If he wasn't before, Bob Nolan of Columbus is now a firm believer in that old adage about being in the right place at the right time. The right place, as it turns out, was the garage of an apartment he and his wife have with their daughter in Franklin, Tenn. The right time was a warm day in May, when a production crew happened to be filming at the upscale apartment complex for a new motion picture.
It seems that we are drifting in the summer doldrums. Sailors feared them. Southerners view them as a time to endure, and a time when we long for the end of September.
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.
The French Quarter is one of my favorite getaways. Perhaps it's the architecture and detail of European-style wrought iron balconies dressed with ferns, the sounds of live jazz from street musicians, or maybe just the beignets. Oh, and I love the flea markets, cobblestone streets and surprises around every corner.
For many decades, photographer Joseph "Joe" James Sarcone documented the places and faces of Columbus. Now, a visual archive of his work -- and a slice of the city's history -- has been donated to the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library for preservation.
So, you've been too busy washing sand out of vacation swimsuits to plan much for the Fourth of July. Or, maybe you've been putting in so much extra effort at work so you can actually be away from the office tomorrow you've not had time to dream up a holiday menu. Perhaps you just need a little special something to take to a gathering of family or friends. Well, don't fret.
There are no greeting card shops in Baghdad or Kabul, but one Columbus crafter is doing what she can to ensure that a father deployed in the Middle East can send his wife at home a pretty anniversary card, or a Navy mom at sea for months at a time has a special birthday card to mail her daughter.
An extraordinary fireworks show, a rousing wind symphony concert and feel-good blues from an award-winning artist add up to Fireworks on the Water -- a free Fourth of July extravaganza in Columbus organizers hope will be memory-making for everyone who attends.
Do you have the perfect lawn? Is the perfect lawn even possible? If it is, do you care enough to have it? Are you willing to put in the work to make it happen? Do you even like mowing? These are all debatable questions.
The Golden Girls" has always been one of my favorite television shows. Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia are like old friends invited into my living room over the years. It began in childhood when Mama and I would spend our Saturday nights eating fish sticks and Crunch & Munch popcorn, drinking Coca Cola in real bottles, and laughing at their antics until we almost cried.
I am a sucker for celebrations. Whenever a holiday approaches, I start thinking, "There ought to be a way of making this a Real Occasion." So, now, here comes another Fourth of July, and I am at a loss to know how to make it special.