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Dixie Diva: A journey of sweetness rediscovering Mama, and myself

It is my strong and abiding philosophy that good springs forth from the midst of whatever bad happens to us. In the recent days that now trail behind me as time spent sweetly, I have luxuriated in the good that came from the water line break that practically demolished my childhood home.

January 03, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Feast your eyes on the exquisite ‘Edible Stories’

Since this is the beginning of a brand new year, I've taken a little time to think about how glad I am to have survived 2010, and particularly surviving this past holiday season.

January 02, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Family Ties: Sibling conflicts — Combating tattling, bickering and teasing

By the end of the holidays, siblings have spent much time together. As a result, conflicts, such as tattling, bickering and teasing heighten.

January 02, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Planning is now for the garden of your dreams

Now that the holidays are almost over, it is a good time to read some gardening books to help you with those spring garden dreams. If you are like me, I am always looking at different spots in my yard and leafing through garden magazines for new plants and garden ideas to plan for in the warmer months ahead.

December 30, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Make 2011 a healthier year month by month

At the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, millions of people will resolve to lose weight, exercise more, and eat better. But how many of these resolutions are "history" by Feb. 1?

December 28, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Happy New Year: There will be no sequel

It sounded like a great idea at the time. Most of my ideas do. "Hair-brained scheme," is what Mama sometimes called them.

December 27, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: The one who is the focus of the party is always special

Chloe was recently invited to another child's birthday party. We went and bought a gift, wrapped it up and took it to the party venue. The party was being held at an ice skating rink which had a "special" room where the "special" girl could have her "special" time uninterrupted by the "common people," it seemed.

December 26, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Around the Home: Cooking ahead for holiday meals

Last-minute hurried food preparations can drain any cook's holiday spirit. By planning ahead and sticking to a budget (both time and money) you can take some of the hassle out of your holidays, while keeping food quality, flavor and safety a top priority.

December 21, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


I’ll never forget his special gift

His name was Ricky and though I remember the gift he gave me that Christmas 30 years ago, I don't recall his last name. I wish I did.

December 20, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Fat Man’ puts new twist on holiday classics

It's interesting to think about the different ways that Christmas has been depicted throughout the decades in movies and television shows. For many of us, holiday movies such as "A Christmas Story," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" are part of our Christmas tradition.

December 20, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: A closer look at our Christmas greenery traditions

Have you ever wondered about the origins of our Christmas symbols that we adorn our homes with through the holiday season? I did a little research and came up with some interesting facts about some of the common decorations that we so lovingly fill our homes with this time of year.

December 17, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Capital calls, but Hall County will always be home

As you have likely heard, I will be leaving Hall County Cooperative Extension in January for a new job at the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Commissioner-elect Gary Black has asked me to serve as chief operating officer for the department.

December 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: Try healthier versions of your holiday favorites

You can easily and quickly make your favorite holiday recipes in a reduced-fat and/or low-calorie way by including healthier cooking methods and ingredient substitution. I have chosen two fall family favorites - candied sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie and included tips that will keep the flavor, but reduce the fat.

December 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


The strength of Southern women

The text that my sister sent was simple yet so powerful: "He is gone to be with God."

December 13, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Dipping our toes in sin can trap us

"Daddy, help!" Chloe's voice, filled with panic, rushed up toward me from the back seat.

December 12, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Miscalculation proves costly for one cat

At times in my youth, I avoided trouble by using my wits. At other times, dumb luck saw me through.

April 30, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Cynthia Park: A spiritual perspective on learning to fail, pain

The opioid addiction epidemic in our country - and in our county - has reached a frightening level.

April 30, 2017 | The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park cynthia@gracechurchgainesville.com | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Tricks equal treats and weight gain

Leia is all grown up.

April 23, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Lee Koontz: Instead of rules, follow emotions on your religious path

It's the week after Easter, so naturally I'm thinking about Jimi Hendrix.

April 23, 2017 | BY THE REV. LEE KOONTZ lkoontz@fpcga.org | Columnists


Earth Sense: Hurricanes’ impact is usually unpredictable

Hurricane season starts a few weeks from now. With all the news about climatic change, it raises the question whether we'll have more hurricanes ...

April 23, 2017 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Pollen gives people itchy eyes as well as honey, fruit and flowers

If the warm temperatures and abundance of azalea blooms were not enough to clue you in that spring is here, itchy eyes and sinus pressure ...

April 20, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


How to properly store and reheat Easter leftovers

Springtime is officially upon us.

April 19, 2017 | BY CARIN BOOTH boothc@uga.edu | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: How to train a cat with the click of a button

It's a bizarre story, but it's true. The next time I see Leia, she doesn't see me.

April 16, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Father Eric Hill: Good news: Christ has risen today

"The Lord has Risen" is our Easter proclamation. It is not just the good news, it is great news.

April 16, 2017 | Father Eric Hill freric@popcatholicchurch.org | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Add rituals to prayer during Holy Week

Twelve years ago this week, I found myself at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I went with a seminary group to spend a week at ...

April 09, 2017 | The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham stuart@gracechurch gainesville.org | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Declawing cats not really necessary

Leia has sutures at the site of her surgery. Internally, she does too, but hopefully I never see those again.

April 02, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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