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Winter landscape tips

The official start of winter is Dec. 21, and the recent temperatures only remind us of the cold days ahead.

December 09, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A Christmas tree full of memories

There is nothing pretty about the little bird in our Christmas tree. It is made of that shiny metallic stuff that most Christmas ornaments are made of. It has a tail that looks more like a brush. Instead of feet, it has a spring-loaded clip to attach it to the tree.

December 09, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Be careful — it’s beginning to pile up

Perhaps we all are guilty of overeating at Thanksgiving, but that's usually only a one-day binge, plus good leftovers. Now the round of Christmas luncheons, dinners and parties have begun and there is not much recuperating time between the food binges. Also, exercise time may get overlooked.

December 09, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What to plant in the shade

I wish I had a dime for every time someone asked me what type of grass will grow best in full shade.

December 02, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Let’s take the blame when it’s ours to take

It was 40 years ago, about this time of year that I repented of my sins and was baptized. At 9, my list of sins paled in comparison to some of the whoppers I committed over the ensuing years.

December 02, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Compost for gardening

Composting is a practical and convenient way of recycling leaves, lawn clippings and trimmings from the landscape.

November 25, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A lesson in counting blessings

There's been a lot written about blessing counting.

November 25, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


How do you know whom to believe?

In the early days of television there was a game show called "Who do you trust?"

November 25, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Understanding frost

As you know, Dawson County has had its first visit by frost. Frost is something we see, talk about and even predict, but do we really understand it?

November 18, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time for wish book wishes

Dawson is the 4-year-old daughter of a co-worker.

November 18, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Blessed with rocks

One thing Dawson County is blessed with is rocks.

November 11, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Browse stores in local area

In a few retail stores, the Christmas decorations are already going up. The holiday season, like it or not, is upon us.

November 11, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Christmas is coming fast

Quick - get that Jack O' Lantern out of the way, put the turkey and Pilgrim decorations out and back quickly, line store shelves with gifts and Christmas decor, and tune up the carols and Santa music.

November 11, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Gardening tips for November

A November application of fertilizer is very beneficial to a lawn of cool-season grasses. It promotes root development without excessive top growth. With a strong root system, your lawn will be better able to withstand drought conditions next summer.

November 04, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s changed from Drive to Vista

One thing the housing slowdown has given us is fewer cutely named subdivisions.

November 04, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Using organic fertilizers

Many home gardeners and small-scale producers have a growing interest in organic production.

April 23, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Nothing is sacred when it comes to Mama

A diary is such a treasured, sacred little book, holding secret thoughts, the most private of details.

April 23, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A lesson in friendship

"Mama, can I talk to you?" Cole asked me quietly one evening.

April 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hydrangea bloom colors

Hydrangeas are a staple in most southern gardens. Bigleaf hydrangeas, also known as Japanese, French and snowball hydrangeas, bloom in colors of blue, pink or different shades in between. Did you know that the bloom color of hydrangea can be changed?

April 16, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H rabies clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be holding an annual rabies clinic on April 26.

April 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Good girls finish last

Angel Doodle is not a good girl. She likes it that way. The little caramel colored pittie mix doesn't even pretend to be good.

April 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to let go and clean the clutter

I inherited my pack-rat tendencies from Granny, along with the dusting allergy.

April 02, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tea scale insect control

Gardeners who have camellia plants are probably familiar with tea scale. Tea scale is a small insect around 1/10th of an inch long that resides on the undersides of the leaves of camellias, hollies and a few other host plants. These tiny insects damage plants by sucking out juices inside the leaves. Heavy infestations can severely damage affected plants, resulting in major leaf drop and occasionally plant death if not properly treated.

April 02, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A revised lesson in karma

Mama doesn't care for the notion of karma.

March 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Swiss chard popular

Swiss chard seems to be quickly becoming a favorite vegetable of many home gardeners. It is actually a member of the beet family that is grown for its edible leaves and stalks. Swiss chard leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked similar to spinach, and the colorful stems can be cooked many ways.

March 19, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Honoring the life of Granny, the spitfire

Honestly, I thought she would live forever.

March 19, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In defense of the BLT’s

I've been called bossy before. When I was younger, I think there were more comparisons to Lucy from "Peanuts" than to any fairy tale princesses or damsels in distress. Bossy, assertive, stood up for myself - those are not traits a girl is supposed to possess.

March 12, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Earthworms are beneficial to soil

Have you ever noticed several small holes and mounds in your lawn? At first glance, this may seem like insect damage, but chances are they were earthworm holes. The mounds surrounding the hole openings are earthworm castings.

March 12, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s time to read my beloved wall again

Those of you who have read my columns over the years - -and there have been lots of years-- may find this one repetitive, but I'm inspired to do it again. And perhaps something will strike a responsive chord.

March 12, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Embracing myself, whatever the scales say

My scales broke.

March 05, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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