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Adele Elliott: Wearing many hats

Posted 5/20/2011 in Columns

It's been a busy and exciting week in "the city with nothing to do." The re-opening of The Hitching Lot Farmers' Market, especially "Family Saturday," was big news for early risers. Last week's Suzuki Strings sounded wonderful! I heard the music rolling through the parking lot before seeing the musicians and thought it was a symphony orchestra.

 

 

Rob Hardy: The Most Human

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columns

You say you are a human. Now, prove it. Wait, wait -- it's too easy to point to your face or to perform a tap dance as you sing "Bicycle Built for Two." That will not do at all.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Inside jokes

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columns

Anywhere in the world, if you are in a group of people chatting, you will find yourself or find someone else talking in a way to attempt to produce laughter in those listening. It seems to be hardwired behavior for us, because it happens in every society we know. Not only do amateur humorists aim to bring laughter to others, professionals can get paid to do so, and the payment comes from people who buy tickets because they so value the laughter experience.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Presentation is everything

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columns

I've been thinking about writing a cookbook called "Cheater Cooking." The idea came to me when I was explaining to the girl at the Shell station why I wanted six chicken nuggets.

 

Rufus Ward: The Tombigbee Flood of 1892

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columns

With the disastrous flooding in the Delta, some of the major floods of the Tombigbee River come to mind. The most serious floods in Columbus history occurred in 1847, 1892, 1948 and 1973. It is the flood of 1892 that is considered the benchmark.

 

Adele Elliott: Telling creative lies

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columns

A few semesters ago I took a class at the W called Creative Non-Fiction. In spite of the course's oxymoronic title it was fun, and I learned a lot. The premise was that all truth is based on point of view. Two people could tell the story of a shared experience and each version would be entirely different.

 

 

Betty Stone: Tales heard at Trinity

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columns

Recently I went to Trinity Retirement Home's assisted living facility in Columbus to attend the celebration of Lou Trim's 100th birthday. Her daughter, Judy Stewart, was hosting a party.

 

 

David Creel: Beauty on a budget

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columns

Pinching pennies? Clipping coupons? It helps to shave off a buck or two here and there, but it's not just for milk and bread anymore. Nowadays, folks are putting their beauty on a budget as well.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Faulkners of Mississippi

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columns

Everyone acknowledges now that William Faulkner was one of the greats in American literature, but like many writers, he had more than his share of flaws. Any biography will tell you about his depressions, alcoholism, and affairs, and "Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi" (Crown) touches on all of these dark areas.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Twittering the night away

Posted 5/9/2011 in Columns

OK, I might be in cyberspace, but I'm not doing Facebook, I'm not. I read some tweets, but I'm not twittering. You see ...

 

Ask Rufus: Capt. Sam Kaye's 'Acrobatic Easter Egg'

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columns

On June 15, 1919, The Columbus Dispatch reported that Capt. Sam Kaye had arrived home from France; "Decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, bestowed on him by his own government for bravery in action, and with the Croix de Guerre, bestowed by the French government for exceptional prowess in the air."

 

David Creel: The 'Princess Kate' cut spans the globe

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columns

First comes love, then comes marriage ... then comes the hairstyle that has transfixed the world. The "Princess Kate" hairstyle might very well be the most photographed, videoed and talked about of the year.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Wicked winds

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columns

Storm clouds are all around us these days. Literal or symbolic, we are in the midst of eruptions made by God and made by man.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Wedding bell blues

Posted 5/4/2011 in Columns

It's been a wild week for weddings. The Prince William and Kate Middleton nuptials were the big news. I was a bit dismayed that my invitation somehow did not catch up with me. Wrong address, I suppose.

 

Shannon Bardwell: High flying adventure

Posted 5/2/2011 in Columns

We were walking through the then McRae's at the then Columbus Mall when Momma looked over at the display of fine china and crystal. The tables were arranged and appointed with dinner plates and bowls; crystal shimmered in spotlights while sterling silverware edged the plates.

 

Betty Stone: The Yankees are coming!

Posted 5/2/2011 in Columns

The Yankees are coming! The Yankees are coming! These words struck terror in the minds of Civil War Columbus women. Although the Yankees never quite made it to Columbus until after the war, having been turned back by Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and Gen. Gholson, they came very close.

 

Ask Rufus: They sang the blues

Posted 4/30/2011 in Columns

I have heard blues music all my life but paid little attention to it until I was at Ole Miss.

 

Adele Ellott: Resurrection

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columns

Easter is a time of rebirth. No matter if Christian or pagan, most cultures find comfort in renewal. We celebrate the return of flowers from their winter's sleep, and the risen Christ.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: Some mo' Joe

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columns

Seems like only yesterday that I wrote about Joe (not his real name). You might not remember; he was the meth dealer I spent a day with some four or five years ago. I made a long road trip a few months ago, where I found him back at work for my client.

 

 

David Creel: Easter eggs shouldn't get all your color

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columns

The Easter bunny hops into town with baskets spilling over with eggs decorated in all the colors of our imagination, but those eggs aren't the only color on our minds this season. The most popular question asked of me is, "What is the best hair color for me?"

 

 

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