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Ask Rufus: Every picture tells a story

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

My new book, "Columbus Chronicles, Tales of East Mississippi," came out a little over a week ago and I have had a whole slew of people ask me about the cover picture.

Gifts of good cheer: Christmas giving, from your kitchen to theirs

Posted 11/28/2012 in Food

As the days inch closer to Christmas each December, my husband and I know we're going to hear a knock on the door one evening. It will be a neighboring family, from down the road. They'll bring us gifts of Christmas carols and a delicious assortment of homemade goodies from their kitchen.


Using buttermilk to flavor -- and tenderize -- pork

Posted 11/28/2012 in Food

The problem with buttermilk is there isn't a lot of "real" buttermilk around.



A green that isn't beans or sprouts

Posted 11/28/2012 in Food

Of all the many green vegetables available to us, we tend to be profoundly lacking inspiration when it comes to selecting one for holidays.


Flower power: A holiday houseplant provides 2,700 life lessons for young green thumbs

Posted 11/24/2012 in Community

At 5:30 a.m. on cold, dark November mornings, most teenagers are still snug in their beds, with visions of school tests or holidays ahead. But at the greenhouses of Palmer Home for Children in Columbus, something is stirring, and it's not the Christmas mice.


Angels wear white

Posted 11/24/2012 in Columns

One big holiday is over. I suppose we are all thankful for that.



Attention shoppers: check refund policies

Posted 11/24/2012 in Community

Not all stores have consumer-friendly return policies, so be a savvy shopper this holiday season and read the fine print when purchasing gifts.



Community Calendar for the week of November 25, 2012

Posted 11/24/2012 in Entertainment



Out and about for the week of November 25, 2012

Posted 11/24/2012 in Entertainment

The Golden Triangle is within easy traveling distance of some of the best entertainment in the South. Support arts and entertainment at home, and when you're on the road, these might pique your interest.


Southern gardening: Kale, cabbage jazz up winter landscapes

Posted 11/24/2012 in Columns

If you haven't started planting your winter color, rest assured that it's not too late.

Friday concert of guitar, cello ushers in December

Posted 11/24/2012 in Entertainment

In the year since master guitarist Stephanie Jackson moved to Mississippi from Oklahoma City, Okla., she has come to be charmed by the smaller cities of the Golden Triangle, her new home.


Local landscapes: Beautiful holiday plants

Posted 11/24/2012 in Columns

Thanksgiving has passed and the holiday season is upon us. You may have noticed this by the tightening of your waistline. As we say in our home, there is no such thing as too much dessert. Anyway, now it is time to begin with our holiday decorations.



Being beautiful: Beautiful tidings of silver and old

Posted 11/24/2012 in Columns

Perhaps it's those little chocolate silver bells that my brother and I would stuff into our pockets as tiny boys, or the glistening silver tinsel with which Mama dressed our childhood tree for the holidays. Maybe it's just this time of year, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas to me.


MSU grad rolls out new novel in Columbus

Posted 11/21/2012 in Entertainment

Joe Lee, a Brandon resident who grew up in Starkville and graduated from Mississippi State University, will sign copies of his latest suspense thriller, "Last Chance Texaco" (Dogwood Press, 2012), at Books A Million of Columbus at 11 a.m. Friday.


This holiday season give the gift of seasoned salt

Posted 11/21/2012 in Food

It seemed like a tall order. I wanted an edible gift that was fast and easy to make, inexpensive, wouldn't spoil or need to be refrigerated, and that kids could be involved in.


Five tasty ways to enjoy those Thanksgiving turkey leftovers

Posted 11/21/2012 in Food

The big day is tomorrow. In many homes, the dining table's extra leaves are being inserted and more chairs rounded up from outlying rooms. Silverware is being cleaned, serving dishes lined up, and Thanksgiving meals are in the making. This holiday, more than any other, celebrates food as a focal point that draws us together. Yep, tomorrow the eating will be good.


A classic meal needs a classic finish -- pumpkin pie

Posted 11/21/2012 in Food

A classic Thanksgiving dinner is only complete with the classic finish -- an aromatic pumpkin pie rich with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and topped with pillowy soft mounds of whipped cream.


Hooked!: Mary Betts Williams' wonderful Kingdom of Stuff

Posted 11/17/2012 in Community

"Most of us are living in the Kingdom of Stuff. Well, this is my stuff," Mary Betts Williams smiled, opening wide the door of her home in east Lowndes County. Once inside, the visitor soon understands. Mary Betts Williams has been a busy woman.


Adele Elliott: Thanks, anyway

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columns

This week we are making lists of all the things for which we are thankful. Most of us will include friends, family and possibly a few material items, as well.



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