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Thompson: Simple ideas lessen the hard work

If you've never heard of the Bigslider, let me tell you about it. This cool product helps you move large objects and can replace your wheelbarrow. It's basically a 2-foot by 5-foot piece of high-density Polyethylene and has a handle on one end. You can put a heavy load on the Bigslider like a large TV, a water heater or a big flower pot. Then you can easily slide the heavy load. The Bigslider can slide over carpet, concrete, asphalt and grass. The thing I really like about this product is that instead of picking up a heavy ...

February 08, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: A little work can be fruitful

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 06, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Lambrusco wine comes in quality varieties

I'm back. I hope somebody noticed I took a month off in January. Lots of "stuff" going on in December - including a visit from a brand new grandbaby - so I gave myself a brief hiatus for the start of the new year.

February 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Sharing the gift of life’s wisdom

Readers have often reassured me that among their favorite columns are the ones in which I share the wisdom passed down to me by my parents. But just this morning I got to thinking: I have some wisdom, too, that I can share.

February 03, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Wordlock a nice idea with limited use

OK, I'm really torn about sharing this next gadget with you. It's called the Wordlock and it's basically a combination lock that uses letters instead of numbers.

February 01, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep kids in mind when dating again

After a separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one, it takes time to cope with feelings and move on to another relationship.

February 01, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Cannon: Steps to keep plants warm, healthy in winter

Wintertime can be tough on your plants, inside and out. What can one do to prevent injury to more fragile plants during the winter months?

January 29, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Now is the time to take on plant pruning

Now is a prime time to prune plants, but only if you have a reason.

January 29, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: What’s your portion distortion?

You've probably noticed that food portions in restaurants have grown in size and provide enough food for at least two people. This can lead to weight gain.

January 28, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Buying the cow gets you milk for free

To Rodney, my ever dutiful brother-in-law, I suggested that we get a community cow. What with dairy prices going so high and all.

January 27, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: With love, God will take what we are willing to give

I sometimes wonder if I love God enough.

January 25, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Nifty gadget keeps your earbuds in line

If you have an iPod, you know the hassle of storing your earbuds. Well, the Web site X-tremegeek.com has a product that solves this problem once and for all. It's called the iRoll Earphone Cord Manager. It's hard to describe how it works, but let me assure you it does. It's made out of a rubbery material and comes in blue and pink. The pictures help explain it better. (The first picture shows the device open and the second picture shows it closed). It's less than $10.

January 25, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Ferns can survive winter with care

Nothing is more inviting than a big front porch flanked on each side with beautiful ferns.

January 23, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Warm up with homemade soup

When the weather outside is frightful, a nice, hot bowl of homemade soup can be quite delightful. For many, soup is considered the ultimate comfort food, especially during the cold winter months. Whether served as the main course or as an appetizer, soup is a hearty, nutritious, low-cost dish that is sure to satisfy.

January 21, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: GPS is good for more than just directions

Editor's note: Like most things these days, our intrepid tips columnist Tim Thompson is trying to do more with less. Unfortunately, that means he has less time to test and write about tips. Rather than stop the column entirely, he's scaling back his tips to just one or two a week.

January 18, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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When I was a senior in high school, I voted in my first election.

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Waterfalls are a spectacular show of natural beauty.

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Earth Sense: Don’t get a shock, or worse, from faulty wiring in home

Time and time again we see it in poorly written movies: The bad guy kills someone by throwing a plugged-in radio into the bathtub.

August 23, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Take time to renovate your landscape right now

Late summer is an excellent time to devise a plan for renovating your landscape. By planning now, you can take advantage of the best planting ...

August 21, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Play with kids after school to encourage exercise habits

Sometimes on school days, there is a bit of a lull between arriving home and study time.

August 19, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: South African wins earning worldwide respect

South Africa is a nation of great contradictions, a turbulent history and a remarkable ability to forgive and move forward.

August 04, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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