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Shannon Bardwell: The silver case

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columns

During World War II my dad purchased a small silver case in India. One side has a crude etching of India-Bombay, Delhi and Calcutta, the Taj Mahal on the other side. Dad was well known for buying crafts from neighborhood children; they flocked to our door with their wares. Dad certainly would have purchased a small silver case from a street child. I wonder about that child.

 

Rufus Ward: Common flowers native to the Golden Triangle

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columns

Spring has arrived with its vivid display of color and that has brought a question. Which of our common flowers are native to this area? That is not a question I can address from the view of a botanist, but I can address it as a historian. There are a number of early accounts that describe the flora of the Golden Triangle.

 

Rob Hardy: "Culture of Plague"

Posted 4/1/2010 in Columns

The Black Death struck Europe in the 14th century, killing hundreds of millions of people.

 

Here comes Peter Cottontail: Virginia Adair’s bunny cake heralds Easter once again

Posted 3/31/2010 in Food

“I can’t even begin to imagine how many bunny cakes I’ve made over the years,” Virginia Adair laughed lightly. With a youthful spirit belying her 81 years, the New Hope woman is still baking and decorating the whimsical cakes she first made 46 years ago. For decades, she delighted her own children and scores of families in three different states with the tasty dessert. This week, she once again shares the recipe for what some might call her culinary signature.

 

Rob Hardy: "An Entirely Synthetic Fish"

Posted 3/30/2010 in Columns

I know little about fish or fishing, but I know fisherman like to go for rainbow trout, a good fish to have at the end of your line or to have in your frying pan.

 

Local legend brings wisdom to stage

Posted 3/30/2010 in Entertainment

There is a song called “Out Among the Stars” about a boy with no money who tries to hold up a liquor store and is caught and shot and killed by the police. Bill Cooke’s favorite version of the song is done by John Starling, and his favorite lyric is dark but sheds a lot of light on Cooke’s view of the world we live in these days: “The evening news carries all the details, he dies in every living room in town.”

Historic homes, generations return for 70th annual Spring Pilgrimage

Posted 3/27/2010 in Entertainment

Pink, blue, yellow. That was the color progression of Pilgrimage dresses for little girls growing up in the Beneke household in the mid-1970s to 1991.

Wesley to present reflections of Easter

Posted 3/27/2010 in Entertainment

The reverence of the Easter season has inspired Wesley United Methodist Church in Columbus and its Associate Pastor, the Rev. Pamela Cameron, to offer a new, meditative experience for the community during Holy Week.

 

MSU literary event to feature ‘Strange Weather’

Posted 3/27/2010 in Entertainment

Award-winning Mississippi State University fiction writer Becky Hagenston will read from her new short stories next month on campus.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Good ’ol boys

Posted 3/27/2010 in Columns

Once upon a time, I was a Catholic. The churches were beautiful then. They were cool and dark, filled with flickering candles, the aromas of incense and burning wax, and life-sized statues of saints. I loved those statues, and, in the spring, placed small bouquets of pink roses at their plaster feet.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Promise land

Posted 3/27/2010 in Columns

The garden has been tilled. We mixed in sand left over from a construction job to loosen up the prairie clay.

 

 

Rob Hardy: 'The Poker Bride'

Posted 3/26/2010 in About Town

In “The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the West” (Atlantic Monthly Press), Christopher Corbett has told the story, as much as it can be known, of one Chinese girl who came to California and was indeed won in a poker game.

 

On a roll: Sister Schubert, of dinner roll fame, to visit Columbus

Posted 3/24/2010 in Food

If searching for a bona fide Southern success story, look no farther than Troy, Ala., and Patricia Barnes — best known at home and afar simply as Sister.

 

Area music calendar

Posted 3/23/2010 in Entertainment

 

 

Rob Hardy: The big heist

Posted 3/22/2010 in Columns

The heist movie is a Hollywood standard, so when a real heist is made, it is necessary for those telling about the real heist to compare it to the movie versions. Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell have repeatedly done this in “Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History “(Union Square Press). They repeatedly refer to the 2001 remake “Ocean’s Eleven” when telling the story of the 2003 burglary of an office called the Diamond Center in the heart of the Diamond District in Antwerp.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Mimicry and camouflage

Posted 3/22/2010 in Columns

Some animals like to sport bright colors, as if they want to be seen. Others favor drab colors, as if they want to blend in and avoid recognition. There must be advantages to both strategies. Soldiers used to sport bright red clothing in the field, and now tend to go with grey and olive blotches, if they are in forest, and beige spotty patterns if they are on sand.

 

For the birds: Birder of the Year wants to share what all the flap is about

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

Dianne Patterson and her husband, Jim, were headed out to church one cold December Wednesday when the phone rang.

Eat, bid, dance and be merry at CAC’s Dining for Art

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

The Columbus Arts Council’s Dining for Art gala is just around the corner. The March 27 event at the Rosenzweig Arts Center in the heart of downtown Columbus will serve up mouth-watering food, silent and live auctions and entertainment by the always popular Class of 65 and Big Ben Atkins.

 

Columbus Choral Society, Meridian Symphony Chorus in concert March 28

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

In what may be one of the most memorable fine art musical presentations in the Golden Triangle’s recent memory, the Columbus Choral Society and Meridian Symphony Chorus will join to present Easter selections of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, March 28.

 

 

Alva to address ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ at MUW Thursday

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

The Gordy Honors Forum Series will feature Iraq War veteran Eric Alva Thursday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. He will be speaking on the topic “Ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’” The event is free and open to the public.

 

 

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