The most often asked question about newspaper columns is, "Where do you come up with this stuff?"
Pesticide poisoning can happen anytime of the year. However, since spring and summer is when most pesticides are used in the lawn and garden, the possibility of pesticide poisoning increases during these months.
If you're a school teacher, I hope you get an extra measure of patience this week.
Ever since the night I came home from Cape San Blas, my thoughts, conversations and energies have been concerned with illnesses and deaths. Hopefully, the next weeks will be better for all.
Mowing is the most frequent and therefore generally the most expensive turf management practice used. It can also affect turf quality as much as any other cultural practice.
More than 100 miles of road snake in and out of the heart of Dawson Forest, a kind of north Georgian jungle settled five miles southwest of Dawsonville.
In recent months, cases of rabies have been confirmed in surrounding counties.
In my childhood, there were many of those milestone events when you moved up to the next level. For some reason, we assigned the adjective "big" or "real" to them.
By the time you read this, most of you who still have someone for whom to buy Mother's Day gifts for have already done so. But the friend who called before I left to come to "our beautiful beach" had a suggestion that could work for many kinds of gift-giving occasions.
UNADILLA - Everybody has a dream of the perfect getaway. For some, it is the mountains. For others it is the beach.
With recent rains, 2010 may be an excellent year for local vegetable gardens.
No tree adds more beauty in the spring than the dogwood.
WARWICK - Every year about this time, the folks of Warwick gather to pay homage to Georgia's official processed food - grits.
While loitering inside Calvin Byrd's office last week, it came to my attention we were both former participants of the Dawson County Community Easter Egg Hunt.
If you're reading this in a part of the world where they serve sweet tea, you can pull out your white shoes, your white pants and your linen suit.
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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