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Forsythia signals the arrival of spring

Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape.

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Showing the world that special spark of happiness

"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"

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We have no place for discrimination

I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.

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Prepare for potato planting

Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.

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You always need your Mama

"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.

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They shoot fat people, don’t they?

It must be open season on people who are overweight.

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Preparing lawn for summer weed control

With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.

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Meltdown in the checkout lane

I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.

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Cold injury in plants

The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.

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In praise of…well, praise

I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.

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Something shiny for his girl

I am not by any means a jewelry girl.

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Where do we go from here? Adjusting to the new normal

My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.

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If only they’d listen

No one listens to me.

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Use oils for insect control

Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.

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Fire Blight control tips

Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home.

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Introverts of the world unite

If you had asked me 25 years ago if I was an extravert or an introvert, I would have whole-heartedly responded with the former.

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