I was fascinated by the news this week about the former British rugby player who claims a stroke turned him gay overnight (The Daily Mail).
It's Christmas Eve in idyllic Mayberry, but old Ben Weaver is feeling like Scrooge. The fictional shop owner is determined that Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife must lock up Sam Muggins for transgressions Weaver takes exception to. Andy, on the other hand, thinks a little human kindness is in order on this special night. What ensues -- enacted by the YMCA Drama Team Nov. 18-19 at Rent Auditorium in Columbus -- is a heartwarming prelude to the season.
"You can draw military maps and say this happened here and that happened there, and the result is 'this' -- but that doesn't tell us what it was like to march 40 miles a day in the dead of winter," Dr. Brandon Beck said thoughtfully. "It doesn't tell us about the pain, the privation, hardship, the worry and agony," he continued, his words coming measured and distinct, as if a picture of the past is vivid in the author's mind.
"We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved ..." So says the enduring poem, "In Flanders Fields," penned by Canadian doctor Lt. Col. John McRae in 1915 to honor the death of a friend and encourage people to never forget the human cost of battle. A few years later, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Germany signed the Armistice and World War I -- the "war to end all wars" -- drew to a close. But the wars did not end.
One of my best memories is quite a simple one. The night before Thanksgiving, falling asleep with the sounds of Mama clinking pots around in the kitchen, the smell, how heavenly, of turkey baking slowly in the oven put me right off to dreamland many nights.
"There is a season, turn, turn, turn ..." It was said first in Ecclesiastes, at least as far as I know, and then it was sung by the Byrds. Since then, it has been applied to matters of life and death, the rise and fall of empires, the success and failure of relationships, even a person's changing interests as he or she matures.
"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." Anatole France
It's been a pretty tough week at the Elliott-Hannon household. We worked really hard creating a pre-Halloween event. Maybe it was just too hard for me, because, although our tour was a huge success, I spent the rest of the week in bed with all sorts of ailments.
The year was 1863. The country was mired in civil war, but in the small town of Columbus, Miss., Father J.B. Mouton, a French missionary, had a vision. He saw a new church, one inspired by his memory of the glorious 13th-century Sainte-Chapelle in the heart of Paris.
On the weekend of Nov. 3-5, young ladies from all across the state will vie for the title of Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2012 in Tunica. One of them will be 17-year-old Amber Leigh Cheezum, a senior at New Hope High School in Lowndes County.
Best-selling garden book author Bobby J. Ward will be speaking at Mississippi State University on Nov. 4. Ward will speak at Tully Auditorium in Thompson Hall on MSU's campus in Starkville from 10 until 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
It's been a long time coming -- 40 years to be exact -- but my birthday is next week. And, yes, it's the big one, so I thought I would take a few moments and share a few things I have learned along the way.
Mississippi University for Women is celebrating Dr. Erin Kempker, assistant professor in the Department of History, Political Science and Geography, as its Humanities Teacher Award recipient for the academic school year.
Chris and I took a little road trip last weekend, because I was hired to write a series of travel blogs for a neighboring state.
The art program at Caledonia High School will soon have more resources thanks to the Drawing Out Success program run by students of Mississippi University for Women's Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity.
Roots. As a little girl, Linda Lou Richardson couldn't get enough of the tinny tunes coming from her parents' old battery-operated radio. "LuLu" would dance through the house, clutching a ragged straw broom like a treasured guitar, singing along to Hank Williams Sr., live from the Grand Ole Opry.
Sir Harold W. Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will be featured Oct. 26 in a special program at Mississippi State.
On Sunday, Oct. 30, the beautifully plaintive song of the bagpipe will call the congregation of Columbus' First Presbyterian Church to worship at the "top of the hill" on Bluecutt Road.
The staff at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Sales Store, located on Mississippi State University's campus, is encouraging patrons to place orders now for the holidays and to take advantage of products suited to tailgating.
The exuberant beat of an "alligator" drum and plink of marimbas will ring out at Starkville's McKee Park on Lynn Lane Saturday at the grand opening of the first phase of the Pilot Club Music Trail at 10 a.m.