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Rufus Ward: Grandma's Old, Old Fairy Tales

Posted 9/22/2012 in Columns

Last week our daughter, Sarah, flew into Columbus with our granddaughter for a visit. One afternoon I found myself reading "The Glass Slipper" and "Sleeping Beauty" out of the book "Grandma's Old, Old Fairy Tales" to my granddaughter. Karen, Sarah and cousin Ashley were there and commented that the stories were not exactly like the Disney movies.

 

 

Candid cameras

Posted 9/22/2012 in Columns

Once, there was a time when most people had a bit of anonymity. Personal lives were just that -- personal. It did not matter if you were rich and famous or an ordinary sort. Romantic affairs were kept secret, asides "off the record" were never revealed, and our private history remained in the closet, where it belonged.

 

 

Being beautiful: Glazes are for more than donuts

Posted 9/22/2012 in Columns

Let's talk about glaze. No, not the kind you find on that favorite donut when the "hot now" sign is glowing, and not the kind of finger-licking-good glaze on homemade cakes. The glaze I speak of is indeed a topping, but for the hair.

 

{Nourish} Soup season: taco chili

Posted 9/22/2012 in Columns

As much as I love summertime in the South, with its bikinis, tanlines and quality river time, I cannot lie: I'm pretty giddy over the early crispness in the air.

 

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.

 

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