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Possumhaw: Oh starry, starry night

Posted 10/17/2016 in Local Columns

Dark was the night, darker the trees. Only the moon allowed me to see ...


Possumhaw: Successful soil and seeding

Posted 10/8/2016 in Local Columns

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope." Lady Bird Johnson Planting has always been pretty much hit or miss around here.


Possumhaw: A time to plant

Posted 10/1/2016 in Local Columns

Possumhaw: A honey moon egg

Posted 9/26/2016 in Local Columns

It was the oddest thing. There beside the ducks' feeding bowl was a golden egg -- seriously, a golden egg.


Possumhaw: A squirrel in hand

Posted 9/19/2016 in Local Columns

The morning temperatures dropped into the low 70's and we were able to sit on the porch under the twirling ceiling fans. It was lovely for a few days following an awfully blistering summer. A couple of hummingbirds


Possumhaw: Chicken at the Shell station

Posted 9/12/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago, a Prairie neighbor, Kathy, said she was passing the Shell Station on the new road while talking on her cell phone when she noticed a banty hen, a real one, standing under the big sign that says "Chix-Fried Chicken."


Possumhaw: Mystery of the furling flag

Posted 9/6/2016 in Local Columns

Sometimes it's like other people know something I don't. Like maybe I didn't get the password or learn the secret handshake.


Possumhaw: Out of sight, out of mind

Posted 8/29/2016 in Local Columns

The surgeon said, "There's a small surgical risk that you will lose your sight in your left eye. Without the surgery, it's a certainty."


Possumhaw: The poached egg patch

Posted 8/22/2016 in Local Columns

Making my way slowly down the stairway I placed my right hand on the wall while my left hand covered my eye.


Possumhaw: Down comes rain; up goes grass

Posted 8/15/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of years back Sam signed up to cut the grass at the church.


Possumhaw: That's what I like about the South

Posted 8/8/2016 in Local Columns

Somebody threw out the question what would you miss about the South? Food was a given then it boiled down to friendliness and storytelling. The next day I tried the question on my exercising buddies and the answer was the same. Seems we'll tell a story at the drop of a hat.


Possumhaw: What would Momma eat?

Posted 8/1/2016 in Local Columns

There's a lot of eating plans circling around these days with names like "What would Jesus eat," aka the Mediterranean diet, the Paleo diet, aka "What would a caveman eat," and all the vegan and vegetarian diets built on what not to let-ever-cross-your-lips diets.


Editorial Cartoon for 7-25-16

Posted 7/25/2016 in National Columns

Possumhaw: Summertime, the living is easy

Posted 7/25/2016 in Local Columns

Work in the garden during the early morning to avoid heat stress, and wear a hat and loose clothes. Felder Rushing.


Possumhaw: Things that matter

Posted 7/18/2016 in Local Columns

Just inside the door of the Missionary Baptist Church I saw a white man to the far left, so I turned right. I didn't want us to "clump up," so I asked a beautiful young woman with long eyelashes if anyone was sitting next to her.


Possumhaw: Dunnarts, bandicoots and wombats

Posted 7/11/2016 in Local Columns

Signs pointed to raccoons having returned to the Prairie house. There was the day a small, empty, well-washed plastic container of crab salad had been lifted from the recycle bin and left on the porch under an Adirondack chair. Disappointing for sure for the raccoon.


Shannon Bardwell: May God bless America

Posted 7/2/2016 in Local Columns

"It was the song of an immigrant boy made good." Mary Ellin Berlin Barrett, daughter of Irving Berlin


Possumhaw: The clock is ticking

Posted 6/27/2016 in Local Columns

Kathleen Norris recounts her introduction to computers in the 1970s in David Steindl-Rast and Sharon Lebell's "Music of Silence." Computers were a marvel, and she was thrilled her work time was reduced remarkably.


Possumhaw: A hard truth

Posted 6/20/2016 in Local Columns

Early in the morning I sat at the window watching the two surviving ducks forage at the lake's edge.


Possumhaw: Perfectly imperfect

Posted 6/13/2016 in Local Columns

I've discovered that in certain situations I have a tendency to hedge on the truth, and I hate that. I signed up for the Lifeline medical testing held at the Presbyterian church on Bluecutt Road in Columbus.



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