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A hillbilly version of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’

Mama has always been persnickety about her things. It just goes along with her O.C.D. So when she told me one evening her things in her bedroom were out of place, I knew to be worried.

"Has anyone been in your house?" I asked.

August 01, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protecting trees in the yard

Trees provide great benefits to our home landscapes. They provide shade, help retain soils and add visual interest. It is important that we take care of our trees. Many of the things we do for our other plants in the landscape may provide benefits to our trees at the same time, such as watering, fertilizing and aerating. However, some maintenance practices may unintentionally damage our trees.

Improper mulching may do more harm than good for our trees.

July 25, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Preparing my own episode of ‘Hoarders’

I'll admit that I am a pack rat.

I am scared to pieces that the minute I throw something away, I will need it.

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


Water quality testing

The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health.

The EPA sets standards that public water sources routinely be checked. This is not the case with private water supplies, such as a well. Having your well water tested once a year serves as a good precaution and will keep you aware of any contamination.

July 18, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I have many doppelgangers, but Amy Winehouse?

They say everyone has a twin. Some people have more than one person they look like. Apparently, I have quite a few.

When I was younger and insisted on blunt heavy bangs, I was told on numerous occasions I looked just like Shannen Doherty. Or anyone who grew up in the '90's may remember her as the much-hated Brenda Walsh from "Beverly Hills, 90210."

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


Don’t make me unleash my Southern

While at the bank recently, I got in a conversation with a man and the bank manager. Our talk turned to how other parts of the country are so vastly different than the south.

"I went to California a while back," the manager said. "Beautiful state, had such wonderful fresh produce. But not the first bit of it was fried."

July 11, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Blossom-end rot

One of the best parts of growing tomato plants is the feeling of seeing your first fruit setting on the vines.

Unfortunately, many folks have experienced the frustration of discovering dark, sunken lesions on the bottom of their tomato fruit. This is a nutritional disorder called 'blossom-end rot.'

July 11, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My horror tale of the great outdoors

There comes a time in every parent's life, where you have to share one of your personal brutal life experiences with your child.

Sometimes, it's an experience that is hard, painful even, to talk about.

July 04, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Avoid overwatering

As the summer heat begins to dry things out, we tend to think that more water is better. This is not always the case.

Many commonly diagnosed plant diseases in Georgia are caused by excess soil water.

July 04, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pointers on pollination

I have received a number of calls in the past month concerning cross-pollination of different vegetable crops in home gardens.

Most cross-pollination issues are not of huge concern to most home gardeners. A general introduction into how plants are pollinated will give you a better understanding of how your plants produce fruit.

June 27, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some people earn that well-deserved no

I've said it before and I will say it again: My favorite word is probably 'no.'

I love that word.

June 27, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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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


Any given Sunday and other random days

"I am not a big sports guy."

November 30, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Thanksgiving, 2016

It is a solid friendship of two like-minded Southerners that started in, of all places, a high-end restaurant in Beverly Hills. This was several years ...

November 23, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The pursuit of gratitude

This, for many reasons, has been a challenging year.

November 23, 2016 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Death's final scene

My husband, many times, had written of death and created numerous dying scenes in the make-believe world of television. Once he had won an Emmy ...

November 16, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The no knock-off Christmas

I am not one of those people who do their Christmas shopping early.

November 16, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The contradiction of Murphy’s Law

Whilst studying science recently, an intriguing question was posed: "Mama, is Murphy's Law real?"

November 09, 2016 | | Lifestyle Columnists


The janitor

The elementary school in which I received my first through sixth grade learning was a long, straight brick building with cement steps, an auditorium with ...

November 09, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Staying in bed

As I see it, because I've studied quite a bit on this, my day goes off the rails pretty much as soon as I ...

November 02, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Come next week

Exactly one week from today, the election will be over.

November 02, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts – well, maybe

"Mama, are ghosts real?"

October 26, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Pinto beans, cornbread and buttermilk

My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four ...

October 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Nimblewill

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...

October 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The battleground of a tween clean room

"You need to clean your room."

October 19, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The hunger games

"I'm hungry."

October 12, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


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