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Being Beautiful: Spreading sparkles from china cabinets to petting zoos

Posted 3/18/2017 in Columns

I was just a little boy with his mama, and we had driven up Dykes Chapel Road to Miss Jessy Jean's house, Perry County's own petting zoo, because she had at least one of every living thing created by God and known to man.


Being Beautiful: Of Willie Vee, Victoria Ivy and their unbroken circle of love

Posted 3/11/2017 in Columns

Let me be guilty of many things, but never of ingratitude.


Being Beautiful: And the greatest of these is love

Posted 3/4/2017 in Columns

"Three things will last forever: faith, hope, and love -- and the greatest of these is love."


Being Beautiful: Recalling rides from Fred Flintstone to Fats Domino

Posted 2/26/2017 in Columns

The quick transformation from buggies to Buicks and long walks to Learjets astonishes me.


Being Beautiful: Friends for a season, friends for a reason, friends for a lifetime

Posted 2/18/2017 in Columns

William Shakespeare said it best: "I am wealthy in my friends."


Being Beautiful: The scent lingers

Posted 2/12/2017 in Columns

The aroma of spearmint chewing gum just opened, fresh from the wrapper, takes me all the way back.


Being Beautiful: Mining for the pots of gold at rainbow's end

Posted 2/4/2017 in Columns

If I had asked my daddy about William Wordsworth, likely he would have said, "Is he from over in Jones County somewhere? I don't believe I know him."


Being Beautiful: What would Mary Tyler Moore say?

Posted 1/28/2017 in Columns

Being Beautiful: This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine

Posted 1/21/2017 in Columns

I ran away from it all. Sometimes I thought about running forever and never looking back.


Being Beautiful: What would Peter Pan say?

Posted 1/14/2017 in Columns

Toys are us, and I don't mean the store itself.


Being Beautiful: The lessons our mothers and grandmothers taught us

Posted 1/7/2017 in Columns

Where I grew up way out in the country, verses from the Bible were memorized during a summer tradition, Vacation Bible School, at hundreds of rural churches on the hottest days of June and July.


Being Beautiful: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

Posted 12/31/2016 in Columns

It's that time of year again, the moment when I revisit all the things that happened in 2016 -- the good, the bad and the ugly, all before clinking our champagne flutes on New Year's Eve.


Being Beautiful: Love and joy come to you

Posted 12/24/2016 in Columns

An amazing thing happened this year when I was spreading the branches of my artificial trees on the front steps of my home in Colorado.


Being Beautiful: Honoring the ghosts of Christmas Past

Posted 12/17/2016 in Columns

Each time I turn a lamp off, I think of the man who raised me.


Being Beautiful: Tidings of comfort and joy

Posted 12/10/2016 in Columns

All my life I have heard it said: "You can't take it with you."


Being Beautiful: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Posted 12/3/2016 in Columns

If you need more proof that Christmas is here than the bright lights flickering from your neighbor's windows or the tinsel snowmen, Santas and angels appearing on lampposts, then just look at the calendar.


Being Beautiful: And it must follow, as the night the day ...

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columns

Being Beautiful: Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow

Posted 11/19/2016 in Columns

"The hills are alive with the sound of music."


Being Beautiful: Will the real Tammy Wynette please stand up?

Posted 11/5/2016 in Columns

Purple rhinestones adorning Loretta Lynn, a red sequined gown showcasing Tammy Wynette's curves, and a giant jellyfish -- no, it's not just a vivid dream.


Being Beautiful: The best window seat in the world

Posted 10/29/2016 in Columns

The eyes are supposed to be the windows to the soul.



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