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Changing Tink's thinking on Southern funerals

When he asked it, I answered then I laughed.

December 02, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


The wisdom of a child by way of a jelly jar

It started with a jelly jar.

December 02, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


A real western Thanksgiving

A grey gloomy sky dropped suddenly over the jagged edges of the Zailiysky Alatu Mountains sending a chilling reminder that winter was now enveloping Almaty, Kazakhstan.

November 25, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


There’s still plenty to be thankful for

"What was Thanksgiving like when you were a little girl?" Cole asked as I was making plans for this week.

November 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Advantage of age - Not doing what you don’t want to do

As the years of Mama's life grew long into the shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing old. She used it to get both what she wanted and to shun that which she did not want.

November 18, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


You can deal with problems, even without big-girl britches

There's one phrase that really irritates me.

November 18, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


God bless the child who understands perspective

The last few weeks, I have been participating in a daily gratitude exercise.

November 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Perception changed by holler of desperation

The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion, the deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.

November 11, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


My dog tells me what she wants --- and gets it

Ava my German shepherd is quite verbal.

October 28, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dixie Dew’s goodbye

The dread of death, I have come to know, is as fierce and unrelenting as a tornado in full destruction mode.

October 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Good pecan crop expected this year

Pecans are a very important nut crop for the state of Georgia. We are ranked No. 1 in the nation in pecan production, having more than 145,000 acres planted in pecans in Georgia.

October 28, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Moonshine run honors longtime festival supporter

"Gentlemen, start your engines" is a very familiar phrase and one that creates a thunderous, heart-thumping beginning to a thrilling event.

October 22, 2015 | By Rhonda Goodwin K.A.R.E. for Kids volunteer | Lifestyle Columnists


Breaking the habit of worrying

"Worrying is just praying for what you don't want to happen," is an often used quote about worrying.

October 21, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Investing in people is not snooping

Over the course of many years, I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms, hoping for good news and, at the same time, dreading the bad.

October 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Investing in people is not snooping

Over the course of many years, I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms, hoping for good news and, at the same time, dreading the bad.

October 21, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Better to be broke at the beginning than in the end

It is now that I have reached the age where the wiser generation, those who taught me and mentored me, are starting to take their ...

February 03, 2016 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes all you need is a good cry

The only times I saw Granny openly cry was when my grandfather had brain surgery, when he died, and when her beloved German shepherd, Bo ...

February 02, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


The perfect light

My trusty American SUV rumbled along a rocky seldom driven road kicking up a cloud of dust that enveloped the trucks following me.

January 27, 2016 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Passing on some borrowed ‘good advice’

My chiropractor, like many doctors, often adds a new piece of reading material for waiting clients, usually in the form of a page of inspirational ...

January 27, 2016 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


There’s real importance in how to tell the story

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics of telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

January 27, 2016 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Celebrate accomplishments without comparison

Remember that time you dropped a few pounds, felt really good about yourself and then you got on Instagram to take a photo and saw ...

January 27, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Nice doesn’t always win

My uncle is always nice.

January 20, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


The little house (again)

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves ...

January 20, 2016 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Wild garlic control

Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds ...

January 20, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Someone has to win Powerball’s billion plus dollars

$1.4 billion dollars.

January 13, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Only one kind of Bible good enough for Daddy

There are two Bibles that sit, always untouched, on the fireplace mantle in our living room. They are delicate and old, yellowed pages are falling ...

January 06, 2016 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


For this year, the first-ever non-diet resolution

This is maybe the first ever time I have not started the New Year with some grand resolution of losing at least 10 pounds.

January 06, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


2016 will be a good year, the Good Lord willin’

As the old year spits and sputters to an end and the new one waits in the wings, straining with enthusiasm to burst forth with ...

December 30, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Say goodbye and good riddance to this year

2015, I am glad to see you leave.

December 30, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Christmas on the Mississippi 2015

So it was that several years ago, I was hired to speak on a few occasions for riverboat cruises on the Mississippi.

December 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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