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Skaggs: Take care in winter to prepare your trees

As winter approaches, most of us retreat to the cozy confines of our warm, toasty living rooms. We're content watching football, reading a good book or poring over those last-minute Christmas lists. However, have you thought about how your trees are coping with the winter weather?

December 11, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Give your holiday food a healthy makeover

Feel weighed down after a little too much merriment during the holidays? Whether you're watching your waistline, your wallet or your health, some simple substitutions for the fats, sodium and sugars in your favorite dishes can make them healthier.

December 09, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Full moons have allure all their own

For some reason, I've always loved full moons. Every time I see one, I stop in my tracks, fully absorb and appreciate its beauty and then thank the good Lord that I lived to see another beautiful full moon.

December 08, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Send Christmas cards that help charities, too

If you want an easy, painless way to give to charities, you need to check out CardsThatGive.org. It's a nonprofit Web site that lists greeting cards you can buy from more than 100 different charities. The proceeds from the cards help fund a lot of worthy causes. Do it. You'll feel better about yourself.

December 06, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Don’t get caught up in holiday trappings

When your children are all grown up with families of their own, what do you want them to remember about the holidays of their childhood?

December 06, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Fertilizer, seeds may top gardeners' wish lists

It is one week after Black Friday, the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, and the question is, "Is your Christmas shopping complete?"

December 04, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Use evergreens to spruce up dreary winter landscape

How can I make my winter landscape less dreary?

December 04, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Murray: Keeping track of past greats and flops

As the Christmas holiday approaches - and I battle mightily against the Grinch influence - I have retreated to my cellar book. Actually, I have tried to burrow into my cellar book until, say, Jan. 2, but there are certain physical limitations.

December 02, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: The best entourages come with four legs

It's true. Some things you have to see to believe. And then, even though you're certain of the reliability of your own eyes, you don't believe it.

December 01, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: It's OK to get help, but the trick is asking

What started out as a scary night ended up being pretty fun. A strong storm was moving through the area. The lightning and thunder woke both Chloe and Cole. They asked if they could sleep in the same bed, so we let Chloe move into Cole's room. But a few minutes later, the storm knocked out the power.

November 28, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Include a plunger in your party planning

The holiday season is upon us and I know that a lot of you will be hosting parties. Here is a tip that you're not likely to find in any of the women's magazines: Make sure that have a toilet plunger in every bathroom. I'm serious about this. Toilets always seem to know when you're throwing a party and that's when they decide to back up. By having plungers in each bathroom, you can avoid a really embarrassing situation for you and your guests. (Contributed by Bryan Reksten).

November 28, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep your Christmas tree happy

Thanksgiving is now behind us, and that means it is officially Christmas season (though local retailers, of course, started the season weeks ago.)

November 27, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Offer up a blessing for those no longer with us

Thanksgiving is a time to come together and celebrate a family's beloved characters, the ones who give us many stories to declare and laughter to share.

November 23, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cook: Sparks’ latest tale sings with charm

Nicholas Spark's latest novel, "The Last Song," is a heartwarming story about the relationship between a father and his children, the love between two young adults from different classes and the struggles that teenagers endure as they grow up, learning to make wiser and less selfish decisions.

November 22, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Tim: You can thank me later for these

Thanksgiving is this week and I hope you're ready for it. Here are some miscellaneous Thanksgiving tips that I hope will make your holiday better.

November 22, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Dog's weight loss and depleting muscle causes concern

My brain works in funny ways. Yours is probably similar.

September 25, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Barona: Encourage younger generation to embrace good principles

Recently, I engaged in conversation with some youth of my church at St. Michael.

September 25, 2016 | Jaime Barona jbarona@saintmichael.cc | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Now is time for calibrating your lawn spreader

This is the time of year many homeowners are probably thinking about fertilizing or renovating their lawns.

September 23, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Stringer: Empty Bowl Lunch supports Georgia Mountain Food Bank

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is set for Tuesday.

September 21, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Tom Smiley: Encouragement key in sports, life

I love sports. I love athletics. And as long as I can remember, I've been involved in some facet of sporting competition.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Bacterial infection clears but hearing problem arises

Lemmy returns for his recheck following a bout with Leptospirosis.

September 18, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Keep mindful of fires, keep extinguisher close

Single homes in Hall County often come with a built-in garage and a "bonus room" on top of it. If you're thinking about making ...

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wanda Cannon: Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville hosts classes

With the fall season officially beginning next week, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville will open its doors and offer five ...

September 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Rare subtype of bacteria causes infection in dog

Lemmy has been hospitalized for two days when I learn the reason for his illness. I had suspected, but with confirmatory blood work, I now ...

September 11, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Sudden illness takes toll on older dog

Seventeen is old for most dogs. And although Lemmy is not like most dogs, 17 is old for him, too.

September 04, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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