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Mama’s factual bits of truth don’t bare repeating

There's a window of opportunity as a parent, probably from a child's age of 2 to about 11 where any and every thing we say is gold.

Once they hit the 12-year-old mark, any words that come out of our mouths sound very similar to the teachers on the Charlie Brown cartoons.

October 09, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Always my baby, no matter what

Being the parent of an only child I willingly admit he is a little bit spoiled. Not necessarily with material things, although his room would beg otherwise. He on the other hand, would tell you a tale of how deprived he is because at 8 years of age, he doesn't have his own iPhone or tablet. But when it comes to attention, Cole is pretty rotten.

"Mama, tell me about when I was born again," he asked as his 8th birthday neared earlier this week.

October 03, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protect plants from cold damage

We are now officially into fall, which means it is time to start thinking about how to protect our ornamental plants from cold damage.

Daylight hours are getting shorter and nighttime temperatures are dropping. Plants are starting to move in to a state of dormancy, or rest, as their growth hormones slow down.

October 03, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prepare for disaster

Most of us are fortunate to live fairly comfortably in our everyday lives. We are lucky to live in a stable society that allows most of us to never worry about our food supply. We all have access to electricity, and all of the comforts and entertainment that comes with it.

Have you ever thought about what you would do if a natural disaster stuck? What if you no longer had electricity, water and access to the grocery store for extended periods of time?

September 26, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t mistake caffeinated for perkiness

One morning on Facebook my friend Lori and I got in a conversation about why we were up so early.

For me, 5:30 a.m. is normal. I declared myself a morning person.

September 26, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A moment of silence for victims on 9/11

Last Tuesday marked the 11th anniversary of one of our nation's saddest days: 9/11/01. I don't think anyone will ever forget that day nor should they. People all around the nation, not just in New York, were paying tribute and memorializing for those who perished.

For some, it was a ceremony. For others, it was a moment of silence.

September 19, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control fruit flies

Summer and fall are the most common times to find fruit flies in your home. Although they may occur year-round, the usual abundance of ripening fruit in many people's homes in the summer and fall tend to attract more flies.

Fresh fruit is an important part of a healthy diet, so don't let fruit flies deter you from eating right.

September 19, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A colossal diet fail

Like a lot of women, I worry about my weight constantly. I was a chubby kid and no matter how many pounds I lose, I always have that chubby ghost lurking in the back of my head.

Mama never had to worry about her weight when she was younger. She was a skinny kid, all elbows and knees. As an adult, she was thin, probably because nicotine and coffee were her two major food groups.

September 12, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Boxwood culture, care

Boxwoods (Buxus sp.) are a well-known garden shrub frequently planted in Georgia.

They have been used for many years in English formal gardens where they gained the reputation as a must-have for upscale, magisterial landscapes.

September 12, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I’ll tell you when you’re older

Parenthood comes with a unique set of challenges. Are you teaching your children the right things? Are they getting the right foods, the right education? Are they involved in the right extracurricular activities? Are you scarring them for life?

But children are resilient people. They seem to go with the ebb and flow of life much easier than adults. Some of the things we worry about, they don't even notice.

September 05, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Bigger than Bieber

"Elvis is going to be reincarnated as a blue-eyed blonde this year," Mama announced to me when I was pregnant with Cole several years ago. "Sylvia Browne just said so on 'Montel' this morning."

Now Mama being as quirky as she is loves her some Sylvia Browne and never missed an episode of Montel Williams' show when the psychic was on.

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


West Nile Virus and mosquito protection

Recently, national and local news stations have been filled with stories of West Nile Virus outbreaks in several states. As of the time of writing, there have been 21 confirmed cases of the virus in Georgia, three of which were fatal. With cases like this, it is important that residents learn the facts and become aware of how to best protect themselves.

West Nile Virus was first confirmed in the United States in 1999 in New York City. It was first discovered in Georgia in 2001, and had become nation-wide by 2002, according to UGA Entomologist Elmer Gray.

August 29, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall webworm control

Late summer and early fall is the time when you will begin to notice trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs. These webs often contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.

Fall webworms have been observed feeding on more than 85 species of trees in the U.S., according to UGA Extension Horticulturist Bob Westerfield.

August 22, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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Forgiveness is harder than it sounds

I am going to admit something not too pretty here: I have a hard time with forgiveness.

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The Hillbilly Hipster

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How it all caught up with ‘em

We were cleaning up the dishes from Sunday dinner when Rodney called me into the living room where he was watching TV.

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It all comes out in the wash

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The Dimestore

As best I can recall - and I've been thinking hard about this - I have only written one fan letter in my life.

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My favorite season is fall. In fact, I wish it could be fall all year.

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Birthday parties--even my own--freak me out

My child is already making his birthday list, putting a corgi at the top of his list followed by Pokemon cards and DS games.

July 27, 2016 | | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for caring for trees

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 ...

July 27, 2016 | Clark Macallister | Lifestyle Columnists


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