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Remove the splinter, change the climate

A front page article in Sunday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution discussed the fate of former Atlanta School Superintendent Beverly Hall and her impending trial.

April 15, 2014 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Details of butter, BBQ and sentences

Some things will forever be a mystery to me. For instance, why do some recipes call for sweet butter (unsalted) and then tell you to add salt to the batter? I have run across many recipes that make that puzzling request.

April 08, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


The trouble with scrapbooking

I told you it took 16 hours to get those pesky columns in a scrapbook and in the right order. How much trouble, you may ask, is it to put tape on the pack of a newspaper clipping, attach it to a sheet of copy paper and slip it into a plastic sleeve?

March 25, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


A host of golden daffodils

This time of year, if you are driving outside the city limits, you will usually come across a wide swath of daffodils planted close to the road in front of what may once have been an old home.

March 18, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


It's all in the scrapbook

This is my 135th column. I aim for about 700 words in each column. That comes to about 95,000 words. I didn't know I had that much to say.

March 11, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Husband's key building material is creativity

My husband invited me down to his cabin last weekend to see his new additions. Well, he also wanted me to clean and loaded up the vacuum cleaner and various cleansers as well as me for the trip.

March 04, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


New bathtub took a long journey

My bathtub arrived in the middle of January, two months after it was promised. I was given a date in January when it should arrive in a warehouse in Athens. At that point, I was assured, someone would call me and schedule a delivery.

February 25, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


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Forbidden fruit is always sweet

I don't know what it is with us humans, but we always want more or think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

February 18, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Right birthdate, wrong month

I am one of those people who has to keep a calendar. I have to write down all my appointments or I forget. Not just the obligatory doctor and dentist appointments, but social ones as well: bridge dates, when I have to direct bridge for the duplicate club, hair appointments, and other minutiae of life.

February 10, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Surviving the winter season

I generally prefer winter to summer based on the theory that you can put more clothes on to get warm, but there is a limit to the clothes you can take off to get cool.

February 04, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Rhett Butler: one unforgettable cat

When I was growing up, my family always had a cat. I can't remember them all. And after I got married, my home followed that tradition. We always had a cat. But after nearly 50 years of marriage, I can't remember all of their names, either. Most, however, followed a literary tradition, from the first, "Milton," to the last to die, "Earnest" (from "The Importance of Being Ernest"). There were exceptions when my children or a grandchild named a cat. That would include my present cat Julianne, a stray who took up with us and who was named ...

January 28, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Some have cooking gene, some don't

My husband was watching an afternoon TV show last week on which a chef of some renown was cooking. He had toasted an English muffin and sliced it. On the bottom half he put a slice of ham he had cooked in a frying pan, and he topped that with some cheese. He had baked eggs in ramekins, and he placed one of the eggs on top of the cheese and ham and then put some sauce on the other half of the English muffin and put it on the egg. The other hosts then got to enjoy the results.

January 14, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Plenty of food and laughter: A Travis family Christmas

Our family Christmas was the usual afternoon, filled with food and laughter. I didn't have a new tub and sink. The tub is still held up in customs. I told the supplier not to ship anything until after Jan. 1. Who wants to be minus a bathroom while hosting Christmas company?

December 31, 2013 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Bathroom remodel brings flood of decor decisions

I have been told some strange things in my life.

December 17, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Education stories highlight many points to ponder

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has had several interesting articles lately concerning education. A Dec. 4 article contained ratings of various countries on the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). According to the AJC, more than a half-million students in 65 nations took part in the testing.

December 10, 2013 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Moving out with the old, in with the new

My birthday was last week. I remember my mother telling me at one time that she was in the hospital after birthing me when Pearl Harbor was bombed. That ought to tell you two things: 1) How old I am; and 2) Oh my goodness, that was a long time ago when a woman actually stayed in the hospital more than one day after having a child.

December 03, 2013 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Road trip: pleasant chats, exploding cheese

I took a road trip with one of my daughters last week. The purpose of the trip was not pleasure, but somehow the trip itself (not the business part of the trip) was fun.

November 26, 2013 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Confessions of a 'last-page reader'

I attended my monthly bridge club last week. The talk turned to books we had recently read. We swapped titles and recommendations.

November 19, 2013 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Childhood memories fly like horses

My sister and I were reminiscing lately about our childhood, and in particular our mother's eccentricities.

November 12, 2013 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Time marches on; so does orthodontia

People are generally amazed when I tell them I take just one baby aspirin per day. The invariable comment is, "That is so wonderful for your age." Somehow that doesn't make me feel too wonderful - just old. But then I reply that I make up for it with my teeth.

November 05, 2013 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Old-fashioned kindness finds place in high-tech world

When I went to the garden shop of a local big-box store several weeks ago to purchase some flats of pansies and a small bag of dirt to complete the filling of my pots, I happened to talk to a very nice lady who was picking out some bags of dirt for herself.

October 29, 2013 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Travis: A briny mess turns into a chance for a clean slate

My husband loves watching the Cooking Channel. He often tries some recipe he has seen or asks me to look it up on the Internet and print it out for him.

October 22, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


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