This is the time of year when the trivial seems extraordinary. Dates on the calendar have intense significance. Friday night's midnight deemed more momentous than every other midnight of the year. Bowl games and playoffs are anointed with profound importance. Rah! -- for the colleges. Rah! Rah! -- for the Super Bowl.
I am intrigued by the expression, "Happy New Year." While putting away the last of our Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer collection, my best friend from childhood phoned to wish me "Happy New Year."
I spent the greater part of last weekend watching re-runs of the entire season of "Sister Wives." You are probably thinking, "Well, why didn't you watch when the show first aired?" For some reason my DVR did not record it.
My mama did it. Her mama did it. Home hair color is not a new concept, just newly improved. Believe me when I say that it's not always "nice and easy" just because the brand says so! Here are some helpful tips.
During the recent holiday season something really grabbed my attention. We have now become a nation of numbers. That is not a particularly comfortable feeling for people like me, people who started their formal education in various schoolrooms throughout the country with an oppressive dread of being sent to the blackboard to work arithmetic problems.
In a spacious room luminous with winter sunlight, Theresa Gandy concentrates on a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle.
Roszalia Ellen knew she had to finally open up about her past. Trying to hide it didn't make it go away. Pretending it never happened didn't lesson its impact.
A 10-week training program for prospective Master Gardeners will begin Feb. 15, with enrollment limited to 15 participants.
The Science Enrichment Program at Mississippi University for Women will present a Backyard Astronomy workshop on Friday, Jan. 14.
The Starkville-Mississippi State University Community Band begins its eighth year Jan. 10 with registration and a rehearsal on campus.
Friends of Bryan Public Library will host Sallis native and Mississippi State University graduate John M. Floyd Thursday, Jan. 13, at Luncheon with Books at the library located at 338 Commerce St. in West Point.
The Jan. 31 application deadline for the 2011 session of the Mississippi Governor's School is rapidly approaching.
We all know about Andrew Jackson's historic victory over the English at the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815. From television and movies we have learned that Jackson's army was composed not only of U.S. regular Army regiments but also backwoods militia and Jean Lafitte's Baratarian pirates. Actually, Jackson's army was even more diverse and represented a true cross section of the American South.
When Michael Smith got engaged in the late '90s, he wasn't quite prepared for the great Christmas compromise, a bridge to be crossed by all who marry. There's a learning curve to be gingerly navigated as families blend traditions.
"I tell you, I believed in Santa Claus a lot longer than I should have," said Wyatt Waters, with the disarming grin he wears as easily as a familiar jacket. Quiet-spoken and approachable, the celebrated Mississippi artist talked about "Christmas Memories from Mississippi," a new collection of holiday essays, during a visit to The Book Mart in Starkville Dec. 10.
Everyone knows about the current Tea Party and its influence on our politics. Whether it will still be in play 20 years from now will have to be seen, but far more certain is that the original Boston Tea Party of 1773 will continue to be influential.
It is hard not to pay attention to optical illusions, and wonder how can it be that one line is not really longer than the other or one circle is not really darker than the other or all the other varieties that tell us our eyes lie to us.
You pick up a rock and it's just a rock. Jan Zalasiewicz picks up a rock and sees a history of the whole Earth. That's because Zalasiewicz is a geologist, so rocks have more meaning to him than they do to most of us.
Beginning in 2011, the Mississippi Theatre Association will award a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior who plans to pursue a theatre-related major at a Mississippi college or university.
I was thinking about the new year and how inevitably there will be changes. Sam is reading "The Shack." He shared the part where Mack goes to a broken-down dilapidated shack in wintertime; in 30 seconds the shack transforms into a nice cabin, and it's springtime.