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Tips for soil sampling

If you were one of the people who called the extension office last week, then you probably know that I was away.

I was in Athens attending a week long training session for county agents.

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


Really, I’m not judgmental

I don't consider myself to be judgmental. I don't. In fact, I think I am one of the least judgmental people I know.

"You are being judgmental," I will reprimand Mama when she gets on her high horse about something.

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


Kudzu bugs are back

I have received many calls to the extension office in the past few weeks about small brown bugs swarming on houses and irritating gardeners.

These little pests are called kudzu bugs, and they have been annoying north Georgia outdoor lovers since 2009.

March 28, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this …

Jealousy is one of the pettiest emotions. It destroys relationships, creates strife and fosters insecurity. It's easy to see why jealousy has been called a green-eyed monster. My jealousy monster just happens to be a beautiful silky black Border collie.

I never would have imagined the little ball of fur I rescued four years ago to be capable of such jealousy, but she is.

March 28, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My own future ‘warning’

The first time I saw those "Red Hat" ladies, I thought they were just fashionably challenged. Granted, I loved the festive, colorful red hats but with purple? That was a color combo I had only seen on the ex's mother and I just figured it was because she didn't know any better fashion-wise, bless her heart.

I vaguely remembered reading the poem that had inspired the red hat wearing, but at the time, I was young, maybe still in my teens.

March 21, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Love of Cole’s life is not so much like his mama

I was warned before my son started Pre-K that first grade may bring about the great love of Cole's life.

"Oh, watch out," a client told me. "When I started first grade, I met this girl and went home and told my Mama I had found the girl I was going to marry."

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


Every year I tell myself ‘one won’t hurt’

Every year about this time, I make the same solemn vow to myself: No more Thin Mints.

Not just because I try to watch my weight, but mainly because I have celiac and am not supposed to eat anything with gluten.

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


Eight cities in 12 days

I made my way past Immigration, which always gives one some sense of relief. Getting into a country is one thing. Getting back out is something completely different.

I found my way to the bar to wait.

February 29, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My greatest fears include dolls, canned biscuits

My sister is fearless.

She will hop on a plane to go anywhere, she drives hours just to take on the scariest haunted houses in the state and her most recent hobby involves guns.

February 29, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Landscape questions for late winter season

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

Just when I think I have heard every question possible, there is a new one.

February 22, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I’m sure there’s an app for that

I am one of those rare people who actually uses their cell phone to talk.

I will text and take photos of Cole to send Mama, but I would say about 90 percent of the time, I just talk.

February 22, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What it means to live in a small town

There's a difference between city folk and small town folk.

Even though I love some of the conveniences that a bigger city offers, I am a country girl at heart that loves living in a small town.

February 15, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Best way to plant trees

This Friday is Arbor Day. At 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, three new Dawson County Champion Trees and one new State Champion Tree from Dawson County will be announced.

Also, at the event, River Birch trees will be planted to honor the 2011 Tree Preservationist. The public is welcome.

February 15, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this

I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day.

Sometimes, I wish I could be - to be able to get caught up in the romance, the pink and red heart-shaped everything, the cards covered with sugary rhymes professing love.

February 08, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Landscape work for the month of February

Some people may think February is the slowest month of the year to work with your landscape, but really it's not.

February is a good month for doing dormant pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs (with the exception of spring-flowering plants that are pruned after they bloom).

February 08, 2012 | By Clark Beusse 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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