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Tips for dealing with a common tomato problem

In recent days, I have received a number of calls about tomatoes with rot on the bottom of the fruit.

June 23, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Living my days to the fullest

This is the last column I will write as a columnist in my 40s.

June 23, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Taking the WABAC machine to the past

I used to love those cartoons of Mr. Peabody and his boy, Sherman. It was a quirky twist on the idea of a boy and his dog.

June 16, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Feeding a vegetable garden

Garden soil can be considered a storehouse of plant food. However, soils do not store equal amounts and some soils are better at holding on to nutrients than others.

June 16, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Too much rain can be as bad as too little

For years, gardeners had to contend with dry weather. We are now blessed with rain; however, too much water can lead to root rot.

June 09, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Foods that put us on the map

Mose Coleman didn't know it, but he started an industry. In 1931, Coleman planted what he thought would be hot onions, but there was something about the sandy loam soil of Toombs County that made the onion sweet. It was so sweet you could eat it like an apple.

June 09, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Summer landscape tips

As you enjoy the days of summer, a few landscape tips to keep in mind are as follows:

June 02, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some recognition for a special person

There are some people whom you recognize as "special," and even though you are not with them on a regular basis, you count them as favorite friends. Elovoyce Greer is one of those special people for me, as she probably is for many others.

June 02, 2010 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Crossing over to the sunnier side

After my somewhat gloomy subject of illness and death in last week's column, I felt a nudge to look for brighter spots. And, of course, they are always there; we just need to open eyes.

May 26, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prune azaleas after flowering

Azaleas are beautiful this year. With spring comes the question when to prune azaleas.

May 26, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Same price, smaller sizes

The most often asked question about newspaper columns is, "Where do you come up with this stuff?"

May 26, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Use caution when using pesticides

Pesticide poisoning can happen anytime of the year. However, since spring and summer is when most pesticides are used in the lawn and garden, the possibility of pesticide poisoning increases during these months.

May 19, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


End of school upon us

If you're a school teacher, I hope you get an extra measure of patience this week.

May 19, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Phone and prayer lines have been busy this week

Ever since the night I came home from Cape San Blas, my thoughts, conversations and energies have been concerned with illnesses and deaths. Hopefully, the next weeks will be better for all.

May 19, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for mowing grass

Mowing is the most frequent and therefore generally the most expensive turf management practice used. It can also affect turf quality as much as any other cultural practice.

May 12, 2010 | By Clark Beusse 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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