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Wilburn: Keep proper temperatures in mind when cooking meats

These days, food thermometers aren't just for your holiday roasts - they're for all cuts and sizes of meat and poultry, including hamburgers, chicken breasts and pork chops.

October 22, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Myers: When the father forgives it’s forever

Chloe has this board book that's pretty neat. In between the cardboard "pages" there's a cutout section so a panel can be slid in and out, changing the action on the page.

Chloe loves the book, and I have to admit that I'm pretty taken with it, too. Amy tells me, "Simple mind, simple pleasures." She's so funny.

October 19, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Nifty device gives you a hand when shaving your head

As you can tell from the picture to the right, I'm not bald. However, a lot of guys are, and this tip is for them. Instead of shaving your head with a regular razor, use the Head Blade. It's basically a razor that attaches to your hand. You can find it on line at www.headblade.com. Some local drugstores have started carrying it as well. If you're not sure about trying it out, check out some of the video testimonials of the product on YouTube. (Contributed by Ricky Moore)

Unfortunately, we're hitting some tough economic ...

October 19, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Listening and actually hearing can be tricky

Sometimes, the hardest part in communicating is "hearing" what is actually said.

October 19, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Planting bulbs is one of my favorite activities in the fall. The anticipation of them coming up in early spring signals warm weather is on its way, and soon my garden will be full of color. What are some of the most commonly planted bulbs, and how and when do they need to be planted?

October 17, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Plant in the right spot

Fall is here, and for the gardening enthusiast, now is the ideal time to make additions to your landscape - in particular, hardy perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees. While many of us are familiar with "spring fever," fall actually is the appropriate time to plant. Trees and shrubs planted now have the entire fall and winter to set down roots and get established before the heat of spring and summer arrives.

October 17, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Trim that grocery bill with these tips

It's not just shock at the price of gas making headlines; food costs at the grocery store are getting our attention as well.

October 15, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: With men, it’s about substance over style

Karen is always full of advice, even that which I don't desire or necessarily need. Like the other day.

"I have a good piece of advice for you," she began in one of our daily conversations that includes vital information like how many pieces of fried chicken Dixie Dew ate at Mama's or how her kids are not practicing piano. She called me up, I answered the phone and it all began with those words.

October 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Lessons in learnin’ a thing or two

As though it was just yesterday, not the too-many-years-to-count that it really was, I can hear my daddy clearly. He'd pull back his shoulders, raise an eyebrow and point his finger at me - always with great meaning - and say, "Little girl, I'm about to learn you a thing or two."

October 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Potty training should be kept simple

I've said many, many times that letting a child older than 30 months soil and wet herself several times a day is an insult to the child's intelligence.

October 13, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Freezer holds answer for smelly trash

If you suffer from "bad-smelling-trash-can-itis," I have a solution for you. Instead of throwing your food scraps in your trash can, wrap them up and put them in your freezer. Just make sure to throw them away on your trash pick-up day.

A co-worker, Kevin Eicher, shared this one with me. Kevin was having trouble with pine straw building up on his roof, especially in the valleys of the roof. He didn't want to risk getting on a tall ladder to remove the pine straw so he came up with a pretty unique idea. He took an old fishing ...

October 12, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: In shade, moss is a winner over grass

Homeowners across North Georgia know that in order to maintain an attractive fescue lawn, over-seeding is required. Certainly, fescue lawns have taken a beating due to the drought of 2008. However, I am often asking how to rid a lawn of moss in order to plant grass.

Moss is simply a plant looking for a good home, and if the right conditions are provided, it can quickly take up residence and do quite well.

October 10, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rosemond: A parent's role isn't to be a helicopter

A journalist recently asked me to name the No. 1 problem facing today's family. I think she expected me to address education, the economy or some other "hot" topic. To her surprise, I said, "A confusion of roles."

In today's parenting universe, married women with children think of themselves first and foremost as mothers, and married men with children think of themselves first and foremost as fathers. This is confusion. If you are married with children, you are first and foremost a wife or a husband. In your wedding vows, you did not say, "I take you to ...

October 10, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Murray: Next time you pour, think in the box

A wino friend dropped by recently and I thought he was going to have a stroke. He spotted - gasp! - a box of wine on my kitchen counter.

When, with sinful glee, I offered him a swig of the stuff from a cardboard box, he gagged and staggered off the porch and into the woods. I think a bear got him, which I think he would have preferred to being forced to drink wine from a box.

October 08, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Life's simple pleasures can sound so sweet

A while back, Mama, Louise, Rodney and I visited with some good friends of ours up in the mountains.

October 07, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Around the Home: Walk, eat way to healthier version

Whether you like walking, aerobics, dancing or a variety of sports, UGA Extension's Walk Georgia can help you find tools to stay fit.

August 27, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Follow your veterinarian’s advice

I recently enjoyed a day of whitewater rafting near Clayton.

August 24, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: When unexpected heavy rains occur, move to higher ground

Superstorm Sandy, which covered the East Coast with floodwaters from Florida to Maine in 2012, is still a household name. But memories of Sandy were overshadowed by the torrential rains that hit Baltimore, Long Island and Connecticut on Aug. 12.

August 24, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Interested in becoming a Georgia Master Gardener?

Around this time of year, I begin sending out applications to individuals interested in taking our Georgia Master Gardener classes at the Hall County Extension office.

August 22, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Bacall, Bogart's chemistry ignites

Last week was a sad one in Hollywood. One day after comedian Robin Williams was found dead, legendary actress Lauren Bacall died.

August 21, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


From the film archives: Parallels between Williams, role of "Patch Adams"

Last week, we lost a comedic icon. The death of Robin Williams is a bitter ending to a man who delighted millions through entertainment.

August 21, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Simple meal on school nights

I admit it. I was different than most of the other kids.

August 20, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Earth Sense: Extension cords can lead to shocks, wiring-induced fires

The word "fire" strikes fear in homeowners. Rightfully so: Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 1,513 people in the U.S. died in house fires, including 57 Georgia residents (www.usfa.fema.gov).

August 17, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Blessings flow upon those who obey God

Chloe is at a stage right now where she won't listen to anything I tell her to do.

August 17, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Animals need care of veterinarian

The following is a true story. Names have been omitted to protect the innocent, as well as the less-than-innocent.

August 17, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Resolving pest problems

One man or woman's cute and cuddly critter is another person's pest. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it eats your prize-winning roses or caused $1,000 in damage to the garage or attic.

August 15, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Senior shenanigans at 'Ridgemont High'

It's that time again. The school year has officially begun, which means early, hurried mornings, school supply lists and dents in your wallet for lunch money. Oh joy!

August 14, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: It’s grill time; devour red meats with red wine

Gentlemen, masochists that we are, we struggle out into the North Georgia summer heat and humidity to battle with that masculine dragon - the grill.

August 13, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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