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A Stone's Throw: See ya later, alligator

Posted 11/8/2014 in Columns

What is it about some perfectly nice people that gives them an affinity for alligators?

 

Southern Gardening: Ornamental cabbage, kale give winter color

Posted 11/8/2014 in Columns

Last weekend, the thermometer in my garden got down to the low 30s and left me wondering if I've seen the last of my tomatoes and peppers.

Southern Gardening: Top plants earn the 2015 Mississippi Medallions

Posted 11/1/2014 in Columns

Many Southerners (in general) and Mississippians (in particular) base their new plant selections on the annual recommendations from the Mississippi Medallion Selection Committee.

 

Being Beautiful: Paint your puckers bold for fall

Posted 11/1/2014 in Columns

One of my favorite toys as a child was my Crayola Caddy.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Channel your inner diva this holiday season

Posted 10/25/2014 in Columns

Everyone loves to sparkle; well, almost everyone.

 

 

A Stone's Throw: Can an unreconstructed Yankee find happiness in the South?

Posted 10/25/2014 in Columns

When Trudy Gildea had barely moved to Columbus from New York State, she went uptown to Alford's Drug Store, bought a copy of The New York Times, took it home and began combing the want ads for jobs in New York.

 

 

Southern Gardening: Give gardens gift of organic matter

Posted 10/25/2014 in Columns

Gardens and landscapes work really hard to give us so much beauty and bounty, so sometimes it's nice for gardeners to give something back to the earth.

 

 

Being Beautiful: From corn dogs and funnel cakes to mascara and lip liner

Posted 10/18/2014 in Columns

Last weekend I put on my Nike sneakers and sunblock to enjoy and to battle the Mississippi State Fair with my great-niece. It was hot!

 

 

Being Beautiful: Of egrets and sailboats missed while checking in on Facebook

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columns

Let's face it. Social media, especially Facebook, has changed the way we do almost everything.

 

 

A Stone's Throw: A beautiful garden

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columns

When people drive by Lola Atkins's house in Columbus, they usually slow down.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Hair color goes bold and spicy for fall

Posted 10/4/2014 in Columns

Nothing says fall quite like a spice cake, and my mama's homemade recipe was my favorite.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Chrysanthemums, candy corn, and football mean fall in Mississippi

Posted 9/27/2014 in Columns

The temperatures are falling, along with the pine straw in my front yard, which can only mean it's my favorite time of the year. Chrysanthemums, pumpkins, candy corn -- all mark the season for so many of us here in the South.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Your true colors are beautiful like a rainbow

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columns

I laugh at rules. I am that guy who dances to the beat of his own drum.

 

 

Being Beautiful: If it's collecting dust, it's not a collector's item

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columns

I am a collector. Ask anyone who knows me, and you will find out that I can't throw anything away.

 

Southern Gardening: Select Matrix, Delta pansies for pretty winter landscapes

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columns

As I was browsing through the garden center this weekend, I saw the first display of pansies for the upcoming fall and winter season. I consider this a positive sign as we are all still sweltering with the summer heat.

 

A Stone's Throw: School dazed

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columns

Seeing students going back to school got me to thinking. If we have done nothing else, my family has covered a lot of territory.

 

 

Local Landscapes: Make the most of fall planting

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columns

Two of the most exciting activities in the fall are cheering on our favorite team and gardening.

 

 

Being Beautiful: An old favorite made new again

Posted 9/6/2014 in Columns

It was Mama who had the first permanent wave of my life, all those years ago at Shirley's Beauty Shop downtown where women gathered to get the most modern hairstyles of the day.

 

 

Being Beautiful: What do tomato soup and lipstick have in common?

Posted 8/30/2014 in Columns

Several years ago, I fell asleep on the sofa only to be awakened by the sound of the QVC home shopping network, every light in the house turned on, and Mama flailing her arms in the air. I wasn't dreaming.

 

 

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