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Take time with cards this season

Christmas cards date back to the mid 1800s. Like me, they are quickly becoming dinosaurs.

December 14, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Test soil for pH levels

Most gardeners understand the importance of adding fertilizer to the vegetable garden. However, the use of lime and the need for proper pH may not be common knowledge.

December 14, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Thankful for farmers

As you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, please be thankful for the American farmer. Give thanks to the American farmer for growing most of the food we eat and many of the clothes we wear.

December 07, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hold the mac ‘n’ cheese

I don't understand the whole fascination with macaroni and cheese.

December 07, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall the time to test soil

Many times county agents hear gardeners say, "I used to grow a beautiful garden in this spot, but for the last few years it has gotten progressively worse. This has happened in spite of the fact that I fertilize heavier, water more and use better varieties. I don't know what to do next."

November 30, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What were they thinking?

Sometimes, you just have to wonder what people are thinking when they do really stupid stuff.

November 30, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some pertinent and seasonal thoughts

There is no doubt about it: fall is firmly established and winter is sending unmistakable signals.

November 30, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tree protection is the key

Construction and landscape activities can have a negative impact on existing trees, but the damage is often not visible for several years.

November 23, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The power of gray

We have a new president and I make it a point not to delve into politics in this space.

November 23, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lichen not harmful to plants

I am often asked about a gray-green leafy or crusty growth found on some plants. Many times the homeowner believes the growth in question is killing the plant. These growths are called lichens and in no way responsible for the poor health of any tree or shrub. As a matter of fact, lichens are common on old wooden fence posts.

November 16, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Coming too soon, gone too early

How much Santa time do we need? I got a notice this week from a big mall that Santa has arrived. I think the reason Santa arrives so early is for snooty little mamas to go and look at him and compare him with Santa at another mall to decide which one is the best looking Santa.

November 16, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Clap your hands, beauty surrounds you

By the time you're reading this, we should be finished with the election. I won't make any comments about that now, except to say, "Thank goodness." Most of us are tired of hearing the same ads and talking points and receiving robocalls.

November 16, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to plant pansies

Before a few years ago, winter landscapes had little or no color. Pansies became popular during the 1980s. Pansies have remarkable durability and add a rainbow of color to the winter landscape.

November 09, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Halloween an occasion to dress up as rain

I haven't been to a Halloween party in years and this year is no exception.

November 09, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Survivors among us

Someone decided a few years ago that October was the month we focus on cancer, primarily breast cancer.

November 04, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Surviving childhood - despite my best efforts

Cole is fascinated by war stories.

December 17, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Enjoy holiday house plants

The cold winter months can often be a depressing time for gardeners. The lush greenery and colorful blooms have long since faded. However, bitter weather shouldn't keep you from getting your gardening fix. There are plenty of indoor plants associated with Christmas that will bring warmth and color to your home during the holidays.

December 10, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The Doodles and don’ts of raising kids and pets

I admit, I make a big fuss over these pups. These sassy, spoiled girls are pretty special to me and I do tend to love on them constantly.

December 10, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Destructive insect infests firewood

Recent spells of cold weather have caused many people to start up their fireplaces. While fireplaces are a great way to efficiently heat your home, you need to be careful where you source your firewood. You could be inadvertently spreading invasive insects into our local forest land.

December 03, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes, you can’t get home again

Dear old Thomas Wolfe may have been right when he wrote, "You can't go home again" back in the 1940s.

December 03, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Household squirrel control

Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.

November 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A very thankful Thanksgiving indeed

Cole was worried.

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


Pine needle drop

Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping form deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?

November 19, 2014 | Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


The story of Piglandia will live forever

"Once upon a time, in a small cabin nestled in the woods, on the side of a tiny mountain, was a wondrous and magical place, called Piglandia.

November 19, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Invasion of the ladybugs

We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.

November 12, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering who my grandfather was before

He was just a simple man, my grandfather. All rough-hewn leather and tar from years of roofing. He just loved God, his family and his Bulldogs. Not much else mattered.

November 12, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If Mama can’t find it...

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people's stuff.

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


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


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