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We have it pretty good

In my everyday job, I write about business and state politics.

April 01, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Know when to start seeds, purchase plants

Gardeners must make a decision at this time of year. Should they purchase and plant seeds to grow transplants for the garden, or should they wait until planting time outdoors and buy started plants from nurseries and garden centers?

March 25, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I’m not who you think I am

When somebody thinks you're somebody that you're not, it can either be really good or really bad.

March 25, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


When we come up a little short

Many groups and individuals find themselves in the same situation as United Way Board Member Taylor Wallace at the recent Recognition Luncheon, "coming up a little short of the goal."

March 25, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prepare planting beds

The warm weather last week got many gardeners in the mood to plant.

March 18, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Saying ‘I do’ with Gov. Perdue

What can you do in 40 days?

March 18, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


There’s no Juan at home

We've been in our new house for three weeks and some folks have already found us.

February 18, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Daylilies require little care

One landscape plant that has become common in Georgia landscapes is daylilies. This is for a good reason.

February 18, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning neglected trees

Many people, during the purchase of a home or old farmstead, find themselves in the possession of fruit trees that have been "neglected" for some length of time.

February 11, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Children need to get outside

I am on my soapbox today.

February 11, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s been a time for bad news and good

Like the weather, the past couple of weeks have been a time of contrasts, like a pendulum swinging between bad news and good, which, fortunately, means that much of the time it is at neither extreme.

February 11, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter is a great time to plant a tree

Arbor Day will be Feb. 20, and now is an excellent time to plant trees.

February 04, 2009 | By Clark Beuss For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Frozen in the spotlight

I didn't get to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama until they replayed it on cable.

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


It’s not bad to be a Dawson senior citizen

This column was meant to be written for last week's paper, but before that happened, I decided to go south for a few days in search of warmer weather.

January 28, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Looking through things in yet another move

As I write this, we are in the midst of moving.

January 28, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Meltdown in the checkout lane

I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.

March 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cold injury in plants

The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.

February 25, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In praise of…well, praise

I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.

February 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Something shiny for his girl

I am not by any means a jewelry girl.

February 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Where do we go from here? Adjusting to the new normal

My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.

February 11, 2015 | By Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If only they’d listen

No one listens to me.

February 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Use oils for insect control

Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.

February 04, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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