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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


Wilburn: Mealtime planning goes a long way

There are lots of benefits to eating as a family.

April 22, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Even good Christians have their arguments

When I learned that a friend had decided to plunge himself into the political world and run for office, I thought it prudent to offer two pieces of solid advice.

April 21, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Keep duct tape in first-aid box, too

Duct tape has a number of medical uses - I'm serious. Here are two examples. First, when children get chicken pox, some parents put mittens on their children's hands to keep them from scratching. Wrap duct tape around the end of their mittens to keep them from pulling the mittens off. Second, use duct tape and plastic garbage bags to keep casts dry when you're taking a shower.

April 19, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Everything we have is just on loan

Chloe's learned a four-letter word. I don't know where or from whom she learned it, but oh, how I wish I could find out.

April 19, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: A home's curb appeal takes some planning

In today's economy, everyone is well aware of the housing slump. If you are trying to sell a home right now, improving the home's curb appeal is a great idea. And for those planning to stay in their homes for a few more years, why not make it more inviting and enjoyable for you and your family?

April 16, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Vitamin D is for more than bones

Vitamin D is promoted as essential for bone health because it plays a pivotal role in adequate absorption of calcium and phosphorus to build bone. It also helps us avoid the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

April 15, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: The family that fights together stays together

One night at the supper table, my brother-in-law took a teasing jab at me over a sour business deal.

April 14, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Good luck peeling that backward banana

I love debunking old tips. For example, there have been e-mails going around for years stating that the best way to peel a banana is from the bottom. The tip states that by doing this you don't get any of the strings. Baloney. You get just as many strings as if you'd peeled it normally. Word of caution: most of the chain mail e-mail tips I've gotten over the years have been bogus.

April 12, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Respect the bees in your garden

As someone who is highly allergic to bee stings, I'm always concerned when I see any kind of bee-like insect buzzing around my yard.

April 10, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Keep things simple for garden success

What can I do to prepare my garden for beautiful, successful plants?

April 10, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Follow guidelines to keep meat safe

Choosing wholesome meat and getting those products home safely will start you on the path to preventing foodborne illness.

April 08, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Easter dawns chances for memories

One of the things that always excites me about Easter is that it kicks off the spring and summer season; so Sundays, until Labor Day weekend, will be the stuff of which memories are made. Especially for kids.

April 07, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Timer will quiet your digital video recorder

The digital video recorder, also known as a DVR, is one of the greatest inventions of all time. It allows you to record multiple TV shows at the same time and even allows you to pause and replay live TV. TiVo came out with the first DVR in 1999. Today you can get the DVR functionality from your cable company or satellite service. A dilemma that a lot of people have is that they have a DVR in their bedroom but it will wake them up at night when the device's harddrive either turns on or shuts down. If ...

April 05, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Money talks demand listening, compromise

Many families are challenged when it comes to agreeing about money.

April 05, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Glazed over by some Gewurztraminer

In gazing at the galaxy of grapes used to make April's Wine of the Month, you may have noticed gewurztraminer. And I'm sure many of you are muttering, "What the heck is that?"

April 01, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Dress for Easter: Pastels, prints and peplum

Nothing says Easter Sunday quite like soft pastel colors. This Easter, you can dress your part by following any of the three P's: pastels, prints and peplum.

March 30, 2015 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Be wary of giving pets as Easter gifts

I recommend people having pets.

March 29, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Trees provide food chain for Georgia wildlife

The region that is North Georgia today was explored a long time ago. As early as the 1540s, Spanish explorers trekked through the Cartersville area looking for gold. None was found there, but we have a golden treasure that's well worth preserving: our native trees.

March 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


How to make a compost pile at home

Recycling in the garden (composting) and using mulch makes common sense for the landscapes.

March 27, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


A mortifying moment at the DMV

Several weeks ago, we were at dinner with some friends and the conversation turned to life's most embarrassing moments.

March 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Follow the ABCs in pet emergencies

You've frequently read my recommendations on keeping your pet healthy and saving yourself a ton of hassle. Most of these are applicable to the majority of pets and owners.

March 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Pray for wisdom of Solomon every day

Once, while we were on a trip to see Amy's folks in Texas, we stopped at a store to stretch our legs and take a bathroom break. When we walked inside, we saw a large display of polished rocks.

March 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Cope with slippage by steering, accelerating gently

So far, March has shown above-average precipitation totals in North Georgia. Based on the historic record, we also have plenty of rain showers to look forward to in April.

March 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Put a spring in your step with healthy treats this season

Baseball, picnics and other springtime activities offer a chance to incorporate healthy snacks into your family's weekly routine.

March 18, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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