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Being Beautiful: Chrysanthemums, candy corn, and football mean fall in Mississippi

Posted 9/27/2014 in Columns

The temperatures are falling, along with the pine straw in my front yard, which can only mean it's my favorite time of the year. Chrysanthemums, pumpkins, candy corn -- all mark the season for so many of us here in the South.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Your true colors are beautiful like a rainbow

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columns

I laugh at rules. I am that guy who dances to the beat of his own drum.

 

 

Being Beautiful: If it's collecting dust, it's not a collector's item

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columns

I am a collector. Ask anyone who knows me, and you will find out that I can't throw anything away.

 

Southern Gardening: Select Matrix, Delta pansies for pretty winter landscapes

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columns

As I was browsing through the garden center this weekend, I saw the first display of pansies for the upcoming fall and winter season. I consider this a positive sign as we are all still sweltering with the summer heat.

 

A Stone's Throw: School dazed

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columns

Seeing students going back to school got me to thinking. If we have done nothing else, my family has covered a lot of territory.

 

 

Local Landscapes: Make the most of fall planting

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columns

Two of the most exciting activities in the fall are cheering on our favorite team and gardening.

 

 

Being Beautiful: An old favorite made new again

Posted 9/6/2014 in Columns

It was Mama who had the first permanent wave of my life, all those years ago at Shirley's Beauty Shop downtown where women gathered to get the most modern hairstyles of the day.

 

 

Being Beautiful: What do tomato soup and lipstick have in common?

Posted 8/30/2014 in Columns

Several years ago, I fell asleep on the sofa only to be awakened by the sound of the QVC home shopping network, every light in the house turned on, and Mama flailing her arms in the air. I wasn't dreaming.

 

 

A Stone's Throw: Blasted ambitions

Posted 8/30/2014 in Columns

My mother went to Mississippi State College for Women. So did I. Throughout my youth and childhood I heard about the Junior-Freshman Wedding at the college.

 

 

Southern Gardening: Hardy hibiscus brings unique traits to gardens

Posted 8/23/2014 in Columns

I think hardy hibiscuses are must-have summer plants guaranteed to brighten our gardens and landscapes after a long, hot summer. But to many gardeners, the hardy hibiscus is a well-kept secret.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Cowlicks come up a lot, pun intended

Posted 8/23/2014 in Columns

If you are like me, then you are old enough to remember a certain peculiar little freckle-faced boy named Alfalfa, with his self-avowed talent for song and his true love for Darla.

 

 

Adele Elliott: On the road again -- maybe

Posted 8/23/2014 in Columns

Chris and I finally have a working car -- cross your fingers.

 

 

A Stone's Throw: Look who's written a book

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columns

A fortunate modern development is the option of several different means to have one's book published, if, as I suspect, there is at least one book in each of us.

 

Southern Gardening: Home gardeners can grow microgreens

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columns

Some of the garden vegetables I miss in the summer are leafy greens.

 

Being Beautiful: Teen Choice Awards rolls out the blue carpet

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columns

It has been a very long time since I was a teenager, but I got totally into the 2014 Teen Choice Awards last weekend.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Sugar and spice

Posted 8/11/2014 in Columns

We Southerners love things that are sweet. We can whip up a dessert out of almost anything in the world: fruits, vegetables, even stale bread -- all may end up in concoctions worthy of being served on Mount Olympus.

 

Southern Gardening: Caladiums stand out in landscapes, containers

Posted 8/9/2014 in Columns

Colorful caladiums at a popular theme park fascinated me on a recent trip to Florida. They were everywhere I looked.

 

Being Beautiful: What do students learn while teachers teach?

Posted 8/9/2014 in Columns

I hold such a tender spot in my heart for teachers.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Contemporary plagues

Posted 8/3/2014 in Columns

These days we have much to worry about. Climate change, the economy and whether or not aliens will be accepted into heaven (the ones from outer space, not the ones from south of our border) are a few troubles on our lists that are sure to produce anxiety.

 

 

Being Beautiful: If it's good enough for Cameron Diaz ...

Posted 8/3/2014 in Columns

Perhaps it was to quiet a rambunctious little boy, but one of my dearest memories is when Mama would open up a stick of Juicy Fruit gum and hand it to me -- along with her purse.

 

 

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