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Dixie Diva: Frying her luck

A while back, I was on book tour when my publicist called to say I had been asked to cook on a television show.

January 10, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Learn from a mistake, be it sin or a spilled Coke

Just recently I got a new truck. I'm almost 40 years old, and I've never had a new vehicle that was all my own, until now.

January 09, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wine without pretense: It’s cold, but we can still enjoy summer’s fruits

Ah, January. Lovely time of the year ... cold, damp, uncomfortable, never-ending.

January 04, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Dixie Diva: A journey of sweetness rediscovering Mama, and myself

It is my strong and abiding philosophy that good springs forth from the midst of whatever bad happens to us. In the recent days that now trail behind me as time spent sweetly, I have luxuriated in the good that came from the water line break that practically demolished my childhood home.

January 03, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Feast your eyes on the exquisite ‘Edible Stories’

Since this is the beginning of a brand new year, I've taken a little time to think about how glad I am to have survived 2010, and particularly surviving this past holiday season.

January 02, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Family Ties: Sibling conflicts — Combating tattling, bickering and teasing

By the end of the holidays, siblings have spent much time together. As a result, conflicts, such as tattling, bickering and teasing heighten.

January 02, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Planning is now for the garden of your dreams

Now that the holidays are almost over, it is a good time to read some gardening books to help you with those spring garden dreams. If you are like me, I am always looking at different spots in my yard and leafing through garden magazines for new plants and garden ideas to plan for in the warmer months ahead.

December 30, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Make 2011 a healthier year month by month

At the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, millions of people will resolve to lose weight, exercise more, and eat better. But how many of these resolutions are "history" by Feb. 1?

December 28, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Happy New Year: There will be no sequel

It sounded like a great idea at the time. Most of my ideas do. "Hair-brained scheme," is what Mama sometimes called them.

December 27, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: The one who is the focus of the party is always special

Chloe was recently invited to another child's birthday party. We went and bought a gift, wrapped it up and took it to the party venue. The party was being held at an ice skating rink which had a "special" room where the "special" girl could have her "special" time uninterrupted by the "common people," it seemed.

December 26, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Around the Home: Cooking ahead for holiday meals

Last-minute hurried food preparations can drain any cook's holiday spirit. By planning ahead and sticking to a budget (both time and money) you can take some of the hassle out of your holidays, while keeping food quality, flavor and safety a top priority.

December 21, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


I’ll never forget his special gift

His name was Ricky and though I remember the gift he gave me that Christmas 30 years ago, I don't recall his last name. I wish I did.

December 20, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Fat Man’ puts new twist on holiday classics

It's interesting to think about the different ways that Christmas has been depicted throughout the decades in movies and television shows. For many of us, holiday movies such as "A Christmas Story," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" are part of our Christmas tradition.

December 20, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: A closer look at our Christmas greenery traditions

Have you ever wondered about the origins of our Christmas symbols that we adorn our homes with through the holiday season? I did a little research and came up with some interesting facts about some of the common decorations that we so lovingly fill our homes with this time of year.

December 17, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Capital calls, but Hall County will always be home

As you have likely heard, I will be leaving Hall County Cooperative Extension in January for a new job at the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Commissioner-elect Gary Black has asked me to serve as chief operating officer for the department.

December 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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August 17, 2017 | Arty Schronce Arty.Schronce@agr.georgia.gov | Columnists


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This is a topic that is full of opinion. What is a cute and cuddly critter to one person is a pest to another, or ...

August 11, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Carin Booth: Does home food preserving save on food cost?

With rising food prices, consumers are trying to find ways to save the family food dollar. It is reminiscent of the 1970s energy crisis that ...

August 09, 2017 | Carin Booth | Columnists


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