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What's all the buzz about? ... a sweet collaboration between a bee farm and young artists

Posted 4/14/2012 in Columns

Call it whimsical thinking, but it seems the honeybees at Mark and Keri Lewis' apiary in Mayhew have plenty to be abuzz about this spring -- especially after moving into newly-decorated digs. The Lewis' bee yards are bursting with color, thanks to a creative partnership with Heritage Academy art students.

MSF's Painted Privies: Art where you least expect it

Posted 4/7/2012 in Community

"At first mention, some may think the idea sounds silly, but portable toilets are inevitable at outdoor festivals and special events, so why not make them more attractive?" said Amber Brislin, Main Street Columbus manager. She's talking about the Painted Privies contest, a new initiative that will put community art in unexpected places during Columbus' 17th annual Market Street Festival May 4-5.


Pros and cons of a workout buddy

Posted 4/7/2012 in Columns

I hear it all the time: "Will you be my workout buddy?" No, no I will not. I confess, I'm a little on the antisocial side and my gym time is "me" time. It's the one thing I do for myself and myself only. And for that two hours or so I like to be focused and in tune with my body. Not that there's anything wrong with an exercise buddy, especially if you're more of a social butterfly.



Easter hair options for your own young bunnies

Posted 4/7/2012 in Columns

By the time you read this, the Easter Bunny will probably have already hopped into town and be on the way out. In fact, I thought I caught sight of that most festive of bunnies early this morning, peeking out from behind my yellow roses and artfully avoiding the thorns.



Premier men's choir in concert Monday in Columbus

Posted 4/7/2012 in About Town

The Mississippi Baptist Singing Churchmen, one of Mississippi's most outstanding men's choirs, will be in concert at First Baptist Church of Columbus Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m.  



Continuing education

Posted 4/7/2012 in Columns

This week Chris and I were lucky enough to spend some time on the campus of Mississippi State University. We were there to entertain at their Spring Fling, an outdoor event with food, music and all sorts of fun amusements. The students could be painted with henna or a glitter "tattoo," or have their caricature drawn.


Sweet, sweet music: Mountain dulcimer fever is alive and well (and recruiting) in our neck of the woods

Posted 4/7/2012 in Community

The walls are serviceable cinderblock, the carpet utilitarian blue. The room is large, brightly flushed with a fluorescent glow from panels overhead. But, when 16 dulcimer players begin strumming "Near the Cross," the setting may as well be a small, clapboard church tucked among the mountain laurels, high in the Appalachians. Such is the subtle power of the sweet music that first emerged in the early 19th century among Scots-Irish immigrants in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The fretted mountain dulcimer is the instrument of choice for the Friendly City Strummers, a group of enthusiasts that convenes every second and fourth Tuesday at Trinity Place Retirement Community in Columbus.

'Easter bread': Veteran bread baker shares the art of making challah

Posted 4/4/2012 in Food

For bread maker Rebecca Watson of Starkville, the best reward is often in the expressions of those tasting fresh homemade bread, especially artisan bread, for the first time.

Charity Ball honorees recognized for community service

Posted 3/31/2012 in Community

At its 62nd annual Charity Ball Saturday evening, Junior Auxiliary of Columbus honored the 2012 ball king and queen and celebrated volunteerism and community service.

Art professor takes on 'wild women' in art at Monday talk

Posted 3/31/2012 in Community

The Mississippi University for Women Department of Art and Design Speaker Series presents Dr. Michelle Moseley-Christian, who will speak on "The Transformation of the 'Wild Woman' in the Visual Arts" Monday, April 2. The lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the Mary Evelyn Stringer Auditorium in the Art and Design Building on campus.


The heart will go on -- glamorously

Posted 3/31/2012 in Columns

Titanic is returning to the big screen and in 3D. I was in my early 20s when it came around the first time, and I could not be more excited about seeing it again. "You jump, I jump," is still my favorite line, as Jack and Rose stole my heart then and surely will again. The timing could not be more ideal for a cinematic, stylized period encore of a classic, and I'm not just speaking of the movie, but the dramatic return of glamour in hair and makeup that sails with it.



More of this, less of that, and the art of healthy substitutions

Posted 3/31/2012 in Columns

Like so many, I've struggled to keep my weight under control for most of my adult life. When I set out on my weight-loss journey 14 months ago, I knew that depriving myself with the standard tasteless diet food fare would not be a long-term solution for me. I wasn't looking for a temporary fix. I wanted to change my life forever and become on the outside what I felt like on the inside. I didn't become overweight from eating junk. I gained the bulk of my chunk from preparing gorgeous gourmet meals for my husband and myself throughout our first six years of matrimony.


Decorated veteran to address 'Poltics of Command' Thursday

Posted 3/31/2012 in Community

On Thursday, April 5, the Gordy Honors Forum Speakers Series will play host to Lt. Col. Michael J. "Gibbo" Gibbons, USAFR, ret. The 6 p.m. presentation will be in Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall, on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. The program is free and open to the public.

Shooting sports medal count is high for Lowndes 4-H youth

Posted 3/31/2012 in Community

Lowndes County 4-H youth recently competed in the Golden Triangle 4-H Shooting Sports competition held in West Point March 10, with other youth from Clay, Oktibbeha and Monroe Counties. Lowndes County youth competed in air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, shotgun, archery and black powder. Lowndes participants won 33 first place medals, 17 second place medals and 10 third place medals.


'Friends' welcome Salter to kick off April Table Talk

Posted 3/31/2012 in Community

The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library launches its April Table Talk series with a presentation by Sidney L. "Sid" Salter, journalist in residence at the Mississippi State University Libraries. Salter will discuss his recent work, "Jack Cristil: Voice of the MSU Bulldogs," the 2011 biography of the longtime dean of Southeastern Conference sports radio broadcasters.



"Mississippians" author Neil White at booking signing today

Posted 3/30/2012 in Community

The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation hosts Neil White, the creator and editor of "Mississippians," "Mississippians II," and "Mississippi's 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time," at a book signing today from 10 a.m. until noon at the Tennessee Williams Home Welcome Center at 300 Main St.


Celebrate the Final Four with some state favorites

Posted 3/28/2012 in Food

So, your brackets were torn up long ago, but that's no reason not to enjoy the Final Four this weekend.


Country gal goes to town -- rediscovering New Orleans

Posted 3/24/2012 in Columns

It has been at least 10 years, way before Katrina, since I last went to New Orleans. Recently I returned, guest of daughter Nora Frances and son-in-law Vaughan, for a birthday visit. I was eager to see if that gallant lady had changed much. I knew the dreadful hurricane had not greatly damaged the French Quarter, not like the Mississippi Coast, which is almost beyond recognition, I think. But, after all, years had passed. I was surprised to see things look so much the same.



Hello spring, goodbye calories

Posted 3/24/2012 in Columns

Well, hello there, spring! The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the South is in full bloom. My gardening obsession is in full swing, which means I can say goodbye to a $20 water bill, my manicure, and that winter insulation I've been carrying around on my thighs.



Choosing the right tools for the job

Posted 3/24/2012 in Columns

If you ask me what's hot this season, I might tell you of a smoking hot haircut or equally sizzling hair color, but I am also going to share some of the hottest styling tools. First, all hair is not created equally (no big surprise), but neither are the tools on the market. Let's begin with hair dryers, shall we?



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