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Adele Elliott: No dead authors

Posted 8/1/2009 in Columns

In Mississippi talent flourishes like kudzu. Maybe this is because of the lush fertility of the land. Or perhaps it is a result of generations of oral tradition. Whether the artist’s flair is visual, or musical, or poetic, the results are almost always narrative. On some level, every one of us is a writer, spinning tales with pen, or brush, or song.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: A Blackberry jam

Posted 8/1/2009 in Columns

I just got a Blackberry. Some of you — that’s folks living the good life — may be wondering whether or not I picked it myself or bought it at the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market. No.

 

Wonderful watermelon: This summer favorite celebrates its big moment

Posted 7/29/2009 in Food

One bite into a cool, crisp wedge of watermelon takes us back in time. We’re kids again, parked at a picnic table or barefoot in the back yard, melon juice running down our chins, trickling between our little fingers. And we don’t have a care in the world.

 

Anne Freeze: The joy of bacon fat

Posted 7/29/2009 in Columns

This past Sunday as I was coming home from church, Lynne Rosetto Kasper on “The Splendid Table” was chatting with a caller to the radio program about bacon fat in cookie recipes. Like many of us, I grew up with the can of bacon fat on the counter (I really don’t remember it being refrigerated), waiting to be dipped into for frying or flavoring. And, for a time in my life I, too, saved bacon fat, refrigerated, and would spoon a tad in the water for my butter beans or mix it with olive oil for frying corn or green tomatoes, or in my cast iron muffin pan for corn muffins. I used it judiciously, telling myself that a little bit couldn’t hurt me.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Outnumbered by insects: ‘Bugs and the Victorians’

Posted 7/29/2009 in Columns

Insects, even the greatest of couch potatoes knows, are everywhere. If you weighed all the insects and weighed all the people on the planet, insects would win.

 

 

Belly dancing, anyone?

Posted 7/25/2009 in Entertainment

There is nothing unusual about the Columbus Arts Council offering classes. But three new August offerings with an unconventional twist arrive soon at the non-profit Rosenzweig Arts Center in the center of historic downtown. Belly Dancing Bootcamp, a Juggling for Dummies workshop and free sketching sessions will take centerstage.

 

 

MUW combines programs, names new dean for School of Professional Studies

Posted 7/25/2009 in Entertainment

Dr. William “Bill” Mayfield has joined Mississippi University for Women as dean of the School of Professional Studies. This comes as a result of combining the College of Business and Legal Studies and Culinary Arts Institute.

 

 

Betty Stone: Going back to Bob’s

Posted 7/25/2009 in Columns

Anyone who lived in Columbus between 1922 and 1992 probably has some story or memory of Bob’s Place, quintessential drive-in of Columbus and thought to be Mississippi’s first drive-in.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Tribute

Posted 7/25/2009 in Columns

Denizens of large cities love to boast about the cultural events, performances and limitless entertainment available to them. In some ways they are right. However, it seems to me that very few take advantage of this wealth of artistic opportunity. Most people just stay home, in front of the “boob tube,” in a sort of semi-catatonic state.

 

Match point: With simple supplies and respect for her past, Bessie Johnson passes on a lost art

Posted 7/25/2009 in Columns

Bessie Johnson has come to appreciate the humor in it. But when check-out clerks first suspected her of being up to no good after repeat store visits to buy armloads of wooden matches and bottles of glue, the moment wasn’t quite as amusing.

 

Little Artesia to hold fourth annual Artesia Day

Posted 7/25/2009 in Entertainment

Next weekend, Artesia will have another chance to prove its motto, “The small town that does big things.” The fourth annual Artesia Day festival will take place on Main Street in downtown Artesia Friday through Sunday. Admission will be free.

 

Burttram to represent Lowndes County at state Junior Miss

Posted 7/18/2009 in Entertainment

Rachel Burttram, of Columbus, the daughter of Dawn and Tim Burttram, leaves today for Meridian to participate in Mississippi’s Junior Miss scholarship program.

PAWS project educates future animal owners

Posted 7/18/2009 in Entertainment

MISSISSIPPI STATE — Mississippi State University veterinary students are not satisfied learning about animals themselves; they want to lay the educational foundation for future pet owners, as well.

Unrest in Honduras steers local youth to missions at home

Posted 7/18/2009 in Entertainment

The pounding of hammers and swish of paint brushes were punctuated with laughter as a team of youth and adult volunteers from the Columbus of Christ gave a modest home on 18th Street North a new lease on life Wednesday.

New Columbus Choral Society sets auditions

Posted 7/18/2009 in Entertainment

Enthusiastic organizers have been hard at work laying solid groundwork for the newly-formed Columbus Choral Society. The group dedicated to bringing more fine art choral singing to the Golden Triangle has set initial auditions for Thursday, Aug. 13, and Tuesday, Aug. 18. Interested singers, male and female, over the age of 16 are invited to audition in the First United Methodist Church Choir Room, 602 Main St., between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” invites audiences to engage imaginations

Posted 7/18/2009 in Entertainment

“Welcome to the tale of a delicious adventure in a wonderful land,” the narrator entreats as the curtain rises on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” With green-haired Oompa Loompas, rivers flowing with chocolate, ballooning bubble gum and other mind-blowing mishaps, the audience is invited to suspend belief during this fantastical play that entertains even as it reminds us dreams can come true.

 

Adele Elliott: Haunted by past lives

Posted 7/18/2009 in Columns

“It’s no good trying to keep up old friendships. It’s painful for both sides.” W. Somerset Maugham   July and August are tedious months. The weeks between holidays seem endless. It will be even longer before the air cools and thins. These days, breathing can feel like drowning.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: Finding true love in the fantasy suite

Posted 7/18/2009 in Columns

How I got hooked on “The Bachelorette,” I’ll never know.  I’m so ashamed. For those of you who make better use of your time, it’s a reality series/contest produced by ABC.  

 

Old farm, new life

Posted 7/15/2009 in Food

“I see you,” Scott Enlow grinned, triumphantly plucking a stray squash bug from a plant thriving with bright yellow and green zephyr squash. Then, before heading back to the house where he grew up, the genial Columbus man cast vigilant eyes one last time across rows of summer vegetables in a garden like no other in the Golden Triangle.

 

Anne Freeze: Pass the Hibiscus esculentus, please

Posted 7/15/2009 in Food

The vegetable garden is starting to produce. It took longer than I expected, but this past weekend we harvested our first edamame (it was a little too early), and I have cut two beautiful pristine okra pods. I’m not sure if there were ready; they are the size I like but not as deeply green as the ones I bought from Phil Lancaster at the Farmers’ Market. Nonetheless, they are like an ugly baby, beautiful in their momma’s eyes.

 

 

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