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Mama said there’d be days like this …

Jealousy is one of the pettiest emotions. It destroys relationships, creates strife and fosters insecurity. It's easy to see why jealousy has been called a green-eyed monster. My jealousy monster just happens to be a beautiful silky black Border collie.

I never would have imagined the little ball of fur I rescued four years ago to be capable of such jealousy, but she is.

March 28, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My own future ‘warning’

The first time I saw those "Red Hat" ladies, I thought they were just fashionably challenged. Granted, I loved the festive, colorful red hats but with purple? That was a color combo I had only seen on the ex's mother and I just figured it was because she didn't know any better fashion-wise, bless her heart.

I vaguely remembered reading the poem that had inspired the red hat wearing, but at the time, I was young, maybe still in my teens.

March 21, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Love of Cole’s life is not so much like his mama

I was warned before my son started Pre-K that first grade may bring about the great love of Cole's life.

"Oh, watch out," a client told me. "When I started first grade, I met this girl and went home and told my Mama I had found the girl I was going to marry."

March 14, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Every year I tell myself ‘one won’t hurt’

Every year about this time, I make the same solemn vow to myself: No more Thin Mints.

Not just because I try to watch my weight, but mainly because I have celiac and am not supposed to eat anything with gluten.

March 07, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Eight cities in 12 days

I made my way past Immigration, which always gives one some sense of relief. Getting into a country is one thing. Getting back out is something completely different.

I found my way to the bar to wait.

February 29, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My greatest fears include dolls, canned biscuits

My sister is fearless.

She will hop on a plane to go anywhere, she drives hours just to take on the scariest haunted houses in the state and her most recent hobby involves guns.

February 29, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Landscape questions for late winter season

Over the past 30 years as an extension agent, I have received tens of thousands of questions related to lawn and garden care.

Just when I think I have heard every question possible, there is a new one.

February 22, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I’m sure there’s an app for that

I am one of those rare people who actually uses their cell phone to talk.

I will text and take photos of Cole to send Mama, but I would say about 90 percent of the time, I just talk.

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


What it means to live in a small town

There's a difference between city folk and small town folk.

Even though I love some of the conveniences that a bigger city offers, I am a country girl at heart that loves living in a small town.

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


Best way to plant trees

This Friday is Arbor Day. At 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, three new Dawson County Champion Trees and one new State Champion Tree from Dawson County will be announced.

Also, at the event, River Birch trees will be planted to honor the 2011 Tree Preservationist. The public is welcome.

February 15, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this

I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day.

Sometimes, I wish I could be - to be able to get caught up in the romance, the pink and red heart-shaped everything, the cards covered with sugary rhymes professing love.

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


Landscape work for the month of February

Some people may think February is the slowest month of the year to work with your landscape, but really it's not.

February is a good month for doing dormant pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs (with the exception of spring-flowering plants that are pruned after they bloom).

February 08, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’s be days like this …

The Food Network's reigning queen of butter recently announced she has had type 2 diabetes for three years.

The next thing we knew, people were bashing her for hiding it and some even said it was no surprise given the way she loves her fattening fare.

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


Fertilizer key when growing pecans

A common question I am asked is: Do pecan trees need fertilizer and, if so, when is the best time to apply it?

Fertilizer is one of the most important things needed to produce pecans.

February 01, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Decide which plant to buy

Buying landscape plants can be confusing. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants.

But which plant is right for your landscape?

January 25, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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The whole she-bang predicament

Men, I'm gonna go ahead and warn you - you may not be able to relate to this.

July 29, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tree surface roots

We receive calls all year long at the extension office about trees with large, exposed roots. Sometimes these roots will bust up sidewalks and driveways ...

July 22, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Nothing says new beginnings like a fresh pack of pencils

In case y'all haven't noticed, summer is over.

July 22, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s finally here and it is beautiful

After several delays, "DAWSON COUNTY, GEORGIA: A HISTORY" is published, delivered and available for purchase.

July 15, 2015 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If you see a well-dressed man, thank his mama

"Did your Daddy pick that out for you?" I asked Cole one morning as we were about to head out the door.

July 15, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The landline: Mama’s last bastion of communication

Who ever created texting, thank you.

July 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Bagworm management

Are you having issues with distressed or dying evergreen trees in your landscape this year? Chances are you may have a bagworm infestation.

July 01, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Lessons learned from the mat

I knew Cole needed a sport this summer.

June 24, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling Chiggers

Have you ever walked through your yard or hiked through the woods only to return with red, itchy bumps? These are most likely caused by ...

June 24, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A heart’s desire

No one plans on falling in love. Well, unless they sign up for dating sites. And even then, plans are sketchy.

June 17, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Spots on Maple trees

Maple trees are extremely popular in home landscapes all over Georgia. Some maple species are native to this part of the country, so they naturally ...

June 10, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Granny and the disappearing cake plate

When Granny passed away last year, Mama had asked me what things of hers I wanted.

June 10, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Herbicide carryover in gardens

Home gardening season has been officially started for several weeks now.

June 03, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If you can’t say something nice...

Mama always cautioned me about speaking ill of others.

June 03, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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