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The best generation, like, totally

I am unashamedly, proudly a child of the '80s. Life was good then. Almost blissful, in its simpler times.

May 28, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control rose sawflies

I have received several calls in the past week dealing with roses.

May 28, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of blossom-end rot

The weather so far this spring has been much better than last year for our vegetable gardens. The light, infrequent rain has been great compared to the excessive moisture of last season. While most of us have recently planted our gardens, we need to get a head start on scouting for problems. A common issue in many vegetable gardens is dark, sunken lesions on the bottom tomato fruit. This is a nutritional disorder called "Blossom-end rot."

May 21, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Love means never saying you’re sorry — maybe

There's a few words that are fairly hard to say. "I love you" is usually the hard one for many; I know the ex didn't utter those words until we had been dating about a year. Don't ask why I married that fool. The only explanation I can give is that I love a challenge.

May 21, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Keeps ticks away

One of the great things about living in this area of the state is the easy access to outdoor recreation. We are just a short drive away from many of the best hiking trails in Georgia.

May 14, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Whatever you do, do it out of love

The best advice I ever received was from my lifelong friend, Jane.

May 14, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Leyland cypress alternatives

The Leyland cypress tree is one of the most popular plants used in the landscape as a natural screen.

May 07, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s not about the money

Having an only child means that, yes, I can be a tad bit indulgent.

May 07, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protect hemlock trees

Hemlock trees are very important to north Georgia. They shade our rivers and streams, allowing trout and other fish to survive. They firm up the soil around streams, preventing erosion and help to filter runoff water. They are majestic trees that add beauty and value to our properties.

April 30, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The secret past love life of mama

My child is a natural born romantic. He completely believes in love at first sight, soul mates and all that mushy love propaganda.

April 30, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch 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


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


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


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


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


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Articles by Section - 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


The Children’s Rights Movement has begun

I am not sure what started the discussion but I was in trouble - big, big trouble.

September 10, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t let anyone make you believe the lies

Part of the joys of homeschooling is seeing my child's face light up during our discussions, the animated way he gets excited and can sit and talk about certain subjects for 45 minutes - which he said he didn't have the opportunity to do before. The heartbreak is hearing my child's fears of failure.

September 04, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Star Wars for president

In college statistics, I realized the Evan Esar's quote that "statistics is the science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures" was true. They taught my class how to go to extremes with the science of figures. The point was to understand that everything has a counter point.

September 03, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


My dogs are more spoiled than others

When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.

August 27, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Education is anything but elementary

I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.

August 20, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cream still often rises to the top

Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.

August 20, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Being in the former wives club

Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.

August 13, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall webworms crawl out

Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.

August 13, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes a little white lie can save the day

"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.

August 06, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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