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Take pictures for diagnosis

We have all heard the saying "April showers bring May Flowers."

Rainfall in April helps replenish our plants as they gear up for another growing season. However, this precipitation also brings unwanted consequences to our landscapes - disease.

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


Running with the big dogs

It had been a long time since I had a puppy and I forgot how much work they are. Middle of the night feedings and potty outings, crying incessantly. I think comparing them to a newborn would be reasonable.

I was on night five of no sleep - Angel the parking lot pup would wake me up at 1 a.m., wanting to play after sleeping all day. I was exhausted.

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


Annual 4-H rabies clinic scheduled for April 13

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic on April 13. It will be held at several locations throughout Dawson County.

Because of strict vaccination laws, rabies outbreaks have become much less prevalent since vaccination programs began in the 1940s.

April 03, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Once you name the puppy, it becomes yours

There was an unspoken law at my house growing up for every stray critter that managed to find its way in our yard. Once my uncle Bobby named it, it was ours. If the animal made it to day two without Bobby sticking some name on it, we were safe according to Granny.

Of course, no animal made it beyond a few hours, let alone two days.

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


Middle of a mid-life crisis

I think when I turned 40, something happened.

Not to my posterior either - that happened a long time before I hit the big 4-0.

March 27, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Use berms for looks, function

Berms, or raised areas, can be used in the landscape to add visual interest to flat or dull areas of the yard.

Berms are simply mounded hills of soil that are constructed to serve a purpose in a landscaped area.

March 27, 2013 | By Clark Mac Allister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Forsythia signals the arrival of spring

Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape. It can be downright depressing not being able to see any green leaves or any signs of colorful flowers.

However, as the month moves on, March soon becomes one of my favorite times of the year. Seemingly out of nowhere, small clusters of bright yellow flowers begin to pop up on shrubs all over town. These flowers belong to one of the most revered shrubs in our area - forsythia.

March 22, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sticks, stones really not that bad after all

There are a few words that my child knows I will not tolerate being uttered.

Fat. Stupid. Retarded. Hate. Ugly.

March 20, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Take a dog’s approach to life

I wish I were more like my Border collie.

Really, I do.

March 13, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Crabgrass control

After a chilly weekend with daytime temperatures in the 40s, it can be hard to think about your summer lawn. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling that most hated of all lawn weeds - crabgrass.

Crabgrass is a summer annual weed, which means it germinates in the early spring, grows throughout the summer, and dies off in early fall. By the time you see it invading your lawn in early summer it can be difficult to control. The easiest way to control crabgrass in your summer lawn is to apply a pre-emergent herbicide in early spring.

March 06, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Every daughter’s nightmare, turning into Mama

My friend Ashley posted one of those funny photos on Facebook the other day that made me laugh - until I realized how true it was.

It read: "Sometimes when I open my mouth, my mother comes out."

March 06, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


And you will call him ‘son’

The he'ing and she'ing started in Pre-K and a beautiful little angelic looking blonde announced to me she and Cole were to be married.

"You have plenty of time to worry about getting married, Miss Mo," I told her. "You both have college, he has vet school to attend. This is a long way off."

February 27, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Start spring with sale

I often get asked when the best time to plant is. Of course, the answer varies from plant to plant, but as a general rule, late-winter and early-spring are the best planting times for most.

This timing gives the new plants time to build a strong root system before the harsh heat of summer sets in. This also happens to coincide with sunny days and warmer temperatures that drive gardeners back outside for a new season.

February 27, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Watch for winter burn

Each spring, many homeowners in Georgia discover dead, brown foliage on their evergreen plants.

Often mistaken for diseases, most of these dead spots are the result of cold damage. Even after a seemingly mild winter, evergreen plants in Georgia can still be susceptible to winter desiccation injury, also known as "winter burn."

February 20, 2013 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Not quite smart enough for second grade math

Math is not one of my strong suits. When I was in grade school, I always preferred English, literature and science - namely because chemistry meant I had the opportunity to blow something up or at the least, start a fire.

In college, I changed majors twice because of the math requirement. Heck, I actually ended up commuting to Mercer when I lived 20 minutes from Athens simply because I could avoid a statistics class at U.G.A. Mama reminds me of this every time she pays her portion of my student loans.

February 20, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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This is Lewis Grizzard

Before our dear friend, Ed Parks, died, he would invite us up to his house in Highlands on a Sunday and say, "We'll have ...

May 24, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Just choose

Every day we are faced with dozens of choices.

May 24, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Ruby and Louise

On the drive home from a speaking engagement in Savannah, I answered a call from Tink, who sounded fairly frantic.

May 17, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama

Tink and I stopped by to see my niece, Nicole, and somehow the conversation got around to the adventure I had, on my own, followed ...

May 10, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


A Mama by grace

The biggest compliment I have ever been given was that I was a good mom.

May 10, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Living the dream – or not

We focus a lot on the pursuit of our dreams, don't we?

May 03, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Shouting for joy

When I was child, it was, on occasion, that we traveled up into the mountains to visit what Mama called her "home church" meaning it ...

April 26, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The thing about life

The last few years have taught me a lot about what it means to deal with grief.

April 26, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Storytelling Songs

When I was almost 17 and started my career in media by hosting a weekend radio show on a country music station, I was no ...

April 19, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Small town blessings

There's a few inconveniences that come with living in a small town.

April 19, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Still dressing up for Easter

It's funny how someone's opinion or a story will stick with you, how it will trail like a mist of a cloud over ...

April 12, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The color revival of Easter

My childhood was marked by two time periods.

April 12, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


People who helped me out during my radio days

When I was 10 months into my 16th year, I encountered the most fortuitous opportunity.

April 05, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The luxury of misspent youth

Most TV shows often depict kids getting in some of the worst situations imaginable.

April 05, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


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