I confess there was a time between adolescence and my 30th birthday when I was addicted to the sun. Tanning beds were my best friends, along with silver reflective sun blankets and baby oil. The sun was my drug, and I was an addict.
When you think of summer blooms in the home landscape, it's hard not to think about zinnias.
If there's one thing the Deep South appreciates it's good food. So the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Library and the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market are teaming up to present a series of insightful talks on the topic each Wednesday in June for Table Talk: A Casual Visit with Books.
When we're happy, we celebrate with food. When folks are sick and hurting, we cook because food is an easily shared expression of love, concern and condolence. For those, and other reasons embraced in the introduction to "Favorite Recipes On the Hill," First Presbyterian Church in Columbus was inspired to create a cookbook.
Willie King has been gone since March 2009, but the memory of the humble, award-winning blues guitarist and singer still resonates among those who heard him, played with him, or were just fortunate enough to dance in the dust of a Pickens County field, sweating to authentic blues that have been the hallmark of the Freedom Creek Blues Festival King founded.
Dr. Bob Gilbert eased back in an upholstered chair in his spacious, pastel living room Tuesday. One hand rested on his leg, the other on top of a walking cane. He was surrounded by lovely things, in this home on a quiet, wooded lot not far from downtown Columbus. He is an educated man, described by close friends as compassionate and selfless. He enjoys music, the arts and the pursuit of knowledge. His thoughts, however, were elsewhere.