Few things inspire a bona fide candymaker like the holidays. For Jeanette Basson, the advent of Thanksgiving and Christmas sends her straight to the high-ceilinged kitchen of her family’s 1835 Lowndes County farmhouse near the Alabama state line.
With glittering baubles, bows — and even a doggie bone or two — a four-day silent auction Dec. 1-4 at the Rosenzweig Arts Center should make it a snap to deck the halls this Christmas season. Twenty decorated wreaths will go to the highest bidder, and lend support to two good causes at the same time.
Michael Feldman brings his popular public radio show to Rent Auditorium in Columbus for a live broadcast Saturday, Dec. 12. This will be Feldman’s first trip to enjoy the Southern hospitality of the Golden Triangle region.
Bright, colorful paper and fancy bows might add to the glitz and glamour associated with the holiday season. But if you were able to take your family back over 2,000 years to the streets of Bethlehem, the true reason for the season could be found.
A 24-year-veteran faculty member is the new head of the Mississippi State University’s forestry department. Andrew Ezell will assume his new duties Dec. 1, leading the only four-year forestry degree program in the state.
The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station Sales Store located on Mississippi State University’s campus offers several ways to help with the gift list, as well as the Christmas feast — with cheese and other holiday specialties.
Autumn’s poetry is seen in its colors, shapes and benevolent shadows in ever-shortening days. Professional photographer Chris Jenkins, of Mississippi University for Women’s Office of Public Affairs, recently captured these images of Mother Nature’s handiwork. Cypress stands at Friendship Cemetery, wooded fields on Officers Lake Road and areas of downtown Columbus offered glimpses of the season’s finale.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... and, perhaps a bit too soon. Chris and I, along with our array of “usual suspects,” fought the too, too early onset of shopping, and business-type, must-attends this week. We took in two very cool concerts, both with thematic locales quite far from the North Pole.
I want to tell you about my aunt, the one that always said, “Geet?” meaning, “Did you eat?” I’m only going to say that she lived in a Southern town that had an annual pilgrimage, and she lived in one of those old houses downtown and the house was said to have a ghost. My mother always said, “That Aunt Sarah is a bird,” which meant that she was eccentric or a “character.”
Before our president, the Joint Chiefs and the National Security Council make their final decision about Afghanistan, getting us deeper into our hunt for Osama Bin Laden or obliterating the Taliban, they would be well-served to buy me a plane ticket to come brief them on Elvis.
Holidays present special situations that are dangerous for pets. Seasonal holiday foods are rich in calories, fat or seasonings. Some treats, such as those that are chocolate or contain it, can seriously damage a pet’s internal system or even cause the pet to die.
Early on I attempted to rid myself of all things Southern except, of course, my charm. I believed the accent and expressions made me sound ignorant, and I wanted to be cosmopolitan, sophisticated and smart. Then over dinner once in the North Country suddenly, “Well, that ’bout knocked me slap dead” came flying out of my mouth.
It occurs to me that, as Thanksgiving approaches this year — the second Thanksgiving of the economic plunge — some people may have a difficult time being thankful. Just recently the jobless rate reached double digits, and that does not include the underemployed. That’s still not as bad as the rate during the Great Depression, when about a fourth of the workforce were out of work. Ten percent is not as bad as 24 or 25 percent, but for the person who is unemployed, it is 100 percent.
Most of us are thinking about gratitude this week. And why not? Everywhere we look there are reminders of our wealth of blessings.
The Greater Golden Triangle Advisory Board for First Book, a national organization which provides free books to children in economic need, is accepting applications for book distributions to be given to those residing in Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee Counties.
‘Tis the season for song and merriment. The Mississippi University for Women Department of Music and Theatre will deliver just that with “A Christmas Pudding,” by David Birney, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3-4. This Christmas celebration told in songs, stories, poems and tales by Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, Shaw, Longfellow, St. Luke and others takes place at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Cromwell Theatre on campus.
“As I try to sum up what I’ve seen, smelled, tasted and touched in the past two weeks here in Eburru, words fall short of describing the desperation of the situation here. The livelihoods of all living in this town and surrounding area are perilous, and if conditions do not improve, death is certain for many ... ”
“Don’t tell them you’re a Rebel,” Tommy Walker whispered to his son’s badly-injured dog, Tayson, as they approached the entrance to Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
NORTHPORT, Ala. — The streets and shops of historic downtown Northport, Ala., will once again come alive with music, children’s activities and holiday decor at the 20th annual Dickens Downtown Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 5-8 p.m.
OXFORD — For one night only, “American Idol” stars are set to perform an array of holiday favorites at the University of Mississippi.
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