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Being beautiful: Keep skating, if only in your heart

Posted 9/15/2012 in Columns

The holidays are upon us, well, almost, and the splendor of the season begins for me at this time each year as it has since I was a child. The skating pond is a magical piece of Department 56, and as you might know by now, I am an avid collector of all things that fill my heart with the magic of Christmas.

 

{Nourish} Avoiding the grocery store = accidental pizza perfection

Posted 9/15/2012 in Columns

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. This is very true in the {Nourish} test kitchen.

Southern gardening: Ornamental peppers make a hot splash in landscapes

Posted 9/15/2012 in Columns

You may have heard me talk over the last couple of years about my interest in using ornamental peppers in Mississippi landscapes. That's because I am a true "chili head."

 

{Nourish} Looking back as 30 comes into view

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columns

Ryan turns the big 3-0 in a few days, which reminds me that I'll also be saying good-bye to my 20s in a few months. Seven to be exact. I'm not dreading it at all; in fact, I'm pretty excited. I've waited my entire life to be 30.

 

 

Adele Elliott: September songs

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columns

September is "Classical Music Month." Almost everyone is familiar with the quote "Music has charms to soothe the savage breast" (William Congreve; "The Mourning Bride"; 1697). But, even for those who are not so "savage," music of any sort can be magic and medicinal.

 

 

Being beautiful: Live into the best 'You' ever

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columns

The "ho-hum" hairdo has become a regular first-time client in my salon lately. I'm referring to new clients who seek refuge in my styling chair, dissatisfied with a boring bob or ordinary shag.

 

Southern gardening: Repairs can salvage storm-damaged trees

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columns

Hurricane Isaac's recent visit reminds us that weather can play havoc with our landscapes. While flooding is a problem in some areas, most of the damage tends to happen to trees in the landscape.

 

A stone's throw: The Princess of Columbus

Posted 9/1/2012 in Columns

What if you had a diamond so big you could neither wear nor insure it? Or what if you had a mansion so massive you could not live in it? Or what if you possessed that fabled, precious white elephant? You might feel the frustration some Columbians feel about the Princess Theater.

 

 

Musings on Isaac and Sophia Shih-Tzu

Posted 9/1/2012 in Columns

It's in the middle of the heavy rains and strong winds of Hurricane Isaac that I write this column with one hand on my worrisome Shih-Tzu Sophia, the other on the keyboard -- "worrisome" not that she worries me, but that she worries about the weather more than most people I know.

 

 

{Nourish} A meal on toast: Build a better sandwich

Posted 9/1/2012 in Columns

Even though I really do love to cook, I sometimes get burnout from being in the kitchen every night. Every once in a while I just need a few days, or even a couple of weeks, off.

 

 

Alternatives

Posted 9/1/2012 in Columns

I have been making baby steps into several non-traditional ways of thinking. These may be considered unorthodox in Western thought, but are well accepted in many other parts of the world.

 

 

Dealing with reality

Posted 8/25/2012 in Columns

When did we become a nation of voyeurs? It seems that every television show and every headline is about prying into someone else's private lives.

 

 

The balance of food, fitness and fun

Posted 8/25/2012 in Columns

Confession: Despite having much success with my weight loss thus far and being closer than ever to my goal, my worst fear in this journey is gaining all of that weight back after working so hard to lose it.

 

 

From Manhattan to Mississippi: Trends for Fall

Posted 8/25/2012 in Columns

"I Heart NYC," just like the T-shirts and bumper stickers say. The pulse of Times Square still makes my heart beat fast, even skip a beat after all these years, and with each trip to New York City, I fall in love all over again with the bright lights of the big city.

 

 

The poker house

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columns

Rachel George is busy moving into her new-old house in Columbus. That is not especially newsworthy; people move every day. But there is a neat little twist to this particular story. She is moving into a house one of her ancestors once owned after winning it in a poker game.

 

Skinny sweet tooth satisfied

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columns

I consider myself pretty lucky in the fact that I don't have an all-consuming sweet tooth. Don't get me wrong, I certainly have my vices when it comes to cravings -- sugar just isn't at the top of my list. Every now and then in the summer I'll have a craving for ice cream and, of course, I'll eat whatever dessert is served at parties or get-togethers. Not because I particularly want it but mainly because I'll eat pretty much anything you put in front of my face.

 

Scientific investigation

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columns

Since the beginning of time, man has pondered some profound, possibly unanswerable, questions. Even today, in the 21st century, there are inquiries so baffling that they remain a mystery. One example is: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, have you ever wondered why humans continue to stare into the refrigerator, even though the contents do not magically evolve into something different? And, of course, there is the age-old query, do blondes really have more fun?

 

 

If age is a number, I pick 21

Posted 8/11/2012 in Columns

If age is just a number, why the heck are we so obsessed with reversing it? I have never heard a woman in her 30s wish to be older, wiser maybe, but not older. Yet, beautiful women who are both wiser and older often sigh into the mirror, tugging on fine lines and wrinkles while I tug on their hair with a round brush.

 

 

Habit: the key to lasting change

Posted 8/11/2012 in Columns

Change is difficult, although not impossible. Breaking a bad habit and replacing it with a new healthy habit takes a pretty serious commitment and lots of dedication. Whether it's a desire to quit smoking, eat healthy, or exercise daily, implementing a new routine can be daunting, all-consuming, and exhausting.

 

 

Requiem

Posted 8/11/2012 in Columns

The heart is an abiding organ. It can expand to hold love in all forms. It can endure bruises and damage. It can crackle like shattered glass and keep beating in the human chest. This column is dedicated to anyone who has ever loved an animal and who has lost one so deeply loved.

 

 

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