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Being Beautiful: Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow

Posted 11/19/2016 in Columns

"The hills are alive with the sound of music."



A Stone's Throw: She ain't what she used to be, but neither is it

Posted 11/13/2016 in Columns

I tried to go to a football game at Ole Miss recently; and, let me tell you, it ain't what it used to be.


Southern Gardening: Plant Telstar or Super Parfait dianthus now

Posted 11/13/2016 in Columns

Even though outside temperatures are still quite balmy, we are moving into winter.

Southern Gardening: Try Confederate Rose, a pass-along heirloom

Posted 11/5/2016 in Columns

Heirloom vegetables get their fair share of gardening attention, but many homeowners don't realize that some ornamental plants are considered heirlooms as well.


Being Beautiful: Will the real Tammy Wynette please stand up?

Posted 11/5/2016 in Columns

Purple rhinestones adorning Loretta Lynn, a red sequined gown showcasing Tammy Wynette's curves, and a giant jellyfish -- no, it's not just a vivid dream.



Being Beautiful: The best window seat in the world

Posted 10/29/2016 in Columns

The eyes are supposed to be the windows to the soul.



A Stone's Throw: What makes me great

Posted 10/29/2016 in Columns

My great-granddaughter, the first one in a new generation in our family, Mackenzie Loecher, was born Oct. 17.


Southern Gardening: Use containers to grow mobile citrus orchards

Posted 10/29/2016 in Columns

I like the changing of the seasons, as it means we get to plant a new set of color annuals like pansies, violas and dianthuses.

Southern Gardening: Plant violas in the fall for winter-long color

Posted 10/22/2016 in Columns

An important step in keeping year-round color in the garden and landscape is planting and transitioning the annual color plants.


Being Beautiful: Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Posted 10/22/2016 in Columns

One can say my best friend Chastity Hope and I have fallen together into what Dr. Seuss refers to as "mutual weirdness."



A Stone's Throw: Non-progressive progress

Posted 10/15/2016 in Columns

Not all change is progress.



Being Beautiful: Candy corn and bubble gum served with memories just as sweet

Posted 10/15/2016 in Columns

"Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat."


Southern Gardening: Ancient papyrus performs in Mississippi gardens

Posted 10/15/2016 in Columns

At the 43rd annual Ornamental Field Day at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville, one plant that drew a lot of attention was the exotic-looking King Tut papyrus.


Being Beautiful: Rewriting the pages of history

Posted 10/8/2016 in Columns


Southern Gardening: Plant Matrix pansies now for winter color

Posted 10/8/2016 in Columns

When I woke up Saturday morning, the cool air felt like getting a visit from an old friend.


A Stone's Throw: A touch of kindness

Posted 10/1/2016 in Columns

Having reached my present age, I have spent much of my allotted time in hospitals, even working in the laboratory of one for several years.


Southern Gardening: Shop now for colorful fall-blooming mums

Posted 10/1/2016 in Columns

I always enjoy the shift from summer to fall, but determining when the seasons actually change can be a bit confusing.


Being Beautiful: Having your cake and eating it, too

Posted 10/1/2016 in Columns

Last week I dug way down into an oversized cardboard box marked "fall decor from Mississippi," pulling out glittered pumpkins, ghords and fall leaves clinging to grapevine garlands almost as tightly as I cling to the memories of time gone by.



Being Beautiful: The art of finding me

Posted 9/24/2016 in Columns

I was that shy, awkward little boy in elementary school who lived for turning ordinary pinecones into colorful turkeys with just the help of Elmer's glue, construction paper and glitter.



A Stone's Throw: 'Shared' honeymoons

Posted 9/17/2016 in Columns

Whoever said, "Old age is not for sissies" really knew whereof he spoke.



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