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Rich: Do me a favor and keep this resolution

Last year, as New Year's approached, a reporter called and asked for my resolutions for the upcoming year for a story she was doing.

April 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Lunch guys: Texting for pizza? Get ready to LOL

We Lunch Guys are always eager to embrace new lunch technology. If we had been doing this decades ago, we would have said to each other, "Let's try that new 'drive through' thing in our Model T."

April 08, 2008 | Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Wilburn: New year brings old food traditions

Did you follow a family tradition when it came to selecting foods for your New Year's celebration? My mother, grandmother and her mother before her always served (of course, made from "scratch") black-eyed peas, collards, roasted pork and corn bread. This was considered a lucky meal in our home and pretty well all over the South.

April 08, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Be wary of overcooking, which can reduce vegetables’ vitamin content

There are many different ways to cook vegetables, each resulting in their own specific result - whether you're going for the dry heat of an oven or the quickness of the microwave.

April 06, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Anyone can write — just some better than others

A friend and I were just talking about this. Talking about how so many people want to write a book.

April 05, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Cell phone cameras can serve as a notepad, too

I've written before about the value of having a camera on your cell phone. For example, you can use it to take a picture of your hotel room number or parking space so you don't forget either one. (I've been known to forget). Well, I was given another great suggestion this week for having a camera phone - Use it to take a picture of your X-ray! Apparently a number of patients are doing this so they can share it with nurses, therapists, other doctors and even friends.

April 03, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


England: Looking for fruit? Your plant may be a hybrid or need pollination

Question: Can you tell me why my flowering quince never produces fruit, even though it has lots of blooms each year?

April 01, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Plan your plant buying to keep nice color around

The normal way of buying flowering plants tends to produce landscapes with three stages every spring: a glorious flash, a fizzle and wait-till-next-year. It seems to happen almost every year.

April 01, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Protect your water by using plastic bottles for intended purposes only

Recently I had someone e-mail my office with the following concern: "I've heard that it could cause cancer if you froze water repeatedly in a water bottle."

March 30, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: So big, it’s shameful — or puts others to shame

The line of Big Mouth Burgers at Chili's has long been on the Lunch Guys "Best Burgers" short list. The name captures the spirit of these magnificent monstrosities.

March 30, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Easter memories are to be cherished

Two rather disturbing things happened during our family Easter last year, both of which I hope can be corrected this year.

March 29, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


England: Pretty pink grass can do well in drought conditions

March 28, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Enjoy fall’s squash treasure: Pumpkins

I love pumpkins! To me, they symbolize fall and the coming of cool weather.

March 28, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: In these dry times, mulch is a plant’s best friend

With many Georgia homeowners wondering if their lawns and landscapes will survive the ongoing drought, folks are looking for a "miracle fix" for their water woes.

March 28, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: Sometimes, a little boost is all we need

The other day, Chloe was trying to get into a chair so she could sit in it "like a big girl." Unfortunately for her, she wasn't as big a girl as she thought she was.

March 28, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Interested in becoming a Georgia Master Gardener?

Around this time of year, I begin sending out applications to individuals interested in taking our Georgia Master Gardener classes at the Hall County Extension office.

August 22, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Bacall, Bogart's chemistry ignites

Last week was a sad one in Hollywood. One day after comedian Robin Williams was found dead, legendary actress Lauren Bacall died.

August 21, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


From the film archives: Parallels between Williams, role of "Patch Adams"

Last week, we lost a comedic icon. The death of Robin Williams is a bitter ending to a man who delighted millions through entertainment.

August 21, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Simple meal on school nights

I admit it. I was different than most of the other kids.

August 20, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Earth Sense: Extension cords can lead to shocks, wiring-induced fires

The word "fire" strikes fear in homeowners. Rightfully so: Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 1,513 people in the U.S. died in house fires, including 57 Georgia residents (www.usfa.fema.gov).

August 17, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Blessings flow upon those who obey God

Chloe is at a stage right now where she won't listen to anything I tell her to do.

August 17, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Animals need care of veterinarian

The following is a true story. Names have been omitted to protect the innocent, as well as the less-than-innocent.

August 17, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Resolving pest problems

One man or woman's cute and cuddly critter is another person's pest. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it eats your prize-winning roses or caused $1,000 in damage to the garage or attic.

August 15, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Senior shenanigans at 'Ridgemont High'

It's that time again. The school year has officially begun, which means early, hurried mornings, school supply lists and dents in your wallet for lunch money. Oh joy!

August 14, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: It’s grill time; devour red meats with red wine

Gentlemen, masochists that we are, we struggle out into the North Georgia summer heat and humidity to battle with that masculine dragon - the grill.

August 13, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Research breeds before buying dog

The time is nigh and fantasy football approaches!

August 10, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Colors result from surfaces reflecting available light

Colors change with the light. This was an issue recently when a friend was having a vintage Porsche repainted, and the shade of ivory just didn't look right.

August 10, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


August superb time to ready gardens for autumn harvest

In the Southern climate, gardeners have a second chance to replant, add new plants and harvest vegetables as fall nears.

August 08, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Cut fat, calories in dips

Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.

July 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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