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A rich, moist gingerbread cake for Christmas

Posted 12/5/2012 in Food

There is no subtle way to say this. This cake screams Christmas.


Parks and band will deliver a dose of swamp blues Tuesday

Posted 12/1/2012 in Entertainment

When Walter Parks visited Columbus earlier this year for a solo concert at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, he earned encore calls and rave reviews from the sold-out crowd. He returns Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. with a different vibe.

First Baptist to present 'Home for Christmas'

Posted 12/1/2012 in Entertainment

Usually at this time each year, the congregation of First Baptist Church in Columbus is preparing to erect an open-air "village" that represents the Bethlehem of ancient times.


Out and about for the week of December 2, 2012

Posted 12/1/2012 in Entertainment

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.



Community Calendar for the week of December 2, 2012

Posted 12/1/2012 in Entertainment


'Messiah': A Christmas tradition -- a rare opportunity

Posted 12/1/2012 in Entertainment

It's difficult to know if composer George Frideric Handel imagined, 271 years ago, that his "Messiah" score would be so beloved, so revered, so widely-performed almost three centuries after he wrote it in 24 swift days of inspiration.

Southern gardening: Cool Wave pansies offer winter beauty

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

Several weeks ago, I wrote about how much I enjoy pansies for the cool-season garden. These are really easy plants to grow, and they provide great color during colder winter temperatures.


A stone's throw: The grave tender

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

Over in neighboring Montgomery, Ala., lives a young man with cerebral palsy who has earned a bit of local fame as "the grave tender."



Adele Elliott: Booking it

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

A few days ago, my friends Mary Beth Plant and Holly Jeter stopped by for a visit. They had not been in our house for a very long time. "Mary Beth," asked Holly, "what don't you see in here?"



{Nourish} 'Diet' book review

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

I've mentioned before that I loathe the word "diet" and, of course, this includes all of those gimmicky diet books. While these days some of them do have solid nutritional information, it's the misleading titles that really bug me.



Being beautiful: Beloved women light up holiday season

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

I love colored lights, and not only the newer variety, but also the old-fashioned kind with big bright bulbs on what seem like endless strands of enchantment. Green, blue and red, twinkling, flashing or burning steadfast through a winter's window or framing the mantle of a crackling fire, I love them in all their configurations.



Candlelighting service open to families who have lost children

Posted 12/1/2012 in Community

The Compassionate Friends of the Golden Triangle invite families who have lost a child or grandchild to an area-wide candlelighting service of remembrance Sunday, Dec. 9, at West Point's First Presbyterian Church.


Donations needed for puppy transport

Posted 12/1/2012 in Community

This month, some kids have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, and others dream of finding a new furry, four-legged family member under the tree.

Ask Rufus: Every picture tells a story

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

My new book, "Columbus Chronicles, Tales of East Mississippi," came out a little over a week ago and I have had a whole slew of people ask me about the cover picture.

Gifts of good cheer: Christmas giving, from your kitchen to theirs

Posted 11/28/2012 in Food

As the days inch closer to Christmas each December, my husband and I know we're going to hear a knock on the door one evening. It will be a neighboring family, from down the road. They'll bring us gifts of Christmas carols and a delicious assortment of homemade goodies from their kitchen.


Using buttermilk to flavor -- and tenderize -- pork

Posted 11/28/2012 in Food

The problem with buttermilk is there isn't a lot of "real" buttermilk around.



A green that isn't beans or sprouts

Posted 11/28/2012 in Food

Of all the many green vegetables available to us, we tend to be profoundly lacking inspiration when it comes to selecting one for holidays.


Flower power: A holiday houseplant provides 2,700 life lessons for young green thumbs

Posted 11/24/2012 in Community

At 5:30 a.m. on cold, dark November mornings, most teenagers are still snug in their beds, with visions of school tests or holidays ahead. But at the greenhouses of Palmer Home for Children in Columbus, something is stirring, and it's not the Christmas mice.


Angels wear white

Posted 11/24/2012 in Columns

One big holiday is over. I suppose we are all thankful for that.



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