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Southern gardening: Kale, cabbage jazz up winter landscapes

Posted 11/24/2012 in Columns

If you haven't started planting your winter color, rest assured that it's not too late.

Friday concert of guitar, cello ushers in December

Posted 11/24/2012 in Entertainment

In the year since master guitarist Stephanie Jackson moved to Mississippi from Oklahoma City, Okla., she has come to be charmed by the smaller cities of the Golden Triangle, her new home.


Local landscapes: Beautiful holiday plants

Posted 11/24/2012 in Columns

Thanksgiving has passed and the holiday season is upon us. You may have noticed this by the tightening of your waistline. As we say in our home, there is no such thing as too much dessert. Anyway, now it is time to begin with our holiday decorations.



Being beautiful: Beautiful tidings of silver and old

Posted 11/24/2012 in Columns

Perhaps it's those little chocolate silver bells that my brother and I would stuff into our pockets as tiny boys, or the glistening silver tinsel with which Mama dressed our childhood tree for the holidays. Maybe it's just this time of year, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas to me.


MSU grad rolls out new novel in Columbus

Posted 11/21/2012 in Entertainment

Joe Lee, a Brandon resident who grew up in Starkville and graduated from Mississippi State University, will sign copies of his latest suspense thriller, "Last Chance Texaco" (Dogwood Press, 2012), at Books A Million of Columbus at 11 a.m. Friday.


This holiday season give the gift of seasoned salt

Posted 11/21/2012 in Food

It seemed like a tall order. I wanted an edible gift that was fast and easy to make, inexpensive, wouldn't spoil or need to be refrigerated, and that kids could be involved in.


Five tasty ways to enjoy those Thanksgiving turkey leftovers

Posted 11/21/2012 in Food

The big day is tomorrow. In many homes, the dining table's extra leaves are being inserted and more chairs rounded up from outlying rooms. Silverware is being cleaned, serving dishes lined up, and Thanksgiving meals are in the making. This holiday, more than any other, celebrates food as a focal point that draws us together. Yep, tomorrow the eating will be good.


A classic meal needs a classic finish -- pumpkin pie

Posted 11/21/2012 in Food

A classic Thanksgiving dinner is only complete with the classic finish -- an aromatic pumpkin pie rich with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and topped with pillowy soft mounds of whipped cream.


Hooked!: Mary Betts Williams' wonderful Kingdom of Stuff

Posted 11/17/2012 in Community

"Most of us are living in the Kingdom of Stuff. Well, this is my stuff," Mary Betts Williams smiled, opening wide the door of her home in east Lowndes County. Once inside, the visitor soon understands. Mary Betts Williams has been a busy woman.


Adele Elliott: Thanks, anyway

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columns

This week we are making lists of all the things for which we are thankful. Most of us will include friends, family and possibly a few material items, as well.



{Nourish} Don't drop the ball: Staying on track during the holidays

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columns

Well, people, the holidays are officially upon us. Where did this year go?



Community Calendar for the week of November 18, 2012

Posted 11/17/2012 in Entertainment



Out and about for the week of November 18, 2012

Posted 11/17/2012 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.



Being beautiful: From turkey and dressing to bouffants and rouge

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columns

Pass the turkey and all the trimmings!


Stories abound in Ward's 'Columbus Chronicles'

Posted 11/17/2012 in Community

Did Andrew Jackson really march down Military Road? What's the oldest surviving house? What Columbus family provided Eudora Welty her favorite mint julep recipe? For almost three years, answers to such curious queries about Columbus' past have come from Rufus Ward, in his "Ask Rufus" column in The Dispatch.

'Hands Across Columbus' seeks volunteers, support for holiday ministry

Posted 11/17/2012 in Community

Liz and Brett Robinson of Columbus know that, for some, the holidays are short on joy. It's one of the reasons they founded "Hands Across Columbus" five years ago.


A stone's throw: Smart phone

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columns

Two of my daughters visited me recently, and I got ambushed. I had been toying with the idea of getting a smart phone, and they called my bluff.


Bountiful baking: Annual Country Store Bake Sale is a Thanksgiving tradition

Posted 11/14/2012 in Food

On Tuesday morning, Nov. 20, Columbus' S.D. Lee Home will once again witness a festive frenzy of shopping as hostesses select fresh pies and cakes, savory cheesestraws, aromatic breads, jellies and sweet candies to supplement their Thanksgiving feasts.

Meringue creates a lighter take on holiday cookies

Posted 11/14/2012 in Food

Even if you avoid baking all year long, there's a very good chance the allure of the holidays will seduce you into having a go at a batch of cookies.


A tender no-knead Thanksgiving dinner roll

Posted 11/14/2012 in Food

The trouble with baking your own tender, delicious dinner rolls for Thanksgiving is that too often they fail to come out nearly tender and delicious as you hope.



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