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Spring-flowering bulbs

Flowering bulbs can be a great addition to any garden.

Bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are usually the earliest flowers to bloom in spring. Many bulbs will grow for several years with little care, while others are treated as an annual and planted for only one season. They can be placed almost anywhere in the home landscape, including flower beds, pots and even in the lawn.

November 14, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Man walks into a grocery store alone ...

I am not sure what it is about men and grocery stores, but those long mysterious aisles seem to present a conundrum to a lot of men. Or maybe it's just my husband.

I joke that his idea of Friday Night Date Night is taking me to the grocery store, where we spend 'quality time' together.

November 14, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winterizing fertilizer

If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott.

Scott informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.

November 07, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


How Mama gets things done

I am a simple girl really, I don't need to have to have a lot of fancy things. I would definitely enjoy them and be giddy if I had fancy, but I don't have to have a lot of bells and whistles.

Case in point: When we moved to the mountains years ago, our cabin didn't have a dishwasher. I swore after spending the first 25 years of my life without one, I would never, not have a dishwasher again.

November 07, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Moss control in lawns

Have you ever noticed masses of light-green, plant-like material growing in your lawn while mowing your grass? These are probably patches of moss or algae.

Most people notice moss during the summer months when they are actively cutting the lawn. However, winter months, between December and March, are the best time to control your moss problems.

October 31, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


There’s something about Halloween

Halloween - the night that begat all fun-sized candies is upon us and with it, the magic and lore of that night.

"Mama, did they do trick or treating when you were a kid?" Cole asked.

October 31, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall berry color

When most folks think of gardens in the fall, leaf color change is usually the first thing that comes to mind.

Another aspect of fall and winter gardens that is often overlooked is ornamental berry production. As the leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs drop, certain plants will reveal their showy clusters of brightly-colored berries.

October 24, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Never underestimate the power of a hissie fit

In my office, high up on a shelf, sits a pretty dainty little plaque that has survived numerous moves without being lost or broken.

I am not sure who gave it to me -- I have had it so long, that I forgot. But whoever it was, they evidently know me very well because the pretty, girlie plaque declares: "Never underestimate the power of a good hissie fit."

October 24, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


RuPaul, Mama Gaga, Great Pumpkin

"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: Religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin."

That's what Linus said in the Charlie Brown Halloween special more than 40 years ago.

October 18, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Why leaves change color

One of nature's greatest spectacles is the array of colors presented during autumn in the mountains.

Most of us are lucky enough to live within driving distance of a deciduous forest, allowing us to take in the beauty of the color change.

October 10, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama’s factual bits of truth don’t bare repeating

There's a window of opportunity as a parent, probably from a child's age of 2 to about 11 where any and every thing we say is gold.

Once they hit the 12-year-old mark, any words that come out of our mouths sound very similar to the teachers on the Charlie Brown cartoons.

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


Always my baby, no matter what

Being the parent of an only child I willingly admit he is a little bit spoiled. Not necessarily with material things, although his room would beg otherwise. He on the other hand, would tell you a tale of how deprived he is because at 8 years of age, he doesn't have his own iPhone or tablet. But when it comes to attention, Cole is pretty rotten.

"Mama, tell me about when I was born again," he asked as his 8th birthday neared earlier this week.

October 03, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protect plants from cold damage

We are now officially into fall, which means it is time to start thinking about how to protect our ornamental plants from cold damage.

Daylight hours are getting shorter and nighttime temperatures are dropping. Plants are starting to move in to a state of dormancy, or rest, as their growth hormones slow down.

October 03, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prepare for disaster

Most of us are fortunate to live fairly comfortably in our everyday lives. We are lucky to live in a stable society that allows most of us to never worry about our food supply. We all have access to electricity, and all of the comforts and entertainment that comes with it.

Have you ever thought about what you would do if a natural disaster stuck? What if you no longer had electricity, water and access to the grocery store for extended periods of time?

September 26, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t mistake caffeinated for perkiness

One morning on Facebook my friend Lori and I got in a conversation about why we were up so early.

For me, 5:30 a.m. is normal. I declared myself a morning person.

September 26, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Articles by Section - 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


A canine resolution

"What's your New Year's resolutions gonna be?" Mama asked on the eve of 2017.

January 04, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Losing Loved Ones and Gaining New Ones

At year's end, it's always interesting to look back at all that happened and realize that so little of it was anticipated while ...

December 28, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


My big New Year's plans

There are two types of people.

December 28, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Home for Christmas

As a child growing up, Christmas was pure joy and delight.

December 21, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


An old-fashioned Christmas

Granny never asked for much for Christmas.

December 21, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Rodney teaches

After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in.

December 14, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Granny's secret ingredient

"Is your Granny making her fruitcake this year?" was a question that began in mid-October.

December 14, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


From a television star to a preacher

Mama was always proud for people who were able to pull themselves up and do well in life. She rooted for them, bragged on them ...

December 07, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Ghosts of Christmases Past

Gift bags have been one of the best inventions since sliced bread. Maybe even better than bread, which I don't eat.

December 07, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Going off the grid

One summer night, a few years before Mama died, I tried to call her but there was no answer.

November 30, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


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