In my office, high up on a shelf, sits a pretty dainty little plaque that has survived numerous moves without being lost or broken.
I am not sure who gave it to me -- I have had it so long, that I forgot. But whoever it was, they evidently know me very well because the pretty, girlie plaque declares: "Never underestimate the power of a good hissie fit."
"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: Religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin."
That's what Linus said in the Charlie Brown Halloween special more than 40 years ago.
One of nature's greatest spectacles is the array of colors presented during autumn in the mountains.
Most of us are lucky enough to live within driving distance of a deciduous forest, allowing us to take in the beauty of the color change.
There's a window of opportunity as a parent, probably from a child's age of 2 to about 11 where any and every thing we say is gold.
Once they hit the 12-year-old mark, any words that come out of our mouths sound very similar to the teachers on the Charlie Brown cartoons.
Being the parent of an only child I willingly admit he is a little bit spoiled. Not necessarily with material things, although his room would beg otherwise. He on the other hand, would tell you a tale of how deprived he is because at 8 years of age, he doesn't have his own iPhone or tablet. But when it comes to attention, Cole is pretty rotten.
"Mama, tell me about when I was born again," he asked as his 8th birthday neared earlier this week.
We are now officially into fall, which means it is time to start thinking about how to protect our ornamental plants from cold damage.
Daylight hours are getting shorter and nighttime temperatures are dropping. Plants are starting to move in to a state of dormancy, or rest, as their growth hormones slow down.
Most of us are fortunate to live fairly comfortably in our everyday lives. We are lucky to live in a stable society that allows most of us to never worry about our food supply. We all have access to electricity, and all of the comforts and entertainment that comes with it.
Have you ever thought about what you would do if a natural disaster stuck? What if you no longer had electricity, water and access to the grocery store for extended periods of time?
One morning on Facebook my friend Lori and I got in a conversation about why we were up so early.
For me, 5:30 a.m. is normal. I declared myself a morning person.
Last Tuesday marked the 11th anniversary of one of our nation's saddest days: 9/11/01. I don't think anyone will ever forget that day nor should they. People all around the nation, not just in New York, were paying tribute and memorializing for those who perished.
For some, it was a ceremony. For others, it was a moment of silence.
Summer and fall are the most common times to find fruit flies in your home. Although they may occur year-round, the usual abundance of ripening fruit in many people's homes in the summer and fall tend to attract more flies.
Fresh fruit is an important part of a healthy diet, so don't let fruit flies deter you from eating right.
Like a lot of women, I worry about my weight constantly. I was a chubby kid and no matter how many pounds I lose, I always have that chubby ghost lurking in the back of my head.
Mama never had to worry about her weight when she was younger. She was a skinny kid, all elbows and knees. As an adult, she was thin, probably because nicotine and coffee were her two major food groups.
Boxwoods (Buxus sp.) are a well-known garden shrub frequently planted in Georgia.
They have been used for many years in English formal gardens where they gained the reputation as a must-have for upscale, magisterial landscapes.
Parenthood comes with a unique set of challenges. Are you teaching your children the right things? Are they getting the right foods, the right education? Are they involved in the right extracurricular activities? Are you scarring them for life?
But children are resilient people. They seem to go with the ebb and flow of life much easier than adults. Some of the things we worry about, they don't even notice.
"Elvis is going to be reincarnated as a blue-eyed blonde this year," Mama announced to me when I was pregnant with Cole several years ago. "Sylvia Browne just said so on 'Montel' this morning."
Now Mama being as quirky as she is loves her some Sylvia Browne and never missed an episode of Montel Williams' show when the psychic was on.
Recently, national and local news stations have been filled with stories of West Nile Virus outbreaks in several states. As of the time of writing, there have been 21 confirmed cases of the virus in Georgia, three of which were fatal. With cases like this, it is important that residents learn the facts and become aware of how to best protect themselves.
West Nile Virus was first confirmed in the United States in 1999 in New York City. It was first discovered in Georgia in 2001, and had become nation-wide by 2002, according to UGA Entomologist Elmer Gray.
As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...
"You need to clean your room."
Maxine, whom I've known and admired for many years, is my kind of Southern woman. She's exceedingly feminine, gracious, charming and tough as ...
In my early travels outside of the South, I was astounded to discover that people had never heard of kudzu. After all, Southerners have been ...
Somewhere tucked in the confines of my office are some old family photo albums.
Technology can be great.
I am going to admit something not too pretty here: I have a hard time with forgiveness.
The wildlife here ranges from sketchy looking squirrels, to bears to deer that are almost as domesticated as dogs.
We were cleaning up the dishes from Sunday dinner when Rodney called me into the living room where he was watching TV.
"He's a little boy," is the logic my husband gives me for just about everything our child does.
As best I can recall - and I've been thinking hard about this - I have only written one fan letter in my life.
The other day an email arrived from a Korean War veteran who started off by saying, "I suppose someone else will get this, add me ...
My favorite season is fall. In fact, I wish it could be fall all year.
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