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Take a trip into the surprising ‘Swamplandia!’

Karen Russell's debut novel, "Swamplandia!," is unlike any story you're familiar with, and it may be an odd literary confection that many readers would have to acquire a taste for. However, once you venture into Russell's mystical menagerie of the Florida Everglades, there is an ecosystem of blossoming prose and vibrant imagination. It all weaves together into a mesmerizing gothic portrait of love, death and the loss of innocence.

February 27, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Sharp tools, good technique are needed for pruning

Rural East Georgia in the 1950's was a different world. In retrospect, I sometimes think it was a better world, but hindsight is not always accurate sight.

February 24, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


Consider planting hollies for a property border

Question: What are some good trees that will provide a border or buffer along my property lines?

February 24, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the home:Get more taste, less salt with flavor combinations

The following flavor and food combinations, adapted from information provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (www.nhlbi.nih.gov), have the added benefit of making meat, poultry, fish and vegetables tasty without adding salt.

February 23, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie Divas: There’s family in those hills

When Robert, a devout reader of this column who also happens to be an accomplished researcher in matter of family lineage, offered to trace my family roots, I accepted faster than kudzu can grow on a hot summer's day.

February 22, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Set an example for our children, as God does for us

When I was 19 years old, I injured my ankle. Badly. I was playing volleyball in someone's backyard without any shoes on (much to the consternation of my mother). I came down wrong, turned my ankle over and heard a loud "pop."

February 20, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Be ready to work if you plant rose bushes

Valentine's Day has come and gone. Candy, jewelry, flowers and cards have been given and received. I have no idea how many roses were given this past Monday, but I'm fairly certain the number would be in the millions.

February 18, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


Around the Home: Tips to keep your food safe and fresh

What good does it do to buy good food for your family if it makes them ill?

February 16, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Mama’s fix? Use Duct tape

In digging through the material remains of what I consider to be my heart's one-and-only home, I have smiled repeatedly, even chuckled out loud on occasion, at Mama's thriftiness.

February 15, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Surviving Valentine’s Day on a budget

Valentine's Day can be a costly holiday. To reduce the cost but retain the sentiment of the day, move beyond traditions. There are a variety of ways to show loved ones how much they mean to you without emptying your wallet.

February 13, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Gardening Q&A: Tips on ornamental, Bermuda grass

Question: When do you cut back ornamental grasses such as pampas, zebra and fountain grass?

February 11, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the home: Learn ways to prevent kids from choking on food

Choking can be life-threatening. According to Safe Kids USA , approximately 873 children ages 14 and younger die from airway obstruction injuries each year. More than 19,000 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for choking-related episodes in 2005.

February 09, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie divas: Mamas and babies are forever

One morning when I went for a run, the good Lord blessed me with such a joy, though simple that it was.

February 08, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Putting the Golden Rule to the test

One day I took a walk with Chloe and Cole. Cole loves his big sister, and expressed an interest for her to walk with him. In response, Chloe sped up and walked ahead, leaving Cole behind.

February 06, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Taste the flavors of childhood with blueberries

Sundays were mighty special around our farm. Of course, they all started with the mad rush of two adults and four children attempting to eat breakfast, clean up and dress for Sunday school and church.

February 03, 2011 | Gene Anderson | Columnists


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The Rev. Eric Hill: Take time to connect with God again

We are in the midst of the summer of 2017. Most likely we are all extremely busy with many activities such as graduations, family reunions ...

June 25, 2017 | The Rev. Eric Hill freric@popcatholicchurch.org | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Cats’ chronic problems emerge in middle age

It is the nature of my vocation that I am generally older than most of my co-workers. So to deal with the proverbial elephant in ...

June 25, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Carin Booth: Healthy Homes Month a good time to check for radon

Today is the official first day of summer, according to the Farmer's Almanac. Summer brings the outdoor fun and, for many of us, finding ...

June 21, 2017 | BY CARIN BOOTH boothc@uga.edu | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: The significance of silence is great

If you were to make a list of the top 10 characteristics of our current society, I don't think silence would make the list ...

June 18, 2017 | The Rev. Dr. Stuart Higginbotham stuart@gracechurchgainesville.org | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Skunks love cat food; cats hate skunks

Leia lives an uneventful life for a couple of years. At least relative to health issues, it is uneventful. She visits our office yearly, receiving ...

June 18, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


God remains an all-powerful being for everyone

Question: I know God is supposed to be all-powerful, but is there anything that God can't do? - Mrs. S.F.

June 17, 2017 | Billy Graham www.billygraham.org | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Be on the lookout for leaf spots in the landscapes

Georgia's weather is funny, and it does not take long for it to change on a dime. Spring was warm and wet and now ...

June 16, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: No teen girl wants to pick corn, but the payoff is sweet

I've had many jobs over the years but one I don't miss at all is the corn-picking job I was assigned as a ...

June 14, 2017 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Randall Murray: Educate yourself on the range of wine issues such as counterfeiting, fermentating

Here's a collection of myths, stories, newsbreaks and interesting tidbits from the world of wine. Sometimes you just can't make this stuff up.

June 07, 2017 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Steps to follow when traveling with your pet

Long story short: The government of Argentina has a copy of my driver's license.

May 14, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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