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Start a new tradition

I remember as a child going with my father to cut a Christmas tree on our family farm.

December 16, 2009 | By Clark Beusse Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter landscape tips

The official start of winter is Dec. 21, and the recent temperatures only remind us of the cold days ahead.

December 09, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A Christmas tree full of memories

There is nothing pretty about the little bird in our Christmas tree. It is made of that shiny metallic stuff that most Christmas ornaments are made of. It has a tail that looks more like a brush. Instead of feet, it has a spring-loaded clip to attach it to the tree.

December 09, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Be careful — it’s beginning to pile up

Perhaps we all are guilty of overeating at Thanksgiving, but that's usually only a one-day binge, plus good leftovers. Now the round of Christmas luncheons, dinners and parties have begun and there is not much recuperating time between the food binges. Also, exercise time may get overlooked.

December 09, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What to plant in the shade

I wish I had a dime for every time someone asked me what type of grass will grow best in full shade.

December 02, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Let’s take the blame when it’s ours to take

It was 40 years ago, about this time of year that I repented of my sins and was baptized. At 9, my list of sins paled in comparison to some of the whoppers I committed over the ensuing years.

December 02, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Compost for gardening

Composting is a practical and convenient way of recycling leaves, lawn clippings and trimmings from the landscape.

November 25, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A lesson in counting blessings

There's been a lot written about blessing counting.

November 25, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


How do you know whom to believe?

In the early days of television there was a game show called "Who do you trust?"

November 25, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Understanding frost

As you know, Dawson County has had its first visit by frost. Frost is something we see, talk about and even predict, but do we really understand it?

November 18, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time for wish book wishes

Dawson is the 4-year-old daughter of a co-worker.

November 18, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Blessed with rocks

One thing Dawson County is blessed with is rocks.

November 11, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Browse stores in local area

In a few retail stores, the Christmas decorations are already going up. The holiday season, like it or not, is upon us.

November 11, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Christmas is coming fast

Quick - get that Jack O' Lantern out of the way, put the turkey and Pilgrim decorations out and back quickly, line store shelves with gifts and Christmas decor, and tune up the carols and Santa music.

November 11, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Gardening tips for November

A November application of fertilizer is very beneficial to a lawn of cool-season grasses. It promotes root development without excessive top growth. With a strong root system, your lawn will be better able to withstand drought conditions next summer.

November 04, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Being in the former wives club

Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.

August 13, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall webworms crawl out

Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.

August 13, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes a little white lie can save the day

"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.

August 06, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


There is no such thing as perfect

Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.

July 30, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of new fruit fly

Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.

July 30, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Memories of Russian radishes

About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.

July 30, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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