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Ask Rufus: A sister for the Little Sisters of Liberty

Posted less than 1 hour ago in Local Columns

In 1950, the Boy Scouts of America instituted a project called Crusade to Strengthen the Arm of Liberty, which aimed to place replicas of the Statue of Liberty across the country.

 

Ask Rufus: 'A Moste Strange Weddinge of the Frogge and the Mouse'

Posted 7/16/2016 in Local Columns

Sometimes the stories behind stories can be more interesting than the story itself. Such is the case with the children's nursery rhyme/song "Frog Went A-Courtin." My story of the song begins in the middle.

 

Ask Rufus: Bottle trees, silver coins and fly-speck blue

Posted 7/9/2016 in Local Columns

Our culture abounds in folk beliefs whose physical presence survive even after their meanings have been forgotten. Things we use for decoration or wear as jewelry often have their roots in olden beliefs in magic and evil spirits.

 

Ask Rufus: Celebrating the Fourth

Posted 7/2/2016 in Local Columns

When we think of the Fourth of July, all too many people think of a holiday with family gatherings, fireworks and backyard barbecues. Somehow over the years we have lost much of the sense of gratitude for our country's forefathers, what they accomplished and the timeless documents they created.

 

Ask Rufus: The origin of 'Mississippi'

Posted 6/25/2016 in Local Columns

With Mississippi celebrating its bicentennial next year, it's interesting to look at the origin of the word "Mississippi."

 

Ask Rufus: Ancient villages, ancient plants

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

The Chickasaw Nation has returned to the Golden Triangle area.

 

Ask Rufus: The separation of church and state's deep roots in Mississippi

Posted 6/11/2016 in Local Columns

Prayer in schools, prayer at public events and the public display of religious scenes all too often seem under attack by the courts. The courts base their rulings on more than 200 years of legal precedents that there must be a separation -- a wall -- between church and state.

 

Ask Rufus: 197 years of hotel history

Posted 6/4/2016 in Local Columns

Last year's announced plans for a Columbus children's museum in the old Elks Club Building and the city's demolition of the Gilmer Inn focuses attention on one of Columbus' most historic city blocks.

 

Ask Rufus: Down the Tombigbee

Posted 5/28/2016 in Local Columns

The three of us had started school together at Demonstration School more years ago than we would care to admit. This was a journey we had always wanted to make.

 

Ask Rufus: Huck Finn meets Kubla Khan

Posted 5/7/2016 in Local Columns

Ask Rufus: Earthquakes, volcanoes and fossils

Posted 4/30/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of days ago I was trying to decide what to write about in today's column when I received an email from Peter Imes asking if I had seen the new book on the Geology of Mississippi.

 

Ask Rufus: De Soto's cross

Posted 4/23/2016 in Local Columns

I have written several times about the expedition of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto's travels through our area 475 years ago and his encounters with the Chickasaws and other Indian nations.

 

Ask Rufus: Of turkeys and history

Posted 4/17/2016 in Local Columns

We are now in the midst of turkey hunting season.

 

Ask Rufus: The mint juleps of Columbus

Posted 4/9/2016 in Local Columns

Spring has arrived in all its floral glory and it is time to again ponder that traditional Southern libation, the Mint Julep.

 

Ask Rufus: A walk through history

Posted 3/26/2016 in Local Columns

The South Side Historic District in Columbus is a real gem. It provides a place where in a less than an hour walk you are carried through almost 200 years of architectural history.

 

Ask Rufus: There must have been something in the water

Posted 3/19/2016 in Local Columns

Along the east-facing crest of Pleasant Ridge and the 800 block of Sixth Avenue North in Columbus is one unbelievable neighborhood.

 

Ask Rufus: The POWs of Camp Aliceville

Posted 3/12/2016 in Local Columns

It must have been an amazing sight to behold on the day during World War II when columns of German soldiers -- including members of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's famed Africa Corps -- marched through Aliceville, Alabama.

 

Ask Rufus: Ancient bones and an old museum

Posted 3/5/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago I did a column on a bull shark being caught in the Tombigbee River in Alabama. In the column I mentioned fossil sharks teeth that are commonly found in the Upper Tombigbee River Valley.

 

Ask Rufus: Fact or fiction? The Bride of the Eliza Battle

Posted 2/27/2016 in Local Columns

The first of March and unsettled weather always brings to my mind the horrific story of the Eliza Battle.

 

Ask Rufus: Riverwalk offers a walk through history

Posted 2/20/2016 in Local Columns

As the weather warms and spring approaches, traffic on the Riverwalk picks up. Recently I have been walking there, not only enjoying the touch of natural beauty at the edge of downtown, but seeing old friends and making new ones. It is a place where almost everyone speaks as they pass, and, too, it is a place steeped in history.

 

 

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