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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
"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.
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.
Well, people, the holidays are officially upon us. Where did this year go?
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.
Pass the turkey and all the trimmings!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Stories live in your blood and bones, follow the seasons and light candles on the darkest night ... " Patti Davis