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Being Beautiful: All the colors of the rainbow, and then some

Posted 5/21/2016 in Columns

There's nothing quite like opening up that yellow and green Crayola lid to get lost in the familiar smell of a new box of crayons.



Being Beautiful: Remembering a Prince among men

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life."



A Stone's Throw: A subject for an illustrator

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

My friend, Barbara Yarborough, lent me a May issue of The Saturday Evening Post, because she thought it had an advertisement for a device that just might keep the deer of my neighborhood from eating my flowers.


Southern Gardening: Oldies but goodies now called Golden Medallions

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

One of the fun things about being the Southern Gardener is having the opportunity to share new and colorful plants with gardeners all across Mississippi and beyond.


Being Beautiful: For me, every day is Mother's Day

Posted 5/7/2016 in Columns

Most scars heal on the surface, serving as reminders of not-so-gentle events in our lives. Others run much deeper


Southern Gardening: Unappreciated marigolds are dependable, colorful

Posted 5/7/2016 in Columns

A popular question I get when talking to home gardeners is, "If you could have only one flowering annual for the summer, what would it be?"


Being Beautiful: Does anybody remember Victoria Winters?

Posted 4/30/2016 in Columns

Mrs. Stoddard is terribly worried -- all day, every day, and especially at night.



A Stone's Throw: Got 'em married, anyway

Posted 4/30/2016 in Columns

Remember the old newspaper "society columns?" Well, I confess I feel as if that is what I have been writing.



Being Beautiful: The wheels on the bus still go round and round

Posted 4/23/2016 in Columns

The big yellow school bus was and is a rite of passage for so many of us. If you lived on Dykes Chapel Road and your mama was still in her duster, it was quite literally the only way to get to the red brick schoolhouse in town.



Being Beautiful: Pink: so much more than a color in a box of crayons

Posted 4/17/2016 in Columns

I remember the first time I met her. She called herself "a fan" of my column, and that's why she reached out to me.


Southern Gardening: Alternanthera is strong summer garden choice

Posted 4/17/2016 in Columns

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Purple Knight Alternanthera's designation as Mississippi Medallion winner.


Betty Stone: Somehow, I'm gonna make it, I think

Posted 4/9/2016 in Columns

The thing is I've got eight grandchildren, and four of them have already or are going to get married within a little over a year. That is a lot of festivity for someone my age. Actually, it is downright stressful, but it proves not all stress is bad.


Gary Bachman: SunPatiens tolerate heat, bring color to landscapes

Posted 4/9/2016 in Columns

New Guinea impatiens and SunPatiens are similar in appearance and impressive with their ability to brighten any landscape, but SunPatiens have a much higher tolerance for Mississippi's summer heat.


Being Beautiful: Riding shotgun

Posted 4/2/2016 in Columns

I drove my cars fast when I was a boy. Vroom, vroom.


Southern Gardening: Plant sun coleus for vibrant summer color

Posted 4/2/2016 in Columns

I have to admit most of my gardening life can be summed up by this saying that someone shared with me on social media: "Real gardeners buy at least 10,000 plants in the course of a lifetime without having the least idea where they'll put any of them when they get home."


A Stone's Throw: Happy Easter!

Posted 3/26/2016 in Columns

Happy Easter! Today is the highest holy day in the Christian calendar, and we rejoice on many levels. I have been reflecting on what Easter meant to me at various stages of my life. It is probably much like yours.



Being Beautiful: Times change, and so must I change with them

Posted 3/26/2016 in Columns

Mama and I fussed over those baskets for hours, filling them with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps and jelly beans.


Southern Gardening: Shrimp plants are easily grown, bloom all summer

Posted 3/26/2016 in Columns

This past weekend, the Garden Extravaganza was held in Jackson, and I have to say I'm feeling really inspired.

Southern Gardening: Include Superbells in flowerbeds for color

Posted 3/19/2016 in Columns

Now is the time to start planning for the color punch that most gardeners want in the upcoming warm summer season.


A Stone's Throw: One slave's story

Posted 3/12/2016 in Columns

You may have heard this story. It is about a slave who was abducted from his natural country by slave traders when he was about 16 years old.



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