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David Creel: Painting the town beautiful

Posted 3/20/2010 in Columns

Whoever said making up was hard to do? It’s a cinch, especially with all of the makeup brushes available now.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Prom fight

Posted 3/20/2010 in Columns

Mississippi is in the national news, again. Sometimes it seems that we only get press for embarrassing things, like being one of the fattest states, or the least literate.

 

Rufus Ward: What is the oldest house in Columbus?

Posted 3/20/2010 in Columns

Last week Marion asked: “What is the oldest surviving house in Columbus?”

 

Adele Elliott: Saving time

Posted 3/13/2010 in Columns

I love the concept of saving daylight. It makes me think of that old Jim Croce song, “Time In A Bottle.” Both are lovely ideas, an odd mixing of magic and miracle.

 

 

David Creel: Yellow, yellow everywhere!

Posted 3/13/2010 in Columns

Buttercups are popping up everywhere on the Southside. Okay, buttercups are not exclusive to my neck of the woods and are, in fact, beginning to bloom all over the South, from my mama’s little country roadside in my hometown of Richton to my old stomping grounds all over Jackson.

 

 

David Creel: Happy Birthday, my beautiful friend

Posted 3/6/2010 in Columns

She is, quite simply, the personification of class. She doesn’t need to shout to be heard. When she speaks, people intuitively listen.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: Backroads and hellos

Posted 3/6/2010 in Columns

“I once was lost But now I’m found.” “Amazing Grace,” by John Newton I can get lost anywhere. I have no sense of direction.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Giving a hoot

Posted 3/6/2010 in Columns

We had an owl emergency in our neighborhood last weekend. My neighbor, “Farmer” Greg, found an injured bird on his property in Artesia.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Scotty

Posted 2/27/2010 in Columns

This week the world seemed a bit quieter. Columbus is saying goodbye to a favorite, truly beloved, adopted son. His name is Scotty Daniels. Most of us knew him as Scotty D.

 

 

Lelia Kelly: Chase away winter blues with blooming houseplants

Posted 2/27/2010 in Columns

This time of year can be hard on gardeners.

 

 

Betty Stone: People to admire

Posted 2/27/2010 in Columns

Recently, Pearl Holt died. I did not know her well, only in passing.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Forty days, no cookies

Posted 2/27/2010 in Columns

 

 

David Creek: Lipstick has come a long way, baby!

Posted 2/27/2010 in Columns

Did you know the history of “lipstick” began with Cleopatra VII, ancient Egypt’s last pharaoh, who reigned between 51 and 30 B.C. and is perhaps most famous for her romances with Roman hotties Julius Caesar and Mark Antony?

 

Rufus Ward: Tombigbee River: What does it mean?

Posted 2/27/2010 in Columns

I recently spoke to the Rotary Club in Columbus about steamboats on the Tombigbee River. That presentation resulted in my being questioned about the origin of the name Tombigbee. “Where did that name come from and what does it mean?”

 

Adele Elliott: Lent

Posted 2/20/2010 in Columns

I am packing up my Mardi Gras décor, storing ornaments and masks and beads in a well-marked box until next year. It is with great reluctance that I put these things out of sight. Chris and I never get tired of the fleur de lis, or that weird color combination of purple, green and gold.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Leaping lizards

Posted 2/20/2010 in Columns

Sometimes you can’t go to the river to fish. It’s too high or too muddy or too cold; it’s too late or too something. That’s when Sam and I started fishing in the prairie pond. I had to learn a different kind of fishing because there’s no crappie in the prairie pond.

 

 

David Creel: The little black dress

Posted 2/20/2010 in Columns

Think Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as the minx becomes the young lover. Think Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, especially the pre-Onassis period. Think Jane Wyman descending the stairs of Falcon Crest as the grand dame of 1980s television or your own mother preparing for a country club luncheon with the girls.

 

 

Rob Hardy: And they were wonderful teachers

Posted 2/16/2010 in Columns

When we think of the American witch hunts of the 1950s, we are right to remember Joe McCarthy and the un-American pursuit of citizens who didn’t have the right political ideas. There were other sides to the persecutions, however, less famous but still historically significant.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Secret loves

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns

February is a romantic month, or so they tell us.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: To catch an angler

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns

Cleaning out some boxes I ran across a yearbook Mississippi College had compiled for incoming freshman. Each student submitted a photograph and a bio.

 

 

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