Much of the state got a dose of winter weather last week. Seeing pictures of gardens and landscapes farther north covered in a blanket of snow made me thankful for living on the coast. Having lived in colder climates, I had enough of snow before coming to Mississippi.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced that the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is one of 842 libraries nationwide, and one of only three chosen in the state of Mississippi, to be awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of books, films and other resources that will introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
The Mississippi Theatre Association held its 2013 Theatre Festival in Columbus Jan. 17-20 at Mississippi University for Women. This year's festival saw an increase in the number of attendees, maxing out at over 660 people representing six community theaters and 15 high schools. Theaters from Hattiesburg, Picayune, Tupelo and Meridian were awarded top honors in the community theater and secondary divisions.
On Friday, Feb. 15, Dr. James B. Borsig will be installed as the 14th president of Mississippi University for Women in the university's almost 130-year-old history. The formal inaugural ceremony will be held in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall, at 10 a.m.
The Stephen D. Lee Foundation will celebrate its third annual Valentine's Day Party on Feb. 14 from 7:30-10 p.m. at Errolton, the antebellum home of Gaines and Keith Gaskin in Columbus. The fundraiser will benefit the S.D. Lee Home and Museum.
"This is an American bitsa -- a bitsa this, a bitsa that," smiled Dr. Phil Bushby, giving a playful scratch to a small black and white pooch he carried out of the mobile veterinary clinic that is his office most days of the week. If dogs can smile, this one did. The mixed breed puppy was one of 23 canines and cats spayed or neutered Wednesday at the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society, increasing their chances of being adopted and living out their lives in what shelter director Karen Johnwick calls their "forever homes."
Hannah and Caroline Melby cut their musical teeth on stages throughout the Golden Triangle, honing their old-time, folk and bluegrass chops on fiddle and mandolin in front of neighbors -- the same neighbors who wished them well when the siblings moved to Nashville, Tenn., after their band, Nash Street, won the 2008 Colgate Country Showdown in the famed Ryman Auditorium.
Have you ever felt like just going nuts? (Not the zany kind of nuts, but the culinary kind.) With all the delicious walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts and what not out there, it's no wonder. Each variety has its own distinct flavor, texture and aroma that can enhance dishes from entrées to desserts. Many qualify as healthy snacks on their own. Even the Mayo Clinic website tells us most types of nuts are miniature packages of nutrition.
Looking for a few simple ways to freshen up the go-to dish of the Super Bowl? We cobbled together a mighty tasty basic guacamole, then came up with four ways to turn basic into unbelievably good.
Entrepreneurs will hear from one of the top economic development officials in the state at the All Things Money Conference set for Wednesday, Jan. 30. The program will be held at East Mississippi Community College's Douglas Building Lyceum from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Genealogist and author Thomas Locke Mayfield will give a book talk on his newest book, "Whispers from Columbus Past: Stories from the Past that You Should Know" on Monday, Jan. 28, at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library from 2-3 p.m.
Technology offers ways to improve wedding experiences for guests and connect friends and family who could not attend.
On Thursday, the Mississippi Film Office celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special birthday cake celebration in the rotunda of the Mississippi State Capitol. Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 17 as "Mississippi Film Day." The state boasts one of the five oldest film commissions in the world.
The exhibit "Looking Back at Gee's Bend: The Photographs of John Reese, 1980" is currently on display at the Chebie G. Bateman building of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.
When funny, mold-looking things start growing on landscape trees and shrubs, phones start ringing in Mississippi State University Extension Service offices across the state.
'Downton Abbey," the acclaimed British drama brought to American audiences on PBS, is indeed a masterpiece which has taken the world by storm with its Edwardian setting and dramatic tensions both above and below the backstairs. The early 1900's era is revisited through all the grandeur of Edwardian fashion, even down to the romanticism of hairstyling and makeup.
Sometimes it seems that we are surrounded by people who were raised by animals. The "bull headed," the "greedy pigs," the "sly foxes" are all around us. "Personification" and "anthropomorphism" -- we employ these concepts every day. They are shortcut explanations -- easy to understand, but usually not literal.