A friend whose mother was dying shared with me perhaps the most poignant words I have ever heard. When asked if she would like fresh roses by the window of her hospital room, my friend's 90-year-old mother, animated from within as if someone had lit a candle in her heart, said, "No, dear, I have already been given enough roses."
First off, let's get something straight: I celebrate Hallowe'en, but not because I am "in league with the devil." Actually, those of us who believe in Christ are in the unique position to laugh at death, not to fear its symbols. For us, it has already been defeated.
I have a job answering phones at The Columbus/ Lowndes County Convention and Visitors Bureau. It's actually rather fun work, sometimes hectic, and often challenging. I make copious notes on events in the area and try to keep the details orderly and organized.
When ceramics instructor Al (Alisa) Holen, of Mississippi University for Women, set a goal of having 1,000 hand-crafted bowls made to sell at the Nov. 6 Empty Bowls fundraiser for hunger relief, she had confidence in the university and the community at large. And they came through.
No bones about it, for fun-minded cooks, Halloween is a great time to set the imagination free.
Sam and I were on our way to the costume party; I rode beside him dressed in my bumblebee outfit. While I fought with my antennae bumping the headliner, I described costumes from a Miss Hospitality Pageant.
If you have read Mark Twain's wonderful "Life on the Mississippi," you have seen the classic portrait of steamboating on the great river, with its sense of privilege, adventure and (essential in Twain) comedy.
Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, Lord Peter Wimsey and Hercule Poirot are among the most famous of literary characters. They may have had their eccentricities, but being of an exotic or foreign racial extraction was not among them. It's different for another famous shamus, Charlie Chan; I know detective fiction fans might be able to think of some other non-white gumshoe, but he's the only one who comes to my mind.
In 1851 Joseph B. Cobb published a book titled "Mississippi Scenes." It contained one of northeast Mississippi's earliest ghost stories, "The Legend of Black Creek."
"I couldn't go in it right now, nooo ma'am," Linda Callahan sat shaking her head dramatically from side to side. Her attentive audience -- about 25 men and women in a ragged circle of chairs -- are huddled by camp light at the entrance of a World War II-era concrete bunker in Prairie. The night outside, dark and waiting, is still.
Area residents and Main Street Columbus are gearing up for two November events at the Hitching Lot Farmer's Market -- the Giant Possum Town Yard Sale Nov. 6 and the Farmers' Market Holiday Bazaar Nov. 20.
Todd Bunnell, instructor of English at Mississippi University for Women, will make a presentation about comics and the graphic novel as a result of being named Mississippi Humanities Council MUW Humanities Teacher of the Year.
The drama and angst of a jury deciding whether a man lives or dies is at the center of "Twelve Angry Jurors," the play to be presented Oct. 28-30 by the Mississippi University for Women Department of Music and Theatre.
The Columbus Arts Council wants to "Put a Spell on You" Friday, Oct. 29, in the Rosenzweig Arts Center's Omnova Theater.
Formerly operated by the Mississippi State University Campus Activities Board (CAB), the 38th Annual Holiday Bazaar has recently been placed in the hands of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP) and will take place at the Starkville Sportsplex for the first time.
The To Write Love on Her Arms' project at Mississippi University for Women will feature six-word memoirs by students on the theme of pain and hope. "Music and Memoirs" will be held Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. on the Demonstration Field (rain location, Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall). The public is invited to attend.
The Union Academy/Hunt Reunion Club will celebrate the 38th reunion for graduates and former students Oct. 24-30. The R.E. Hunt High School class of 1960 will be celebrating their 50th high school graduation.
The Mississippi School of the Arts will host an open house for prospective students and their families on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the school campus at 355 W. Monticello St. in Brookhaven.
Intricate art pieces created by Mississippi artist Lee Renninger of Gulfport are on display in the Eugenia Summer Gallery inside the Mississippi University for Women Art and Design Building.
An administrator with more than 25 years experience in agricultural education has been named director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service.