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Roots

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columns

Sir Walter Scott wrote, "Breathes there a man with soul so dead who never to himself hath said, "This is my own, my native land ... " These words came to my mind -- almost romantically nostalgic -- because recently Sylvia Higginbotham invited me to accompany her on a business trip to nearby Maben. She was assisting a Maben resident, Maury Shurlds, publish his memoirs, entitled "Memories." She had invited me because she knew I had Maben roots; I spent the first two years of my life there.

 

Everything Garden Expo

Posted 3/10/2012 in Community

The fourth annual Everything Garden Expo March 24-25 will draw green-thumbed visitors to browse the wares of 60 or more vendors, learn how to take better care of the earth, and soak up the wisdom of numerous authorities on topics ranging from pesky fire ants to landscape design.

 

Emerald eats: Bring a little luck o' the Irish to your table this St. Patrick's Day

Posted 3/9/2012 in Food

When St. Patrick's Day rolls around, there seems to be at least a wee bit of Irish in all of us.

 

 

JA of Columbus announces 2012 Charity Ball court

Posted 3/3/2012 in Community

 

Leah Sullivan: Protein, mini-meals, and the most important meal of the day

Posted 3/3/2012 in Columns

I have a tendency to want to over-nourish myself. I love the thought of getting all of the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes my body needs to run at its very best. I could easily get carried away with the anti-aging, disease-preventing, and healing power of nutritious foods. (Have I mentioned that I'm a tad OCD?)

 

Adele Elliott: Small stages

Posted 3/3/2012 in Columns

Last week Columbus was so fortunate to have a spectacular cast of professional actors performing Tennessee Williams' play, "Orpheus Descending." It was an amazing experience, with characters coming and going from the theater's front, back, sides and even speaking from the balcony. Sometimes it was hard to tell who were the actors and who was the audience.

 

 

And the Oscar goes to ...

Posted 3/3/2012 in Columns

Spring is blooming out all over. The buttercups are popping up everywhere and my, oh, my, aren't the redbud trees a sight to behold with their fuchsia blooms. The Japanese magnolias have shown up and shown out all over the South, but it's the Hollywood glitterati that performed like a colorful bouquet in a spring garden this year at the Oscars.

 

recycle, resale ... ReStore: Habitat for Humanity Resale Store puts new meaning in 'home improvement'

Posted 3/3/2012 in Community

For most of us, recycling is a matter of getting newspapers, plastic containers and glass bottles in the right bin, and then feeling pretty good about doing our small part. But in a big, blue metal warehouse on Starkville's North Montgomery Street, Habitat for Humanity takes recycling to another level.

 

Carnegie bound: Area singers get a 'chance of a lifetime'

Posted 3/3/2012 in Community

She's tried to imagine it, but 15-year-old Charity Brand isn't quite sure how she is going to feel, standing there on the Carnegie Hall stage.

 

 

Pre-teen preps to compete with the

Posted 2/28/2012 in Community

While some 12-year-olds are texting back and forth to find out what their friends will be wearing to the movies, Mary Lee is planning her working wardrobe for Madison Square Garden. On Feb. 13-14, the new Columbus resident will be one the youngest dog handlers on the famous green-carpet of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

 

 

Leah Sullivan: The benefits of keeping fit

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columns

The benefits of exercise go far beyond bodily transformation. So often we think of exercise as a means to an end -- pounding away at the pavement to create a calorie deficit in order to lose a few pounds, or sprinting up hills to burn off that extra dessert from Saturday night out with friends.

 

 

David Creel: Spring's surprising boldest accessory

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columns

Spring's boldest accessory is not sitting in your closet. It's on your face, so just look up. Thicker brows are the sure-fire way to make the face appear more youthful, because the brows naturally get lighter and sparser as we age. Plus, when you have beautiful eyes, a thicker brow can make the perfect frame.

 

 

History shines as state society meets in Columbus

Posted 2/25/2012 in Community

The Mississippi Historical Society will hold its 2012 annual meeting in Columbus March 1-3, and those interested in history are invited to participate. The focus will be the bicentennial of the War of 1812. A variety of lectures on the campus of Mississippi University for Women will examine the battle for the southern frontier, Mississippi's American Indians, the Natchez Trace and local history projects.

 

 

MSU celebrates 134th birthday Tuesday

Posted 2/25/2012 in Community

Mississippi State University celebrates the 134th anniversary of its founding with a birthday party Tuesday, Feb. 28. Free and open to all, the MSU Alumni Association-sponsored campus celebration will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Junction. Hamburgers, chips, cookies, soft drinks and MSU ice cream will be provided, while supplies last.

 

Table Talk's mystery month concludes Wednesday

Posted 2/25/2012 in Community

The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library concludes a month-long celebration of mystery and detective crime novels with a talk by local attorney and avid mystery fan David Dunn.

 

Adele Elliott: A tale of two cities

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columns

I have a schizophrenic heart. Its chambers echo with beats from two cities. New Orleans jazz and Columbus blues blend in rhythms that are sometimes archaic, sometimes contemporary, always miraculous. The taunts of rival Indian tribes (Mardi Gras Indians, that is) and Big Joe Shelton's amazing harmonica are all objects of my bipolar love.

 

Tango del Cielo: CAC presents Latin-inspired music and dance Master dance class offered

Posted 2/25/2012 in Entertainment

The romance and fire of Argentine tango and Spanish flamenco will intertwine when concert harpist Anna Maria Mendieta and Tango del Cielo visit Columbus Monday, March 5. The Columbus Arts Council's Concert and Artist Series presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. A dance class with performers will be offered from noon-1 p.m.

Masks, movement and magic: Without words, MUW weaves a tale of spells, betrayal and hidden secrets

Posted 2/25/2012 in Entertainment

The late French playwright Alfred Jarry once said, "The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life ... " Seldom in theater is such a process more intense than when, through movement alone, actors learn to express love versus hate, loyalty versus deceit, chivalry versus cowardice, or hope versus fear.

 

Betty Stone: Books, books, books

Posted 2/18/2012 in Columns

When our family first moved to Columbus, my parents rented a house on Second Avenue North from Blanch McClanahan until they could build. I was in the fifth grade, and the neighborhood was a great choice for me, because there were at least 24 children of various ages nearby, maybe more. We lived there for two years, and I enjoyed it fully. Although we "played out" en masse, those who were near the same age formed smaller groups. I was lucky.

 

 

Leah Sullivan: You > your problems

Posted 2/18/2012 in Columns

I'm not the type to hand out compliments with reckless abandon. Not that there's anything wrong with it; I'm just not one to use flattery to break the ice, I guess. So if I say, "You look great," well then, you must be channeling a model or movie star because I always try to say what I mean and mean what I say.

 

 

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