As we are in the midst of the Christmas holiday season you might think this is a strange time to talk about a garden. Aha! But this is not just any garden. This is the Gamble Garden, not gamble as in “casino” but Gamble as in Joe Gamble! Gamble Garden is part of the landscaping plan to beaut…

Q: Several months ago, my husband and I allowed our 5-year-old daughter to sleep with us for a couple of nights. We thought this was innocent, but she began crying hysterically when we tried to move her back to her own bed. We compromised by letting her keep her iPad with her until she fell …

DEAR DR. FOX: We have a 15-year-old orange tabby. He is in good health, with no issues other than a couple teeth extractions over a year ago.

For many years, the White House chooses a natural, real tree from growers around the nation who have distinguished themselves by growing champion trees on their Christmas tree farm. This year, the tree is from Pennsylvania and is a Concolor Fir. White House representatives search for the per…

My neighbors and I work hard to decorate the outside of our homes over the Thanksgiving weekend. It seems that almost all my neighbors put out some kind of Christmas decorations. I like seeing them during the daytime, but really enjoy seeing the whole street lit up at night.

I can hardly believe that it is “tis the season” already. Though normally chronological order is my mode of operation, this week is an exception. Autumn is the time for college homecoming, and what a wonderful weekend it was for High Point University.

This is the Age of the Parenting Cult, the latest iteration of which is so-called “gentle parenting.” GP is the latest attempt by America’s mental health industry to persuade moms (today’s all-too typical dad is a mere “parenting aide”) to approach discipline such that both child behavior an…

DEAR DR. FOX: I have an English springer spaniel of 14 years. He has a great disposition and is loved by all, and the vet says he is in good shape for his age.

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JAMESTOWN — Charles Guyn can’t help but see the symbolism in his craft.

Q: My just-turned 4-year-old repeats things he has heard or has said before. For example, even though my brother’s family moved away nearly two years ago, whenever we drive by their old house he will say, “There’s Uncle Frank’s house!” He also asks questions when he knows the answers. For ex…

Now that cold weather has arrived and we have had a couple of nights below freezing, I can declare that now is a great time to plant shrubs and trees into the landscape. In fact, it is generally the BEST time of year to plant such plants. Decades ago, in the 1980s, those of us in the plant n…

DEAR READERS: On Oct. 11, the U.S. Supreme Court justices heard the appeal by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation to invalidate the animal welfare measure approved by California voters in 2018 called Proposition 12. This measure barred sales of product…

I first met the man who would become my father-in-law in the parking lot of a gas station. I was coming home for a weekend from college, and brought his daughter to him. I was bringing paying riders to help cover my gas bill. He was not a tall man, but I was impressed by the strength of his …

This coming week we celebrate Thanksgiving. We in America have so much to be grateful for, and it is my hope that all of us wake each day filled with gratitude: for the free country we live, for our family, for our friends.

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HIGH POINT — The fraternity of fifty-something art professors making TikTok videos is a small one.

Q: I have two boys, 18 and 33 months. How much time each day should I spend involved in activities with them? Also, they chase one another around the house and other sorts of roughhousing, but they hardly ever play with their educational toys. Is there some way I can get them interested in t…

DEAR READERS: When we open our hearts, we do not need to look far to experience the miraculous: We may feel awed in the presence of a soaring tree, or see the love in the eyes of a dog we have rescued and adopted. We can bear witness with the lives around us, human and nonhuman, sharing the …

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HIGH POINT -- Nearly 30 years ago, when Confederate Railroad exploded onto the country music scene and won the Academy of Country Music’s award for Best New Group, there was almost no controversy about the band’s unusual name or its logo, which includes a pair of rebel flags.

Can you believe how fast this year is going? I can’t. Can you believe how many fabulous things are going on in High Point? I can! That is why I get behind in writing about all the events I have the wonderful opportunity to attend. Some of the upcoming columns still to come involve Gamble’s G…