"Oh, look! This one is about a gorilla and a kitten," chimed Emma Tally to her furry companion. The 5-year-old sat cross-legged on a plump pillow on the library reading room floor. With small hands, she held up her big book, all the better for her four-legged friend to see. Turning to the first page, young Emma was soon eagerly sharing the story with Roscoe, the therapy dog. Roscoe, to all appearances, absorbed every word.
Mardi Gras. It's been called the season of "voluntary madness" -- with parades, masks, floats, music and outlandish costumes. The revelry builds to a crescendo between Epiphany (Jan. 6) and Fat Tuesday, which falls this year on Feb. 21.
I like Aunt Bee because she makes me want to be a better person. She makes me want to bake pies and take them to sick people. Aunt Bea is my Hollywood idol and favorite TV role model.
When the topic of Antebellum Black History comes up, most people immediately think of the horrors of slavery. While those horrors cannot be diminished, there is a whole world of Black History that needs to be brought to the forefront. That is the roles of blacks, both free and slave, in the settlement and development of the Tombigbee River Valley.
Mississippi University for Women's Department of Health and Kinesiology will host its annual community health fair on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Pohl Gymnasium on campus. This year's theme is "Achieving Health and Wellness." Participants will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the field about how they can live a healthier lifestyle and achieve their health goals.
In a forthcoming book, Starkville historian Dennis S. Nordin presents nearly a dozen case studies of elected African-American leaders who won various offices because of strong support by the majority.
Mardi Gras revelry will arrive early in West Point when volunteers from the West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter throw their second annual Mardi Gras celebration. Tickets are on sale for the event to be held from 6 p.m. until midnight Saturday, Feb. 18, at the newly remodeled Community Counseling facility on the campus which formerly housed the Mary Holmes Junior College cafeteria.
Diet. The word that grates on my nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard. It's just so passť, bringing to mind the low-fat fiasco of the '80s or the low-carb craze of the '90s. Diet implies temporariness. And for so many of us, weight loss and maintenance are lifelong challenges. There are no temporary quick fixes that will last forever. You have to stay on top of it.
Back by popular demand, local book club The Sisters will headline the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Table Talk series on Feb.15. The Sisters, whose examination of Kathryn Stockett's "The Help," drew record crowds last fall, will tackle best-selling author James Patterson's detective-psychologist Alex Cross.
I remember the first salon where I worked right out of beauty school. Scissors in hand, I began cutting. McRae's Department Store in the Hattiesburg Cloverleaf Mall was hidden far behind cosmetics, just past the shoes and tucked into a small corner beside customer service. Perhaps it's ironic that this column is all about customer service.
Mid-February may be the coldest time of year, but ironically, it is associated with love and warmth, and all good feelings. We can thank Saint Valentine for that. Evidently, there were at least 14 saints with that name who were martyred in ancient Rome. One was known for marrying Christian couples. It cost him his head.
Somewhere today on the small West Indies island of Montserrat, a disabled young mother recovering from a stroke is grateful for a new handmade walking stick -- a gift crafted with kindness in the Golden Triangle. With his new cane made in Columbus, another islander coping with partial foot amputation is navigating a bit better over the rough volcanic terrain of his homeland. When he received it in December, he gladly discarded the broken mop stick he'd been using as a walking aid. Simple things. Big differences. Building blocks in a mission undertaken by two young women -- one a native of Columbus -- and a willing 84-year-old accomplice in Columbus.
This will probably come as a surprise to Caledonia Middle School sixth-grader Elise Cook's fan club, but her favorite subject isn't English, it's math. In fact, this year's countywide spelling champ is hoping to someday become an engineer.
It's fair to say Walter Parks has worn a few hats in the music world. As lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens for most of the last decade, he's played some prestigious venues, like Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.
With all the coverage of the upcoming Super Bowl, thoughts turn to great football teams. In pro ball there are memories of the Old Green Bay dynasty. This past season of college ball brought back memories of the old LSU Chinese Bandits, at least until Alabama showed up for the rematch. Then there was East Mississippi Community College and its trip to Arizona to win the community/junior college national championship.
Sixty-two youth have already signed up for the Lowndes County 4-H shooting sports program, which began with safety classes Jan. 28. Dozens of children and their parents attended the sign-up event hosted by 4-H Agent Sharon Patrick at 4-H headquarters on Seventh Street North in Columbus Jan. 19. The shooting sports program has consistently been 4-H's most popular program in recent years. Much of its success is attributed to the efforts of long-time instructor Ben Kilgore, who retired last year.
Thumbing through a recent copy of Scientific American, I found a feature about recent innovations that will improve our lives. Some are in limited use today. I thought they were worth sharing in case they are as new to you as they are to me.
One of the great things about living in the South are the beautiful, unseasonably warm days sprinkled throughout our winters. This year we've already had several spring-like days in the upper 60s, and it's only the beginning of February.
Columbus' 17th annual Market Street Festival may be three months off, but preparations are well underway. The festival and the Columbus Arts Council are partnering again this year to offer the Juried Arts Competition and Exhibit. The contest and show will celebrate some of the best original paintings, drawings, photography and 3D work done by area artists.
If you are looking to get involved and volunteer in the community, the Master Gardener Program may be right for you. The program, which began in Mississippi in 1991, is designed to enhance public education in consumer horticulture. It provides educational assistance to any citizen in the area of horticulture through the use of trained volunteers.