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Betty Stone: A Hardy bunch

Posted 7/8/2011 in Columns

Recently I was invited to attend a "Hardy Party," given by Lane Hardy Poirrot for her sister, Jane. It occurred to me, in the midst of so many members of that family, that they were pretty close to being a unique local phenomenon. I would venture to guess that at least half the people who went through high school in Columbus were in school with one or more Hardys. I asked some of them to share their family memories.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Magic actions

Posted 7/8/2011 in Columns

It seems that our needs are seldom satisfied. Our lives are filled with lack. Basic requirements go unfulfilled.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: 'Forty dollar people'

Posted 7/5/2011 in Columns

Quite often I think about independence, or the lack thereof. I imagine living without electricity and doubt if I really could. I would miss my electric coffee pot. I enjoy waking in the morning to Folgers brewing. I would miss that.

 

 

David Creel: A picture is worth 1,000 words

Posted 7/1/2011 in Columns

It was during my awkward freshman year in high school that I first fell in love with hair, my own. The television series "Growing Pains" was my favorite obsession, along with parachute pants, Swatch watches and fluorescent shoelaces.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: Roku?

Posted 7/1/2011 in Columns

A few years back, I subscribed to Netflix. Soon after Only Daughter and Third Favorite Child, who was living at home for a spell (too long), ordered one. She used it to stream Netflix's "watch instantly" movies from the Internet directly to her television.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Flying my flag

Posted 7/1/2011 in Columns

These are tough days for the American patriot. The economy is in terrible shape, yet our government spends (seemingly) recklessly on projects of which we just do not approve. Still, taxes are raised on the battered, rapidly-disintegrating middle class, but reduced for the wealthiest among us.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: The sunshine vitamin

Posted 6/27/2011 in Columns

Even using 45spf suntan lotion and wearing a big floppy hat, us gardeners have a hard time avoiding the effects of the sun. Then lo and behold, one day the family doctor said, "You're not getting enough vitamin D." Vitamin D comes from the sun.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Lessons

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columns

It is said that everyone we meet was sent into our lives for a reason. Life on Earth is a series of lessons. We do not move on to the next existence until we learn them.

 

 

David Creel: For my father

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columns

Most all of you "know" my mama, if only through the dozens of columns I have written about her over the years. She is sick right now, fighting a difficult health battle, and we appreciate any prayers you can send our way. It is, however, my daddy that I want to introduce to you today.

 

 

Betty Stone: Memories

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columns

Memory is a strange thing. I wonder why I remember totally useless bits of trivia, but not where I put my keys (instead of the designated place for them) or what the price is for certain grocery items, information that could be useful.

 

William Cocke and the founding of America

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columns

One of the most interesting figures in Columbus history was William Cocke. He was born in Virginia in 1747 and died in Columbus in 1828. Cocke actually lived the founding and settlement of the U.S. He then became one of the founders of Columbus.

 

Rob Hardy: George Washington Carver

Posted 6/21/2011 in Columns

George Washington Carver has been pigeonholed by history. He plays two roles. He is first, the man who advocated peanut farming and invented all sorts of uses for the crop; we even go so far as to give him credit for inventing peanut butter, which he never did nor claimed to have done.

 

 

David Creel: A touch of glamour for everyday wear

Posted 6/17/2011 in Columns

Have you ever heard the expression "tarantula eyes"? Well, I have, and images of longer-than-life lashes from old mascara commercials still reverberate in my memory.

 

 

Adele Elliott: A day for our fathers

Posted 6/17/2011 in Columns

My father has been gone 12 years, now. Still, that essay never fails to make me a bit weepy. Today we are all thinking about our fathers, and about that delicate relationship between a man and his child. Mothers are perceived to be the first-class parent. It is usually a more intimate bond, and somehow easier. Fathers must be disciplinarians. "Just wait 'til your father gets home!" is every mother's threat. Fathers dispense punishment. Mothers soothe the hurt. Who would want the father's role?

 

 

Rob Hardy: The Lady Anatomist

Posted 6/13/2011 in Columns

In the gothic thriller "The Mysteries of Udolpho" (1794), the mysteries consist of distinguishing the real from the supernatural, and one of the scary visions seen by the heroine Emily was a body in grave clothes, being eaten by worms. She really saw it, and the author reflects, "On such an object, it will be readily believed, that no person could endure to look twice." Is it a horrific supernatural vision, or is it a mere waxwork?

 

Shannon Bardwell: Rules about fishing

Posted 6/13/2011 in Columns

Sam has a passion for fishing. I was thinking about that while a local official was asking me questions about where and how Sam fishes. He oughta know that I can't tell him anything. It tickles me to hear Sam on the river and a fisherman idles up beside us.

 

Ask Rufus: Peaceful withdrawal: 'No personal antagonism'

Posted 6/11/2011 in Columns

 

 

Betty Stone: Crop circles?

Posted 6/10/2011 in Columns

Remember crop circles? Not too many years ago mysterious circles began to appear on crop lands in England, then later in the U.S. and perhaps elsewhere. I don't know; at the time I didn't give them much thought. But some people did.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Meet market

Posted 6/10/2011 in Columns

In one of my fantasies, I am a matchmaker. This is a big problem for Chris, because he is a strong proponent of minding-your-own-business. And that disparity in thinking is only one example of the vast differences between men and women.

 

 

Hardy: Pox

Posted 6/7/2011 in Columns

The generations that had had smallpox vaccination scars upon their arms are dying off. That scar might have served as something like a passport to get them into a new country, or it might have allowed them to enter school.

 

 

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