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Longing for spring

It's been a long cold winter and it is far from over.

March 03, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Let’s have some coffee and talk

I have visited 157 of the 159 counties in Georgia. They all have a courthouse.

February 24, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learn from our mistakes

I have forgotten the name of the sage who wrote: "Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been."

February 24, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Growing herbs at home

Herbs are great for the novice gardener. They grow quickly, and most can tolerate a range of soil conditions.

February 24, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Overwintering houseplants

During winter months, many homeowners try to overwinter potted plants inside. Others enjoy inside plants year round, but there can be problems.

February 17, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Never too old to learn

I am a fan of the eternal optimist. The person who sees the glass half full, rather than half empty.

February 17, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A few tips to help work in the garden this February

Since I can't think of anything to write about, the following are a few tips to keep in mind as you work in your lawn or garden during the cold days of February.

February 10, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s a matter of heart

I'm not against Valentine's Day or any of those other commercially-oriented observances on the calendar. I just think we should show our love and appreciation on an ongoing basis.

February 10, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


People helping out in the community

For the hundreds who did not attend the "Black and White Affair" and who may think of those honored at the annual Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Gala as just upper-echelon business executives, let me assure you that they are truly down-to-earth, hard-working residents. In truth, much of the work for which they were recognized benefits Dawson County in general, not just their own businesses.

February 04, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


People who shape our lives

I was in Central Florida recently and someone suggested I take a couple of minutes and drive through the town of Celebration.

February 04, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learn to handle weeds

It has been said, a weed is simply a plant growing out of place. For some people a watermelon may be called a weed if it is growing in a rose garden. I for one would simply eat the watermelon while looking at the roses.

February 04, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Common questions for late winter

Over the past nearly 30 years as an extension agent, I have received tens of thousands of questions related to lawn and garden care.

January 27, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Missing a brother, a friend

In some ways, we were just alike. In others, we were direct opposites.

January 27, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


When to use herbicides

In last week's newspaper article, I wrote about how herbicides are classified as selective, nonselective, systemic or contact. In this article, I will go a step further and write about how herbicides are classified as preemergence or postemergence, depending on the time the chemical is applied.

January 20, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If ‘the king’ and King lived on

I don't know about you, but I sometimes have "what if" moments when I think about persons who have passed away.

January 20, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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I always wonder what Granny would do

It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.

July 23, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning in summer

Knowing when to prune different species of plants is a skill that many gardeners fail to grasp. Many plants have an optimal time or season when pruning should be done.

July 23, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Relax, trust and swim with the flow

I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.

July 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling vines in the landscape

Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.

July 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Growing up takes a while to accomplish

My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.

July 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Old age is not for sissies

Unlike the masses who started prepping for swimsuit season shortly after the last Cadbury egg or Peep was eaten, I have decided to start integrating an exercise routine.

July 02, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Carpenter ant control

Carpenter ants are the largest species of pest ants found in Georgia. They get the name from their habit of chewing wood to create nesting sites. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they simply excavate cavities in trees and wood products for nesting galleries. These ants can be a nuisance in and around the home because of their large size and sheer numbers.

July 02, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some conversations need not to happen

One of the challenges of raising a child is having to explain the behavior and actions of celebrities. Sure, we can try to shield them from things on TV, but things are a lot different than when I was growing up.

June 25, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You have such a pretty face

I heard someone make a comment the other day, a comment that made me cringe inwardly and outwardly as an involuntarily response.

June 18, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Giving the guys some credit

I didn't know my father very well, which really means, I didn't know him.

June 11, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Corn earworm control

One of my favorite foods from summer gardens is sweet corn. Sweet corn is fairly easy to grow, but many people encounter the frustration of finding corn earworm damage in their fresh produce.

June 11, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Becoming a phenomenal woman

I didn't know Maya Angelou personally, but through her writing, her quotes that I loved and saved like cherished heirlooms, I felt like I knew her.

June 04, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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