I don't know about you, but I'm glad the holidays are over. I always feel so out of control with my eating and inconsistent with my workouts for that period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. New Year's, on the other hand, is my absolute favorite holiday. Time to brush off the dust of the previous year and usher in a fresh start, a new beginning.
The party's over. Or is it? We have finished with Christmas and New Year's celebrations. Hanukkah, Kwanza, the Winter Solstice, and even the Iowa caucus are behind us. The days are cold, and the sky is still too dark. This is the perfect time to hibernate a bit; time for a long nap.
Begin the New Year with a bang! The surefire best way to flip the switch on your hairstyle is to aim toward one of the season's must-haves bangs.
When the 2012 Mississippi Theatre Association Festival opens Jan. 12 in Gulfport, Golden Triangle thespians will be ready for their cues. Acting enthusiasts from Columbus and Starkville will compete in the four-day event, and local audiences are being offered some sneak previews.
The Starkville/ Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra kicks off 2012 with a Jan. 21 concert dedicated to parents of the performing musicians.
From the time he was 14, playing banjo with Jim and Jesse McReynolds on the Grand Ole Opry stage, Carl Jackson has been turning heads in the music industry.
This may be the flu season, but one does not have to have a microbe or a virus to qualify as being sick. Any old ailment that knocks your feet out from under you will do. It can transform a relatively decent person into a growling bear. When it does, it is probably best for the patient just not to speak at all.
"It just seems to keep growing," said co-organizer Learnard Dickerson, about Dream 365. What began in 2005 as a single-day commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has grown from its 2011 four-day format to a five-day celebration of the life and legacy of the civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
I am frequently asked, "What is the oldest house in Columbus?" However, I would rather answer, "What is the most interesting building in Columbus?" When it comes to the architectural history of Columbus, I have two friends who are the experts and on whom I normally rely for the best information.
When Elizabeth Crowder left her home in Columbus almost four years ago to attend Davidson College near Charlotte, N.C., it didn't cross her mind she may one day return on a tour stop, with 50 or so of her closest musical friends in Davidson's symphony orchestra.
New Year's Eve -- that night when anything seems possible for 2012. The new year, soon to arrive fresh and unsullied, is filled with visions of pounds lost, salaries raised or "that room" finally repainted. What a shame to waste such an occasion by falling asleep in front of the TV before the traditional midnight ball-drop.
Just when it's needed most, there's no place like home -- at least for 17-year-old Ruby Jane Smith and her mother, JoBelle Smith. Two weeks after being carjacked and robbed at gunpoint in Houston, Texas, the Columbus natives are home for Christmas.
It's Christmas all around the world, or at least all around my world. I went all out this year with my decorations, and can you believe it, not one single casualty yet caused by a Great Dane named Naomi.
Football! Football! Football! For those who love that sport, this time of year is a feast. There are games on one channel or another every day of the week. College, professional and even high school matches have been at our fingertips.
It's no secret St. Nicholas has his hands full this time of year, what with checking lists twice and headlining tonight's worldwide tour. In spite of those hectic demands, there are a few pre-Christmas visits he refuses to miss. They're that important to him.
'Twas four days before Christmas and all through the house, mama was worrying, "Who did I leave out?" Sound familiar? Between work, shopping and family commitments, many of us may be feeling a bit rough around the edges about now. But if you've suddenly realized you forgot to get a little something for a kind co-worker or the neighbor who feeds the dog when you're away, try not to stress out.
The lawyer laughed and talked about getting apples and oranges for Christmas; he agreed everything tasted better back then. Two gentlemen came into the courthouse; one was a lawyer and the other his buddy. While looking over some land deeds, they started talking about Christmases past.
Singers croon there's no place like home for the holidays. A person would find few homes for the holidays like the ones open to the public during Saturday's tours organized by the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation.
While all eyes are on Christmas, the staff of Main Street Columbus is busy finalizing details for the fourth annual New Year's Eve Block Party and Ball Drop, presented this year by title sponsor Stark Aerospace with Main Street Columbus and other community sponsors.
Local businessman and author Stuart Vance will give a book talk on his newest book, "Aviation in the Golden Triangle," Monday, Dec. 19 at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library from noon-1 p.m. Vance will also be available to sign copies of his various books.
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