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The true meaning of Christmas

All year long I write articles about everything from shrubs to you name it. Since it's almost Christmas, please permit me to set aside my "normal" topics and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

December 23, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lincoln Logs, Tonka trucks not such hot items this year

Dear Santa: Well, it's that time again and I thought I would write you. Postage has gone up and I just thought I'd save a little bit by publishing it in the paper.

December 16, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Start a new tradition

I remember as a child going with my father to cut a Christmas tree on our family farm.

December 16, 2009 | By Clark Beusse Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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Grow giant pumpkins

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall? If you're like most people, chances are you think of turning leaves and pumpkins. From carving Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, to harvest-themed displays, to lattes, pumpkins are an integral part of autumn in America.

October 29, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s OK for family to have different interests

I woke up one Saturday with the desperate urge to get my hair done. It had only been six months - I am terrible about not scheduling regular hair appointments, especially when most of the time, my hair is pulled up in a ponytail on top of my head.

October 29, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of ‘winterizer’ fertilizer

If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott. He informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.

October 22, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Along came a spider, and another, and another

I hate spiders. I know they play their role in the food chain, eating mosquitoes. That is all they are good for. I hate them.

October 22, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Trees for shady locations

Many homeowners ask me about recommendations for certain plants that will fit their landscape. Since many of us have wooded lots, a question I often get is what to plant in shadier spots of the yard. Here are a few suggested species for trees that can tolerate partial shade.

October 15, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t ‘shoulda’ all on yourself

I have a bad habit of 'shoulda'-ing on everything. I've done it for quite a while, unfortunately, and just now realized it.

October 15, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control invasive plants

Autumn olive, mimosa, English ivy, Lespedeza, Chinese privet, Japanese honeysuckle, kudzu, Japanese stiltgrass, princesstree, Chinese wisteria, multiflora rose and bamboo. What do all of these plants have in common?

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


Time to celebrate Hallogivingmas

"Mama, why do they have Christmas stuff out already?"

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


I love you more

"I love you more" has been an ongoing thing between my son and me.

October 01, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dooley’s legacy should be honored

Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


An effort for some diversion

There's been so much disturbing news lately that I thought I'd share a couple of different "bits." They both came from forwarded emails, so perhaps you have seen them, but they bear repeating.

October 01, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dealing with the weeds of life

If I am being honest, there's more times than I count that things don't go my way.

September 24, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cover crops for home gardens

It seems like summer is slowly beginning to turn to fall. Some vegetable gardens may still be producing well, but others are beginning to wind down for the season. For those of us whose gardens have given up, consider planting a cover crop this fall to improve your vegetable garden next summer.

September 17, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Actively looking forward

September is not only the full-fledged beginning of the new school year, it is also start-up time for organization activities that have filled many planning hours during the "dormant" days of July and August.

September 17, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Finding a common musical ground

According to Mama, I am not a grown up yet. I do not have a full appreciation of country music and until I do, I cannot be deemed a grown up.

September 17, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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