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Watch for winter burn

Each spring, many homeowners in Georgia discover dead, brown foliage on their evergreen plants.

Often mistaken for diseases, most of these dead spots are the result of cold damage. Even after a seemingly mild winter, evergreen plants in Georgia can still be susceptible to winter desiccation injury, also known as "winter burn."

February 20, 2013 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Not quite smart enough for second grade math

Math is not one of my strong suits. When I was in grade school, I always preferred English, literature and science - namely because chemistry meant I had the opportunity to blow something up or at the least, start a fire.

In college, I changed majors twice because of the math requirement. Heck, I actually ended up commuting to Mercer when I lived 20 minutes from Athens simply because I could avoid a statistics class at U.G.A. Mama reminds me of this every time she pays her portion of my student loans.

February 20, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Celebrate Arbor Day

Arbor Day celebrates awareness of trees within our communities and promotes tree planting across the country.

We all know the benefits trees bestowed upon us: Shade, cleaner air, erosion control, wind buffering, wildlife habitat and aesthetic beauty. Of course trees deserve an official day.

February 13, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawosn Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The sweetest of hearts

Love is in the air and all around us. Of course it is - tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Or the day some women get to shove it in other's faces that their guys are more romantic than theirs.

I have lamented that I am not a romantic at heart; I yearn to be, would love to get caught up in the hoopla; maybe it's because I have never been the object of affection that would be in a romantic comedy.

February 13, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My mama’s driving this crazy train

I love my Mama. I do.

But if there is one person who can get me on the busy end of a hissie fit, it's that woman.

February 06, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The difference between old dogs, Southern women

Inside my jaded little dark heart, I hold a tremendous amount of compassion for children, animals, the elderly and disabled.

Three of my four dogs fall in three of those categories. They are old - their human year age rank up in the 90s - they can barely get around and need diapers for dogs; and well, the given is, they are dogs.

January 30, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Liming your landscape

January and February are busy months for soil testing here at the extension office.

Most people have some free time to prepare their lawns and gardens for the upcoming spring planting.

January 30, 2013 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Farewell to old style filth and debauchery

I don't know how they are going to do it, but they are going to kill off J.R. Ewing.

They tried before back in the '80s when Mary Crosby shot him. I remember it, even though I was probably about 8 or so. Mama guessed it was Sue Ellen's sister, Kristin, in the office contest and won a T-shirt that said "I Guessed Who Shot J.R."

January 23, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I’m running outta nice things to say

Mama used to caution me about what I said when I was younger - not just what I said about people but who I was talking to.

"Don't say anything about anyone you wouldn't want to say to their face," she would say. "In fact, it's better to just go ahead and say it to them because chances are whoever you're talking to will go tell them and it won't be the way you said it when they do."

January 16, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning muscadine vines

Take a drive around the area and you will notice that many people have muscadine vines growing in their yards.

Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.

January 16, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


One thing you truly need

I had found it. Everything that would make my life better could be mine, and I had found it all before 4:30 a.m.

And I could get perfection with easy payment plans.

January 09, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Catching up on some well-deserved good wishes

It may be a bit late to say "Happy New Year," but never too late to send congratulations and best wishes.

Because of illnesses in my family and because Christmas and New Year's holidays break the routine, my column has taken a back seat. Thanks to some faithful readers who remind me.

January 09, 2013 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter chores for the landscape

Chilly winter days may not seem like the most ideal time for gardening for many people.

However, now is the right time to perform lawn and garden maintenance to help prepare the landscape for the coming spring green-up.

January 09, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Post-holiday normal?

The days following the holidays can seem so sad.

There's no more tinsel-covered everything; the lingering lights decorating the streets seem discarded and out of place, as if they know they have served their purpose and are about to be stored until the following season.

January 02, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pronunciation of pecan

Pecans are a personal holiday season favorite of mine.

My grandmother has been selling bags of pecans for several years as a Christmas fundraiser for her church, and she always puts away a few bags for me to enjoy when I visit.

January 02, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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The end to a great character

One of my favorite characters ever and one that readers have unfailingly enjoyed is my friend, Poet, the scion of a cotton family who speaks ...

February 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The power of silence

Many people are uncomfortable with stretches of silence in a conversation.

February 22, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Of boys and men

"Mama, can I?..."

February 15, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Uncle Oscar and Aunt Fairy

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...

February 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The joy of a good mudhole

It's hard to find a good mudhole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.

February 08, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Right makes happy

It started with a conversation about "Die Hard."

February 08, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Mr. Ben

A while back, the chief tax assessors from counties throughout Georgia asked me to speak to their gathering at Jekyll Island. We frequent the Golden ...

February 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


What doesn't kill you

When Cole woke up feeling a bit puny, I begged him not to tell Mama.

February 01, 2017 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Tink and the Garanimals

It is a sure bet, I am certain, that I am not the only wife with a husband who cares little about clothes. Like many ...

January 25, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


In memoriam of the stores of my youth

A part of my childhood died recently.

January 25, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The unnecessary obituary

One of the dearest and oldest friends I have, had a close brush with death recently. He didn't just stand on the banks of ...

January 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The end of the fried chickatarian era

Years and years ago, my child had decided he was going to be a vegetarian.

January 18, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Surviving the Snowpocalypse of 2017

I started dreading it last Monday.

January 11, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Good-bye to Grant Tinker

There is an old Chinese proverb that says "When an old man dies, a library burns down." With no man was this truer than it ...

January 10, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Good-bye to Grant Tinker

Mama used to say, every time she was sick, "I've never been so sick in all of my life." EVERY time.

January 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


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