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Southern Gardening: Bare branches bring attention to lichens

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columns

When funny, mold-looking things start growing on landscape trees and shrubs, phones start ringing in Mississippi State University Extension Service offices across the state.

 

Being beautiful: 'Downton Abbey' brings old-world glamour into modern living rooms

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columns

'Downton Abbey," the acclaimed British drama brought to American audiences on PBS, is indeed a masterpiece which has taken the world by storm with its Edwardian setting and dramatic tensions both above and below the backstairs. The early 1900's era is revisited through all the grandeur of Edwardian fashion, even down to the romanticism of hairstyling and makeup.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Wild children

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columns

Sometimes it seems that we are surrounded by people who were raised by animals. The "bull headed," the "greedy pigs," the "sly foxes" are all around us. "Personification" and "anthropomorphism" -- we employ these concepts every day. They are shortcut explanations -- easy to understand, but usually not literal.

 

Southern gardening: Pyracantha brings color to winter-dreary scenes

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columns

Color in the landscape can seem like an unachievable goal in the cold and dreary winter months. But it can be reached when gardeners rely on plants with features other than flowers to brighten the areas around homes.

 

A Stone's throw: The American dream

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columns

The one-block section of Fourth Street South in Columbus known as Catfish Alley has been in the news often lately. A slick magazine bears its name. A building on the corner of Catfish Alley and Main Street wears a painted sign that probably goes unnoticed by many: "Joseph Hanna Gen. Mdse."

 

 

Being beautiful: Pixie steals the spotlight in 'Les Miserables'

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columns

Not since Mia Farrow, Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy has the pixie haircut been more the rage than it is now. All the hype leading up to "Les Miserables" did not disappoint with stylized cinematography, the genius score that could only come from the epic musical and marvelous costumes. With a cast of big name stars, it was indeed Anne Hathaway who shined the brightest with her portrayal of Fantine.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Survivor skills

Posted 1/5/2013 in Columns

I'm beginning to feel a bit like some sort of Superman. We all should. In spite of dire omens and doomsday prophecies, anyone reading this column has continued to wake up every morning to face another day.

 

 

Being beautiful: Of Minnie Mouse, gospel songs, and connecting in a disconnected world

Posted 1/5/2013 in Columns

As for New Year's resolutions, I plan to eat another cupcake and put off painting the garage a few more days. Upon reflection, life is far too precious to refrain from simple pleasures or to agonize over mundane tasks. My resolution is to give myself the best gift ever and live more in the present.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Welcome 2013

Posted 12/29/2012 in Columns

I suppose we are all anticipating the launch of a new year -- and not a moment too soon. This past year was horrible. Surely this one will be better. It just has to be.

 

 

Being beautiful: New Year's Eve fashion tips for soirée or sofa

Posted 12/29/2012 in Columns

One of the most magical New Year's Eves for me was several years ago at a bash in historic downtown Hattiesburg. Just as the sounds of Auld Lang Syne mixed with bursts from whistles and horns, huge white snowflakes whirled through the air outside. It was truly magical since we live in a land where snow is a rare pleasure.

 

 

A Stone's throw: Happy New Year

Posted 12/29/2012 in Columns

Well, it is that time of year again, time to make New Year's resolutions: lose weight (especially after all the holiday goodies,) stop smoking, get more exercise, control your temper, be more patient, smile more, read better books, whatever you think you need to do to make yourself a better, and perhaps happier, person.

 

Southern gardening: Garden resolutions for a happy 2013

Posted 12/29/2012 in Columns

I have made it my tradition for the last couple of years to suggest some New Year's resolutions for the home gardener to consider. This year, I'm changing that up a bit by sharing some of my own garden resolutions for 2013. Maybe you will see yourself in some of what I resolve to do next year.

 

Adele Elliott: Peace on Earth

Posted 12/22/2012 in Columns

I wanted to write a silly column -- something slightly funny, something light. This is not an easy thing to do since our entire country is in mourning. However, there have been a few bright spots this week, perhaps leaning toward the inane, but maybe just what was needed.

 

Southern gardening: Mississippi gardens can produce fresh citrus fruit

Posted 12/22/2012 in Columns

There's nothing like reaching into the toe of a Christmas stocking under your tree and finding a fresh and tasty satsuma orange that came right from your own garden.

 

Being beautiful: Some holiday wishes never go out of style

Posted 12/22/2012 in Columns

Clement Clarke Moore wrote the classic poem below which has been read aloud to children on Christmas Eve for generations. The author was a man of few words, and it is believed that a family friend sent a copy of the magical poem to the New York Sentinel with one condition -- that the author must be kept anonymous.

 

Southern gardening: Rice paper plant adds tropical flair to garden

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columns

One of the easiest ways to add tropical flair to any landscape is to use plants with large leaves.

 

Being beautiful: Memories of snow globes, Santa and joy for all seasons

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columns

Ever wonder why snow globes are so magical? I have always had a fixation on them. As a little boy, I can remember following along on my mama's coattails at the local TWL, or as we called it "the dollar store." When those glass globes filled with snow made it to the holiday windows and shelves, I knew it was a sign that Santa wasn't far away.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Brave renewed world

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columns

Are you ready for the end of the world? There has been much hype lately about the Mayan calendar, which stops on Dec. 21, 2012.

 

 

{Nourish} The last one

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columns

It's true what they say, "Time flies when you're having fun." I can hardly believe it's almost been a year since I turned my healthy lifestyle Facebook blog, {Nourish}, into this weekly column.

 

 

A Stone's throw: More blessed to give

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columns

My father had only one brother, and my mother only one sister; but my uncle had no children of his own. Because of that, I think, my sister Margaret and I were special to our Uncle Noy.

 

 

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