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Q: We just discovered that our 17-year-old is using nicotine. He tells us he's been using for the past several months, smoking two to four cigarettes a day to cope with academic anxiety and relationships. He tends to be socially reserved and has been struggling with academics of late. He appears contrite and remorseful and has said "I should never have gotten started with this stuff in the first place."

June 30, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in the loaf bread section of the grocery store or in the checkout line.

June 30, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A word from UGA Extension

In agriculture, the more you learn, the less you know. Many farmers will tell you this. No season is the same, and you learn something every day. We began this year with enough rain to slow down planting. Once we got everything planted, the rain shut off.

June 30, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called, SEC: Storied.

June 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A word from UGA Extension

I have had several calls this past week about issues with tomatoes. Many of the issues are disease related, while some are insect damage or nutritional problems.

June 23, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: My 24-month-old is constantly wanting to be in her newborn baby brother's face, poking and touching him. How can I help her with her jealousy?

June 23, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: Our 8-year-old daughter tries to manipulate us and her siblings (she is the youngest of three) with emotional outbursts and whining when things don't go her way. She is mostly a delightful, cheerful child but this bothersome cycle flares up at least every other day. For the time being at least, she only behaves this way at home. I think she would be embarrassed to behave this way in front of other people, including her friends.

June 16, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

June 16, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A word from UGA Extension

I have had several calls this past week about tree health and diagnosing tree issues. Disease is usually the first culprit in the homeowner's eyes, but I have found that many problems are nutritional disorders or site specific problems.

June 16, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

One day over lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

June 09, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A word from UGA Extension

Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive "spindle-shaped" bags on a variety of ornamental trees and shrubs throughout Georgia. They have been known to attack both deciduous and evergreen trees, but are most often found on cedar, cypress, arborvitae, juniper, spruce and pine. I was on a site visit this past week and saw this pest devouring a Leyland cypress.

June 09, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


Living with children

Two months ago, I conducted a two-day small-group "parent retreat" during which I talked about, among other things, the legitimacy and power of "because I said so." One of my missions is to promote the restoration of the attitude that accompanies the calm, straightforward (the operative conditions) delivery of that traditional parenting aphorism. Why? Because it is the very essence of effective discipline, that's why.

June 09, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: Our 14-year-old daughter has difficulty controlling her anger. She has extreme outbursts fairly frequently here at home - screaming, cursing, and even throwing things when she doesn't get her way. She appears to have no respect for us and very little consideration for her two younger siblings.

June 02, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

For some reason, Southerners, more than any other region, love nicknames. It's really a show of affection when we care enough to bestow a nickname rather than call a person by his Christian name.

June 02, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A word from UGA Extension

The majority of us are either afraid of snakes or spiders, sometimes both. My wife will not come near a spider in the house and refuses to believe they serve a purpose other than terrifying her. From the reports of citizens across the state, the Brown Recluse Spider seems to be very, very active.

June 02, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


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Dixie Diva

In the South, everyone has a story. Every name is followed by a few sentences or paragraphs. No one is known by name alone.

August 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A word from UGA Extension

What do roaches need to call your home their home?

August 25, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


Living with children

A father tells me that he tries to give his son, age 5 and an only child, everything he wants because he wants his son ...

August 25, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Living with children

In a recent column, I referred to "attachment parenting babble," which is to say, I called a spade a spade. The column in question concerned ...

August 19, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It was in Oxford, Miss., that it come to me so clearly. I knew it, of course. I had known it since I was a ...

August 19, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A word from UGA Extension

We are fast approaching fall and we will soon see ads and products that tell you to Winterize your lawn. This is not something we ...

August 19, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: Our 17-year-old has completely fallen apart! In less than a year, he's gone from being an outstanding honors student, athlete, and well-mannered young ...

August 11, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


A word from UGA Extension

I visited with a farmer this past week about an issue with the grass in his pastures. When we have issues in the lawn they ...

August 11, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

It takes a lot of time to be the proper Southerner, the kind respected for thoughtfulness and kindness. In fact, it takes so much time ...

August 11, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

This is a story about how quickly parents, if they are determined enough, can make significant change in parenting policy.

August 04, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


A word from UGA Extension

When I wrote the article on holes a few weeks ago, I barely mentioned one of the more important holes in the landscape. At first ...

August 04, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire came to live with us. He was the same ...

August 04, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

With increasing frequency over the past 10 years or so, parents have asked me various questions about homeschooling, all pretty much boiling down to "Should ...

July 28, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

Southerners tend to collect stories. And, we tend to talk to anyone who will talk to us. The latter tends to lead to the first.

July 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A note from UGA Extension

Turning one's yard into a suitable habitat for birds is not difficult. Designing landscapes that provide birds with their five essential needs:

July 28, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


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