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105 and going strong

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columns

I drove to Starkville to interview Elizabeth Gwin, who is a vital 105 years old.

 

Timeless advice from Coco Chanel

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columns

Shanna Head is a lively, youthful spirit with a contagious laugh who fills any room with fun. So when she got spring fever, I did, too! Through several seasons, Shanna has worn her hair long, and much to my surprise she confessed she never had highlights, ever.

Calibrachoa, verbena bring summer colors

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columns

The dreary conditions of winter have made me ready for the warm days of spring and summer. I've been giving a lot thought to the types of plants that provide maximum color with minimum effort.

 

Adele Elliott: Erin go bragh

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columns

Tomorrow we will celebrate the feast day of Saint Patrick, and all things Irish. No matter your provenance, on March 17 everyone may claim to be a child of the Emerald Isle. St. Patrick must have been quite a guy. He is the symbol of Ireland, and credited with driving out snakes.

 

 

Being Beautiful: All eyes on, well, beautiful eyes

Posted 3/9/2014 in Columns

On Sunday, March 2, all eyes were on the flowing Prada gown worn by Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars, but when the lights dimmed, among the movie stars of a certain age, more attention was probably being paid to finding ways to have younger eyes.

 

Southern Gardening: Shamrocks are good landscape additions

Posted 3/9/2014 in Columns

With St. Patrick's Day almost here, I'm reminded of the good old days trying to find lucky four-leaf clovers in my lawn as a kid. Of course, some years it was hard because clover is a weed and my dad would spray to get rid of them.

 

Adele Elliott: Slippery lips

Posted 3/9/2014 in Columns

"A slip of the lip can sink a ship." That was a well-known axiom during the 1940s, when the world was at war.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Getting frostbitten and sunburned on the same day

Posted 3/1/2014 in Columns

The pansies are fading away. The daffodils are almost in full bloom. This could only be a sign that winter is on the way out, making way for spring.

 

 

Local Landscapes: A time of renewal: pruning shrubs

Posted 3/1/2014 in Columns

As warmer weather fills the air, calls are pouring into county Extension offices with anxious gardeners who are ready to work. Whether it is pruning plants, spraying and pulling weeds, or just cleaning up the landscape, they are ready to begin.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Laissez les bons temps rouler

Posted 3/1/2014 in Columns

Tuesday, March 4, will be an ordinary day almost every place in the world -- except in New Orleans.

 

 

A Stone's throw: Off to the ASF

Posted 3/1/2014 in Columns

As I closed my overnight case and took it to the car, I kept thinking to myself, "This should be interesting, but I really cannot think there could be anything entertaining about the Mississippi River flood of 1927."

 

 

Being Beautiful: Say cheese: 'Selfies' make you the photographer

Posted 2/22/2014 in Columns

The selfie was the Internet craze of 2013, and self-portraits of everyone from the president to Grand Peggy are showing up in my Instagram and Facebook feeds well into 2014.

 

 

Adele Elliott: What the frack?

Posted 2/22/2014 in Columns

Please tell me that winter is over. Oh, I know the forecast for the coming week predicts that temperatures will drop back into the 20s. But, they could be wrong. Cross your fingers.

 

Southern Gardening: Medallion winners include flower, fruit and vegetable

Posted 2/15/2014 in Columns

While American athletes are headed for the winner's podium at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, a flowering perennial, a vegetable and a fruit made the podium as 2014 Mississippi Medallion winners. These are going to be some outstanding plants for our Mississippi gardens.

 

Adele Elliott: Bad news

Posted 2/15/2014 in Columns

The press must be overwhelmingly happy these days. There is a mountain of bad news.

 

 

A Stone's throw: Sparkle gone

Posted 2/15/2014 in Columns

Some of the sparkle went out of the world this past week with the death of Sylvia Higginbotham.

 

Being Beautiful: The Oscar-worthy makeover goes to ... you?

Posted 2/15/2014 in Columns

Women of all ages are falling in love with one of the year's most daring trends: short hair.

 

Adele Elliott: On the road again

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columns

Chris and I have been without a car, on and off, since Thanksgiving. The only reason that we had food in the house (especially pet food), is because of our generous neighbors, Jyl Barefield and Greg Nayden. They chauffeured us to the grocery, to the Miller Marine party, and to the drugstore to pick up my meds.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Valentine ideas for the guys, from the guys

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columns

Recently, I was going through boxes of my mama's old photographs when I found all the valentines she had tucked away from years gone by.

 

 

A Stone's throw: Eighty-eight times eight

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columns

It is a shame that I cannot write about something that I have done before I do it, so that if it is good, I can recommend it to readers. I do not get to go to sneak previews very often, however; I just have to write after the fact.

 

 

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