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Should we label Congress?

The federal government spends a lot of time on labels.

January 14, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Follow these guidelines when purchasing, planting apple trees

The old adage of "you get what you pay for" is an important consideration when buying apple trees. Often, "bargain plants" are not healthy or may not be a variety adapted to your area. Buy only trees of recommended varieties from a reliable source.

January 14, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant blueberries now

I believe the most popular fruit bearing plant is blueberries.

January 07, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Lost in the zeros

I remember going to Walt Disney World not long after it opened. There was just the Magic Kingdom and that was it.

January 07, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


No denying my electronic ignorance

I should probably add to that title, "and other evidence of looming senility."

January 07, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t blame Rudolf

Christmas is a time when children want to see deer, especially if they are pulling a sled full of toys.

January 04, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Bring back the fine china

Christmas was always one of those days we used the good china. We also ate in the dining room.

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


The only constant is change

As the New Year begins, it's a good time to reflect on changes that occurred in the past year.

December 31, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


With a tough past year, it’s about time for 2009

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its ...

December 31, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Governors gone bad

As a son of the South, I'm the first to admit we've had some governors who didn't make us look too good in the eyes of the rest of the nation and, for that matter, the world.

December 28, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Follow these tips to take care of holiday plants

Flowering and foliage plants make welcome gifts.

December 28, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Grab Christmas spirit before 2009 slips in

The cartoonist was right: the one who showed Santa's sleigh overtaking and de-feathering the Thanksgiving turkey.

December 28, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Cold protection for the landscape

Fall is a time when most plants go dormant and a very good time for the homeowner to help protect plants from the cold days ahead.

December 21, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A good man, a tragic end

If there was ever a picture of a nice guy, it was Frank Harris. He was short, fairly thin and one of those people who always looked neat. His black hair, with a sprinkling of gray, was always in place and his clothes looked like they had just been ironed.

December 21, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Take time with cards this season

Christmas cards date back to the mid 1800s. Like me, they are quickly becoming dinosaurs.

December 14, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Where does spring pollen come from?

Spring is a beautiful time of year.

April 15, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Meeting my match in one little boy

Granny cursed me once.

April 15, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H Rabies Clinic is coming up

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting the annual rabies clinic on April 25.

April 08, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some assembly may be required

IKEA, I will never darken your doors. Never, not ever.

April 08, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learning to stop focusing and settle for more in life

A friend and I were chatting one night, catching up on things and the conversation turned to our usual wistful, wishful discussion of how life was really going.

April 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Forsythia signals the arrival of spring

Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape.

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


Showing the world that special spark of happiness

"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"

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


We have no place for discrimination

I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.

March 18, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prepare for potato planting

Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.

March 18, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You always need your Mama

"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.

March 18, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


They shoot fat people, don’t they?

It must be open season on people who are overweight.

March 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Preparing lawn for summer weed control

With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.

March 11, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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