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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.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Deck the halls

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columns

Ah! The holidays are finally here. All that shopping, wrapping, baking and cleaning are done. Now we can just sit back and enjoy our beautiful tree, sip a cup of nog, and bask in the glow of perfectly spaced lights, reflecting tiny star-shapes in the glittering ornaments.

 

Southern gardening: Rosemary makes unique Christmas decoration

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columns

As a gardener, Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year because I get to enjoy indoors the scents and colors of the garden. Christmas looks like poinsettias, live trees indoors and greenery decorating the house, and it smells like pine, cedar, fir, and, in my house, rosemary.

 

{Nourish} Smart pasta swaps

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columns

What is it about cold weather and comfort food? Whenever I'm needing something warm and soothing I tend to crave a big bowl of hot pasta.

 

Southern gardening: Cool Wave pansies offer winter beauty

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

Several weeks ago, I wrote about how much I enjoy pansies for the cool-season garden. These are really easy plants to grow, and they provide great color during colder winter temperatures.

 

A stone's throw: The grave tender

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

Over in neighboring Montgomery, Ala., lives a young man with cerebral palsy who has earned a bit of local fame as "the grave tender."

 

 

Adele Elliott: Booking it

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

A few days ago, my friends Mary Beth Plant and Holly Jeter stopped by for a visit. They had not been in our house for a very long time. "Mary Beth," asked Holly, "what don't you see in here?"

 

 

{Nourish} 'Diet' book review

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

I've mentioned before that I loathe the word "diet" and, of course, this includes all of those gimmicky diet books. While these days some of them do have solid nutritional information, it's the misleading titles that really bug me.

 

 

Being beautiful: Beloved women light up holiday season

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

I love colored lights, and not only the newer variety, but also the old-fashioned kind with big bright bulbs on what seem like endless strands of enchantment. Green, blue and red, twinkling, flashing or burning steadfast through a winter's window or framing the mantle of a crackling fire, I love them in all their configurations.

 

Ask Rufus: Every picture tells a story

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columns

My new book, "Columbus Chronicles, Tales of East Mississippi," came out a little over a week ago and I have had a whole slew of people ask me about the cover picture.

 

Angels wear white

Posted 11/24/2012 in Columns

One big holiday is over. I suppose we are all thankful for that.

 

Southern gardening: Kale, cabbage jazz up winter landscapes

Posted 11/24/2012 in Columns

If you haven't started planting your winter color, rest assured that it's not too late.

 

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