Cookbooks aren't supposed to make us misty-eyed, but then, this is no typical cookbook. "Sweetness Follows: The Story of Sam and the Treat of the Week," by Columbus native Katy Smith Houston, is more than a collection of dessert recipes. It is a heartfelt testament, a celebration of a young man who overcame a traumatic brain injury and the loving support of family and friends that helped him do it.
The reward of growing your own food is something everyone should experience firsthand. Nothing compares to a home-cooked meal prepared with vegetables that were grown in your garden. Tomatoes, okra, squash, cucumber, peas and beans are a few of the staple items in most Mississippi gardens.
The Golden Triangle is within easy traveling distance of some of the best entertainment in the South. Support arts and entertainment at home, and when you're on the road, these might pique your interest.
We are once again in the season of Lent -- a somber six weeks, which is observed by many Christians, between Ash Wednesday and Holy Thursday. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, this time commemorates the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert. There he fasted, had a run-in with the devil, and emerged a changed man. Or, you might say, a carpenter went into the desert and the son of God came out.
Back when we went to the "picture show" for our movies, we saw newsreels that ended with "Time Marches On." Today time does not march; it stampedes. I did not realize it had been so long since I had tried to get around the Ole Miss campus until I went there recently. Like Mississippi State University, it has changed dramatically. We recognized a few landmarks, of course, but we could not find half of what we wanted.
Stephen Cunetto is right at home in the handsomely-appointed Templeton Museum on the fourth floor of Mississippi State's Mitchell Memorial Library. Surrounded by rare, vintage talking machines, music boxes, gramophones and graphophones, he moves easily from instrument to instrument, telling a little about each. Cunetto oversees the Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum, one of the finest collections of its kind in the country.
Registration for the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine's annual open house is under way. School groups are invited to attend the open house on Friday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Wise Center in Starkville.
A $500 cash prize awaits the artist who wins Best in Show at the Market Street Festival Juried Arts Competition this spring, but the deadline for entering is fast approaching.
When the palate gets a craving for fish, salmon is a delicious popular choice. It's one of the most versatile -- and forgiving -- fish out there. It can be baked, sautéed, grilled, pan-seared, poached or broiled. You can get it farm-raised or wild-caught, and it earns bonus points for its high quality protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them.
Bruce Hufford is a bird watcher. Not the intrepid hiker type, with binoculars and bird book in hand, but an everyday observer of the remarkable winged creatures that share the planet.
Cabin fever seems to hit me earlier each year, and it doesn't help that we haven't had much of a winter the past couple of years. I already have tomato transplants ready to put in the ground even though it's still two months from the traditional last frost date here on the coast. I saw blooming annuals for sale this weekend at a local garden center. I think I'm feeling a little warm.
Do you get the feeling that the Earth is spinning a bit off her axis these days? Strange things are happening, and I'm not talking only about inside of our City Council chambers. It seems that the entire world is crazily out of kilter.
The yellow daffodils have popped up in my neighbor's yard. That must mean spring is on the way, so it's time for some spring cleaning. Of course, I'm not speaking of house cleaning, so don't stop reading. Hopefully this will be more fun.
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Mississippi University for Women professor Dr. Erin Kempker will be the speaker for Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library's Table Talk: A Casual Visit With Books.
The Starkville Area Arts Council will present the fifth annual Everything Garden Expo on March 22 and 23.
Michael Williams' latest independent film started out as a modest project. But, in keeping with its super hero theme, the characters and story soon grew beyond expectations.