As a boy of 17, I decided I wanted to be a political reporter. I didn't have time to wait, so I packed up my tape recorder and headed off to the State Capitol to begin my new career.
As leaves from trees turn from green to golden colors of fall, we know that a blast of cold air cannot be far behind.
I spent several years of my life working in the TV news business. As a result, I am an avid watcher of TV news.
With the recent flooding rains, some may say an article about how to prepare for a natural disaster such as storms from a hurricane is a little too late.
I keep adding to a long list of things I will one day have to explain to my grandchildren.
"I really feel blessed," a sister-in-law said while reviewing for us the situation in her flooded home in Gwinnett County.
Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 22. So, what does this time and date mean as it relates to your landscape? Not much.
I don't want to compare myself to Congressman Joe Wilson, but I understand a thing or two about speaking out in public venues.
The establishment process for fescue can be divided into three areas. The first, soil preparation which is generally most important; the second involves proper seeding; and the third includes care and maintenance for two to four weeks after planting.
He was a little boy about 4 years old. I don't know his name, but his face is forever etched in my mind.
Yes, I did write about expressing gratitude just a couple of weeks ago, but after the Sept. 8 Community Picnic and several other occasions, I feel the urge to do it in more detail. I am sure you can make your own (different) personal list.
Leyland Cypress trees have become very popular in the past 10 years. The following article by Willie Chance, University of Georgia extension agent from Houston County, gives and excellent overview of common disease problems of Leyland Cypress.
Last week, I delivered my annual "State of the Barbecue" address.
I have, frankly, been "turned off" by the yelling and name-calling, which has punctuated the supposed town hall meetings and the debate about health care reform. But it has reminded me that I have long been opposed to the derogatory use of labels to characterize those who do not agree with one's own point of view.
Sanitation is an important and often overlooked practice to control diseases in the home orchard. Many fruits can be grown more successfully and with less dependence on chemicals by using good sanitation.
It seems like summer is slowly beginning to turn to fall. Some vegetable gardens may still be producing well, but others are beginning to wind down for the season. For those of us whose gardens have given up, consider planting a cover crop this fall to improve your vegetable garden next summer.
September is not only the full-fledged beginning of the new school year, it is also start-up time for organization activities that have filled many planning hours during the "dormant" days of July and August.
According to Mama, I am not a grown up yet. I do not have a full appreciation of country music and until I do, I cannot be deemed a grown up.
I am not sure what started the discussion but I was in trouble - big, big trouble.
Part of the joys of homeschooling is seeing my child's face light up during our discussions, the animated way he gets excited and can sit and talk about certain subjects for 45 minutes - which he said he didn't have the opportunity to do before. The heartbreak is hearing my child's fears of failure.
In college statistics, I realized the Evan Esar's quote that "statistics is the science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures" was true. They taught my class how to go to extremes with the science of figures. The point was to understand that everything has a counter point.
When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.
I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.
Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.
Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.
Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.
"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.
Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.
About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.
Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.
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