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My greatest fears include dolls, canned biscuits

My sister is fearless.

She will hop on a plane to go anywhere, she drives hours just to take on the scariest haunted houses in the state and her most recent hobby involves guns.

February 29, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Landscape questions for late winter season

Over the past 30 years as an extension agent, I have received tens of thousands of questions related to lawn and garden care.

Just when I think I have heard every question possible, there is a new one.

February 22, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


I’m sure there’s an app for that

I am one of those rare people who actually uses their cell phone to talk.

I will text and take photos of Cole to send Mama, but I would say about 90 percent of the time, I just talk.

February 22, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What it means to live in a small town

There's a difference between city folk and small town folk.

Even though I love some of the conveniences that a bigger city offers, I am a country girl at heart that loves living in a small town.

February 15, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Best way to plant trees

This Friday is Arbor Day. At 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, three new Dawson County Champion Trees and one new State Champion Tree from Dawson County will be announced.

Also, at the event, River Birch trees will be planted to honor the 2011 Tree Preservationist. The public is welcome.

February 15, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this

I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day.

Sometimes, I wish I could be - to be able to get caught up in the romance, the pink and red heart-shaped everything, the cards covered with sugary rhymes professing love.

February 08, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Landscape work for the month of February

Some people may think February is the slowest month of the year to work with your landscape, but really it's not.

February is a good month for doing dormant pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs (with the exception of spring-flowering plants that are pruned after they bloom).

February 08, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’s be days like this …

The Food Network's reigning queen of butter recently announced she has had type 2 diabetes for three years.

The next thing we knew, people were bashing her for hiding it and some even said it was no surprise given the way she loves her fattening fare.

February 01, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fertilizer key when growing pecans

A common question I am asked is: Do pecan trees need fertilizer and, if so, when is the best time to apply it?

Fertilizer is one of the most important things needed to produce pecans.

February 01, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Decide which plant to buy

Buying landscape plants can be confusing. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants.

But which plant is right for your landscape?

January 25, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Nobody can do things like Mama

There's some primal instinct that kicks in as soon as mothers hear those words: "Mama, I'm not feeling so good..."

After placing my hand on my child's forehead to see if it's worthy of breaking out the ear thermometer, I always know what to do.

January 25, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this

Miss Rose had been older than Moses when I was a little girl and there were times I fully believed she never missed a church service because she was making sure the preacher was getting the story straight - since she had undoubtedly been there when it happened. So when Granny called my cell a few years ago to tell me the news, I was surprised to hear it, but not for the reason Granny thought.

"Are you sitting down, Sug'?" she asked.

January 18, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Overwintering houseplants

During winter months, many homeowners try to overwinter potted plants inside. Others enjoy inside plants year round, but there can be problems.

Low light, low humidity, dry air and too much soil moisture are the primary culprits that can weaken and destroy our indoor plants. Proper management of these growing factors, of course, is essential to your maintaining healthy, vigorous houseplants.

January 18, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learn garden terms

Sometimes gardening terms can become confusing and lead to wrong cultural practices.

For example, the term bulb is used to apply to a number of different plant structures which are planted and propagated on their location and make-up. Above ground bulblike structures are called crowns, and the below-ground ones are bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers.

January 11, 2012 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The spirit of giving isn’t just for Christmas

This column is being written on Christmas Eve, although it is intended for January.

How can someone have time to write on Christmas Eve?

January 11, 2012 | By Helen Taylor 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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