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Roger Truesdale: Backwater, alligator and hoping them cats can swim

Posted 5/20/2011 in Columns

A friend of mine sent me an email Monday advising me not to waste my time making a trip to Rolling Fork. I had sent him one earlier in the day letting him know that I was going over to witness the historic crest of the Mississippi River. He reported that the levee was closed to all visitors and warned that even if I weren't shot on sight, I would end up in the county lock-up.

 

Adele Elliott: Wearing many hats

Posted 5/20/2011 in Columns

It's been a busy and exciting week in "the city with nothing to do." The re-opening of The Hitching Lot Farmers' Market, especially "Family Saturday," was big news for early risers. Last week's Suzuki Strings sounded wonderful! I heard the music rolling through the parking lot before seeing the musicians and thought it was a symphony orchestra.

 

 

Blues, photo art, tornado relief to highlight CD release

Posted 5/20/2011 in Entertainment

New blues music -- and a pinch of voodoo -- will be in the air Friday night as Big Joe Shelton and the Black Prairie Blues Ambassadors team up with the Columbus Arts Council for a CD release show and print exhibit in the gallery of the Rosenzweig Arts Center at 501 Main St. in Columbus. The event will also lend a helping hand to the Smithville tornado relief effort.

 

 

Young artists featured in Kappa Pi High School Invitational

Posted 5/20/2011 in Community

Forty-eight artists from eight area high schools are featured in the second annual Kappa Pi High School Invitational, sponsored by Mississippi University for Women's chapter of Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity.

 

 

Bean receives Faculty Excellence Award

Posted 5/20/2011 in Community

Dr. Mark Bean, chair of the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Mississippi University for Women, has been honored with the 2011 Kossen Faculty Excellence Award.

 

Versatile quiche: Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this dish can do it all

Posted 5/18/2011 in Food

It may be the inimitable Julia Child quiche lovers in the Golden Triangle should thank for popularizing the egg custard oven-baked pie filled with everything tempting and savory.

 

Rob Hardy: The Most Human

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columns

You say you are a human. Now, prove it. Wait, wait -- it's too easy to point to your face or to perform a tap dance as you sing "Bicycle Built for Two." That will not do at all.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Inside jokes

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columns

Anywhere in the world, if you are in a group of people chatting, you will find yourself or find someone else talking in a way to attempt to produce laughter in those listening. It seems to be hardwired behavior for us, because it happens in every society we know. Not only do amateur humorists aim to bring laughter to others, professionals can get paid to do so, and the payment comes from people who buy tickets because they so value the laughter experience.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Presentation is everything

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columns

I've been thinking about writing a cookbook called "Cheater Cooking." The idea came to me when I was explaining to the girl at the Shell station why I wanted six chicken nuggets.

 

 

PHOTO GALLERY: C-Town Cares benefit for Smithville tornado relief

Posted 5/16/2011 in Entertainment

Images from the benefit concert Sunday in Columbus.

 

Rufus Ward: The Tombigbee Flood of 1892

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columns

With the disastrous flooding in the Delta, some of the major floods of the Tombigbee River come to mind. The most serious floods in Columbus history occurred in 1847, 1892, 1948 and 1973. It is the flood of 1892 that is considered the benchmark.

Art in the garden: Visual and performing blend arts in upcoming garden tours

Posted 5/14/2011 in Community

It's just possible that Bill Poe is happiest these days sitting on his "observation deck," looking out over his own slice of Serengeti paradise. At a nearby watering hole, elephants play, their rippling melody refreshing as the sun sets on a long, hot day.

 

Adele Elliott: Telling creative lies

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columns

A few semesters ago I took a class at the W called Creative Non-Fiction. In spite of the course's oxymoronic title it was fun, and I learned a lot. The premise was that all truth is based on point of view. Two people could tell the story of a shared experience and each version would be entirely different.

 

 

Betty Stone: Tales heard at Trinity

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columns

Recently I went to Trinity Retirement Home's assisted living facility in Columbus to attend the celebration of Lou Trim's 100th birthday. Her daughter, Judy Stewart, was hosting a party.

 

 

David Creel: Beauty on a budget

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columns

Pinching pennies? Clipping coupons? It helps to shave off a buck or two here and there, but it's not just for milk and bread anymore. Nowadays, folks are putting their beauty on a budget as well.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Faulkners of Mississippi

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columns

Everyone acknowledges now that William Faulkner was one of the greats in American literature, but like many writers, he had more than his share of flaws. Any biography will tell you about his depressions, alcoholism, and affairs, and "Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi" (Crown) touches on all of these dark areas.

 

Berry sweet: Low in calories, high in nutrients, strawberries rule

Posted 5/11/2011 in Food

Few things taste better than a bowl filled with fresh-grown strawberries during a Southern spring and summer. Not only are they delicious and beautiful in all their red-ripened glory, but this fruit is naturally high in fiber, Vitamin C, folate, potassium and antioxidants. But back to that taste ...

New director takes helm at Columbus Arts Council

Posted 5/10/2011 in Community

Tina Sweeten has hit the ground running. The new executive director of the Columbus Arts Council is immersing herself in the operations of the nonprofit agency that brings visual and performing arts, concerts, classes and exhibits to the Friendly City and surrounding areas.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Twittering the night away

Posted 5/9/2011 in Columns

OK, I might be in cyberspace, but I'm not doing Facebook, I'm not. I read some tweets, but I'm not twittering. You see ...

 

Ask Rufus: Capt. Sam Kaye's 'Acrobatic Easter Egg'

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columns

On June 15, 1919, The Columbus Dispatch reported that Capt. Sam Kaye had arrived home from France; "Decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, bestowed on him by his own government for bravery in action, and with the Croix de Guerre, bestowed by the French government for exceptional prowess in the air."

 

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