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Wilburn: Give a healthy foodie gift this holiday season

Almost two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and more than half don't get enough physical activity.

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: For some, local roads are still a race track

Should the opportunity ever arise for you to deal with a bona fide race car driver on anything having to with driving a car, you might benefit from lessons I've learned. Let me share them.

December 23, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Good friends and holidays stand test of time

Brandon heaved the massive bottom portion of the now-famous amber-colored Christmas tree over his shoulder and came quickly staggering down the stairs, trying to make it down without dropping it.

December 22, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Rejoice in rain and tips for gardens

The weather is cool and the holiday season is in full swing. And while I know many of you have other things on your mind, here are few tips for the home and garden.

December 19, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Be careful where your beauty shop talk leads

It all started at the beauty shop. Most of women's troubles that don't begin with men begin at the beauty shop. But then, you knew that.

December 16, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Bulb always burnt? Try a different kind

Do you have a lamp or light fixture in your home in which light bulbs just don't seem to last that long? If so, you need to know this. There are two main culprits that cause incandescent light bulbs to burn out prematurely: excessive heat and vibration. The simple solution is to just stop using an incandescent bulb in the fixture and use a compact fluorescent. Compact fluorescents are not affected by heat or vibration. About a year ago I was having a real problem with the lights in my garage door opener. I was changing bulbs every month ...

December 14, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn, Family Ties: Second time can be the charm, with hard work

Most people today want a marriage that will last a lifetime.

December 14, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Gifts for gardeners on the ‘good’ list

Now that Black Friday, the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, is behind us, do you have your Christmas shopping wrapped up?

December 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

What's my favorite plant for the holidays?

December 12, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Tiny holiday tastes can add up

The extra calories sometimes sneak up on us over the winter holidays. But they don't always arrive in the form of large portions of calorie-laden food. Rather, they may tiptoe in through many tiny tastes throughout the day.

December 10, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: You never know who might hold purse strings

When Dixie Dew's beloved baby sitter up and went to heaven, I found myself in a quandary: What was I going to do about child care when I traveled?

December 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: When sorry seems to be the hardest word

Twin tear tracks spilled down Chloe's reddened face. "I'm sorry!" she cried.

December 08, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: A big thanks to all who share tips, comments

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to start this week's column by saying thanks to all of you who have shared your tips and feedback. Connecting with people is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. I'm blessed to be able to connect with all of you each week. You'll truly never know how much your e-mails mean to me.

December 08, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Have a holiday cooking question? We’ve got an answer

With a holiday such as Thanksgiving, when the main event revolves around cooking, there are invariably going to be some questions that come up.

December 03, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rosemond: Serious response will curb child's behavior

Question: Our 4-year-old son has a problem with hitting other children at preschool and has to spend the afternoon in his room for this.

December 02, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Quakes will continue as Earth’s plates keep shifting

"What's becoming of the world? When will it all end?" Words of my late grandmother came to mind after the Oct. 14 quake off the coast of Nicaragua and El Salvador.

October 25, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Clean and maintain your tools

Preventive maintenance is so important to any aspect of life, whether it's your health or equipment.

October 24, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


'Laggies' is a man-child romp with a twist

Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low-production value.

October 23, 2014 | BY JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer | Columnists


Stirring up Halloween cookies and memories

As Halloween festivities are upon us, what is your favorite memory?

October 22, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Brush away bacteria on daily basis

Your pet's mouth is full of bacteria. Just like yours.

October 19, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Volcanoes likely to affect millions within our lifetimes

We know the zones where the Earth's crust is thin and allows for devastating volcanic eruptions. But there seems to be no solution to the peril affecting many millions of people who live in the shadow of active volcanoes.

October 18, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Succulent plants can thrive indoors and outside

Succulent plants have become popular for good reasons: they are beautiful, drought tolerant and low maintenance.

October 17, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Goodie guidelines to follow for overseas shipments

If you're planning to send holiday care packages to the troops, now is the time to gather supplies and materials.

October 15, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Pay attention to your body's symptoms

When I started preparing for this article in August, I planned to write about how women and men often show different signs of chest pain or heart attacks.

October 13, 2014 | BY Necole Acton Huelsbeck For The Times | Columnists


Camping novice learns about 'roughing it'

I'll be the first person to admit I'm not much of an outdoor person.

October 12, 2014 | Steven Welch | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Warnings from God

It was morning, and Chloe was watching me iron my shirt and pants for the day.

October 12, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Good meds may have side effects

When I was about 12, Jake "the Snake" Roberts was a scary, scary man. His finishing move, the DDT, was the most devastating maneuver in professional wrestling. He would tuck your neck under his arm, then drive your forehead into the mat.

October 12, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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