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Rufus Ward: The Mystery of 'Maw'

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columns

The 1890s Friendship Cemetery square of Thomas Carleton Billups II often draws attention because of its large statue of an angel. It is an angel that faces west rather than the traditional east.


Shannon Bardwell: Life in the '50s lane

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columns

My neighbor said, "Don't you think Prairie life is like living in the '50s?" Her comment made me think about our lifestyle; physical labor and a slower pace is a good thing. When I move through life at a comfortable speed everyone around me is happier.



Shannon Bardwell: Thorns, thistles and cormorants

Posted 4/19/2011 in Columns

My morning chores just increased by one. Cormorants have come to the lake, and I don't think fire ant bites could annoy Sam more. As he leaves in the morning I mount the Gator and head yonder.



Shannon Bardwell: One that got away

Posted 4/19/2011 in Columns

That morning while putting out cat food, I noticed a possum in the critter trap. We had extra family at the house and everyone was scurrying to get to church.



Shannon Bardwell: Going wireless in the Prairie

Posted 4/19/2011 in Columns

The family's been touting the benefits of upgrading my computer and Internet. "It's so easy," they said.



Shannon Bardwell: Friends and neighbors

Posted 4/18/2011 in Columns

My college roommate called; we discussed our lives and I thought how far life is from "Ozzie and Harriet." Not that it's bad, just different.


Ask Rufus: Lost landmarks of Columbus

Posted 4/16/2011 in Columns

Reading news accounts last week brought to mind the many landmarks that Columbus has lost.


Adele Elliott: Forever young

Posted 4/16/2011 in Columns

It is said that, when we die, our life flashes before our eyes. We experience a sort of review, revealing our good deeds and a few things that might evoke regret. That may be true. But, in some ways, my life is already a constant re-run of events.



Betty Stone: Before the war

Posted 4/16/2011 in Columns

There is a lot of hoopla going on right now about the 150th anniversary of the start of the War Between the States. I thought it might be a good time to write about a little book Elayne Goodman leant me.



David Creel: Are feathers just for the birds?

Posted 4/16/2011 in Columns

Feathers in the hair? I was born and raised alongside roosters and hens, chasing them across the barnyard on my daddy's farm in rural Mississippi, and to tell the truth, never once thought of chicken feathers as a hair accessory.



Rob Hardy: Ancient Graffiti

Posted 4/11/2011 in Columns

Go through any city and you will find graffiti written on any available surface. The stuff we see nowadays is usually spray-painted, and while some of it is just stupid and offensive, some has real artistry and style. Graffiti, of course, was not invented along with the spray can. It could famously be found on the walls of Pompeii, and also in Rome and in Egypt, and just about everywhere else in the ancient world.



Adele Elliott: Poetic license

Posted 4/11/2011 in Columns

T. S. Eliot must have been a bit dyslexic. He added an extra "L" in the word cruelest and omitted an "L" and a "T" in his last name. (My opinion, only). Still, he was an amazing poet.



Roger Truesdale: One less shining star

Posted 4/11/2011 in Columns

Jobie Martin lost his life in a tragic automobile accident on Interstate 220 in Jackson a few weeks ago. He was 91. He was a broadcasting legend over where I grew up. I was one of his biggest fans.



David Creel: Pink is the color of spring

Posted 4/11/2011 in Columns

I have always loved pink. Secretly, of course, because little boys just did not express themselves with a feminine color like pink, but somewhere between eighth grade and high school yearbook camp, the '80s happened.


Ask Rufus: A presidential visit to Columbus

Posted 4/9/2011 in Columns

Nov. 2, 1909, was to be a red letter day for Columbus. President William H. Taft was coming to town. He was to be accompanied by his Secretary of War, Hon. J. M. Dickinson, a Columbus native. (A few years later, Crawford native T. W. Gregory served as Woodrow Wilson's Attorney General.)


Rob Hardy: Moby Duck

Posted 4/6/2011 in Columns

The dazzling "Moby Dick" is not simply about whaling. Melville's grand and exhilarating volume is about good and evil, nature, the futility and magnificence of human endeavor, and literature itself, to list just a few subjects.



Adele Elliott: Pilgrim's progress

Posted 4/2/2011 in Columns

History is rich with stories of pilgrims. Sometimes they are fleeing religious persecution. They may be traveling toward Mecca, the shrine of a special saint, or even a battlefield.



Betty Stone: A puzzling encounter

Posted 4/2/2011 in Columns

Snow was piled to the tops of doors, even to the eaves of some houses. Residents had had to cut corridors through the drifts to get out to the street.



David Creel: Easy tips for a more youthful you

Posted 4/2/2011 in Columns

Spring is well underway, and the bright yellow rays of the daffodils' smiles have popped up everywhere with the magnificent rainbow of azalea blossoms competing for the attention.



Rob Hardy: Hollywood Sign

Posted 3/29/2011 in Columns

One of the mistakes in movies I always find funny is the opening scene where the director wants to set a locale in the mind of the viewer, so he might place the words "Washington, D.C." at the bottom of the screen, while at the same time showing the capitol or the Washington Monument, making such a caption unnecessary.



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