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Off the Shelves: ‘Cross Gardener’ beautifully crafted but lacks a spark

A few weeks ago, I reviewed a wonderful book, "The Wednesday Letters" by Jason F. Wright. It was a story about the bonds of family, the enduring strength of love and the power of forgiveness.

March 14, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Don't let spring fever tempt you to plant

Spring fever has hit at the Extension office.

March 11, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: What are some new flowering plants this year?

With a couple of days of warm weather, the itching to start planning my garden is upon me. This time of year always tempts me to get the magazines out and find out about new and upcoming flower varieties to put in to my southern garden. What are some of the hottest new flowering plants to buy this year?

March 11, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Planning ahead saves you time in the kitchen

Better meals are the result of good planning. Planning helps us include the foods we need to be healthy, to write menus and make grocery lists and even be better shoppers. Planning will also help you save time in your kitchen.

March 09, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


If it’s worth keeping, it’s in the family Bible

At a café in Biloxi, Miss., friends and I were chatting over coffee when we were joined by a man who is a business associate of one of my friends sitting at the table.

March 09, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Consider landscaping with herbs this spring

The magical properties of herbs are entwined in the lore of many cultures. People have used them since early times for healing, fragrances and distinctive flavors. However you use them, herbs can be exciting in any landscape, too, from formal herb gardens to informal mixes in beds of annuals, perennials or shrubs.

March 04, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


'Big Red' still dominates wine choices

The sun was heading for the horizon one afternoon recently; it was going on 5 p.m. I glanced at the bird feeder, stuck on a pole about 2 feet from our screened-in back deck.

March 02, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Beware the travails of a rambling wanderer

Poet, my friend who reigns supremely in the Mississippi Delta, has few complaints. So when he voiced one the other day, I was not only surprised, I was astounded. Particularly when I heard what was troubling him.

March 01, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


We can always find safety in our father’s hands

The other day I picked Chloe up, and the strangest thing happened: She got scared. Really scared.

February 28, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


‘Shades’ has lots of imagination but lacks heart

It's hard to define what exactly is the genre for Jasper Fforde's latest novel, "Shades of Grey."

February 28, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Cannon: Prepare now for a fruitful spring

We are into our last days of winter (hopefully), so what types of tasks need to be done to prepare my garden for spring?

February 25, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Meet 5 plants that will go for the gold

Throughout the winter Olympics in Vancouver, gold medals have been awarded for such events as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and bobsledding. While that's all well and good, I'll bet the Olympic committee hasn't presented a single award to an annual, perennial, tree or shrub!

February 25, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Heartburn signals a weak stomach

Many of us suffer from heartburn after eating a big meal. The official name for heartburn is esophageal reflux. Heartburn may mean we have eaten too much, but it can also signal that the sphincter that keeps food in our stomach is weak.

February 23, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Southern tales will warm up coldest Northern nights

During those gray, cloud-filled days, figuratively and literally, I wasn't exactly imprisoned but two years of consented captivity in the unfamiliar North was one of the greatest burdens my Southern soul has ever carried.

February 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Prevent pests with proper planning

If you have fruit trees, you have probably experienced the disappointment of watching apples or peaches grow to almost ripe, only to be wiped out by an insect or disease.

February 18, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Not all bad things that happen to pets can be prevented

My tooth hurts.

December 04, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Having to wait during Advent

For the vast majority of Christians around the world, we have entered into the beautiful season of Advent. It is the time when we watch ...

December 04, 2016 | Stuart Higginbotham | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Drought conditions still a factor despite two rainy days

This is one of the worst droughts I can remember. And according to a lot of other folks, this one sure does take the cake ...

December 01, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Slight variations to recipes can make dishes healthier

Family dinners are great places to treat your appetites this holiday season. Unfortunately, it's tempting to overeat.

November 29, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Help pets in need this holiday season

There's a scene in "Rebel Without A Cause" in which the line "You read too many comic books" is uttered.

November 27, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Thankful for the natural world and Master Gardeners who work in it

As the holiday season begins, many reflect on the year and what lies ahead.

November 24, 2016 | | Columnists


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