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Being Beautiful: This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine

Posted 1/21/2017 in Columns

I ran away from it all. Sometimes I thought about running forever and never looking back.



Being Beautiful: What would Peter Pan say?

Posted 1/14/2017 in Columns

Toys are us, and I don't mean the store itself.


Southern Gardening: Extreme cold weather brought plant challenges

Posted 1/14/2017 in Columns

Wasn't the last weekend's cold something else?


Being Beautiful: The lessons our mothers and grandmothers taught us

Posted 1/7/2017 in Columns

Where I grew up way out in the country, verses from the Bible were memorized during a summer tradition, Vacation Bible School, at hundreds of rural churches on the hottest days of June and July.


Southern Gardening: Tips help keep gift plants going

Posted 1/7/2017 in Columns

Since the Christmas holiday season started last month, gardeners across Mississippi have been giving and receiving plants as gifts: poinsettias, begonias, cactuses and cyclamens -- oh my!


Being Beautiful: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

Posted 12/31/2016 in Columns

It's that time of year again, the moment when I revisit all the things that happened in 2016 -- the good, the bad and the ugly, all before clinking our champagne flutes on New Year's Eve.


Southern Gardening: Gary addresses gardening questions for new year

Posted 12/31/2016 in Columns

As we prepare to head into a new year of gardening adventures, I've been thinking about a variety of landscape questions and quandaries that pop up from time to time.


Being Beautiful: Love and joy come to you

Posted 12/24/2016 in Columns

An amazing thing happened this year when I was spreading the branches of my artificial trees on the front steps of my home in Colorado.


Southern Gardening: Hollies time berry color for Christmas displays

Posted 12/24/2016 in Columns

The Christmas season is a time for decorating, as we put up wreaths, poinsettias and trees.

Southern Gardening: Ornamental cabbage, kale show winter color

Posted 12/17/2016 in Columns

Ornamental kale and cabbage are in a group of my favorite plants for the winter landscape, and I find them to be among the most reliable, as well.


Being Beautiful: Honoring the ghosts of Christmas Past

Posted 12/17/2016 in Columns

Each time I turn a lamp off, I think of the man who raised me.



A Stone's Throw: Holiday reflections

Posted 12/10/2016 in Columns

Well, we are now in that festive season as Christmas approaches.



Being Beautiful: Tidings of comfort and joy

Posted 12/10/2016 in Columns

All my life I have heard it said: "You can't take it with you."


Southern Gardening: Consider these gifts for gardening friends

Posted 12/10/2016 in Columns

We're now officially in the Christmas season, and holiday shopping is in full swing.


Being Beautiful: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Posted 12/3/2016 in Columns

If you need more proof that Christmas is here than the bright lights flickering from your neighbor's windows or the tinsel snowmen, Santas and angels appearing on lampposts, then just look at the calendar.


Southern Gardening: Prepare to protect plants from cold temperatures

Posted 12/3/2016 in Columns

We hit December this week, and it seems like we haven't really had a fall season yet.


A Stone's Throw: 'Greatest Generation' still going

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columns

Tom Brokaw called the veterans of World War II "the greatest generation."



Being Beautiful: And it must follow, as the night the day ...

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columns


Southern Gardening: Poinsettia choices are ready for Christmas

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columns

I've noticed over the last couple of weeks that a few early-season poinsettias are showing up on garden center shelves.

Southern Gardening: Cool Wave pansies bring superb cool-season color

Posted 11/19/2016 in Columns

Like many other home gardeners in Mississippi, I'm in the full swing of planting cool-season annual color.


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