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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


Selecting perfect Christmas trees

It's December. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas songs are popping up on every radio station. This means it is time to pick a Christmas tree.

December 04, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hospital visits, cooking make Granny shine

Two things always made Granny happy: Cooking and being in the hospital.

December 04, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A reminder to be thankful every single day

I've tried to cultivate an attitude of gratitude lately. It's not as corny as it sounds. But I had read something a while back that stated that the more we are thankful for, the more we will have to be thankful for.

November 27, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What a mother wants for her child

When you date someone for longer than three months, people want to know when you're getting married.

November 20, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Move potted plants indoors

Potted plants are a great way to add color and foliage to small spaces like decks and patios.

November 20, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Maybe it’s time to go through the change

I've noticed a few things lately about myself. When I say I need to drop a few pounds, forgoing my daily candy bar and glass of wine doesn't cause the scales to nudge south.

November 13, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Indoor cockroach control

One insect that is universally loathed is the cockroach. I have learned to appreciate most insects, but cockroaches still give me the creeps. In nature, they are important decomposers. They are attracted to our homes in search of food, moisture and shelter.

November 13, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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


A very thankful Thanksgiving indeed

Cole was worried.

November 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pine needle drop

Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping form deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?

November 19, 2014 | Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


The story of Piglandia will live forever

"Once upon a time, in a small cabin nestled in the woods, on the side of a tiny mountain, was a wondrous and magical place, called Piglandia.

November 19, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Invasion of the ladybugs

We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.

November 12, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering who my grandfather was before

He was just a simple man, my grandfather. All rough-hewn leather and tar from years of roofing. He just loved God, his family and his Bulldogs. Not much else mattered.

November 12, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If Mama can’t find it...

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people's stuff.

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


Grow giant pumpkins

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall? If you're like most people, chances are you think of turning leaves and pumpkins. From carving Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, to harvest-themed displays, to lattes, pumpkins are an integral part of autumn in America.

October 29, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s OK for family to have different interests

I woke up one Saturday with the desperate urge to get my hair done. It had only been six months - I am terrible about not scheduling regular hair appointments, especially when most of the time, my hair is pulled up in a ponytail on top of my head.

October 29, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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