps your body going, and refueling at breakfast helps you perform and feel better.

August 10, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


The lessons of youth are paying off now

Among the many things I have learned in this life is how everything evens out, how those who are mighty and rich can become lowly and poor while the lowly and poor can become mighty and rich.

August 09, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use God’s blessings to you as a chance to bless others

Every year during the Fourth of July, we go to a fireworks show. This year we went to our usual spot and settled in to enjoy the day.

August 08, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep foliage dry to head off plant disease

A common trait of many plant diseases is an affinity for moist, humid conditions. When plants are able to naturally dry out quickly, they are less vulnerable to diseases.

August 06, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


When it comes to wine, opinions vary on oak

Oak or no oak? That is one of the ongoing debates in the wine world.

August 03, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Despite my cholesterol, I still miss Mama’s fried foods

A friend of mine returned a call of mine one day while he was sitting in the Dallas airport, waiting for a flight out. He explained that he had just spent two days at the Texas State Fair and it was, he said, quite a sight to behold.

August 02, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Shop Class’ is an inspiring take on livelihood

This book review came about completely by accident. That is, I never thought I would have picked up the book "Shop Class as Soulcraft" by Matthew B. Crawford, let alone review it. It looked like one of those "guy only" books, a philosophical essay by a mechanic/electrician about the general misconceptions of working in a manual trade, and comparing it to cubicle culture, which nowadays is more widely accepted as the more "legitimate" means of making a living.

August 01, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Tricks to tackling teen dating topic

Although most adolescent romantic relationships do not last, first romances are practice for more mature bonds in adulthood. In fact, warm and caring romantic relationships in the teen years tend to lead to satisfying, committed relationships in early adulthood.

August 01, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Summer checklist

A common question asked of the Hall County

July 30, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Need a plant for the shade? Mondo, dude

I am often asked for recommendations on what grows best in the shade. In particular, many homeowners call looking for a grass that will perform well in the shade.

July 30, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Articles by Section - Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Try using native plants in your landscape this fall

The choices of plants for the garden are endless.

August 25, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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


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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