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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


Pointers on pollination

I have received a number of calls in the past month concerning cross-pollination of different vegetable crops in home gardens.

Most cross-pollination issues are not of huge concern to most home gardeners. A general introduction into how plants are pollinated will give you a better understanding of how your plants produce fruit.

June 27, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some people earn that well-deserved no

I've said it before and I will say it again: My favorite word is probably 'no.'

I love that word.

June 27, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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2016 will be a good year, the Good Lord willin’

As the old year spits and sputters to an end and the new one waits in the wings, straining with enthusiasm to burst forth with ...

December 30, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Say goodbye and good riddance to this year

2015, I am glad to see you leave.

December 30, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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