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Rich: Happiness comes from an old dirt road

There is something about dirt roads that whistles to me like a siren's call. A dirt road beckons and I answer. I cannot resist its allure.

May 12, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Microwave-safe colander helps cut the grease

The microwave is the easiest way to brown ground beef. A lot of you already know this, but here's a tip you probably don't know. Before microwaving, place the beef in a microwave-safe colander and then place the colander in a bowl. When microwaving, the fat from the beef will drain through the colander and collect at the bottom of the bowl. Genius. Contributed by Jo Holt.

May 10, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cannon: Prune azaleas right after they bloom

Our classic, Southern azaleas put on a remarkable show of color this spring. But what do we do after they have bloomed so that they have a healthy start toward next spring?

May 08, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Use much mulch for successful gardening

The ranks of those delving into vegetable gardening are growing daily.

May 08, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Bet you never knew this about your wine

Here's an unsurprising fact: California is the leading wine-producing state in the nation. What is surprising, however, is that 90 percent of American wine comes from the Golden State.

May 06, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Sister fills big shoes in role of Mama Two

When Mama, my last surviving parent, died, I was orphaned; so my sister, Louise, stepped up and took charge.

May 05, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Make effort to rekindle flame in midlife marriage

The middle years of marriage are difficult to pinpoint.

May 03, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Myers: Don’t let Satan’s evils deceive your eyes and ears

The other day Chloe was trying to snap her fingers. She'd seen me do it before, and she was doing a very good job of mimicking my actions.

May 03, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Tips can be a great gift that keeps on giving

I've said this before, but it's worth repeating. When you read this column I know that your first thought will be, "How can this tip help me?" Let your second thought be, "Can this tip help someone I know?" Share the love, baby.

May 03, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Introduce your kids to new foods slowly

Every parent knows that sometimes, kids won't eat new foods.

April 29, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Families share many customs in reunions

Down in Milledgeville there is a lovely woman named Sophia who is a fan of this column. In turn, she is a supporter and friend of mine.

April 28, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Dads do OK as providers and paying attention to Mom

The response to my recent "I can't wait for the 1960s to be over and done with!" series has been overwhelming, so here's another installment.

April 27, 2009 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Go green, not yellow, with this handy Web site

If you want to stop receiving unsolicited phone books, go to yellowpagesgoesgreen.org.

April 26, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cannon: Grow a sustainable garden

Since we hear a lot about "going green" these days, how we can use that term in our gardening practices?

April 24, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: With care, everything will come up roses

Even novice gardeners can appreciate the beauty of roses. There are more than 6,000 varieties, offering a wide range of forms, colors and fragrances from spring until fall.

April 24, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Wine Without Pretense: Gulping Champagne fast equals quicker intoxication

I subscribe to an online wine news service that delivers a couple of times a week some fascinating stories or statistics about happenings in the giddy world of wine. I'm passing along some condensed versions with my own comments.

March 04, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Dogs don’t suffer from scurvy

May way, ye scurvy dogs!

March 01, 2015 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Fiji seems like paradise, but subject to quakes, hurricanes

Conditions like the record-breaking blasts of cold air during much of February make us dream of warmer weather.

February 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Controlling moss and algae in turf

As turf grass areas occasionally begin to thin out, moss and algae begin to form because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

February 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


For Your Health: Are you sleeping at work

Busy work schedules, hectic family life, late-night television, electronics and other stimulants get in the way of our daily sleep. Therefore, most people sleep when work and family life permits.

February 26, 2015 | BY Daniel L. Cobb, MD For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Stop hiding or covering up sin

When Amy came home, she got the mail out of the mailbox and laid it on the couch when she walked in the door.

February 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Report any violence against animals

Violence against others, be they a female, male, dog, cat or salamander, is never desirable.

February 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia shines as a quiet and safe place, geographically speaking

Complaining about nature's quirks, and the disasters that come with them, is a popular pastime. But in spite of some of the troubles North Georgia has experienced in the past, it's realistic to say that we live in a very sheltered part of the world.

February 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For Your Health: Heart failure becoming more prevalent in Americans

I recently treated a patient who described a long series of problems from the past year. They included weight gain/loss, leg swelling, shortness of breath when walking up stairs, "butterflies fluttering" in her chest and sometimes having to sleep in her recliner to breathe.

February 09, 2015 | | Columnists


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