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Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

For at least 20 years, maybe 25, Mama planned her home-going to heaven. Not a week - and sometimes not a day - went by when she did not use her impending date with mortality in some way. » Read More
A word from UGA Extension

A word from UGA Extension

In south Georgia, we are never more than a few days from a drought. Although we had plenty of rain in April, it can become very dry, very quickly. A pest that causes problems in turfgrass and seems... » Read More
Living with children

Living with children

Q: We have two children, ages 9 and 5, and are considering adopting a third, perhaps an older child, even a teenager. Do you have any advice for us? » Read More
Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said: » Read More
A word from UGA Extension

A word from UGA Extension

The dogwood is a very recognizable tree in south Georgia and is adaptive to many different soil types. It likes well-drained soils high in organic matter. You do not see dogwoods growing in poorly-... » Read More
I could be wrong

I could be wrong

I have a personal philosophy about funerals and it is this: If at all possible, always attend a funeral for someone you knew. My faith tells me that. Now this may not be what all Christians see in ... » Read More
Living with children

Living with children

Q: My husband and I need your advice. We are parents to one adult daughter who has three children ages 10, 7, and 4. They live about three hours away and up until two years ago we saw them fairly o... » Read More
A word from UGA Extension

A word from UGA Extension

Our knockout roses in the front lawn of our office have become damaged since blooming this spring. We have noticed several "brown spots" on them, and our first thought was "I thought this plant was... » Read More
Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known... » Read More
I could be wrong

I could be wrong

It was just over 100 years ago (May 9, 1914) that Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. According to Wilson's proclamation, this day is to serve "as a public expressio... » Read More
Living with children

Living with children

A major U.S. newspaper recently ran a piece detailing all the ways children benefit from doing chores. Well, not all the ways. They failed to mention the most important benefit: chores, properly ma... » Read More
Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly. I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised. » Read More
A word from UGA Extension

A word from UGA Extension

After the storm this past weekend, many landscapes were filled with broken limbs, leaves and endless pine cones. In areas that were hit worse with high speed winds, established trees were uprooted.... » Read More
Living with children

Living with children

A list of some of the more memorable elements of pre-1960s parenting is in constant circulation on the Internet and is especially popular with people my age who can for obvious reasons relate. The ... » Read More
Living with children

Living with children

Q: Our son is going to be 13 next year and we're trying to be proactive about the coming storm. He's been a good kid and relatively easy to raise to this point, but we've heard the horror stories a... » Read More
Them's strong words

Them's strong words

Once on "The Andy Griffith Show," Ernest T. Bass tried to join the army. Several times, Barney says comically, "He's a nut!" » Read More
What to do about armadillos

What to do about armadillos

To stick with the "pests around the landscape" theme, this article will cover armadillos and the best way to control this critter. » Read More
The unbelievable power of gardening

The unbelievable power of gardening

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... » Read More
The legacy of Light

The legacy of Light

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 ... » Read More
Carpenter bee activity in full swing

Carpenter bee activity in full swing

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 ... » Read More
Making consequences count with kids

Making consequences count with kids

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 d... » Read More
When a man finds his destiny

When a man finds his destiny

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 mor... » Read More
Don’t let this disease kill your tomatoes

Don’t let this disease kill your tomatoes

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... » Read More
Letting kids figure it out isn’t a bad way to go

Letting kids figure it out isn’t a bad way to go

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 au... » Read More
More than an Easter basket

More than an Easter basket

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. » Read More
Spring is in the air, along with something else

Spring is in the air, along with something else

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 ... » Read More
Make parenting less complicated

Make parenting less complicated

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 laugh... » Read More
Howell-Jenkins engagement

Howell-Jenkins engagement

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. » Read More
Paulk-Peavy engagement

Paulk-Peavy engagement

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 ... » Read More
Amelia Victoria Weston birth

Amelia Victoria Weston birth

Amelia Victoria Weston was born Jan. 23, 2015 at 4:01 p.m. at Candler Hospital in Savannah. » Read More
How fast rumors go

How fast rumors go

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... » Read More
Fire ant control in the garden

Fire ant control in the garden

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... » Read More
Getting your child out of a shy cycle

Getting your child out of a shy cycle

Q: Our 7-year-old is very shy. He doesn't enjoy the sort of social activities, including sports, that other kids his age are generally involved in and would rather play alone. He has one friend who... » Read More


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