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The house cleaning anomaly

Earlier this summer, I told my friend Yolande I was cleaning my house so she could come over.

August 01, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Bagworms injure plants

Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive "spindle-shaped" bags on a variety of ornamental trees and shrubs throughout Georgia. They have been known to attack both deciduous and evergreen trees, but are most often found on cedar, cypress, arborvitae, juniper, spruce and pine. They can also be seen on deciduous plants, including rose, maple, elm and sycamore.

July 31, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Teaching my son to get his geek on

When I was a child, I thought my Mama was the most awful parent ever. The woman made me watch "Star Trek." This was absolute mind-bending torture. To lure me into her sci-fi trap, Mama often had Ding Dongs or Twinkies and being the chubby kid I was, I would sit and watch as long as the sweets flowed.

July 24, 2013 | 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. The most common complaint from homeowners is that the surface roots interfere with the lawn. Exposed roots can cause uneven lumps in the turf, and they can also tear up a lawnmower with one pass.

July 24, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Spots on a maple leaf

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

July 17, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Enough is enough, I feel like a drowned rat

"When does school start back?" Cole asked the other day.

July 17, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Asian ambrosia beetles

I recently received a leaf sample from a homeowner whose tree had been rapidly declining for a few months. The leaves showed symptoms of wilting, but there was no distinct pattern as there would be for a fungal leaf spot. I went out to look at the tree a few days later, and by the time I arrived almost all of the leaves were dead and crispy.

July 10, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Every child’s true need

My child told me a story once. Not a made up, fictitious story full of elaborate characters and make believe. But I had asked him point blank about something that had happened and he looked at me and told me the untruth.

July 10, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Where good dogs go when it’s their time

The beagle had been mine, a gift from the ex, since she was 6-weeks old. I had cried the first time I held her, her soft ears falling over her eyes.

July 03, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Scorpion control

One of the best things about living in north Georgia is all of the beautiful scenery. We are lucky to live in an area with lush natural surroundings.

June 26, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


These are a few of a my biggest pet peeves

Reckless drivers, especially those that pass on the double yellow lines.

June 19, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Rose rosette disease

Rose rosette disease is a viral disease that is becoming increasingly more common in Georgia.

June 19, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Get rid of bed bugs

Bed bug sightings have been on the rise in the United States recently.

June 12, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Backup Piggie plan

I made a promise to myself about four years ago, that if I ever ran across another piggie, I was going to get it. As a backup Piggie, I told myself, after the original Piggie had gone missing once for about a month.

June 12, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Nature’s grand scale

I spent years working in various parts of Kazakhstan following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

June 05, 2013 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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The treasure of a friendship

Perhaps to some, it is an unlikely friendship, but to me it is one I treasure.

July 12, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The Friday night entertainment battle

Do you want to hear something kind of pathetic?

July 12, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Appreciation to the farmer

Several years ago when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough ...

July 05, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Facing the mortality of my Mama

"She died."

July 05, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Do-er or Dow-er

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

June 28, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Some sorely missing etiquette

Mama has started following in Granny's previous footsteps of blaming technology for most of our current woes.

June 28, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The legend of Bobby Baker

Bobby Baker was the most memorable kid in my first grade class. I spent 12 years matriculating with Bobby but it was in the first ...

June 21, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


That’s not how I would do it – and maybe that’s a good thing

I have become that which I used to dread.

June 21, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Tink and the car

My husband is a simple man. This comes as a surprise to folks because of the high-profile family from which he comes and the job ...

June 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Not a Daddy's Girl

Unlike many of my friends, I was never a "Daddy's Girl."

June 14, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Can we do it again?

Several years ago, I struck up a friendship with a reader named LaTrelle.

June 07, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The shame of summer

School has officially been out a week and my child is already bored.

June 07, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The cousins

It was a typical Sunday family dinner, all of us fresh from our churches and gathered together for the sake of being together. Conversation bubbled ...

May 31, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The Summer of '82 all over again

The Summer of '82 was a good year.

May 31, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


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