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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thin is in! Yes, you heard that right. At last women who have been struggling with thin hair have more options than ever before for beautiful hair. I remember my Aunt Mary fondly. Somewhere in her past she earned the nickname "Sugar," and it was so befitting her sweet personality.
The Acting Company is currently on its 39th national tour featuring a new production of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," which they will perform as part of the Mississippi State University Lyceum Series Thursday, Feb. 23.
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library continues its programming on detective and mystery novels on Feb. 22. Wednesday's discussion focuses on the popular "Bones" mystery series by Mississippi author Carolyn Haines.
Tennessee Williams once said, "Home is where you hang your childhood. For me, that is Mississippi." On Feb. 23-25, one of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's works is coming home. Not only to Mississippi, but to the town of Williams' birth, in 1911. Columbus is the opening host city for a state tour of "Orpheus Descending."
Patron tickets to the Junior Auxiliary of Columbus 2012 Charity Ball will be available Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 4-7 p.m. at the Junior Auxiliary Hut located at 1000 Park Circle, next to Lee Park.
It's been a rough week at the Elliott-Hannon household. Murphy's Law, (which says that if anything can go wrong, it will) was in full force. And it was all mechanically related.