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Thompson: Microwave-safe colander helps cut the grease

The microwave is the easiest way to brown ground beef. A lot of you already know this, but here's a tip you probably don't know. Before microwaving, place the beef in a microwave-safe colander and then place the colander in a bowl. When microwaving, the fat from the beef will drain through the colander and collect at the bottom of the bowl. Genius. Contributed by Jo Holt.

May 10, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cannon: Prune azaleas right after they bloom

Our classic, Southern azaleas put on a remarkable show of color this spring. But what do we do after they have bloomed so that they have a healthy start toward next spring?

May 08, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Use much mulch for successful gardening

The ranks of those delving into vegetable gardening are growing daily.

May 08, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Bet you never knew this about your wine

Here's an unsurprising fact: California is the leading wine-producing state in the nation. What is surprising, however, is that 90 percent of American wine comes from the Golden State.

May 06, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Sister fills big shoes in role of Mama Two

When Mama, my last surviving parent, died, I was orphaned; so my sister, Louise, stepped up and took charge.

May 05, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Make effort to rekindle flame in midlife marriage

The middle years of marriage are difficult to pinpoint.

May 03, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Myers: Don’t let Satan’s evils deceive your eyes and ears

The other day Chloe was trying to snap her fingers. She'd seen me do it before, and she was doing a very good job of mimicking my actions.

May 03, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Tips can be a great gift that keeps on giving

I've said this before, but it's worth repeating. When you read this column I know that your first thought will be, "How can this tip help me?" Let your second thought be, "Can this tip help someone I know?" Share the love, baby.

May 03, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Introduce your kids to new foods slowly

Every parent knows that sometimes, kids won't eat new foods.

April 29, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Families share many customs in reunions

Down in Milledgeville there is a lovely woman named Sophia who is a fan of this column. In turn, she is a supporter and friend of mine.

April 28, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Dads do OK as providers and paying attention to Mom

The response to my recent "I can't wait for the 1960s to be over and done with!" series has been overwhelming, so here's another installment.

April 27, 2009 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Go green, not yellow, with this handy Web site

If you want to stop receiving unsolicited phone books, go to yellowpagesgoesgreen.org.

April 26, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cannon: Grow a sustainable garden

Since we hear a lot about "going green" these days, how we can use that term in our gardening practices?

April 24, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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


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Eyes of the Father: You can never outgrow God

One sunny afternoon this past summer, we all went on a family excursion to the ball park.

July 19, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Reward-based training works the best

A lovely aquarium called the Shedd Aquarium is in Chicago. It looks out on the water and is nestled between a planetarium, a giant museum ...

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'American Graffiti:' Nostalgic film still relevant today

"American Graffiti" found box office success and was nominated for five Academy Awards in the 1970s partly because of its nostalgic atmosphere.

July 17, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Around the Home: Plan for lunch during back-to-school shopping trips

Displays of pencils, markers, crayons, notebooks and other school supplies are filling up the seasonal aisles at area stores.

July 15, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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