On Saturdays in the fall, many of us enjoy working in our gardens, in addition to cheering on our favorite team. As the temperatures continue to drop and the rains become more frequent, fall gardening gets exciting.
Thanksgiving. It is that special time of year when, since the early days of this nation, people have given thanks for the harvests that would feed them through the non-productive winter months. Of course, it was not official until Sara Hale, editor of "Godey's Ladies Book," persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to declare and designate a national Thanksgiving Day.
A current conversation beginning in carpool lines and spilling over into fifth-grade homework time is less about long division and more about hair color. Yes, it's true, young ladies are living in the shadows of highlighted older sisters, moms and grandmothers, so naturally the topic comes up.
Ball games have been a part of Native American culture since prehistoric times. Early French missionaries among the Choctaw found them playing a form of stickball in 1729. Stickball in various forms was popular among almost all Indians in eastern North America. It was from stickball that the modern game of lacrosse evolved.
Christopher Columbus sailed 25,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World on a 65-foot ship, accompanied by nearly 30 other sailors. With little space, food stored in the gunnels and livestock kept below, sailors slept on deck and got to know each other very well.
Lenora, my Prairie neighbor, asked if I could take care of their animals while she and her family ventured north in search of respite. I quickly agreed, only to find out this meant feeding horses, cats, a dog, rabbits and chickens.
"Maybe we're certifiable, I don't know," laughs Bonnie Partridge. The "we" the irrepressible 64-year-old retired dance instructor refers to are the area runners who take on long distance-racing's Mount Everests -- the marathons. Twenty-six miles and 385 yards of challenge.
A Nov. 29 event sponsored by Mississippi State University's Institute for the Humanities will feature a lecture by foreign languages professor Keith Moser on the work of 2008 Nobel Prize winner in literature, J.M.G. Le Clezio.
Proceeds from the annual Lee Home Country Store Bake Sale -- set for Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon -- benefit the home and its local history museum right away. Jessica Shull is taking a longer view of some of the museum's holdings, especially its dresses and uniforms.
Acclaimed jazz trombonist extraordinaire Wycliffe Gordon will be the featured artist Nov. 30 in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium during the Criss Christmas Concert, a performance of Mississippi State's annual Lyceum Series.
Mississippi University for Women sophomore Terence Nicholson, a native of West Point, has founded the Stand up-Speak up Toastmasters Club on campus.
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Southeast Tourism Society has named Columbus' Market Street Festival as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for May 2011. This is the 12th consecutive year the festival has received the prestigious honor.
Those who want to make a tradition out of helping the state's children can begin Nov. 26 at the first Mississippi KIDS COUNT Egg Ball.
Prince William of England has finally proposed to his longtime love, Kate Middleton. This is big news all over the world.
For 50 delicious Novembers, the annual Country Store Bake Sale has helped fill Thanksgiving tables to overflowing with some of the tastiest homemade cakes, pies, candies, cookies, cheese straws and other goodies this side of the Mississippi River.
When Bob Nolan asks his current "clients" how they like the paint job he's doing, and gets a chorus of squawks in response, he takes it as a compliment.
The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library invites all county businesses, organizations, clubs, industries, schools and individuals to participate in the second annual Festival of Trees event.
Prepare for the drum roll. The Columbus Arts Council and Golden Triangle Regional Airport will host a gala at the airport Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. to draw for a luxury trip for two to New York City.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Lex, a U.S. Marine Corps bomb-sniffing dog who lost his handler in Iraq, is getting help facing the challenges of aging with war injuries.
The artwork of three Mississippi University for Women seniors is on display at the Eugenia Summer Gallery through Dec. 8. Pieces by Shirley Boudreaux, Kelly Dimos and Windy Russell are featured in the Senior Exhibition.
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