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Jeff Wilson: Make the most of fall planting

Posted 10/20/2012 in Columns

Two of the most exciting activities in the fall are cheering on our favorite team and gardening. As temperatures begin to drop and rains become more frequent, some of us get excited about working in the garden again.


Salutations in stone: A Canadian in Columbus shares an Inuit tradition

Posted 10/17/2012 in Columns

Ross Whitwam can't resist a pile of rubble. With stones, bits of brick and chunks of concrete, the Mississippi University for Women biology professor proves that one man's debris is another man's medium.


David Creel: Broaching an embarrassing topic to solve a pesky problem

Posted 10/13/2012 in Columns

The state fair is in Jackson with all the joys of the season, from candied apples to deep-fried Oreos, but unfortunately I hear tell of another not so joyous seasonal visitor ... lice.



Adele Elliott: Columbus has been invaded by bats! Oh, my!

Posted 10/13/2012 in Columns

If this were the beginning of a scary movie that may be a terrible thing. Who can forget the terror that sweet little birds unleashed on a small California town in "The Birds"? Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 movie made us suspicious of everything from canaries to birds of prey. (I'll always remember the image of Suzanne Pleshette, as the grammar school teacher, lying dead and bloody on the school's front steps.)


A Columbus teen combines enterprise with her love for horses

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columns

Kadee was wearing cowboy boots that weren't just for show. Those cowboy boots knew their way around a horse. Her jeans were tucked into her boots; she looked rangy and strong.


Adele Elliott: Poison pens

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columns

This has been a bizarre week in my little part of the world.



{Nourish} Torch more fat: fasted morning cardio

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columns

I'm excited to share with you a little something new I've added to my training: fasted morning cardio. Simply put, fasted morning cardio is low-intensity cardio performed in the morning before you put any food in your pie hole.



Strummin': Remembering Duff

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columns

Jerry Lee "Duff" Dorrough passed away Wednesday in Ruleville. He'd had a tough last year or two. He fought the good fight.


Southern gardening: Dianthus spice up fall gardens, salads

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columns

Gardeners getting ready for fall planting should consider dianthus, a versatile group of plants that grow well in Mississippi gardens and landscapes.

'High stakes': Baskerville Manor, with its colorful past and bright future, is part of fall's Tour of Homes

Posted 9/29/2012 in Columns

It must have been quite a night, in late 1868, when Marcellus Hatch wagered his lovely Columbus home in a poker game. While there is no documented evidence to prove the story, legend has it that Hatch and Richard E. Moore had been gambling into the wee hours, when Hatch put up the house against Moore's Prairie plantation.


{Nourish} Eat healthy on the cheap

Posted 9/29/2012 in Columns

One huge misconception about weight loss that just drives me crazy is that eating healthy is too expensive. Umm, think again!



Being beautiful: Being beautiful isn't just for sissies

Posted 9/29/2012 in Columns

It's raining men, hallelujah, it's raining men. Well, maybe not, but at least this season men are paying more attention to a beauty routine all their own.


Southern Gardening: Mississippi landscapes

Posted 9/29/2012 in Columns

For more than 30 years, those interested in home horticulture have been found at two events in early October that showcase landscapes and gardens.


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."


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