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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


By Clark MacAllister

If you are like me, you try to save money wherever you can. We are living in tough financial times, and I am always looking for new ways to save a few bucks here and there.

Many folks often skimp on their landscape as a means of cost cutting. There are many instances in which being too cheap in the garden can cost you in the long run.

June 20, 2012 | | Lifestyle Columnists


That’s a man’s job, y’all

I've never considered myself a feminist, even though I have been accused of being one a time or two.

Granted, I have had a few un-girly jobs in male-dominated fields, but it was usually out of necessity more than trying to prove I could do anything a man could do.

June 20, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Odds are Rogers will wish he was Mork

For a guy more uptight than a bullfrog in boiling water, State Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, can be a hoot. I first discovered this when he and another senator named Chip (Pearson, from Dawsonville) teamed up a few years ago to pass a bill in the Senate banning our body parts from being micro-chipped without our permission. I thought that was pretty funny: Chip, Chip and Microchip. Get it?

June 13, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Practical impracticality of childhood

"Mama, is the tooth fairy real?" was the question of the hour recently.

June 13, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Brown Patch lawn disease

Early summer is a time eagerly awaited by many homeowners.

As temperatures rise, lawns begin to green up.

June 06, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I’m clearly not the boss around my house

As many parents, including my mother, have done, I have pulled out the "I am the Mother" card as my carte blanche reason for many decisions.

I also pepper mine with: "I'm the boss, I call the shots, what I say goes."

June 06, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My son, the future president of 2038

The first grade class voted a few weeks ago and it was announced during awards day that the "Most Likely to be President of the USA" was my child.

Cole's teacher, Mrs. Robin even declared that Cole would be one to get things done if he was in the White House and she'd vote for him tomorrow if he ran.

May 30, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fire blight on fruit trees

Backyard apple trees are popular in this area of Georgia.

Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home. While home fruit trees can be rewarding, they also require a lot of work. One reason for this is the prevalence of diseases.

May 23, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


An open letter to Mr. Black Bear

Dear Mr. Black Bear,

Allow me to introduce myself; I am the owner of the trash you so enthusiastically dismantled and scattered all over my backyard recently. Several times actually. I'd like to have a few moments of your time if possible.

May 23, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Screen tree alternatives

The Leyland cypress tree is one of the most popular plants used in the landscape as a natural screen. Unfortunately, increasing disease problems, improper plant placement and the sheer prevalence of Leyland cypresses have all contributed to the need for alternative plant selection.

Leyland cypress trees are susceptible to a number of diseases, such as Seridium canker, Botryosphaeria dieback and Cercosporidium needle blight.

May 16, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


We’re gonna just ‘bless it’

Part of our Southern heritage dictates that before or after we say anything disparaging about anyone, we should add a "bless their heart" to it.

I knew this early on; in fact, I would bet good money the first words I uttered after the dog's name were tagging a blessing onto someone.

May 16, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What I share with my mama

I recently read an article in a magazine that talked about how the physical features you share with your mother reveal similar personality traits. Similar eyes meant you both were optimistic. Lips meant you both were openhearted; noses, equally trusting. The article offered some keen insights that I am sure for many, rang very true.

May 09, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch 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.

September 21, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The Hillbilly Hipster

The wildlife here ranges from sketchy looking squirrels, to bears to deer that are almost as domesticated as dogs.

September 14, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


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.

September 14, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


It all comes out in the wash

"He's a little boy," is the logic my husband gives me for just about everything our child does.

September 07, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


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.

September 07, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Who I am

The other day an email arrived from a Korean War veteran who started off by saying, "I suppose someone else will get this, add me ...

August 31, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The annual return transit of the Pumpkin Spice Latte

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

August 31, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


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