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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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In the South, it matters

At the beauty shop one day, I was flipping through a magazine and half-listening to the local happenings.

May 25, 2016 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


That mama’s intuition

There was no getting past Mama.

May 25, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


The moral lesson of the Mercer Madame

It's easy to believe what we hear sometimes, especially if it's something bad.

May 18, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Mother’s Day 2016

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama.

May 05, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


No one loves you like your mama

As I've grown older, several truths have grown more apparent.

May 05, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Granny’s way of making me stronger

Granny often lamented that my generation was not made of tough stuff.

April 13, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Is anyone listening?

The exact moment it happened was at a large round table in a ballroom of majestic gilt in a grand hotel.

April 06, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Rules for political engagement

I yearn for the election years of yesterday. Politics were just not discussed, not even among family.

April 06, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


The store of memories

There is a country store that sets in the middle of hundreds of acres of farm land embedded with hardwoods and pines that have grown ...

March 29, 2016 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Begrudgingly holding onto a grudge

The other day, the unthinkable happened.

March 29, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


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