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Leah Sullivan: Calories in, calories out

Posted 1/31/2012 in Columns

We all know weight loss really comes down to two things: food and exercise. For me, it's all about calories in, calories out, and getting as much nutrition as possible within those daily calories. This is not a revolutionary idea: It is tried and true, simple and straightforward.



Leah Sullivan: Balance

Posted 1/31/2012 in Columns

One of the great challenges in life is finding a balance between all of our obligations and responsibilities. We all have a million things pulling us in every direction: Careers, kids, spouses, family, friends, chores, hobbies -- the list goes on and on.



Shannon Bardwell: To bee or not to bee

Posted 1/31/2012 in Columns

Even though my heart was pure and my intentions were good, we Homo Sapiens have a fine way of trying to control nature and thus creating more problems.


Former Vietnam POW to share experiences at Town and Tower breakfast

Posted 1/29/2012 in Entertainment

Few letters of the alphabet have come to mean more to Retired Col. Carlyle Smith "Smitty" Harris than GBU. As a prisoner of war in Vietnam for "seven years, 10 months, and some days," hearing -- and sending -- the secret tap code for God bless you through cell walls helped save sanity.

Rufus Ward: The art of history

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columns

When researching Southern history, it is always interesting to find first-person accounts of earlier times, but it is most fascinating to find early images. It is surprising just how many of those early images are around and how they can relate to the present.


The Brazilian bikini expands to fit the country's plus-size consumers

Posted 1/28/2012 in Entertainment

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Tall and tan and young and ... chunky? The Girl From Ipanema has put on a few pounds, and for many sunbathers on Brazil's beaches the country's iconic itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bikini just doesn't suffice anymore.



David Creel: Fashion runways inspire spring hair styles

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columns

We don't have to look much further than the spring 2012 fashion runways for the most coveted hair trends of the coming season. The hairdo thermometer is hot, and the mercury is rising. Whether it's your favorite fashion designer's catwalk coiffures or the best runway of all -- yours -- here are the buzz-worthy hair looks raising temperatures internationally and in our neck of the woods.



Adele Elliott: Call to artists and art lovers

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columns

There are many reasons to fall in love with a town. Chris and I landed in Columbus about 4 a.m. on a horrible night in August 2005. We were running from a witch named Katrina, her winds whipping too closely at our back. We pulled off the highway into this charming downtown, and felt like Dorothy entering Oz. I remember the funky little Statue of Liberty on a Main Street median, the inviting shops, and the calm allure of a place that seemed so very far from the storm.


Partial to Home poster signing, music series set for Thursday

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columns Following a flurry of voting by the large crowd at the Rosenzweig Arts Center Jan. 5 for an exhibit of photographs by Birney Imes, four selected images have been reproduced in poster form. "Oakland Baptism," (front view), "The Chickenman's Dog," "James' Mother," and "Couple on Catfish Alley" will be available Thursday for purchase during a "down home" reception hosted by the Columbus Arts Council from 5:30-7 p.m. at 501 Main St. Imes will on hand to sign the collectible 16-by-20-inch reproductions.

Put on the dancing shoes: Big band returns Feb. 4

Posted 1/28/2012 in Entertainment

For area fans of live big band music, opportunities come few and far between. That makes Saturday, Feb. 4, a date to remember. Orchestra leader Gill Harris and The Big Band Theory will present a concert and dance at Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus.

MUW Life Enrichment: From baseball to Twitter, the teachers are in

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columns

Boston native Dick Mahoney has stories to share. The retired chemical engineer and baseball writer played semi-pro ball. He also managed and played in the Roy Hobbs Adult Baseball League. Along the way, he met greats like Ted Williams, Nolan Ryan and Yogi Berra and gained entrance to the Boston Red Sox's inner circle.

Williams' play to open Mississippi tour in Columbus

Posted 1/28/2012 in Entertainment

As the birthplace of Tennessee Williams, it is appropriate that Columbus has been selected as the first of three cities in Mississippi to host the renowned writer's powerful play, "Orpheus Descending," Feb. 23-25. The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Massachusetts and Infinite Theatre Co. of New York have teamed to bring the production to the playwright's home state.

'The Biggest Loser' winner Patrick House visits Armstrong Middle School

Posted 1/26/2012 in Community

STARKVILLE -- He grew up as the "fat kid." He was teased because of his weight. He never envisioned life without being obese. Unfortunately, Patrick House said, he can relate to more than 44 percent of children across the state.


'Hugo,' 'Artist' inject cinema nostalgia to Oscars

Posted 1/24/2012 in Entertainment

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- American master Martin Scorsese journeyed to France, putting Hollywood's newest technology to work for his dazzling 3-D re-creation of 1930s Paris in "Hugo." French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius came to America, reviving old-time Hollywood with his charming resurrection of early cinema in the silent film "The Artist."



Adele Elliott: Superman's stained cape

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columns

Once upon a time we were the "good guys." That is what we were taught, and that is what we believed. This country stood for "truth, justice and the American way." I suppose we saw ourselves as Superman, standing on a mountain top, hands on hips, chest inflated, scanning the horizon for wrongs to right.


In focus: Starkville Academy students showcase talent at Scholastic Art competition

Posted 1/24/2012 in Community

Before Amber Chamblee started her freshman year at Starkville Academy, she feared the school wouldn't offer the elective she most looked forward to taking. Chamblee, along with freshmen Jamie Anthony and Janiece Pigg, had been learning the ins and outs of photography since they were seventh-graders.


Shannon Bardwell: Huntin' houses

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columns

"No ma'am," I replied, "we don't live at Elm Lake; that's where they have the golf course and cement swimming ponds. We live in 'the' Prairie."


Dishin' Divas: Cookbook club celebrates food and fellowship

Posted 1/18/2012 in Food

There are some things that are just better shared. A delicious meal is one of them, at least for the eight members of the Dishin' Divas Cookbook Club. These Columbus women are on a culinary quest to cook their way through some of America's favorite cookbooks.


Shannon Bardwell: Coloring outside the lines

Posted 1/17/2012 in Columns

Once upon a time I told stories, much like Mother Goose, only in a myriad of costumes from a butterfly attending the "butterfly ball" to a cumbersome Myrtle the Turtle. Besides the Starkville Public Library, I adopted a county school and became the "homeroom mother" to a class of third graders.


Local musician garners Song of the Year nod

Posted 1/14/2012 in Entertainment

Columbus native Joe Shelton remembers hearing his elders saying, "The older I get, the better I was." "But I never fully appreciated the sentiment until I reached that 'elder' plateau myself," he says, smiling.


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