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Rich: Forever linked by a tragic accident

Several years ago, an obituary in the Atlanta paper caught my eye and I clipped it out. I ran across it recently and, again as then, I found myself fascinated by how it summed up the man who died and what that summation says about our society.

July 19, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Shelf liner close to duct tape in its uses

I was in a grocery store the other day and noticed that they were selling "Jar Opening Rubber Grippers." The grippers were actually just round pieces of rubberized shelf liner. So, save yourself some money, buy the shelf liner and make as many grippers as you want. By the way, you can also cut out small pieces of the liner and sew them to the bottom of your slippers for better traction. There are almost as many uses for rubberized shelf liner as there are for duct tape!

July 17, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Lunch guys: KFC’s smoky chipotle gets chilly reception

Editor's note: After writing more than 200 columns over the past five years, the Lunch Guys are calling its quits. This is their final column.

July 16, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Infrequent rainfall means more mosquitoes waiting to hatch

Georgia's ongoing drought could produce a mosquito baby boom, says an expert with the University of Georgia.

July 15, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Answering tough questions can save couple heartache

When romance is in the air and a walk down the aisle is in your future, plans for the big event seem to take priority over planning for the marriage relationship.

July 12, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: 10 steps to create drought tolerance

With the ongoing drought, many home gardeners and landscape professionals alike are looking for ways to save water yet still maintain an attractive landscape. Here are 10 steps to a more drought-tolerant landscape.

July 11, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Rescuing 'possums does have a good side

You may recall past columns where I wrote of my friend, Stevie, who rescues distressed 'possums and then influenced me to do the same when I found an injured 'possum on my front porch.

I wrote of that experience, noting how sweet the 'possum was and how Stevie and I should start a nonprofit for the preservation of 'possum.

July 11, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Both true and fictional can be good

Chloe loves books. Every night before she goes to bed, Amy or I have to read to her. Sometimes, in the middle of the day, she comes to us with a book in her hand, begging us to read it to her.

July 10, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: A quick check can stop a runaway car

Last Saturday I had something very unique happen to me. I was traveling down Ga. 53 in my Jeep when I discovered that when I took my foot off of the accelerator, the vehicle didn't slow down. In fact the Jeep kept going at 50 miles per hour with no intention of slowing down. A normal person in this situation would have probably started screaming for mommy - but not the tip man. (OK, I never said I was modest). Remembering an old tip, I put my foot underneath the accelerator and pulled it towards me. This helped some. After ...

July 10, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Murray: If you’ve got time, invest in a bottle

One of the nice aspects of writing a column for a daily newspaper is the interplay that results with readers.

July 09, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: A lonely refrain for a suffering slugger

It may seem surprising to you - for it is to me - that I, the undeniable embodiment of all things Southern, should become so fascinated by a Yankee.

July 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use the Web to check your antenna’s reception — or, get something sweet

In February, all of the major television stations will stop transmitting their over-the-air signals in analog and will switch to digital. People who don't have cable or satellite service are already getting the government's $40 coupons to go out and buy a digital-to-analog converter for their analog TV sets. But here's something most people don't know: Odds are that your existing antenna won't work that well with the digital signals. When England switched from analog to digital several years ago, this was actually a major problem. A number of people had to go out and ...

July 03, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Embrace a yard’s shady spaces

From the many questions I receive in the extension office, it seems that many gardeners want what they do not have.

July 01, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Enjoy the rich flavor of leafy lettuces

Green leaves are nutrient rich because they contain the light-catching, energy-converting machinery of plants.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: A little fit can go a long way

Right then and there in the Los Angeles International Airport, I thought I was going to have to pitch a conniption fit. That, to explain a conniption fit properly, is when a woman of Southern origin creates a scene of dramatic wailing and gnashing of teeth.

June 28, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Gluten not harmful to your pets

Have you heard of dihydrogen monoxide? It's in tons of products from soft drinks to bug sprays and even in baby food. It's one of the most caustic substances known to man and will eventually break down metal or rock if left in contact long enough.

October 26, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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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