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I’m clearly not the boss around my house

As many parents, including my mother, have done, I have pulled out the "I am the Mother" card as my carte blanche reason for many decisions.

I also pepper mine with: "I'm the boss, I call the shots, what I say goes."

June 06, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My son, the future president of 2038

The first grade class voted a few weeks ago and it was announced during awards day that the "Most Likely to be President of the USA" was my child.

Cole's teacher, Mrs. Robin even declared that Cole would be one to get things done if he was in the White House and she'd vote for him tomorrow if he ran.

May 30, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fire blight on fruit trees

Backyard apple trees are popular in this area of Georgia.

Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home. While home fruit trees can be rewarding, they also require a lot of work. One reason for this is the prevalence of diseases.

May 23, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


An open letter to Mr. Black Bear

Dear Mr. Black Bear,

Allow me to introduce myself; I am the owner of the trash you so enthusiastically dismantled and scattered all over my backyard recently. Several times actually. I'd like to have a few moments of your time if possible.

May 23, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Screen tree alternatives

The Leyland cypress tree is one of the most popular plants used in the landscape as a natural screen. Unfortunately, increasing disease problems, improper plant placement and the sheer prevalence of Leyland cypresses have all contributed to the need for alternative plant selection.

Leyland cypress trees are susceptible to a number of diseases, such as Seridium canker, Botryosphaeria dieback and Cercosporidium needle blight.

May 16, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


We’re gonna just ‘bless it’

Part of our Southern heritage dictates that before or after we say anything disparaging about anyone, we should add a "bless their heart" to it.

I knew this early on; in fact, I would bet good money the first words I uttered after the dog's name were tagging a blessing onto someone.

May 16, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What I share with my mama

I recently read an article in a magazine that talked about how the physical features you share with your mother reveal similar personality traits. Similar eyes meant you both were optimistic. Lips meant you both were openhearted; noses, equally trusting. The article offered some keen insights that I am sure for many, rang very true.

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


Contents of a woman’s purse

"What is in here?" Lamar will ask as he tries to move my bag to the floorboard of the back seat.

"Stuff I need," I reply.

May 02, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control poison ivy

Poison ivy is a weed that affects almost every gardener and outdoor lover in Georgia.

It is found in nearly every outdoor environment, and most folks can tell you not so fondly of the after-effects of a poison ivy encounter.

May 02, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Too bad life doesn’t come with an ‘edit’ button

I am beginning to think me and microphones don't mix well. It seems like if I am around one, you better hope like the dickens there's a way to edit afterwards.

Starting as a small child in my first of only two pageants, Mama made the mistake of telling me what every mother tells her child backstage.

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


Annual 4-H rabies clinic set Saturday

Because of strict vaccination laws, rabies outbreaks have become much less prevalent since vaccination programs began in the 1940s.

However, this does not mean that rabies is no longer a threat in our community. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, there were more than 6,000 reported cases of animal rabies, and two reported cases of rabies in humans in the United States in 2010.

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


Adult friendships can bring disappointments

As a child, the start of the school year brought a lot of trepidation.

Would I still be friends with the same children from the year before?

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


Starting a vegetable garden

With our traditional last frost date, April 20, soon approaching, many folks are getting ready to start planting summer vegetable gardens.

Home gardens can be an enjoyable way to stay active and provide your family with fresh produce throughout the summer. However, a productive garden takes a lot of work and proper planning can greatly increase a garden's success.

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


Mama said there’d be days like this

Spring has sprung in all of its bright colorful splendor and that means one thing.

No, not the beautiful array of flowers blooming everywhere but in my yard.

April 12, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Honey bees important

For most people, the mention of bees conjures up thoughts of annoyance and fear. Bees make nests around our homes, buzz around us in the garden, and occasionally sting us. What good could these little pests do?

Even though they may seem a nuisance, bees more than make up for it in their most important role - plant pollination.

April 12, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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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