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Becoming a phenomenal woman

I didn't know Maya Angelou personally, but through her writing, her quotes that I loved and saved like cherished heirlooms, I felt like I knew her.

June 04, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control rose sawflies

I have received several calls in the past week dealing with roses.

May 28, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The best generation, like, totally

I am unashamedly, proudly a child of the '80s. Life was good then. Almost blissful, in its simpler times.

May 28, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Love means never saying you’re sorry — maybe

There's a few words that are fairly hard to say. "I love you" is usually the hard one for many; I know the ex didn't utter those words until we had been dating about a year. Don't ask why I married that fool. The only explanation I can give is that I love a challenge.

May 21, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of blossom-end rot

The weather so far this spring has been much better than last year for our vegetable gardens. The light, infrequent rain has been great compared to the excessive moisture of last season. While most of us have recently planted our gardens, we need to get a head start on scouting for problems. A common issue in many vegetable gardens is dark, sunken lesions on the bottom tomato fruit. This is a nutritional disorder called "Blossom-end rot."

May 21, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Keeps ticks away

One of the great things about living in this area of the state is the easy access to outdoor recreation. We are just a short drive away from many of the best hiking trails in Georgia.

May 14, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Whatever you do, do it out of love

The best advice I ever received was from my lifelong friend, Jane.

May 14, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s not about the money

Having an only child means that, yes, I can be a tad bit indulgent.

May 07, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Leyland cypress alternatives

The Leyland cypress tree is one of the most popular plants used in the landscape as a natural screen.

May 07, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The secret past love life of mama

My child is a natural born romantic. He completely believes in love at first sight, soul mates and all that mushy love propaganda.

April 30, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protect hemlock trees

Hemlock trees are very important to north Georgia. They shade our rivers and streams, allowing trout and other fish to survive. They firm up the soil around streams, preventing erosion and help to filter runoff water. They are majestic trees that add beauty and value to our properties.

April 30, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Using organic fertilizers

Many home gardeners and small-scale producers have a growing interest in organic production.

April 23, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Nothing is sacred when it comes to Mama

A diary is such a treasured, sacred little book, holding secret thoughts, the most private of details.

April 23, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A lesson in friendship

"Mama, can I talk to you?" Cole asked me quietly one evening.

April 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hydrangea bloom colors

Hydrangeas are a staple in most southern gardens. Bigleaf hydrangeas, also known as Japanese, French and snowball hydrangeas, bloom in colors of blue, pink or different shades in between. Did you know that the bloom color of hydrangea can be changed?

April 16, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister 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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