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Being Beautiful: Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Posted 10/22/2016 in Columns

One can say my best friend Chastity Hope and I have fallen together into what Dr. Seuss refers to as "mutual weirdness."


Being Beautiful: Candy corn and bubble gum served with memories just as sweet

Posted 10/15/2016 in Columns

"Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat."


Being Beautiful: Rewriting the pages of history

Posted 10/8/2016 in Columns

Being Beautiful: Having your cake and eating it, too

Posted 10/1/2016 in Columns

Last week I dug way down into an oversized cardboard box marked "fall decor from Mississippi," pulling out glittered pumpkins, ghords and fall leaves clinging to grapevine garlands almost as tightly as I cling to the memories of time gone by.


Being Beautiful: The art of finding me

Posted 9/24/2016 in Columns

I was that shy, awkward little boy in elementary school who lived for turning ordinary pinecones into colorful turkeys with just the help of Elmer's glue, construction paper and glitter.


Being Beautiful: Send in the clowns

Posted 9/17/2016 in Columns

Some people are terrified of clowns, but they have never scared me much, well, except for a moment or two in childhood. Mama was determined I would not be afraid of them.


Being Beautiful: Sowing seeds and seeds of love

Posted 9/10/2016 in Columns

The gardens of my childhood spill over in my mind, growing still today thick with old-fashioned roses and their delicate pink petals decorating the sides of Mawmaw Bell's little red brick house on the hillside where I played.


Being Beautiful: Candy corn and autumn memories in 90-degree weather

Posted 9/3/2016 in Columns

Mama made candied apples and cupcakes all afternoon, and as I licked the frosting from the beaters, I thought surely Heaven must smell just like her kitchen.


Being Beautiful: Elvis only had blue suede shoes

Posted 8/20/2016 in Columns

The first one I acquired from a dusty corner of a flea market in the French Quarter of New Orleans for only a few dollars.


Being Beautiful: Tending the garden of life, weeds and all

Posted 8/13/2016 in Columns

Why do we wrestle with who we are?


Being Beautiful: From Second Street to Sunset Boulevard

Posted 8/6/2016 in Columns

Joan Crawford, eat your heart out!


Being Beautiful: Dorothy was right: There's no place like home

Posted 7/30/2016 in Columns

I remember the feel of Mama's heartbeat and the creak of the rocking chair as she held me close, humming some old gospel hymn. When she held me close, I was home.


Being Beautiful: Memories of a boy and his bike

Posted 7/23/2016 in Columns

Daddy won it from an auction one Sunday televised on our big console television while Mama, my brothers, and Uncle Wayne sat around the living room cracking jokes about Jerry Lewis's hairstyle.


Being Beautiful: Can we long for someone we never knew?

Posted 7/16/2016 in Columns

I never met my grandmothers on either side of my family, yet I feel a longing for both of them.


Being Beautiful: My life has been a tapestry

Posted 7/9/2016 in Columns

Each person's story is a patchwork quilt of memories sewn together by time. If I had a quilt to tell my storied past, what would the squares of fabric reveal?


Being Beautiful: Are we stronger than we believe?

Posted 7/2/2016 in Columns

Narrow daylight entered my room. Shining hours were brief." Not my words, but the lyrics of a Diana Krall song that reminds me of my darkest season.


Being Beautiful: Dirt roads are just as exciting as yellow brick roads

Posted 6/25/2016 in Columns

One thing that doesn't change much is a dirt road.


David Creel: Your rights, their rights, my rights -- and what is right

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

I am not sure that I have anything new to say about the horrific crimes against humanity committed in Orlando, but I feel compelled to say something, anything really, that keeps the conversation going, that pays respect to the memory of those who lost their lives, that offers solace to their families and friends, and that calls us all to own our part in the open warfare being waged in our cities and towns.


Being Beautiful: A Tale of Two Rivers: Mississippi to Rio Grande

Posted 6/11/2016 in Columns

"It's Colorado rocky mountain high. I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky." I have heard this lyric by the late John Denver all my life, but recently it has come to mean a great deal more to me.


Being Beautiful: Time stands still, then passes us by

Posted 6/4/2016 in Columns

I remember sitting for hours turning the white knobs left, then right, on that little red square from my toy box.



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