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Thompson: Feeling a chill? Warm up your room and rug

Christmas is around the corner and I have a cool gift idea for you. It's called the RugBuddy. It's basically an electric blanket that can go under area rugs. It gently warms the rug and your room. It's safer than a space heater and a whole lot cheaper to operate. Plus, it's the only radiant heater on the market that you can put under area rugs. (It's even waterproof). You can use it under your desk, on cold bathroom floors, on your boat and even your motorhome. You can find the product by going to ...

November 30, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Today, readers, I have a question for you: Do you have a camellia in your garden? If the answer is "No," maybe you should ask yourself, "Why not?"

November 28, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Remember the basics when cooking turkey

Cooking a turkey can seem daunting, but it's simply a matter of following directions and watching your food thermometer.

November 28, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Full sun will fade holiday flower

Fall is quickly turning into winter, and Christmas is just around the corner. It is the perfect season for gift giving and decorating with flowering plants.

November 28, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Being thrifty or recycling? Either way makes sense

My brother-in-law, Rodney, the wizard of wisecracks in our family, was sitting at the island in my kitchen, watching as I put away food from a Sunday school get-together.

November 25, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: True or false? Do you know your tips?

I haven't given a tip quiz in a while. It's time!

November 23, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Boxelder bugs invade

Almost every fall, county extension offices across North Georgia receive questions about the boxelder bug (Boisea trivittatus). Generally not noticed in summer, boxelder bugs often become an issue when they try to move into homes during fall as they search for overwintering sites

November 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: A story told well can be timeless

When I was a child and given to daydreaming as children often are, I dreamed of what I would be when I grew up. I wanted to be strong, courageous, glamorous and well-traveled. And more than anything, I wanted to tell stories.

November 18, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Try office storage items in your kitchen

Here's a great kitchen storage tip. Use a slotted metal file holder from your office to store thin items like baking sheets and cutting boards. It actually looks kind of cool on your kitchen counter. Just make sure you remove it before your boss comes to visit.

November 17, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

How can compost help my garden?

November 14, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Fall in the garden still holds much work

Fall is an exciting time for gardening. It may be our last chance to have fun in the garden until next spring. Fortunately, we can garden essentially year-round in Georgia, and fall is the ideal time for many activities.

November 14, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Scales tip evenly between food and diets

Publisher's Weekly, a trade publication for the book publishing industry, is always full of interesting tidbits. Annually, it publishes the number of books sold for each title that sold over 100,000 copies in one year.

I am always interested to see how these numbers shape up.

November 12, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Murray: A little research goes a long way

There are two places where folks who like an occasional glass of wine - but who don't know much about it - feel pangs of anxiety. They feel their throats constrict, their self-esteem begin to melt like Dove bars left in an August car.

November 12, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rosemond: Son's 'stupid' act may come from attention need

Question: I hope I am over-thinking this, but my normally happy 6-year-old son has recently started incorporating death and war-like games into his imaginative play.

November 11, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Safe hunting requires a harness

If you're a deer hunter, please make sure you wear your safety harness when climbing, hunting and descending a tree. Each year a number of hunters fall and suffer injuries from broken legs, paralysis and even death. It happened to a friend of mine last weekend; for the rest of his life he'll now have a steel rod in one of his legs. Be careful out there!

November 10, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Wine Without Pretense: Gulping Champagne fast equals quicker intoxication

I subscribe to an online wine news service that delivers a couple of times a week some fascinating stories or statistics about happenings in the giddy world of wine. I'm passing along some condensed versions with my own comments.

March 04, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Dogs don’t suffer from scurvy

May way, ye scurvy dogs!

March 01, 2015 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Fiji seems like paradise, but subject to quakes, hurricanes

Conditions like the record-breaking blasts of cold air during much of February make us dream of warmer weather.

February 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Controlling moss and algae in turf

As turf grass areas occasionally begin to thin out, moss and algae begin to form because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

February 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


For Your Health: Are you sleeping at work

Busy work schedules, hectic family life, late-night television, electronics and other stimulants get in the way of our daily sleep. Therefore, most people sleep when work and family life permits.

February 26, 2015 | BY Daniel L. Cobb, MD For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Stop hiding or covering up sin

When Amy came home, she got the mail out of the mailbox and laid it on the couch when she walked in the door.

February 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Report any violence against animals

Violence against others, be they a female, male, dog, cat or salamander, is never desirable.

February 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia shines as a quiet and safe place, geographically speaking

Complaining about nature's quirks, and the disasters that come with them, is a popular pastime. But in spite of some of the troubles North Georgia has experienced in the past, it's realistic to say that we live in a very sheltered part of the world.

February 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For Your Health: Heart failure becoming more prevalent in Americans

I recently treated a patient who described a long series of problems from the past year. They included weight gain/loss, leg swelling, shortness of breath when walking up stairs, "butterflies fluttering" in her chest and sometimes having to sleep in her recliner to breathe.

February 09, 2015 | | Columnists


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