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There’s a reason why we can’t have nice things

Much akin to Jeff Foxworthy's cry when his mother's Elvis Jack Daniels decanter was broken, my grandmother declared she couldn't have anything nice.

February 24, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


New shrub may fit your needs

Gardeners and landscapers are always on the lookout for new and exciting plant species to spice up their yards.

February 17, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson County News, editor@dawsonnews.com | Lifestyle Columnists


Iron beds and handmade quilts become sign of spenders

When I was a child and we visited my grandparents, both sets who lived up in the mountains in small, humble houses, which we accessed by a car that crawled slowly around inclining, twisting roads, I knew their standard of living was different from ours.

February 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


The handmade love of my granny’s quilts

"Do you know who Granny made these quilts for?" Mama asked one day.

February 17, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Much to her irritation, Mama was told by her insurance company she needed to get a checkup.

February 10, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


How do they survive without cream of mushroom soup?

It would be, I decided, a nice gesture of Southern thoughtfulness if I made a dish of my famous macaroni and cheese.

February 10, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


A name can be revealing in more than one way

I am usually aware of the title of a book I am reading because I think that the author intends for it to be significant. Sometimes it may have more than one interpretation or level of meaning. Often the same is true of organizations.

February 10, 2016 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Better to be broke at the beginning than in the end

It is now that I have reached the age where the wiser generation, those who taught me and mentored me, are starting to take their leave of this world that I search both their lives and deaths for lessons.

February 03, 2016 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes all you need is a good cry

The only times I saw Granny openly cry was when my grandfather had brain surgery, when he died, and when her beloved German shepherd, Bo, died.

February 02, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Celebrate accomplishments without comparison

Remember that time you dropped a few pounds, felt really good about yourself and then you got on Instagram to take a photo and saw a photo of one of your friends?

January 27, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


There’s real importance in how to tell the story

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics of telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

January 27, 2016 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Passing on some borrowed ‘good advice’

My chiropractor, like many doctors, often adds a new piece of reading material for waiting clients, usually in the form of a page of inspirational or better health advice. The latest one I read there was about how "The Holidays" can knock years off your life, specifically by eating too much (especially too much junk food) and exercising too little during holiday periods.

January 27, 2016 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


The perfect light

My trusty American SUV rumbled along a rocky seldom driven road kicking up a cloud of dust that enveloped the trucks following me.

January 27, 2016 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Wild garlic control

Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds are closely-related and difficult to tell apart.

January 20, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


The little house (again)

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves polishing furniture, mopping floors, scrubbing the outside doors, cleaning out the window sills and wiping down Mama's cracked, ceramic canister set.

January 20, 2016 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County 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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