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More of this, less of that, and the art of healthy substitutions

Posted 3/31/2012 in Columns

Like so many, I've struggled to keep my weight under control for most of my adult life. When I set out on my weight-loss journey 14 months ago, I knew that depriving myself with the standard tasteless diet food fare would not be a long-term solution for me. I wasn't looking for a temporary fix. I wanted to change my life forever and become on the outside what I felt like on the inside. I didn't become overweight from eating junk. I gained the bulk of my chunk from preparing gorgeous gourmet meals for my husband and myself throughout our first six years of matrimony.


Decorated veteran to address 'Poltics of Command' Thursday

Posted 3/31/2012 in Community

On Thursday, April 5, the Gordy Honors Forum Speakers Series will play host to Lt. Col. Michael J. "Gibbo" Gibbons, USAFR, ret. The 6 p.m. presentation will be in Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall, on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. The program is free and open to the public.

Shooting sports medal count is high for Lowndes 4-H youth

Posted 3/31/2012 in Community

Lowndes County 4-H youth recently competed in the Golden Triangle 4-H Shooting Sports competition held in West Point March 10, with other youth from Clay, Oktibbeha and Monroe Counties. Lowndes County youth competed in air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, shotgun, archery and black powder. Lowndes participants won 33 first place medals, 17 second place medals and 10 third place medals.


'Friends' welcome Salter to kick off April Table Talk

Posted 3/31/2012 in Community

The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library launches its April Table Talk series with a presentation by Sidney L. "Sid" Salter, journalist in residence at the Mississippi State University Libraries. Salter will discuss his recent work, "Jack Cristil: Voice of the MSU Bulldogs," the 2011 biography of the longtime dean of Southeastern Conference sports radio broadcasters.



"Mississippians" author Neil White at booking signing today

Posted 3/30/2012 in Community

The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation hosts Neil White, the creator and editor of "Mississippians," "Mississippians II," and "Mississippi's 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time," at a book signing today from 10 a.m. until noon at the Tennessee Williams Home Welcome Center at 300 Main St.


Celebrate the Final Four with some state favorites

Posted 3/28/2012 in Food

So, your brackets were torn up long ago, but that's no reason not to enjoy the Final Four this weekend.


Country gal goes to town -- rediscovering New Orleans

Posted 3/24/2012 in Columns

It has been at least 10 years, way before Katrina, since I last went to New Orleans. Recently I returned, guest of daughter Nora Frances and son-in-law Vaughan, for a birthday visit. I was eager to see if that gallant lady had changed much. I knew the dreadful hurricane had not greatly damaged the French Quarter, not like the Mississippi Coast, which is almost beyond recognition, I think. But, after all, years had passed. I was surprised to see things look so much the same.



Hello spring, goodbye calories

Posted 3/24/2012 in Columns

Well, hello there, spring! The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the South is in full bloom. My gardening obsession is in full swing, which means I can say goodbye to a $20 water bill, my manicure, and that winter insulation I've been carrying around on my thighs.



Choosing the right tools for the job

Posted 3/24/2012 in Columns

If you ask me what's hot this season, I might tell you of a smoking hot haircut or equally sizzling hair color, but I am also going to share some of the hottest styling tools. First, all hair is not created equally (no big surprise), but neither are the tools on the market. Let's begin with hair dryers, shall we?



Surprised by sculpture

Posted 3/24/2012 in Columns

This is a beautiful time of year in our area. After such a gentle winter, spring caught me by surprise. Azaleas and tulips and dogwood are exploding in unexpected palettes of pink and lavender and sunny yellow. The oak trees are powdering porches with their soft green dust. Mother Nature mixes colors that might be too flamboyant if combined in our clothing or home décor. But she pulls it all off with an exquisite finesse.


Online entrepreneur: MSU grad student taps worldwide audience and cold cash by carving out a YouTube niche

Posted 3/24/2012 in Community

By day, Brad Overby is a serious graduate student, studying diligently for his master's degree in business administration. A responsible 24-year-old who loves his wife and dog. But by night, or, frankly, any other chance he gets, he's Drift0r -- carving a path through YouTube with oddball costumes, dark humor, fake blood, buddies and, oh yes, the dog.

Crustacean Craze: It's crawfish time -- twist some tails

Posted 3/21/2012 in Food

Crawfish, mudbugs, crawdads, crayfish -- call them what you will, the prolific Cajun delicacy is once again on the move into the Golden Triangle. Late winter into early spring heralds a new harvest of fat crustaceans generating a buzz, especially with fans who have been impatient for their arrival.


95 years of Red Cross service

Posted 3/17/2012 in Columns

Recently, Mayors Robert Smith of Columbus and Scott Ross of West Point signed proclamations designating March as Red Cross Month. For 95 years, the Red Cross has played an important role in helping people in the Golden Triangle area. It was in 1917 that the local chapters were founded in response to the events of World War I.



Good food on the go

Posted 3/17/2012 in Columns

In a perfect world we would all have the knowledge, time and money to nourish ourselves with healthy, delicious local and/or organic homemade meals and snacks. My personal fantasy also includes a gourmet kitchen and a personal chef with an advanced nutrition degree. Alas, over here in the real world we have to do the best we can with what we have. In the safety and comfort of our homes, it's relatively easy to make good choices. My philosophy is: You can't eat it if you don't have it. So I make a point to keep junky foods out of our home, and that solves that problem.


'Hidden' history: While discovering the homes of Pilgrimage, don't forget the stories to find, off the beaten path

Posted 3/17/2012 in Community

Flames danced in Temple Heights' kitchen house fireplace Wednesday, in spite of wilting temperatures outside. A heavy, black pot of greens hung on an iron swivel arm, soon to bubble above the open fire. An errant ember rolled onto the hearth, settling near sweet potatoes and cornbread destined for dinner. Lois Lett-Swindle quickly pushed it back to the hot ashes, using a tool typical of what a Columbus smithy might have forged more than 150 years ago. This plain one-room structure is dwarfed by the grand four-story antebellum home only a dozen steps away, but it retains a rustic character. It once was a hub of activity and intense labor, where meals were prepared for those living and working at Temple Heights.


Becoming as beautiful as spring itself

Posted 3/17/2012 in Columns

I love gardens. The tulips in my neighbor's lovely little cottage garden all stand at attention this time of year, nodding into the wind and signaling that spring is upon us. For as long as I can remember, flowers and I have been in a whirlwind romance. It's a love affair I cherish, whether it's a bundle of pink stargazer lilies taking center stage on my dining room table or a bouquet of roses in delicate hues on a nightstand to wake to each morning, I'm in love.


Supertunias are a super garden hit

Posted 3/16/2012 in Columns

As gardeners look forward to the spring planting season, many go in droves to the various garden shows and displays to see some of the newest and flashiest flowers on the market.

Sweet, sweet Easter: Plan a special dessert now for your Easter table

Posted 3/14/2012 in Food

Yes, we still have St. Patrick's Day and March Madness to get through, but have you looked at the calendar? Easter is just over three weeks away, on April 8. Next to Thanksgiving and Christmas, this may be the holiday that inspires us most to do something special in the kitchen.


MUW Culinary Camp for kids is open for registration

Posted 3/14/2012 in Community

Mississippi University for Women's Culinary Camp for Kids will again host four sessions for youth June 4-29.



Multitasking: Compound exercise favorites

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columns

I'm a huge fan of multitasking in all areas of my life. To me nothing is more satisfying than a productive Sunday evening at home, a purifying mask on my face, a conditioning treatment in my hair, supper (and tomorrow's lunch) in the oven, the dishwasher running, a load of laundry washing and one drying, a Swiffer duster in one hand, the vacuum in the other, and "Hoarders" on the TV in the background. My husband must really adore me, for I am quite a sight!



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