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Why leaves change color

One of nature's greatest spectacles is the array of colors presented during autumn in the mountains.

October 23, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister County Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


If mama ain’t happy

Happy is such an intangible. You hear catch phrases regarding happiness daily - "happiness is a choice," "do what makes you happy," "you can't buy happiness."

October 16, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s time for pansies

Pansies are the quickest and easiest way to add color to a dull fall landscape. They are a hardy winter annual native to Europe, and most likely a hybrid of Johnny Jump-up flowers. Millions of pansies are grown each year for the Georgia market, and with more than 300 varieties to choose from, you will most certainly find a pansy color to suit your taste.

October 09, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


No reason to stay friends with ex’s family after divorce

By nature, I am not a jealous person. Never have been, and don't really see that changing in the future. I believe it to be a supremely petty emotion and the only thing that has ever given me a near pang has been a sassy pair of shoes I spotted on a lady once.

October 09, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time for fall garden chores

It has been a rough year for many gardeners. Record amounts of rainfall made vegetable gardening extremely difficult. If you were lucky enough to get seeds to germinate, fungal leaf spots were rampant due to plant leaves being constantly damp.

October 02, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Granny’s stunt is the definition of evil

When I was a little girl, Granny took me to most of the birthday parties. Mama was usually working and truth be told, I think Granny liked them. She was able to get in everybody's business right there in their own home - they not only invited her in, they gave her a plate of cake and ice cream with a cup of punch.

October 02, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant fescue in fall

Most people associate fall with falling leaves and cooler weather, but it is also the perfect time to rejuvenate your cool-season turfgrass. October is the prime month for planting or re-seeding tall fescue lawns.

September 25, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A well-behaved child in a Honey Boo Boo world

After working in retail for a number of years, I swore, if I ever had a child he would not behave the way a majority of children do when they enter a store.

September 25, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mothers of the world should raise men, not boys

I am the first to admit I am a wee bit overprotective. I admit I probably cramp my child's style and am far more of a worry wart than necessary.

September 18, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant trees in fall

Most gardeners get the urge to plant ornamental trees and shrubs during the warm weather of spring and summer. However, the cooler temperatures of autumn are the preferred planting conditions for woody plants.

September 18, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


New fruit pest in Georgia

One of the joys of home gardening is being able to harvest fresh fruit in the summer and fall. Many fruits grow well in our area and require relatively little care and maintenance. However, there is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit producers - the spotted wing drosophila.

September 11, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The pedigree mystery of a parking lot puppy

Angel Doodle Loopie-Lou was quite the mystery.

September 11, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The footwear faux paus

Labor Day has come and gone, signaling the end of summer. This means the days will be getting shorter, the air will have that crispness of fall and candy corn, much to my friend Hazel's dismay, will flow in abundance. Also, white shoes should have been carefully retired to the back of the closet until next spring's Easter.

September 04, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Rain brings fungus

This year's wet weather has allowed me to field some interesting calls. One problem in particular I have seen more frequently than usual is the "artillery fungus."

August 28, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In sickness and health

Earlier this month, Lamar and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. By celebrated, I mean he rode his bike all day and Cole and I watched cartoons and made cupcakes.

August 28, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch 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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