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Rob Hardy: Author gives a look at magic books, their origin and their influence

Posted 7/14/2009 in Columns

If you thought you were outside the realm of magic, think again. There has been “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” on television, for instance, with magic books central to some of the plots. When the program was popular, Owen Davies used to get e-mails from teenage girls asking about specifics of casting spells. “They had seen my personal website,” writes Davies, “presenting my historical studies on witchcraft and magic and assumed I was a practitioner.”

 

3,000-pound sculpture delights MC Law School audience

Posted 7/11/2009 in Entertainment

JACKSON — Sam Gore’s newest masterpiece attracted art patrons, legal scholars, students and scores of other admirers of his craft to the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson.

Red Barber recordings hit one out of the park

Posted 7/11/2009 in Entertainment

Walter Lanier “Red” Barber was born in Columbus in 1908. He left the Friendly City decades ago, going on to become one of the most famous broadcasters in sports history. He was the play-by-play pioneer of televised Major League Baseball, the first voice of the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers, and, in 1978, the first broadcaster to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Mel Allen. With colorful phrases like “tearin’ up the patch” and “I’ll be a suck-egg mule,” he carried a bit of his Southern roots with him wherever he leaned into a microphone.

 

New book of essays on Faulkner probes global themes

Posted 7/11/2009 in Entertainment

OXFORD — A new book on the writing of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner offers a new angle to explore the Mississippi native’s work.

 

Local man prays third time is the charm for kidney transplant

Posted 7/11/2009 in Entertainment

For 25 of his 32 years, Johnny Grammar Jr. has lived with the reality of kidney disease. After two previous transplants, at age 15 and again at 19, the Columbus man is a walking testament to the patience and prayer he says he’s tried hard to practice. He urges others who may be in his situation to hold on to hope. Although he has long been on three separate transplant lists, Grammar had begun to feel he would see no end to dialysis, the life-sustaining treatment for those with end stage renal disease.

At 89, this senior volunteer is still going strong

Posted 7/11/2009 in Entertainment

You won’t hear Vergie Gee boast about it, but the fact remains the 89-year-old Columbus woman has done more for Alzheimer’s research in the past several years with her delicate and careful stitches than most people will ever know.

 

Betty Stone: Small town kudos

Posted 7/11/2009 in Columns

Several times lately we have mentioned small town living versus city style. Maybe that means we should think about it a little more.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Love thy neighbor

Posted 7/11/2009 in Columns

Our backyard garden is thriving, in spite of the triple-digit heat index. The bounty of plump cucumbers is just beginning to dwindle. The last few appeared curled into fanciful flourishes, fat feather-ish shapes, looking like something that would adorn the hat of a woodland gnome.

 

 

Rob Hardy: The power of puzzles

Posted 7/7/2009 in Columns

If you are old enough, you remember the sensation that the Rubik’s Cube caused all the world over in 1980. No one is still alive that remembers the 1880 fad for the analogous two-dimensional “Fifteen Puzzle,” which had 15 numbered blocks within a four by four container and you were supposed to arrange them numerically. Mechanical puzzles can make storms like these, maybe because you can solve them over and over again, but it isn’t often that word puzzles produce such fads.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Ensuring interest by condemnation

Posted 7/7/2009 in Columns

Nowadays you can get just about any sort of pornography you want with a few clicks of the mouse, and much of it is free. Before that, New York City, especially Times Square, was known as the headquarters for porn movies, and when porn was available only in print media, New York’s Nassau Street in lower Manhattan (close to City Hall) was its hub.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Human wonders and specimens

Posted 7/7/2009 in Columns

On the cover of the new book by historian Merry Wiesner-Hanks is the portrait of a young girl dressed in Renaissance finery, an elaborate and lacy dress. She smiles slightly and looks directly at the viewer with big brown eyes. She has flowers in her hair. But she has hair not only at the top of her head, but all over her forehead, cheeks and chin.

 

 

King of Pop’s passing sparks library blog explosion

Posted 7/5/2009 in Entertainment

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Archivist Mona Vance had quite a shock Tuesday morning when she checked the library’s Local History Announcements blog. The historian has lately been accustomed to seeing between three to 10 blog hits per day on average. Imagine her surprise at discovering what amounts to a 2,026 percent increase in weekly statistics.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: Confused

Posted 7/5/2009 in Entertainment

This health care crisis they keep talking about has gotten me confused, and — please don’t take this as bragging — I’m not nearly as dumb as I look.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Masks

Posted 7/5/2009 in Columns

It is said that by age 50 we have the face we deserve. For most of us that is a reflection of life and experience. At middle age, we can polish that face with a smile or, for women, a bit of lipstick and blush. However, except for extreme plastic surgery (and excluding the picture of Dorian Gray), we are pretty much forced to wear the results of the life we lived. Events and emotions of our past are etched around our eyes and impossible to hide with anything offered at a cosmetic counter.

 

Don’t tell Tom Keller he’s out of his gourd — he’s heard it before

Posted 7/4/2009 in Entertainment

Tom Keller still remembers the day he said to his wife, Madaline, “Don’t tell our neighbors we’re gonna drive 1,000 miles to a stupid gourd show.” That was 15 years ago, not long after the one-time Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge dealer had retired following 43 years in the auto and real estate business in West Point. The couple were heading out at the time to their first gourd show, in Ohio.

Diversified dining: Unique dishes, tableside cooking and mariachi bands

Posted 7/2/2009 in Food

Eating out in Columbus and Starkville is less and less about wolfing down Southern staples. Three recently established restaurants in the cities offer food or experiences that may be new to people.

 

Starkville restaurant wants to cook up world record

Posted 6/27/2009 in Food

 

 

Adele Elliot: Team colors

Posted 6/27/2009 in Columns

Chris is fascinated with the College Baseball World Series. He leans forward in his “papa bear” chair yelling at the TV. Our two dog-daughters look confused at the barrage of noise gushing from their usually calm daddy. Of course, they cannot understand that the Tigers are at bat and doing very well. The LSU players look quite sharp in the deep purples and sunny yellow of their uniforms.

 

 

Betty Stone: Read any good books lately?

Posted 6/27/2009 in Columns

From time to time I hear a teacher or professor lament, “Students just don’t read anymore.” What a pity! I know that the printed page has to vie for popularity with all sorts of high tech entertainment, but I grieve for anyone who misses the pleasure of reading a book.

 

Barista! For the connoisseurs of coffee, it’s all about pulling the perfect shot

Posted 6/26/2009 in Entertainment

Somewhere between the plain ole cuppa joe and java of old, America’s coffee drinkers became adventurous. What began in the early 1970s with start-up for Seattle’s Best and Starbucks turned into a caffeine-laced evolution that gradually spread from one coast to the other. Our love affair with the intense Italian nectar espresso — and the delectable concoctions it inspired — was on.

 

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