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The problem with being a team player

It seems like everything lately is focused on teams and it's not about upcoming SEC play either. Work has become team-based as well, and I am not quite sure how I feel about that.

My first experience working with a team of any sort was in college.

August 22, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Reseeding tall fescue lawns

Tall fescue is one of the most popular turf-type grasses in north Georgia. People love tall fescue for its dark green color in fall and spring. It is also easy to plant by seed, making it popular with DIY, or do-it-yourself, homeowners.

Because it is a cool-season grass, meaning it prefers the cooler temperatures of fall and spring, it often becomes thin during the summer. Don't be alarmed. This is the grass's natural method of protecting itself during the hot summer months.

August 15, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Who would win? Dirty Harry or Walker, Texas Ranger

There has been a great debate in my house recently. It does not involve anything political but something much more profound. Who would win in a showdown - Clint Eastwood or Chuck Norris.

"Chuck Norris rules," was my answer.

August 15, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Summer pruning

Each plant in the landscape has a particular purpose or growth habit that dictates specific pruning requirements.

Often we prune to direct the growth or train plants into a certain form or to fit within a certain space, such as a formal hedge.

August 08, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The only thing wrong with women

"I am so glad I am not a woman," one of my guy friends commented recently. "You have to 'heehee' and 'ooo' over each other. All y'all do is talk all the time. That's what's wrong with all of y'all."

True, women talk. Some of the things we talk about are not necessarily that important and most men would deem it gossip.

August 08, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Eco-friendly insect control

I have received many calls to the office from people wanting to control landscape and insect pests without the use of conventional pesticides. There are some options available for those opting to use less harsh chemicals. Many of the pest insects we find in our landscapes and gardens can be controlled with one of three environmentally-friendly products - Horticultural Oils, Insecticidal Soaps and Bt Products.

Horticultural oil is especially formulated for use on plants. It is a petroleum-based oil with an emulsifier added that allows it to mix with water. It kills scales, mites, aphids, whiteflies and other soft-bodied pests that ...

August 01, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A hillbilly version of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’

Mama has always been persnickety about her things. It just goes along with her O.C.D. So when she told me one evening her things in her bedroom were out of place, I knew to be worried.

"Has anyone been in your house?" I asked.

August 01, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protecting trees in the yard

Trees provide great benefits to our home landscapes. They provide shade, help retain soils and add visual interest. It is important that we take care of our trees. Many of the things we do for our other plants in the landscape may provide benefits to our trees at the same time, such as watering, fertilizing and aerating. However, some maintenance practices may unintentionally damage our trees.

Improper mulching may do more harm than good for our trees.

July 25, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Preparing my own episode of ‘Hoarders’

I'll admit that I am a pack rat.

I am scared to pieces that the minute I throw something away, I will need it.

July 25, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Water quality testing

The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health.

The EPA sets standards that public water sources routinely be checked. This is not the case with private water supplies, such as a well. Having your well water tested once a year serves as a good precaution and will keep you aware of any contamination.

July 18, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I have many doppelgangers, but Amy Winehouse?

They say everyone has a twin. Some people have more than one person they look like. Apparently, I have quite a few.

When I was younger and insisted on blunt heavy bangs, I was told on numerous occasions I looked just like Shannen Doherty. Or anyone who grew up in the '90's may remember her as the much-hated Brenda Walsh from "Beverly Hills, 90210."

July 18, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t make me unleash my Southern

While at the bank recently, I got in a conversation with a man and the bank manager. Our talk turned to how other parts of the country are so vastly different than the south.

"I went to California a while back," the manager said. "Beautiful state, had such wonderful fresh produce. But not the first bit of it was fried."

July 11, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Blossom-end rot

One of the best parts of growing tomato plants is the feeling of seeing your first fruit setting on the vines.

Unfortunately, many folks have experienced the frustration of discovering dark, sunken lesions on the bottom of their tomato fruit. This is a nutritional disorder called 'blossom-end rot.'

July 11, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My horror tale of the great outdoors

There comes a time in every parent's life, where you have to share one of your personal brutal life experiences with your child.

Sometimes, it's an experience that is hard, painful even, to talk about.

July 04, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Avoid overwatering

As the summer heat begins to dry things out, we tend to think that more water is better. This is not always the case.

Many commonly diagnosed plant diseases in Georgia are caused by excess soil water.

July 04, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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The Friday night entertainment battle

Do you want to hear something kind of pathetic?

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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 ...

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Facing the mortality of my Mama

"She died."

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Do-er or Dow-er

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

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Some sorely missing etiquette

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

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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


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