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Shannon Bardwell: Family reunions

Posted 6/6/2011 in Columns

At the family reunion you couldn't always tell which person was the "reunitee." Did that person look like Uncle Luther or Aunt Betty? Or did they just marry someone who looked like Uncle Luther or Aunt Betty? Whatever the case, on some level, everyone was familiar.

 

Rufus Ward: Pirate coins of the Caribbean

Posted 6/4/2011 in Columns

The current box office hit is the movie, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." As in all pirate movies, the pirates seek silver coins called "pieces of eight." A piece of eight was an actual Spanish silver coin. Several of them have been found in Columbus and along the Tombigbee.

 

Roger Truesdale: High heels in heaven

Posted 6/3/2011 in Columns

Many years ago a friend of mine invited me to a pickin' party at his chicken farm out at Steens. His sister, who he said "sang a little," was coming home for a visit. I got there late, after all the pickers had warmed up.

 

 

David Creel: Five rules for 'makeover' success

Posted 6/3/2011 in Columns

When I first became Mississippi's "makeover guy" some years ago through my weekly newspaper column, in a way I found my calling for the first time. Oh, I had worked with beautiful women in salons for a long time before and have been lucky to do so since, but the notion of helping a woman realize her fullest potential, helping her to feel as beautiful as she already is, now that's a real energizer for me!

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: There once was a Prairie ...

Posted 5/31/2011 in Columns

"You couldn't pay me to live in the Prairie!" he said. Sam came home and recounted the conversation. "We live in the center of God's country, and he wouldn't live in the Prairie for anything. Can you believe that?"

 

Ask Rufus: Memorial Day and the legacy of Dr. William Sykes

Posted 5/28/2011 in Columns

The death of Dr. William E. Sykes and the love of his family played a major role in the origins of Memorial Day.

 

Betty Stone: A personal milestone in a historical setting

Posted 5/27/2011 in Columns

I know. I know. No one, but no one, wants to hear about your trip. The thing is, sometimes that's all you know to talk -- or write -- about, and one of those times is now.

 

 

David Creel: Artistic braids equal summer fun

Posted 5/27/2011 in Columns

It seems the world is still in love with braids. My first introduction to braids came through my kindergarten friends, Renee and Kellie, with their braided pigtails secured on the ends by giant yarn ribbons. Next, and many moons later, it was another Kelli, my brother's girlfriend, whose braided hair would give my heart palpitations.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Rapt

Posted 5/27/2011 in Columns

If you are reading this, then I suppose you are probably still in this dimension, still breathing. Have you noticed anyone missing? Chris and I sat on our porch on "The" Saturday night waiting for something to happen. It seemed to me that traffic on our street was lighter than usual. So we called a few friends just to see if they were still here. All were.

 

 

Ask Rufus: Turkish corners

Posted 5/21/2011 in Columns

When talking to people in the decorative arts field, I have been surprised at how little is known about Turkish corners.

 

Roger Truesdale: Backwater, alligator and hoping them cats can swim

Posted 5/20/2011 in Columns

A friend of mine sent me an email Monday advising me not to waste my time making a trip to Rolling Fork. I had sent him one earlier in the day letting him know that I was going over to witness the historic crest of the Mississippi River. He reported that the levee was closed to all visitors and warned that even if I weren't shot on sight, I would end up in the county lock-up.

 

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.

 

 

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