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Rich: Share love with a pen and paper

Just this morning, I turned the page of a book and was immediately and delightedly reminded of the power of words on paper.

July 28, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: A brutal killing becomes an act of grace

A couple of years ago, I read a story in this very newspaper about a man named Glen Mitchell. He lived in Jacksonville, Fla., and had a 13-year-old son named Jeff. One day Jeff was shot and killed by four boys while he was waiting for Glen to pick him up from school. One of the boys, Ellis Curry, later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and spent 12 years in prison.

July 26, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Some prep keeps burgers from over-plumping

Here's a hamburger grilling tip that I bet you've never heard. Have you ever noticed that when grilling a hamburger it tends to plump in the middle? To avoid this, make an indentation in the center of the patty before you put it on the grill. The indentation should be around two inches in diameter and about half of the thickness of the burger.

July 26, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Watch out! Ambrosia beetles will do damage

Over the last several weeks, I've received numerous calls concerning a particularly damaging pest of landscape trees.

July 24, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Preserve tomatoes at their summer peak

There are lots of ways to continue enjoying those fresh tomatoes all year.

July 22, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: In the world of Southern cooks, enough isn’t enough

Early on that Saturday morning, the phone had rung as I puzzled over the recently acquired digital camcorder, wondering why on earth I had purchased such a sophisticated one.

July 21, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cook: A silly tale for fans of Middle Earth

You can pretty much guess from the title alone: "Muddle Earth," a trilogy of short novels following the adventures of a young boy magically transported to a whimsical world of elves and magical creatures, is largely a parody of the "Lord of the Rings" series by J.R.R. Tolkien.

July 19, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Thompson: Make sure fruit won’t ripen all at once

When buying fruit at the store, buy some pieces that are already ripe and some that are not quite ripe. By doing this you minimize having to eat over-ripe fruits and reduce chances of the fruit going bad before you can eat it. By the way, people don't realize that you can break up a bunch of bananas when you're in the store.

July 19, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Dos and don’ts for Georgia gardening

Today's column comes to you courtesy of my good friend Wade Hutcheson, Spalding County Extension agent.

July 17, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Knock out roses add color

What is a great landscape plant that will add color to my yard, too?

July 17, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Be safe when cooking outside

Common sense goes a long way in packing foods safely for outdoor dining. Whether you are packing up to go to Lake Lanier, the park or to the backyard, the same principles apply.

July 15, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: South’s old drifters still drift, but with luggage

Not long ago, headed down Interstate 20 somewhere near Augusta, I saw a sight not particularly unusual but thought-provoking, nonetheless. One detail caught my attention.

July 14, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Chores for the summer garden

While the weather is warm and muggy, there is still much to do in the landscape and garden.

July 10, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Summer's heat calls for a wine that's sweet

Yep, it's summer. If you don't believe the thermometer and the humidity indicator, just check your personal sweat factor.

July 09, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wilburn: Embrace summer’s bounty of squash

I love to cook summer squash because it is such a versatile vegetable. I have hundreds of recipes from zucchini bread to stuffed squash boats and of course, my grandmother's squash and Vidalia onion casserole.

July 08, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Kennel cough is no laughing matter

A one-eyed dog with a cough walks into a bar.

May 22, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Responses to sunlight vary by country

Some cultural differences are subtle. Others are highly visible; for example, the way in which people treat sunshine.

May 22, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Scale insects attack plants early in the season

This year has been a year for scales.

May 19, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: How to eat out and eat healthy

If you're celebrating a special occasion this season, just remember you can still make healthy meal choices.

May 17, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Unruly dog bites Lemmy and causes him to lose an eye

It's noon on a Saturday, and I am anticipating heading home in an hour or so. I have plans to school my oldest child ...

May 15, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Himalayas impact weather across Asia

No mountain system in the world has a greater influence on weather than the plateau of Tibet and its fringe, the Himalayas. Even the tallest ...

May 15, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog learns to share human attention with a new kitten

Our history of Lemmy leaps forward this week, encompassing three mostly uneventful years.

May 08, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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