The English language is alive. It is constantly changing, adding words, shifting meanings. Like a pre-pubescent child, it can be clumsy or unexpectedly lovely.
Traditions. They bind us together, knitting one generation to the next. Year after year -- creating a bridge between past and present, between young and old. Our traditions make us unique to other families, especially at this time of year.
Garlands and greenery, themed trees and period decor will greet visitors touring five antebellum landmarks during Saturday's Holiday Home Tour presented by the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation.
Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection fetched a record-setting $115 million -- including more than $11.8 million for a pearl necklace and more than $8.8 million for a diamond ring given to her by Richard Burton -- at an auction of gems and other memorabilia amassed by the late actress.
NEW YORK -- Welcome to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N' Roses. The seminal rock band of the late 1980s and early '90s, best known for hits such as "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "November Rain," leads the 2012 class of inductees announced Wednesday.
HONOLULU -- Lee Soucy, who lived to be 90 after surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, is finally back with his shipmates 70 years later.
For many people in Columbus, the annual Christmas parade has become synonymous with frosty fingers, hot cocoa and family memories. This year, there will be a new memory: the second time in history the event has been canceled due to inclement weather.
This year's Christmas parade in downtown Columbus has been canceled due to rain. It will not be rescheduled. Amber Brislin, director of Main Street Columbus Inc., made the announcement shortly before 3 p.m. today, saying the decision was made in an effort to "keep everyone safe and healthy this Christmas season."
"There are only a few events in our history that all Americans remember with vivid clarity," said Shea McLean, curator of the USS Alabama, anchored permanently in Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Ala.
West Point's Main Street Association is sponsoring its second Christmas Tour of Homes, Sunday, Dec. 11, from 3-5:30 p.m. Homes in the quaint, historic Court Street District are featured in this year's tour, as well as the city's oldest church building, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, on Broad Street.
Music and dance are intricately interwoven into the story of the American Indian. Tribal histories are told and retold through vocalization and the percussive heartbeat of the drum. Dancers in regalia evoke traditions and ceremonies rooted deep in the past.
One of the most-anticipated Christmas traditions in the Golden Triangle returns Tuesday, Dec. 13, when an area-wide choir of approximately 125 voices and a professional orchestra present George Frideric Handel's "Messiah."
There is something sweet to be savored in Christmas memories of old. Life was simpler and commercialism far less rampant.
Terrible things seem to occur in terrible weather. Monday was a night plucked from an Alfred Hitchcock film. Temperatures hovered in the mid-30s; an icy rain splattered the streets, and the too-early dark made Columbus feel like she was wearing a shroud.
Santa is busy this holiday packing up the sleigh with bags of toys and gifts for all those on the "Nice" list. Sometimes I wonder how the jolly ole fellow gets it all done in the nick of time. Well, he has all of his little elves, Mrs. Claus, and even Rudolph to help him pull off Christmas without a hitch, so I thought I would round up a few beauty elves of my own for some tips on adding sparkle to the holiday face. Sit up, pay attention, and listen to the pros from some of your favorite brands
"This started out in 2007 with, 'Hey, can you cook a ham? Can you make some green beans?' and now this," smiled Liz Robinson, her eyes bright with excitement. "We started out with 100 kids and their families, and now we're feeding 5,000 people!"
STARKVILLE -- Shoppers, keep swiping cards and passing bills. Following positive retail reports on Black Friday and during the Thanksgiving weekend, area vendors are hopeful the trend will continue during the 39th Annual Starkville Holiday Bazaar today and Thursday at the Starkville Sportsplex. The bazaar is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Admission is free.
The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" above $100,000 for the first time.
We have heard much about the "Occupy" movement. It began with "Occupy Wall Street" and spread across the country. (There is even a demonstration in Canada.) I am not going to waste my valuable soapbox space to list them all. However, this is primarily an American phenomenon.
'Tis the season. And he's always jolly. St. Nick will make his annual appearance at the downtown Columbus Y on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Mrs. Claus also will be on hand.
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