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Living with children

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 relatio... » Read More
Dixie Diva

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. » Read More
A word from UGA Extension

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 pl... » Read More
Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called, SEC: Storied. » Read More
A word from UGA Extension

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. » Read More
Living with children

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? » Read More
Living with children

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, che... » Read More
Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy. » Read More
A word from UGA Extension

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 nutrition... » Read More
Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

One day over lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened. » Read More
A word from UGA Extension

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 tre... » Read More
Living with children

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... » Read More
Living with children

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 wa... » Read More
Dixie Diva

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. » Read More
A word from UGA Extension

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. Fr... » Read More
Dixie Diva

Dixie Diva

Back in the autumn, just as the leaves began to hint of the enchanting oranges, yellows, and reds to come, we took a Monday off and headed » Read More
A word from UGA Extension

A word from UGA Extension

Summer is a hot time for weed control issues. One of the main concerns I get from homeowners is how to control all of the vines that start to grow up through our ornamental plants. The three main w... » Read More
Living with children

Living with children

My mother was a most unusual woman for her generation. She divorced my father when I was 3, went to college and eventually obtained a Ph.D. in plant morphology when women were not heartily welcomed... » Read More
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


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