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How many folks do you need to thank?

Yes, I did write about expressing gratitude just a couple of weeks ago, but after the Sept. 8 Community Picnic and several other occasions, I feel the urge to do it in more detail. I am sure you can make your own (different) personal list.

September 16, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Leyland Cypress problems

Leyland Cypress trees have become very popular in the past 10 years. The following article by Willie Chance, University of Georgia extension agent from Houston County, gives and excellent overview of common disease problems of Leyland Cypress.

September 09, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My definition of barbecue

Last week, I delivered my annual "State of the Barbecue" address.

September 09, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Labels can be confusing

I have, frankly, been "turned off" by the yelling and name-calling, which has punctuated the supposed town hall meetings and the debate about health care reform. But it has reminded me that I have long been opposed to the derogatory use of labels to characterize those who do not agree with one's own point of view.

September 09, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sanitation in the home orchard

Sanitation is an important and often overlooked practice to control diseases in the home orchard. Many fruits can be grown more successfully and with less dependence on chemicals by using good sanitation.

September 02, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Thanks Earl for our safety

I've never been stuck in an elevator, but I'd rather not. I'd also prefer not to get stranded at the top of one of those double-decker Ferris wheels. Even on one of those chance rides with a pretty girl.

September 02, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Children deserve the money

I have always been a fan of TV game shows. When I went to school in Social Circle, we lived right across the street from the school and they let me go home for lunch. I would sneak in a few minutes of "Concentration" and "Jeopardy."

August 26, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Thoughts about giving and living

Yes, my dock is in a new home, floating for a change. And I am glad that the folks at Peach Brandy Cottage are enjoying it. I actually had five people who were interested, but Caroline was the first respondent.

August 26, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Trees with wet wounds

In the past two weeks, I have been asked three times about trees with wet wounds. The foul smelling liquid ooze from wounds in the bark or wood of various shade trees is known as slime flux or wetwood.

August 26, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


When a daughter goes off to college

When you have children, there are those memorable moments that are etched in your mind. You remember their first steps, the first time they babble something that sounds like "Daddy," their first day of school and the list goes on and on.

August 19, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Herb growing basics

Herbs are great for the novice gardener. They grow quickly, and most can tolerate a range of soil conditions. Plus, many are naturally pest-resistant.

August 19, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s served its purpose

Recently, I received notice that my dock permit expires in September. That is somewhat ironic because the dock has been on dry land for several years, and even now the little cove on whose shores it sits is mostly a "marshland." So I am certainly not paying to renew that permit.

August 12, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plenty of unions here

Some people tout our state because it is largely non-union.

August 12, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


August not a good time to plant trees

Normally, I write articles with suggestions on what gardeners should do, but this article is dedicated to what not to do in August.

August 12, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for gardening in August

August can be a slow time for lawn and garden work. Most summer vegetable gardens have passed their peak and dry weather has reduced the growth of grass. There are, however, a number of tips that may be helpful to lawns and gardens during August. They are as follows:

August 05, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Learning to stop focusing and settle for more in life

A friend and I were chatting one night, catching up on things and the conversation turned to our usual wistful, wishful discussion of how life was really going.

April 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch 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.

March 25, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Showing the world that special spark of happiness

"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"

March 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


We have no place for discrimination

I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.

March 18, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prepare for potato planting

Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.

March 18, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You always need your Mama

"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.

March 18, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


They shoot fat people, don’t they?

It must be open season on people who are overweight.

March 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Preparing lawn for summer weed control

With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.

March 11, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Meltdown in the checkout lane

I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.

March 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cold injury in plants

The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.

February 25, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In praise of…well, praise

I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.

February 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Something shiny for his girl

I am not by any means a jewelry girl.

February 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Where do we go from here? Adjusting to the new normal

My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.

February 11, 2015 | By Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If only they’d listen

No one listens to me.

February 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Use oils for insect control

Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.

February 04, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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