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Christmas on the Mississippi 2015

So it was that several years ago, I was hired to speak on a few occasions for riverboat cruises on the Mississippi.

December 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


‘Twas Days Before Christmas

'Twas mere days before Christmas,

December 23, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Kissing bugs pose little risk

Kissing bugs seem to be a hot topic with local media in the past month.

December 23, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


On the hunt for a large, comfortable bed

When we decided to visit the few remaining members of Tink's family who live in Connecticut and New York, we chose to drive.

December 16, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


How my child plans to catch Santa Claus

It was an intricate plan, complete with several diagrams and involved string.

December 16, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


In the middle of the night

It was about 1 a.m. when our alarm system woke me up with the beeping sound that it makes when one of the exterior doors is opened.

December 09, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


DIY mushroom gardening

Every year I have people coming into my office asking me to identify mushrooms to see if they are edible.

December 09, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Consider this a PSA for December birthdays

Like many others, I am a December baby.

December 09, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


The wisdom of a child by way of a jelly jar

It started with a jelly jar.

December 02, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Changing Tink's thinking on Southern funerals

When he asked it, I answered then I laughed.

December 02, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


A real western Thanksgiving

A grey gloomy sky dropped suddenly over the jagged edges of the Zailiysky Alatu Mountains sending a chilling reminder that winter was now enveloping Almaty, Kazakhstan.

November 25, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


There’s still plenty to be thankful for

"What was Thanksgiving like when you were a little girl?" Cole asked as I was making plans for this week.

November 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Advantage of age - Not doing what you don’t want to do

As the years of Mama's life grew long into the shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing old. She used it to get both what she wanted and to shun that which she did not want.

November 18, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


You can deal with problems, even without big-girl britches

There's one phrase that really irritates me.

November 18, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Perception changed by holler of desperation

The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion, the deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.

November 11, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


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The end to a great character

One of my favorite characters ever and one that readers have unfailingly enjoyed is my friend, Poet, the scion of a cotton family who speaks ...

February 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The power of silence

Many people are uncomfortable with stretches of silence in a conversation.

February 22, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Of boys and men

"Mama, can I?..."

February 15, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Uncle Oscar and Aunt Fairy

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...

February 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The joy of a good mudhole

It's hard to find a good mudhole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.

February 08, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Right makes happy

It started with a conversation about "Die Hard."

February 08, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Mr. Ben

A while back, the chief tax assessors from counties throughout Georgia asked me to speak to their gathering at Jekyll Island. We frequent the Golden ...

February 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


What doesn't kill you

When Cole woke up feeling a bit puny, I begged him not to tell Mama.

February 01, 2017 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Tink and the Garanimals

It is a sure bet, I am certain, that I am not the only wife with a husband who cares little about clothes. Like many ...

January 25, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


In memoriam of the stores of my youth

A part of my childhood died recently.

January 25, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The unnecessary obituary

One of the dearest and oldest friends I have, had a close brush with death recently. He didn't just stand on the banks of ...

January 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The end of the fried chickatarian era

Years and years ago, my child had decided he was going to be a vegetarian.

January 18, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Surviving the Snowpocalypse of 2017

I started dreading it last Monday.

January 11, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Good-bye to Grant Tinker

There is an old Chinese proverb that says "When an old man dies, a library burns down." With no man was this truer than it ...

January 10, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Good-bye to Grant Tinker

Mama used to say, every time she was sick, "I've never been so sick in all of my life." EVERY time.

January 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


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