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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


Catch-up with matching game

Again, I am apologetic to those who so kindly tell me that they read my columns. I am aware that I have been negligent for several weeks and have a good excuse for only one of those: I did spend a lazy one down at the Cape San Blas beach house. It was there that I thought of this way of describing the getaway time. Maybe you will find it interesting.

November 04, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Learning to stop focusing and settle for more in life

A friend and I were chatting one night, catching up on things and the conversation turned to our usual wistful, wishful discussion of how life was really going.

April 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Forsythia signals the arrival of spring

Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape.

March 25, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Showing the world that special spark of happiness

"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"

March 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


We have no place for discrimination

I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.

March 18, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prepare for potato planting

Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.

March 18, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You always need your Mama

"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.

March 18, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


They shoot fat people, don’t they?

It must be open season on people who are overweight.

March 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Preparing lawn for summer weed control

With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.

March 11, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Meltdown in the checkout lane

I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.

March 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cold injury in plants

The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.

February 25, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In praise of…well, praise

I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.

February 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Something shiny for his girl

I am not by any means a jewelry girl.

February 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Where do we go from here? Adjusting to the new normal

My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.

February 11, 2015 | By Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If only they’d listen

No one listens to me.

February 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Use oils for insect control

Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.

February 04, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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