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By Clark MacAllister

If you are like me, you try to save money wherever you can. We are living in tough financial times, and I am always looking for new ways to save a few bucks here and there.

Many folks often skimp on their landscape as a means of cost cutting. There are many instances in which being too cheap in the garden can cost you in the long run.

June 20, 2012 | | Lifestyle Columnists


That’s a man’s job, y’all

I've never considered myself a feminist, even though I have been accused of being one a time or two.

Granted, I have had a few un-girly jobs in male-dominated fields, but it was usually out of necessity more than trying to prove I could do anything a man could do.

June 20, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Odds are Rogers will wish he was Mork

For a guy more uptight than a bullfrog in boiling water, State Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, can be a hoot. I first discovered this when he and another senator named Chip (Pearson, from Dawsonville) teamed up a few years ago to pass a bill in the Senate banning our body parts from being micro-chipped without our permission. I thought that was pretty funny: Chip, Chip and Microchip. Get it?

June 13, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Practical impracticality of childhood

"Mama, is the tooth fairy real?" was the question of the hour recently.

June 13, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Brown Patch lawn disease

Early summer is a time eagerly awaited by many homeowners.

As temperatures rise, lawns begin to green up.

June 06, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I’m clearly not the boss around my house

As many parents, including my mother, have done, I have pulled out the "I am the Mother" card as my carte blanche reason for many decisions.

I also pepper mine with: "I'm the boss, I call the shots, what I say goes."

June 06, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My son, the future president of 2038

The first grade class voted a few weeks ago and it was announced during awards day that the "Most Likely to be President of the USA" was my child.

Cole's teacher, Mrs. Robin even declared that Cole would be one to get things done if he was in the White House and she'd vote for him tomorrow if he ran.

May 30, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fire blight on fruit trees

Backyard apple trees are popular in this area of Georgia.

Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home. While home fruit trees can be rewarding, they also require a lot of work. One reason for this is the prevalence of diseases.

May 23, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


An open letter to Mr. Black Bear

Dear Mr. Black Bear,

Allow me to introduce myself; I am the owner of the trash you so enthusiastically dismantled and scattered all over my backyard recently. Several times actually. I'd like to have a few moments of your time if possible.

May 23, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Screen tree alternatives

The Leyland cypress tree is one of the most popular plants used in the landscape as a natural screen. Unfortunately, increasing disease problems, improper plant placement and the sheer prevalence of Leyland cypresses have all contributed to the need for alternative plant selection.

Leyland cypress trees are susceptible to a number of diseases, such as Seridium canker, Botryosphaeria dieback and Cercosporidium needle blight.

May 16, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


We’re gonna just ‘bless it’

Part of our Southern heritage dictates that before or after we say anything disparaging about anyone, we should add a "bless their heart" to it.

I knew this early on; in fact, I would bet good money the first words I uttered after the dog's name were tagging a blessing onto someone.

May 16, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What I share with my mama

I recently read an article in a magazine that talked about how the physical features you share with your mother reveal similar personality traits. Similar eyes meant you both were optimistic. Lips meant you both were openhearted; noses, equally trusting. The article offered some keen insights that I am sure for many, rang very true.

May 09, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Contents of a woman’s purse

"What is in here?" Lamar will ask as he tries to move my bag to the floorboard of the back seat.

"Stuff I need," I reply.

May 02, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control poison ivy

Poison ivy is a weed that affects almost every gardener and outdoor lover in Georgia.

It is found in nearly every outdoor environment, and most folks can tell you not so fondly of the after-effects of a poison ivy encounter.

May 02, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Too bad life doesn’t come with an ‘edit’ button

I am beginning to think me and microphones don't mix well. It seems like if I am around one, you better hope like the dickens there's a way to edit afterwards.

Starting as a small child in my first of only two pageants, Mama made the mistake of telling me what every mother tells her child backstage.

April 25, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Articles by Section - Lifestyle Columnists


A name can be revealing in more than one way

I am usually aware of the title of a book I am reading because I think that the author intends for it to be significant ...

February 10, 2016 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


How do they survive without cream of mushroom soup?

It would be, I decided, a nice gesture of Southern thoughtfulness if I made a dish of my famous macaroni and cheese.

February 10, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Much to her irritation, Mama was told by her insurance company she needed to get a checkup.

February 10, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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