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Adele Elliott: Caffeine queen

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columns

Let's face it -- we all have some sort of addiction. Most of us would never put our hobbies or (dare I say) obsessions in that category. However, such things as Facebook, online games, soap operas, sports, religious fanaticism, and almost anything that eats up precious time might be classified as an addiction, even if not against the law.

 

Rufus Ward: Sharks in your backyard

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columns

Many young people -- and old ones too -- enjoy collecting fossil shark's teeth. The Tombigee River Valley is full of chalk and sand outcroppings that contain many different kinds of fossils. In the Golden Triangle area, these deposits are mostly from the Cretaceous Period of geologic history and range from about 70 to 82 million years old. Throughout the area are found the teeth of sharks, giant fish, sea going reptiles and even an occasional dinosaur.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Save the cans

Posted 8/30/2011 in Columns

I looked like a life-size Barbie standing in the middle of Tonka Town amid groaning machines, dust whirling and noise sounding like jets crashing together.

 

 

David Creel: My sweet mama

Posted 8/27/2011 in Columns

My mama is dying, not "dying" for a new Jaguar or another slice of chocolate cake, mind you. Those things have been on her want list before, but not now. Heck, she even got the green Jaguar from my daddy and some chocolate cake on her 65th birthday.

 

 

Adele Elliott: The write stuff

Posted 8/27/2011 in Columns

Once upon a time we all learned penmanship. Grammar school children had big tablets with solid and dotted lines. We were taught to stretch our capital letters between the straight lines, and hit the dotted ones with the tops of small letters. It all looked like rows of boxes, some open and others closed.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Neighbors' bounty

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columns

On a regular basis I find fresh brown eggs waiting for me at the end of the driveway. Two egg crates will be balanced precariously on the gate posts. The eggs are gifts from the Wiygul's chickens, and fine eggs they are.

 

 

Betty Stone: Ode to Chilton County peaches

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columns

O, Chilton County peaches! Those Chilton County peaches! Just think how very much they give us pleasure; Under umbrella or shed,

 

 

Adele Elliott: Full moon madness

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columns

A beautiful moon hung low over us this week. She waxed into her fullness early in the week, exploding into a fat, illuminated orb. Perhaps she was rehearsing for her harvest persona, the fiery sphere that truly reflects her counterpart, the sun.

 

Rufus Ward: Josh Meador and the 'Forbidden Planet'

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columns

Last month the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscar people) celebrated the innovative special effects and technology of the 1956 movie, "Forbidden Planet." In the MGM science-fiction classic, a space crew from Earth lands on a distant planet searching for survivors of a space ship that had landed there 20 years earlier. What they found were two survivors, a robot and a strange freighting Id monster.

 

Roger Truesdale: Voting in earlier times

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columns

Like most of you, I voted a week or so ago. To be honest, I almost didn't. I got home Tuesday mid-afternoon and settled in to the comfort of the air conditioner. Suddenly, that "forgotten to do something" alarm started beeping like a smoke detector in need of a new battery. I tried to ignore it.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Dog days

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columns

The "dog days of summer" is usually the most miserable time of the year, especially in the South. It is so named because, for a few weeks in July and August, we are under the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog), which contains the "Dog Star," Sirius.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: Voting in earlier times

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columns

 

 

Ask Rufus: The Columbus-Choctaw War

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columns

 

 

David Creel: Ten beauty commandments for summer

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columns

Well, they didn't come down from the mountain, and I'm not Moses, but here they are, 10 beauty "commandments" for wrapping up the summer.

 

 

Betty Stone: Live theater

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columns

Several years ago someone who ought to know informed me that nowhere in Mississippi did anyone live more than one hour's drive from some kind of live theater. That information surprised me somewhat.

 

 

Adele Elliott: The hunt

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columns

Humans always seem to be "hunting" for something. I don't mean just the literal hunt for game. Southerners may "hunt" for our lost keys, or a great parking spot or a new job.

 

 

Rob Hardy: 'Aaaaw to Zzzzzd'

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columns

My guess is that you have already heard birds singing sometime today. I am not a birdwatcher, but you don't have to be one to notice that birds fit in all around us, and there are few environments, urban or rural, that are not enlivened by birdsong.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Raising my voice

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columns

The last few weeks have been a sort of crash course in local politics for me. I have always considered myself apolitical. In New Orleans I thought I was middle-of-the-road when it came to politics. But, here in Columbus, I seem to be the poster girl for liberals.

 

 

Rob Hardy: The life of Evel Knievel

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columns

Everybody knew who Evel Knievel was in his heyday. He made a living doing dangerous things, and had a knack for making them into spectacles that the whole world paid attention to.

 

 

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