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Skaggs: Plant expo focuses on drought

Spring is here, and with it comes the urge to dig, prune, plant and mow. For many gardeners living in Northeast Georgia, a much anticipated event is finally here - the 2008 Spring Garden Expo!

April 10, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: A little change can be OK

The other day I was looking back at some old pictures of Chloe. Some of them were more than a year old. If it weren't for me or Amy in the pictures with her, I would think I was looking at someone else's child, not mine. I was amazed at how much Chloe had changed in such a short a time.

April 10, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Freeze grapes for sweet snack

Do your kids love sweets? Try this sweet snack instead of the usual junk food: frozen grapes. Just put the grapes in your freezer and leave them there. When you pull them out let them sit for about five minutes before serving. They're delicious and healthy!

April 10, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Stay cool with this neat seat

Have you ever heard of Lava Buns? If not, you need to check it out. It's basically a seat cushion that you can either heat up in the microwave or cool in the freezer. The internal microcore element holds the hot or cold for up to six hours. It's great for the deer stand, the football stadium bleachers or the Fourth of July picnic. The name is kind of weird, but the product works. You can find it at your local outdoors store or Google it online. It comes in red, navy, black and camo and costs about ...

April 10, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Benefits of duct tape go beyond expectations

OK, did you do well on last week's pop quiz?

April 09, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: It’s quiz time! What do you remember from a year of tips?

I hope you had a wonderful and safe New Year. Now close your books, clear off your desk and pull out a No. 2 pencil. IT'S QUIZ TIME! Let's see how much you remember from the tips I provided in 2007! (The answers are at the bottom. No peeking. I'm serious).

April 09, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Look all around — God is everywhere

At Chloe's day care, they have a large window cut into the wall. Every once in a while, while I'm on lunch, I'll drop in and look at her through that window. From the hallway, I can see how she's doing, how she's interacting with the other kids and whether she's behaving.

April 09, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Lunch guys: ‘Guiltless’ sandwich screams for some fat

If you're anything like us Lunch Guys, you're probably still reeling from a holiday-food hangover. The sweet potatoes, the pecan pies, the many McRibs (yeah, they're back!) - they did a number on us this year.

April 09, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Laughter can give our souls a reprieve

When Ferroll Sams, one of the most beloved writers of Southern literature, was inducted into his native Georgia's Writers of Hall of Fame, he did not let the moment pass without taking the opportunity to underscore one of life's most enduring truths.

April 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Hosiery held in high regard

The other day I was digging through a box for one thing or the other, when I ran across a picture of my best pal, Karen, and me when we were in junior high and on the student council together.

April 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Freezing weather stresses dry plants

Just as things were looking up for Georgia gardeners after last month's rain, Northeast Georgia had temperatures in the teens just after the New Year's holiday. Unfortunately, drought-stressed plants will likely be hit hard.

April 09, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Get your vitamin C with tasty tangerines

History

April 09, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Brighten a garden with some baskets

Hanging baskets full of flowers or foliage plants give a color boost to your house and garden. They can be used effectively even in a very small space. And if you choose carefully, you can change the plantings to suit every season - even winter!

April 09, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Cinnamon-colored peeling bark gives this tree interest in any season

Question: Can you recommend a small to medium size tree that has good fall color and a trunk and branches that look good in the winter landscape?

April 09, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Myers: Feeling guilty? It’s better to come out with it

Chloe stood in the doorway of her room, smiling at me. Yet the smile was unlike her usual smile. It didn't hold the brightness. It didn't display the openness. There was no enjoyment in it. Instead, it seemed guarded. Forced. Something plastered on her face to distract me from something else she didn't want me to see.

April 09, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Around the Home: Free program offers summer snack inspiration

Summer will be here before you know it.

April 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Easter lilies poisonous to pets

Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.

April 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God can carry all our burdens

A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.

April 13, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: This is the best time to plan a European vacation

Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.

April 12, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Blessed during Easter

For me, Easter is a time of reflection.

April 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Alienation isn’t the way to stop habit of smoking

Last week marked four months since I quit smoking.

April 06, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Emergency visits rise in states with legalized pot

Marijuana has been legalized in several states.

April 06, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


For your health: Enjoy the taste of eating healthy

"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is a campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices while developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's message is combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals following dietary guidelines.

April 06, 2014 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Earthquakes, mudslides can happen anywhere so prepare

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.

April 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Create a colorful container garden on a patio or deck

Container gardening, hanging baskets and window boxes can be a fun and rewarding to those who only have a patio, deck or balcony.

April 04, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Transforming from city girl to wine grower’s wife

Martha Ezzard wears many hats. She's been a lawyer, journalist, state legislator and most likely a few other things.

April 02, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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