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Put on the dancing shoes: Big band returns Feb. 4

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columns

For area fans of live big band music, opportunities come few and far between. That makes Saturday, Feb. 4, a date to remember. Orchestra leader Gill Harris and The Big Band Theory will present a concert and dance at Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus.

MUW Life Enrichment: From baseball to Twitter, the teachers are in

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columns

Boston native Dick Mahoney has stories to share. The retired chemical engineer and baseball writer played semi-pro ball. He also managed and played in the Roy Hobbs Adult Baseball League. Along the way, he met greats like Ted Williams, Nolan Ryan and Yogi Berra and gained entrance to the Boston Red Sox's inner circle.

 

Adele Elliott: Superman's stained cape

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columns

Once upon a time we were the "good guys." That is what we were taught, and that is what we believed. This country stood for "truth, justice and the American way." I suppose we saw ourselves as Superman, standing on a mountain top, hands on hips, chest inflated, scanning the horizon for wrongs to right.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Huntin' houses

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columns

"No ma'am," I replied, "we don't live at Elm Lake; that's where they have the golf course and cement swimming ponds. We live in 'the' Prairie."

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Coloring outside the lines

Posted 1/17/2012 in Columns

Once upon a time I told stories, much like Mother Goose, only in a myriad of costumes from a butterfly attending the "butterfly ball" to a cumbersome Myrtle the Turtle. Besides the Starkville Public Library, I adopted a county school and became the "homeroom mother" to a class of third graders.

 

Local musician garners Song of the Year nod

Posted 1/14/2012 in Columns

Columbus native Joe Shelton remembers hearing his elders saying, "The older I get, the better I was." "But I never fully appreciated the sentiment until I reached that 'elder' plateau myself," he says, smiling.

Jefferson Davis letter donated to Columbus Library

Posted 1/14/2012 in Columns

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library has announced the donation of a letter written by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to Winfield H. Worthington of Columbus on July 14, 1877.

Hurricane Katrina among Gordy Series topics

Posted 1/14/2012 in Columns

The Gordy Honors College Forum Series opens Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. at Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. The Forum Series continues through April, presenting lectures, film and undergraduate research.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Dodging the bullet

Posted 1/10/2012 in Columns

The morning brought frost and with it a doe out in the field. How does such a large and beautiful animal exist in the wild feeding on nuts, berries and leaves or scattered corn kernels? How powerful she looks; yet graceful, even dainty.

 

Leah Sullivan: New year, new you

Posted 1/8/2012 in Columns

I don't know about you, but I'm glad the holidays are over. I always feel so out of control with my eating and inconsistent with my workouts for that period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. New Year's, on the other hand, is my absolute favorite holiday. Time to brush off the dust of the previous year and usher in a fresh start, a new beginning.

 

Adele Elliott: It's party time -- again

Posted 1/8/2012 in Columns

The party's over. Or is it? We have finished with Christmas and New Year's celebrations. Hanukkah, Kwanza, the Winter Solstice, and even the Iowa caucus are behind us. The days are cold, and the sky is still too dark. This is the perfect time to hibernate a bit; time for a long nap.

 

Columbus' five most interesting buildings

Posted 1/8/2012 in Columns

I am frequently asked, "What is the oldest house in Columbus?" However, I would rather answer, "What is the most interesting building in Columbus?" When it comes to the architectural history of Columbus, I have two friends who are the experts and on whom I normally rely for the best information.

 

David Creel: Of Rockettes, choir boys and making memories

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columns

It's Christmas all around the world, or at least all around my world. I went all out this year with my decorations, and can you believe it, not one single casualty yet caused by a Great Dane named Naomi.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Game plan

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columns

Football! Football! Football! For those who love that sport, this time of year is a feast. There are games on one channel or another every day of the week. College, professional and even high school matches have been at our fingertips.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: The way it was

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columns

The lawyer laughed and talked about getting apples and oranges for Christmas; he agreed everything tasted better back then. Two gentlemen came into the courthouse; one was a lawyer and the other his buddy. While looking over some land deeds, they started talking about Christmases past.

 

 

David Creel: The Twelve (beautiful) Days of Christmas

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columns

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a subscription to my favorite beauty magazine. On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: two new fragrances (one for day and another seductive scent for evening) and a subscription to my favorite beauty magazine.

 

 

Adele Elliott: The evolution of gifts

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columns

The English language is alive. It is constantly changing, adding words, shifting meanings. Like a pre-pubescent child, it can be clumsy or unexpectedly lovely.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Christmas 'Carma'

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columns

Terrible things seem to occur in terrible weather. Monday was a night plucked from an Alfred Hitchcock film. Temperatures hovered in the mid-30s; an icy rain splattered the streets, and the too-early dark made Columbus feel like she was wearing a shroud.

 

 

David Creel: Face It: Santa's elves offer beauty tips

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columns

Santa is busy this holiday packing up the sleigh with bags of toys and gifts for all those on the "Nice" list. Sometimes I wonder how the jolly ole fellow gets it all done in the nick of time. Well, he has all of his little elves, Mrs. Claus, and even Rudolph to help him pull off Christmas without a hitch, so I thought I would round up a few beauty elves of my own for some tips on adding sparkle to the holiday face. Sit up, pay attention, and listen to the pros from some of your favorite brands

 

 

Adele Elliott: Occupation

Posted 11/26/2011 in Columns

We have heard much about the "Occupy" movement. It began with "Occupy Wall Street" and spread across the country. (There is even a demonstration in Canada.) I am not going to waste my valuable soapbox space to list them all. However, this is primarily an American phenomenon.

 

 

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