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Unwashed reusable grocery bags can breed bad bacteria

Cloth shopping bags may be good for the environment, but are they good for your health? I have more than a dozen of these bags, some for groceries, some for shopping and some just to keep my stuff together in the car. I feel good saving trees and not adding plastic bags to the landfill. Yet, these bags could possibly be unsafe for use with food if they are not cared for properly.

September 21, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Delivering magic, and love, on ordinary days

When I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address to the National Association of Postmasters of the United States n Anchorage, Alaska, I spoke on the joy that comes in the form of a card or letter.

September 21, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Delivering magic and love on ordinary days

When I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address to the National Association of Postmasters of the United States in Anchorage, Alaska, I spoke on the joy that comes in the form of a card or letter.

September 20, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Good intentions or not, always obey God’s word

While we were getting out of the van one day, Chloe had a small bag of candy in her hand. Somehow a few pieces dropped to the garage floor. This was no big deal, but I feared they would attract ants, so I stooped down to pick them up.

September 19, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Fall Garden Expo is a plant lover’s delight

Fall is upon us, and it won't be long before the dogwoods, redbuds and maples begin to show off their fall color. But while you're making plans to admire the colorful fall foliage, why not plant your own?

September 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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


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Robin Friedman: Poinsettias continue to grow in popularity

Despite their limited, two-month run on retailers' shelves each year, poinsettias are the best-selling potted plant in the United States.

December 09, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Not all bad things that happen to pets can be prevented

My tooth hurts.

December 04, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Having to wait during Advent

For the vast majority of Christians around the world, we have entered into the beautiful season of Advent. It is the time when we watch ...

December 04, 2016 | Stuart Higginbotham | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Drought conditions still a factor despite two rainy days

This is one of the worst droughts I can remember. And according to a lot of other folks, this one sure does take the cake ...

December 01, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Slight variations to recipes can make dishes healthier

Family dinners are great places to treat your appetites this holiday season. Unfortunately, it's tempting to overeat.

November 29, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Help pets in need this holiday season

There's a scene in "Rebel Without A Cause" in which the line "You read too many comic books" is uttered.

November 27, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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