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A whisper may be all you need

"Mama, did you have time outs when you were a child?" Cole asked one day.

February 05, 2014 | Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Grow your own broccoli

Broccoli is a vegetable that many home gardeners can produce successfully in Georgia.

February 05, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control wild garlic

Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds are closely related and difficult to tell apart.

January 22, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


People, animals just want to be loved

Mama's theory of the pedigree of my parking lot puppy had changed a few months ago. Her latest theory, which she expressed daily, was that Angel Doodle was a pit mix.

January 22, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sod prices increasing

Are you planning to renovate an existing lawn or plant a new lawn using sod this spring? If so, now is the time to start your preparations. It may be hard to find motivation to think about your landscape during cold weather, but January is the ideal time to plan for laying new turfgrass.

January 15, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learning to forgive and forget

Cole was mad at his father.

January 15, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Important to test for radon

January is National Radon Awareness month. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, only behind tobacco smoke. It is responsible for a reported 21,000 deaths per year in the United States. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when naturally-occurring uranium in granite bedrock decays into radium. This radium then decays to radon, a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is not harmful outside, but it can build up to damaging levels inside a house.

January 08, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


New Year’s resolution of baby steps

I've been thinking about my New Year's Resolutions the last few weeks. I normally don't make any - instead, I probably make 'resolutions' weekly or monthly, depending on what bad habits I need to break.

December 31, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


History of mistletoe

Christmas is a holiday filled with age-old traditions. One popular winter tradition is kissing under the mistletoe. Have you ever thought about what exactly mistletoe is and how it became associated with Christmas?

December 24, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The spirit of Christmas

I don't remember when Santa quit bringing me presents.

December 24, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If I had known then what I know now

I turn 41 this week.

December 18, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Holiday houseplants

The cold winter months can often be a depressing time for gardeners. The lush greenery and colorful blooms have long since faded.

December 18, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Millipedes in the home

In the past week, the extension office has received several calls from homeowners concerned with insects massing in and around their homes. Most of the sightings have been in the basement area inside homes or around driveways and patios outside.

December 11, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The joy of giving as seen through the eyes of a child

"You see this piece of paper?" Cole asked, as he climbed in the backseat. "Do you see what it says?"

December 11, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Game over, time to get down to business at UGA

It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50 and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the State Football Championship, 41-34.

December 04, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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


Sometimes, you can’t get home again

Dear old Thomas Wolfe may have been right when he wrote, "You can't go home again" back in the 1940s.

December 03, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Household squirrel control

Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.

November 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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