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Adele Elliott: Ashes to ashes

Posted 7/23/2011 in Columns

My sister called this week, a rare occurrence. She had received a package containing Mother's ashes. "They're in a plastic box," Victoria told me, "I remember seeing something like it at Pier 1, maybe 10 or so years ago." What a crude container for such a complicated woman. Mother would have hated it. Then she added, "The box has a sort of rattle."



Shannon Bardwell: Kayaking the creeks

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columns

About six years ago there were lots of kayaking outfitters within a few hours' drive, but nowadays it looks like most of those watering holes have dried up.



Adele Elliott: Ulterior motives

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columns

Actors are taught to understand their character's motivation. In mystery movies, the murderer must have motive. Usually that is greed, or jealousy, or maybe even passion. But without a very compelling reason, the crime is somehow hollow, and just not believable.


Rufus Ward: Dr. Spillman, lost in history

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columns

Few people recognize the name of Dr. William Spillman of Columbus. Even the marker is missing from his grave in Friendship Cemetery. His 1836 house still stands, but bears no historic marker or plaque. Spillman is a man lost in history.


David Creel: Longing for long hair?

Posted 7/15/2011 in Columns

Ever wonder why men adore long hair on women? I have pondered the notion for years and am stumped. Maybe it's because the majority of our mothers at some stage modeled longer hairstyles, or perhaps it dates back to that little girl in kindergarten who was a first crush.



Roger Truesdale: 'Cheap whiskey' in the dark

Posted 7/15/2011 in Columns

On Wednesday afternoon, a tumultuous thunderstorm blew through. I was at the computer staring at the screen, doing my best to conjure up something to amuse you with before you have to leave for church later this morning.



Shannon Bardwell: Plaster of Paris

Posted 7/15/2011 in Columns

As a little kid, Vacation Bible School was a highlight of summer. What could be cooler than making crafts, playing games; drinking grape Kool-Aid and eating sugar cookies with a hole in the middle held by a single finger?



Betty Stone: A Hardy bunch

Posted 7/8/2011 in Columns

Recently I was invited to attend a "Hardy Party," given by Lane Hardy Poirrot for her sister, Jane. It occurred to me, in the midst of so many members of that family, that they were pretty close to being a unique local phenomenon. I would venture to guess that at least half the people who went through high school in Columbus were in school with one or more Hardys. I asked some of them to share their family memories.



Adele Elliott: Magic actions

Posted 7/8/2011 in Columns

It seems that our needs are seldom satisfied. Our lives are filled with lack. Basic requirements go unfulfilled.



Shannon Bardwell: 'Forty dollar people'

Posted 7/5/2011 in Columns

Quite often I think about independence, or the lack thereof. I imagine living without electricity and doubt if I really could. I would miss my electric coffee pot. I enjoy waking in the morning to Folgers brewing. I would miss that.



David Creel: A picture is worth 1,000 words

Posted 7/1/2011 in Columns

It was during my awkward freshman year in high school that I first fell in love with hair, my own. The television series "Growing Pains" was my favorite obsession, along with parachute pants, Swatch watches and fluorescent shoelaces.



Roger Truesdale: Roku?

Posted 7/1/2011 in Columns

A few years back, I subscribed to Netflix. Soon after Only Daughter and Third Favorite Child, who was living at home for a spell (too long), ordered one. She used it to stream Netflix's "watch instantly" movies from the Internet directly to her television.



Adele Elliott: Flying my flag

Posted 7/1/2011 in Columns

These are tough days for the American patriot. The economy is in terrible shape, yet our government spends (seemingly) recklessly on projects of which we just do not approve. Still, taxes are raised on the battered, rapidly-disintegrating middle class, but reduced for the wealthiest among us.



Shannon Bardwell: The sunshine vitamin

Posted 6/27/2011 in Columns

Even using 45spf suntan lotion and wearing a big floppy hat, us gardeners have a hard time avoiding the effects of the sun. Then lo and behold, one day the family doctor said, "You're not getting enough vitamin D." Vitamin D comes from the sun.



Adele Elliott: Lessons

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columns

It is said that everyone we meet was sent into our lives for a reason. Life on Earth is a series of lessons. We do not move on to the next existence until we learn them.



David Creel: For my father

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columns

Most all of you "know" my mama, if only through the dozens of columns I have written about her over the years. She is sick right now, fighting a difficult health battle, and we appreciate any prayers you can send our way. It is, however, my daddy that I want to introduce to you today.



Betty Stone: Memories

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columns

Memory is a strange thing. I wonder why I remember totally useless bits of trivia, but not where I put my keys (instead of the designated place for them) or what the price is for certain grocery items, information that could be useful.


William Cocke and the founding of America

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columns

One of the most interesting figures in Columbus history was William Cocke. He was born in Virginia in 1747 and died in Columbus in 1828. Cocke actually lived the founding and settlement of the U.S. He then became one of the founders of Columbus.


Rob Hardy: George Washington Carver

Posted 6/21/2011 in Columns

George Washington Carver has been pigeonholed by history. He plays two roles. He is first, the man who advocated peanut farming and invented all sorts of uses for the crop; we even go so far as to give him credit for inventing peanut butter, which he never did nor claimed to have done.



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