Something growing on many of our landscape plants is causing concern for homeowners. It may resemble a small patch of green hair or other specimens may look similar to grey pieces of paper. The assumed pests are actually fungi called lichens and actually do not cause damage to the plants, but are a sign that the plant may be declining or under stress.
I come from a long line of know-it-alls. Honestly, on both sides of my family, we can pretty much tell you anything you need to know for we know it all. Or so we believe.
Mr. and Mrs. Grady Evans of Newington are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hilary Lyn, to Ryan Wayne Cole of Rincon. He is the son of Mrs. Cynthia Brunet of Rincon.
First, a full disclosure: I have been vaccinated against measles, mumps, diphtheria, rubella, whooping cough, smallpox and shingles, and have had none of these maladies. At one time or another, my wife received all of these same vaccinations. Our kids were both immunized, and they have chosen to have their kids immunized. None of us has ever had an adverse reaction to a vaccination.
We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was - my sister and I - and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.
Q: My twin boys just turned 13 and are demanding - that is the right word - later curfews. They tell us that their curfew, which is 8:30 on nights when there is no school the next day, is "pitiful." We live in an area where there's nothing for kids that age to do in the evenings but hang out in small groups or go to one another's houses and watch television or play video games. I don't especially want my kids doing any of that.
To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw. The one farm accessory that has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.
My column of a few weeks back in which I described real-life parenting scenarios that qualified the parents in question for a diagnosis of "just plain nuts" was a big hit. Since it ran, readers have sent me numerous examples of parents who indeed seem to qualify as JPN and be in need, therefore, of You Ought to be Ashamed of Yourself Therapy.
It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don't know me but I feel that we are friends."
Q: How do you stop tantrums in a 3-year-old? My daughter never went through the "terrible twos," but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday. This coincided with the birth of a sibling, a boy, but she's very affectionate and helpful toward him so I don't know if there's any connection. I've tried everything I can think of to prevent and stop the tantrums - things I've seen recommended in various places - but nothing has worked. She throws one whenever she doesn't get her way. Help!
Barbara and Gary Blaxton of Reidsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Ramsey Elisabeth Blaxton, to Christopher Michael McCreery, son of Donna and Troy McCreery of Rincon.
You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.
Open enrollment through the health insurance exchange established by the Affordable Care Act ends Feb. 15.
Proposed: The primary reason so many of today's mothers are so very stressed by child rearing - something their grandmothers, for the most part, approached fairly nonchalantly - is because they do something their grandmothers did not do: they read parenting columns, magazines, and books. And yes, I'm well aware of the irony here.
Brenda Jenkins recently stood before a cafeteria full of students at Ebenezer Elementary School - kindergarten through fifth grade - to read them her book, "The Swing on Ginny's Porch." Seven years earlier, she had stood on the very same stage addressing a different group of youngsters as the Ebenezer school principal.
On the first and third Saturday of each month, organic farmer Kerry Shay jaunts down to Bay and East Broad streets, where a diverse assembly of Savannahians awaits him. They're there to learn about the art of gardening.
Many people have crossed the path of my life but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired power-brokers and star makers, was meant to be part of my life. I said this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.
The distinctive noise of carpenter bees is easily found this time of year, especially if you have any wooden structures near your home. These insects, large, black and yellow bees, are the culprit of half-inch holes in wood, small piles of sawdust on the window seal, and annoying homeowners so much they sometimes resort to whacking these insects with a tennis racket.
Q: Why is it that no consequence seems to work for long, if at all, with my very strong-willed 7-year-old daughter? I have tried everything I've ever heard or read about to deal with her constant disobedience and disrespect. Some things, like taking away her computer privileges for a day or so, have worked for maybe a week at most, then stop working. It's like she doesn't really care if I punish her. Nothing fazes her. Help!
Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and can even believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't. That what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.
One of the best parts of growing tomato plants is the feeling of seeing your first fruit setting on the vines. Unfortunately, many folks have experienced the frustration of discovering dark, sunken lesions on the bottom of their tomato fruit. Many believe this to be a disease but it is actually a nutritional disorder called blossom-end rot.
One of the signs of these confused and confusing times we live in is that facts don't matter. What matters are feelings and opinions, which are often confused and confusing. According to another author friend, this is the primary feature of post-post-modernity.
Before Thanksgiving, as I "juned" around the kitchen - a mountain word Mama used to mean "fast moving" - preparing for company, it occurred to me that I should invite Jerry.
As I was driving down the road this week past a long stretch of pines, I noticed what seemed to be a dust storm circulating just on the edge of the pine thicket. This dust storm was unique in that it was yellow and not brown. A car that looked to be recently washed passed through the whirling winds and it immediately transformed the clean black vehicle to a yellow tint. I know the driver had to be happy about that. So, from the title of the column and this (hopefully) decent set-up for the article, you now realize I ...
I asked the men in several recent audiences to raise hands if they believe moms stress out concerning their children at least five times more than dads. All the men's hands went up to general laughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Brent Gene Howell of Guyton are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Lynn Howell, to Tyler Hunt Jenkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie James Jenkins of Rincon.
Mr. and Mrs. Schel Paulk of Guyton are excited to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Danielle Paulk, to Timothy Peavy of Springfield. He is the son of Steve and Wendy Peavy.
Amelia Victoria Weston was born Jan. 23, 2015 at 4:01 p.m. at Candler Hospital in Savannah.
Carrie called the other day and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.
Warm, sunny spring days are now upon us, which means that many gardeners finally have the chance to get outside and prepare their vegetable plots. Now is a good time to turn the soil and prepare it for vegetable seeds or transplants. However, many gardeners are often troubled to find one or more fire ant mounds have popped up in their vegetable plots since last season.