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Ask Rufus: Rommel's Afrika Korps was just down the road

Posted 9/12/2010 in Columns

Aliceville, Ala., was the site of one of the largest prisoner of war camps in the United States during World War II. Construction of Camp Aliceville began in August 1942 and the first prisoner of war arrived in June 1943.

 

Rob Hardy: "A Brief History of Nakedness"

Posted 9/7/2010 in Columns

If you are like me, you take off all your clothes in order to change into other clothes, to bathe, to sleep, or to make love. You do not get naked to advance your religion, nor promote a good harvest, nor to support a political or social cause, nor gain money, nor participate in artistic display.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Eccentricity runs in families

Posted 9/4/2010 in Columns

Sam and I attended the wedding of my cousin, Mandy Powell. Momma and her nine siblings were from Natchez. Then "Powell" came to visit one day and stayed.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Storms

Posted 9/4/2010 in Columns

The Atlantic Ocean is bubbling and boiling with storms. The names Earl and Fiona hardly sound threatening. However, they are turning the ocean waters into a witches' cauldron, swirling and smoky. As I write this, there are none in the Gulf, but that may change soon.

 

 

Betty Stone: Leaving Sunflower

Posted 9/4/2010 in Columns

Later this week, Sept. 10, Maxine Mason will retire from the Sunflower Store on Military Road. She has worked there for 31 years, 28 of them as manager. Now she says she and her husband, Bill, want to do some traveling, "while we still can."

 

 

David Creel: The Hairdo Hall of Fame

Posted 9/4/2010 in Columns

Aunt Trucene had a flair for hair. Backcombing was her specialty. I hear tell that her beehives could and did hold their own through several hurricane-force winds back in the early 1970s.

 

 

Anne Freeze: Goodies out there, to share

Posted 9/1/2010 in Columns

A week ago Terry and I drove to Chattanooga, Tenn., for a wonderful weekend. The impetus for the trip was another of the Southern Foodways Alliance event, this time a Potlikker Film Festival held at Warehouse Row in Chattanooga. Two of my favorite people (who happen to be married) live on Lookout Mountain, so we needed little incentive to go.

 

 

Rob Hardy: "Flight of the Century"

Posted 8/31/2010 in Columns

There are a number of aeronautical or aerospace accomplishments that might be called "the flight of the century."

 

 

Rob Hardy: "Hunting Evil"

Posted 8/31/2010 in Columns

With the end of the Second World War, there was much that had to be repaired, and among the human repairs that were needed was hunting the former Nazis that joined the teeming displaced masses.

 

 

Rob Hardy: "Golden Gate"

Posted 8/31/2010 in Columns

The Golden Gate Bridge is on anyone's list of the most beautiful bridges, and is one of the most spectacular of engineering and artistic achievements.

 

 

Rob Hardy: "Digging up the Dead"

Posted 8/31/2010 in Columns

There is something different about a person after the person dies. The once-living flesh rots away, and turns into dust which is made up of elements that are no different from elements everywhere else.

 

 

David Creel: Gifts with purchase and without

Posted 8/29/2010 in Columns

I grew up the youngest of four boys in a small country town just east of Hattiesburg, with dirt roads beneath my bare feet and where cutoffs were a positive fashion statement. My older brothers are Richard, John and Tony -- good old American names, I have always thought.

 

 

Jeff Wilson: Armyworms and weeds: Turf nemesis

Posted 8/29/2010 in Columns

It's been a long, hot summer here in north Mississippi, and your turf is probably showing the wear of the season. You've watered on a regular basis and kept the grass alive, but you still have a few weeds that refuse to leave. With one more push, you can finally be rid of these pesky weeds and get that front yard clean again, maybe.

 

Rufus Ward: A first-hand account of Grierson's Cavalry Raid of 1863

Posted 8/29/2010 in Columns

One of the most famous calvary exploits of the Civil War was the Union calvary raid through Mississippi by Col. B.H.Grierson in 1863. The raid has been the subject of several books and even a John Wayne movie, "The Horse Soldiers."

 

Adele Elliott: Courtesy

Posted 8/29/2010 in Columns

I've been thinking about courtesy lately. It started with a conversation with my friend, Marleen Hansen. She lamented the decline in table manners. "People don't know basic etiquette, like using the silverware and napkins that are provided," she said. "Everyone eats with their hands!"

 

 

Rob Hardy: 'Digging Up the Dead'

Posted 8/23/2010 in Columns

There is something different about a person after the person dies. The once-living flesh rots away, and turns into dust which is made up of elements that are no different from elements everywhere else.

 

 

Adele Elliott: No dead readers

Posted 8/21/2010 in Columns

This summer has been too hot for words ... literally! The "No Dead Authors" programs have been on vacation. But, have no fear, this series of literary readings/afternoon salons/book signings returns in September.

 

 

Betty Stone: The Rochambelles

Posted 8/21/2010 in Columns

 

 

David Creel: Start swimming the moat!

Posted 8/21/2010 in Columns

"Eat. Pray. Love." These three powerful words are on a lot of lips this season, due in large part to the New York Times bestseller by that name and now Julia Roberts' stellar performance on the big screen.

 

Ask Rufus: The Columbus Opera House

Posted 8/21/2010 in Columns

Several people have asked me if Columbus ever had an opera house. It not only did but many will remember it as the old Varsity Theatre which burned in the 1970s.

 

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