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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


It’s changed from Drive to Vista

One thing the housing slowdown has given us is fewer cutely named subdivisions.

November 04, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Catch-up with matching game

Again, I am apologetic to those who so kindly tell me that they read my columns. I am aware that I have been negligent for several weeks and have a good excuse for only one of those: I did spend a lazy one down at the Cape San Blas beach house. It was there that I thought of this way of describing the getaway time. Maybe you will find it interesting.

November 04, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Liming the garden

Fall and winter are excellent times to add lime to soil. Understanding the relationship between pH and adding lime to the soil is important.

October 28, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Fire Blight control tips

Backyard apple trees are very 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.

January 28, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Introverts of the world unite

If you had asked me 25 years ago if I was an extravert or an introvert, I would have whole-heartedly responded with the former.

January 28, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


The time to prune vines approaching

Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.

January 21, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The next best thing

Being raised an only child meant I spent a lot of time reading and pretending.

January 21, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter care for horses

All livestock require more energy during the cold winter temperatures to keep warm.

January 14, 2015 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


My job description is not always popular

Someone asked me recently how many children I have and what their ages were.

January 14, 2015 | Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Test your well water to ensure healthy quality

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

January 07, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The dearest friends I have never met

When I was single, a friend suggested I sign up for an online dating service.

January 07, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My year-end wrap up: Times are fast changing

It's hard to believe that 2014 is well, over.

December 31, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Chinese pistache named 2014 Gold Medal winner

I am often asked for recommendations regarding plant material in home landscapes. This can sometimes be a difficult task due to homeowners' personal opinions on plant styles, as well as the vast amount of plants available to the modern gardener. One tool that helps with the decision-making process is the annual Georgia Gold Medal Plant list.

December 24, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What Mary knew - and would she change a thing?

A teacher told me once she had never met a more inquisitive, curious child as mine. "He is just full of questions." I am not sure if her implications meant that to be a good thing or not.

December 24, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Surviving childhood - despite my best efforts

Cole is fascinated by war stories.

December 17, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Enjoy holiday house plants

The cold winter months can often be a depressing time for gardeners. The lush greenery and colorful blooms have long since faded. However, bitter weather shouldn't keep you from getting your gardening fix. There are plenty of indoor plants associated with Christmas that will bring warmth and color to your home during the holidays.

December 10, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The Doodles and don’ts of raising kids and pets

I admit, I make a big fuss over these pups. These sassy, spoiled girls are pretty special to me and I do tend to love on them constantly.

December 10, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Destructive insect infests firewood

Recent spells of cold weather have caused many people to start up their fireplaces. While fireplaces are a great way to efficiently heat your home, you need to be careful where you source your firewood. You could be inadvertently spreading invasive insects into our local forest land.

December 03, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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