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By Clark MacAllister

If you are like me, you try to save money wherever you can. We are living in tough financial times, and I am always looking for new ways to save a few bucks here and there.

Many folks often skimp on their landscape as a means of cost cutting. There are many instances in which being too cheap in the garden can cost you in the long run.

June 20, 2012 | | Lifestyle Columnists


That’s a man’s job, y’all

I've never considered myself a feminist, even though I have been accused of being one a time or two.

Granted, I have had a few un-girly jobs in male-dominated fields, but it was usually out of necessity more than trying to prove I could do anything a man could do.

June 20, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Odds are Rogers will wish he was Mork

For a guy more uptight than a bullfrog in boiling water, State Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, can be a hoot. I first discovered this when he and another senator named Chip (Pearson, from Dawsonville) teamed up a few years ago to pass a bill in the Senate banning our body parts from being micro-chipped without our permission. I thought that was pretty funny: Chip, Chip and Microchip. Get it?

June 13, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Practical impracticality of childhood

"Mama, is the tooth fairy real?" was the question of the hour recently.

June 13, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Brown Patch lawn disease

Early summer is a time eagerly awaited by many homeowners.

As temperatures rise, lawns begin to green up.

June 06, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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The treasure of a friendship

Perhaps to some, it is an unlikely friendship, but to me it is one I treasure.

July 12, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The Friday night entertainment battle

Do you want to hear something kind of pathetic?

July 12, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Appreciation to the farmer

Several years ago when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough ...

July 05, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Facing the mortality of my Mama

"She died."

July 05, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Do-er or Dow-er

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

June 28, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Some sorely missing etiquette

Mama has started following in Granny's previous footsteps of blaming technology for most of our current woes.

June 28, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The legend of Bobby Baker

Bobby Baker was the most memorable kid in my first grade class. I spent 12 years matriculating with Bobby but it was in the first ...

June 21, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


That’s not how I would do it – and maybe that’s a good thing

I have become that which I used to dread.

June 21, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Tink and the car

My husband is a simple man. This comes as a surprise to folks because of the high-profile family from which he comes and the job ...

June 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Not a Daddy's Girl

Unlike many of my friends, I was never a "Daddy's Girl."

June 14, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Can we do it again?

Several years ago, I struck up a friendship with a reader named LaTrelle.

June 07, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The shame of summer

School has officially been out a week and my child is already bored.

June 07, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The cousins

It was a typical Sunday family dinner, all of us fresh from our churches and gathered together for the sake of being together. Conversation bubbled ...

May 31, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The Summer of '82 all over again

The Summer of '82 was a good year.

May 31, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


This is Lewis Grizzard

Before our dear friend, Ed Parks, died, he would invite us up to his house in Highlands on a Sunday and say, "We'll have ...

May 24, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


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