Quite often I think about independence, or the lack thereof. I imagine living without electricity and doubt if I really could. I would miss my electric coffee pot. I enjoy waking in the morning to Folgers brewing. I would miss that.
"F" is for fun, as far as Rick Anderson is concerned. The educator-turned-illustrator's first book, "M is for Magnolia," was published by Sleeping Bear Press in 2003, and the Clarksdale native has been at the easel ever since.
A Crossroads after-school program team, which included students from Columbus High School, represented the state of Mississippi at the 2011 international competition for its Community Problem Solving Project at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
It was during my awkward freshman year in high school that I first fell in love with hair, my own. The television series "Growing Pains" was my favorite obsession, along with parachute pants, Swatch watches and fluorescent shoelaces.
Americans have always responded to the wit, passion and sophistication of the ballads, dance tunes, jazz numbers and showstoppers that make up the great "American Songbook." Songs such as "As Time Goes By," "It Had to Be You," and "Over the Rainbow" have captivated generations of audiences and remain beloved musical icons of American popular culture.
A few years back, I subscribed to Netflix. Soon after Only Daughter and Third Favorite Child, who was living at home for a spell (too long), ordered one. She used it to stream Netflix's "watch instantly" movies from the Internet directly to her television.
Accomplished classical guitarist Michael Patilla and baritone Joseph Hopkins will combine their considerable talents for Canciones y Cuerdas -- an evening of songs and strings -- at the intimate Omnova Theater in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Friday, July 15. The Columbus Arts Council presentation will begin at 7 p.m.
These are tough days for the American patriot. The economy is in terrible shape, yet our government spends (seemingly) recklessly on projects of which we just do not approve. Still, taxes are raised on the battered, rapidly-disintegrating middle class, but reduced for the wealthiest among us.
"It's as labor intensive -- but as simple -- as you can imagine," said Tanner Coleman. The sculptor stood back, assessing progress on a three-ton brick artwork he and his wife, Alexis, have invested heart and hands in for the past few weeks. Smudged faces and clay-crusted fingers attested to the long, hot hours put in that day.
Delta-born blues music icon B.B. King kicks off the 2011-12 Mississippi State University Lyceum Series season with an Oct. 11 concert.
When the curtain opens tonight on the final phase of competition in the Miss Mississippi pageant, the Golden Triangle will be well-represented. Lee Armstrong, Presly Forrester and Caitlyn Smith, all of Columbus, and Jessica Terrill of Starkville are among 45 young women vying for the title and scholarships to be awarded at the Vicksburg Convention Center.
The idea is simple: Provide decorative, hand-painted "love signs" for residents and business owners, indicating that even though things are a mess right now, they will return.
In light of our recent feel-good fascination with all things royal, there's a footnote of irony to this year's celebration of independence from Britain's rule -- but that's what 235 years, and a fairytale wedding, will do for you.
Silently, the teenager stepped from the pool, slipped a gray T-shirt over his head and walked away from his peers. If they called to him, he didn't respond. He kept walking, out of the enclosure, beyond the chain-link fence, his eyes focused on the tree line. He reached the edge of the woods and hesitated, his eyes adjusting from sunlight to darkness
Even using 45spf suntan lotion and wearing a big floppy hat, us gardeners have a hard time avoiding the effects of the sun. Then lo and behold, one day the family doctor said, "You're not getting enough vitamin D." Vitamin D comes from the sun.
It is said that everyone we meet was sent into our lives for a reason. Life on Earth is a series of lessons. We do not move on to the next existence until we learn them.
Most all of you "know" my mama, if only through the dozens of columns I have written about her over the years. She is sick right now, fighting a difficult health battle, and we appreciate any prayers you can send our way. It is, however, my daddy that I want to introduce to you today.
Starkville Oktibbeha Achieving Results (SOAR) will hold a press conference and convening for civic and service clubs Wednesday, June 29, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville.
Memory is a strange thing. I wonder why I remember totally useless bits of trivia, but not where I put my keys (instead of the designated place for them) or what the price is for certain grocery items, information that could be useful.
To make it to 103, you must be doing something right. The Shuk-ho-ta Tom-a-ha chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution mark that anniversary this month, celebrating more than a century of patriotism, education and historic preservation.
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