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No one likes a bully

No one likes a bully. But bullies have been around forever.

October 23, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Why leaves change color

One of nature's greatest spectacles is the array of colors presented during autumn in the mountains.

October 23, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister County Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


If mama ain’t happy

Happy is such an intangible. You hear catch phrases regarding happiness daily - "happiness is a choice," "do what makes you happy," "you can't buy happiness."

October 16, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s time for pansies

Pansies are the quickest and easiest way to add color to a dull fall landscape. They are a hardy winter annual native to Europe, and most likely a hybrid of Johnny Jump-up flowers. Millions of pansies are grown each year for the Georgia market, and with more than 300 varieties to choose from, you will most certainly find a pansy color to suit your taste.

October 09, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


No reason to stay friends with ex’s family after divorce

By nature, I am not a jealous person. Never have been, and don't really see that changing in the future. I believe it to be a supremely petty emotion and the only thing that has ever given me a near pang has been a sassy pair of shoes I spotted on a lady once.

October 09, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time for fall garden chores

It has been a rough year for many gardeners. Record amounts of rainfall made vegetable gardening extremely difficult. If you were lucky enough to get seeds to germinate, fungal leaf spots were rampant due to plant leaves being constantly damp.

October 02, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Granny’s stunt is the definition of evil

When I was a little girl, Granny took me to most of the birthday parties. Mama was usually working and truth be told, I think Granny liked them. She was able to get in everybody's business right there in their own home - they not only invited her in, they gave her a plate of cake and ice cream with a cup of punch.

October 02, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant fescue in fall

Most people associate fall with falling leaves and cooler weather, but it is also the perfect time to rejuvenate your cool-season turfgrass. October is the prime month for planting or re-seeding tall fescue lawns.

September 25, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A well-behaved child in a Honey Boo Boo world

After working in retail for a number of years, I swore, if I ever had a child he would not behave the way a majority of children do when they enter a store.

September 25, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mothers of the world should raise men, not boys

I am the first to admit I am a wee bit overprotective. I admit I probably cramp my child's style and am far more of a worry wart than necessary.

September 18, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant trees in fall

Most gardeners get the urge to plant ornamental trees and shrubs during the warm weather of spring and summer. However, the cooler temperatures of autumn are the preferred planting conditions for woody plants.

September 18, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


New fruit pest in Georgia

One of the joys of home gardening is being able to harvest fresh fruit in the summer and fall. Many fruits grow well in our area and require relatively little care and maintenance. However, there is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit producers - the spotted wing drosophila.

September 11, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The pedigree mystery of a parking lot puppy

Angel Doodle Loopie-Lou was quite the mystery.

September 11, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The footwear faux paus

Labor Day has come and gone, signaling the end of summer. This means the days will be getting shorter, the air will have that crispness of fall and candy corn, much to my friend Hazel's dismay, will flow in abundance. Also, white shoes should have been carefully retired to the back of the closet until next spring's Easter.

September 04, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Rain brings fungus

This year's wet weather has allowed me to field some interesting calls. One problem in particular I have seen more frequently than usual is the "artillery fungus."

August 28, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister 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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