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Skaggs: Garden chores abound in fall

Halloween is here and Turkey Day is just around the corner. My, how time flies.

October 30, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Wilburn: Vegetarians, put focus on variety

Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendations for nutrients, but the key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount of foods to meet your calorie needs.

October 28, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: Carrying the torch of Southern tradition

Sometimes two old souls can find each other and form a friendship that is anchored in rock solid respect and like thinking.

October 27, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Thompson: Tricks to get your ghouls through Halloween

I love Halloween. I guess it goes back to when I was a kid growing up in a suburb where there were a lot of small homes near each other.

October 25, 2009 | By Tim Thompson For The Times | Columnists

Cook: Don’t be scared by these classic Halloween reads

I love Halloween. Nothing gets me in the mood for ghosts, ghouls and goblins better than a good scary story, so I wanted to share some of my favorite classic picks.

October 25, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists

Skaggs: Landscape perfection requires a good plan

This fall I have received quite a few questions from area residents interested in renovating their home landscapes. Often the conversation starts something like this:

October 23, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Cannon: Plant ornamental shrubs and trees in fall

When is the best time to plant an all-season landscape with ornamental shrubs and trees?

October 23, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Wilburn: Help kids learn healthy habits

You are the most important influence on your child, and you can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life.

October 21, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: A wink may say more than you think

In Belfast, in the stunningly gorgeous building dedicated by Prince Edward in 1932 (he who abdicated), where the Northern Ireland Assembly convenes, I learned why I can never be president of the United States.

October 20, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Myers: Maybe what you really need is right in front of you

I have recently added a new weapon to my child-rearing arsenal. It's called reverse psychology. Here's how it works: I give Chloe a cup of milk, but she wants juice. She pushes the cup away and says, "I don't want it. I want juice."

October 18, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Thompson: Find a new use for your credit cards

Do you love brownies? Then this tip is for you. Rather than trying to cut your brownies with a knife, use an old credit card instead. A knife will usually mess up the brownies when you drag it through the pan. With the credit card, you simply push it down into the brownies - don't drag it. Just make sure that you clean the credit card before using it.

October 18, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Wilburn: Popcorn can be a healthy snack

Since October is popcorn month, it is time for popcorn trivia.

October 14, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: I'm proudly following in my grandfather's footsteps

The dawn was barely breaking, the morning just beginning to wrestle the new day away from the black night as the train traveled with a jolting purpose from Dublin to Belfast, Ireland.

October 12, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Rosemond: Have strength to accept things you can't change

Question: My 4-year-old son is not fully engaged when he has a friend over for a play date. His twin sister makes friends easily and the difference between them is glaring. When I arrange a play date for him, he is excited but then, after the friend arrives, he gradually slips off to play by himself.

October 11, 2009 | John Rosemond | Columnists

Thompson: Before you toss that phone, try to fix it

Before you throw an iPod or iPhone away because it is not working, consider checking out the Web site This cool little site tells you how to fix a variety of ailments. It has step-by-step pictures and even tells you what tools you need to use. Fascinating stuff.

October 10, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

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Michael Wheeler: 6 tips to keep your live Christmas tree going strong

One of the best childhood memories I can remember growing up was going with my dad to pick out a Christmas tree.

November 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Andrew Akers: A hellish, hilarious holiday journey for 2 comedy giants

While many people have traveled far and wide to reach their Thanksgiving destination, each and every one has experienced some kind of mishap along the ...

November 26, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists

Sandra Stringer: Turn kitchen into classroom filled with food, fun

When I was growing up I loved baking and decorating cookies with my mother. So, November and December are my favorite months of the year.

November 25, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Thanksgiving wreaks havoc on pets

Veterinary medicine is full of gallows humor. If you cannot use self-deprecation and sarcasm to deal with some situations, the job can kill your inner ...

November 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Earth Sense: Not all fires in the woods are bad

Fall colors are still plentiful.

November 22, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Friedman: Consider at least one new thing to grow or interact with outside

As the holiday season begins, many start to reflect on the year and what lies ahead.

November 20, 2015 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Earth Sense: Nitrogen is a plentiful fertilizer

Members of Brenau University's garden club were receiving instruction from Master Gardener intern Andrew Linker last week.

November 17, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Signs, symptoms of prostate problems

Last week, I discussed mammary cancer in pets, and the extremely easy way (early spaying) to avoid it.

November 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

No one can correct God

Cole has been correcting me lately.

November 15, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Watching evolution of TV channels

I have used several gallons of newspaper ink throughout the years in pining for the way things used to be.

November 15, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists

Wine Without Pretense: First 'boxed wine' skirted Prohibition

Most of us know Prohibition in this country was a dismal failure. Amending the U.S. Constitution to stamp out the production and consumption of ...

October 14, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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