"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." Anatole France
It's been a pretty tough week at the Elliott-Hannon household. We worked really hard creating a pre-Halloween event. Maybe it was just too hard for me, because, although our tour was a huge success, I spent the rest of the week in bed with all sorts of ailments.
The year was 1863. The country was mired in civil war, but in the small town of Columbus, Miss., Father J.B. Mouton, a French missionary, had a vision. He saw a new church, one inspired by his memory of the glorious 13th-century Sainte-Chapelle in the heart of Paris.
On the weekend of Nov. 3-5, young ladies from all across the state will vie for the title of Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2012 in Tunica. One of them will be 17-year-old Amber Leigh Cheezum, a senior at New Hope High School in Lowndes County.
Best-selling garden book author Bobby J. Ward will be speaking at Mississippi State University on Nov. 4. Ward will speak at Tully Auditorium in Thompson Hall on MSU's campus in Starkville from 10 until 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
It's been a long time coming -- 40 years to be exact -- but my birthday is next week. And, yes, it's the big one, so I thought I would take a few moments and share a few things I have learned along the way.
Mississippi University for Women is celebrating Dr. Erin Kempker, assistant professor in the Department of History, Political Science and Geography, as its Humanities Teacher Award recipient for the academic school year.
Chris and I took a little road trip last weekend, because I was hired to write a series of travel blogs for a neighboring state.
The art program at Caledonia High School will soon have more resources thanks to the Drawing Out Success program run by students of Mississippi University for Women's Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity.
Roots. As a little girl, Linda Lou Richardson couldn't get enough of the tinny tunes coming from her parents' old battery-operated radio. "LuLu" would dance through the house, clutching a ragged straw broom like a treasured guitar, singing along to Hank Williams Sr., live from the Grand Ole Opry.
Sir Harold W. Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will be featured Oct. 26 in a special program at Mississippi State.
On Sunday, Oct. 30, the beautifully plaintive song of the bagpipe will call the congregation of Columbus' First Presbyterian Church to worship at the "top of the hill" on Bluecutt Road.
The staff at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Sales Store, located on Mississippi State University's campus, is encouraging patrons to place orders now for the holidays and to take advantage of products suited to tailgating.
The exuberant beat of an "alligator" drum and plink of marimbas will ring out at Starkville's McKee Park on Lynn Lane Saturday at the grand opening of the first phase of the Pilot Club Music Trail at 10 a.m.
Murder and mystery take centerstage Oct. 27-29 when the Department of Music and Theatre at Mississippi University for Women presents Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" in Cromwell Theatre.
It is said that the difference between women's magazines and men's is that magazines aimed at women are all about self-improvement, and men's are about how great they are. I do most of my magazine reading in the checkout line at Kroger (aka K. Roger, thanks to Ms. Stone!). It appears that there is much truth to this.
I have been in the business of beauty for 20 years, whether in the hustle and bustle of one of my salons or armed with an arsenal of brushes at the makeup counters, so this fellow knows some tricks you are sure to find a treat this fall.
History is like a big puzzle. There are scattered pieces tucked away in different collections, archives and books just waiting to be assembled. Sometimes these scattered pieces come together and what had been unassociated events help to form a complete story.
The 23rd annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium Oct. 20-22 in Columbus embraces the theme "Crossing Cultures in the South: 'into the lovely room full of strangers.'" The phrase is drawn from Welty's story, "The Bride of Innisfallen." With it, the symposium celebrates the role of international writers in Southern literature and the influence of other cultures on Southern writers.
On Friday, Oct. 28, "Spirited Columbus" tours will explore the city's "haunted past." Deluxe mini-buses will carry passengers on tours departing at 6:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. from the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market site at 200 Second Ave. N.
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