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Shannon Bardwell: The silver case

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columns

During World War II my dad purchased a small silver case in India. One side has a crude etching of India-Bombay, Delhi and Calcutta, the Taj Mahal on the other side. Dad was well known for buying crafts from neighborhood children; they flocked to our door with their wares. Dad certainly would have purchased a small silver case from a street child. I wonder about that child.

 

Rufus Ward: Common flowers native to the Golden Triangle

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columns

Spring has arrived with its vivid display of color and that has brought a question. Which of our common flowers are native to this area? That is not a question I can address from the view of a botanist, but I can address it as a historian. There are a number of early accounts that describe the flora of the Golden Triangle.

 

Rob Hardy: "Culture of Plague"

Posted 4/1/2010 in Columns

The Black Death struck Europe in the 14th century, killing hundreds of millions of people.

 

 

Rob Hardy: "An Entirely Synthetic Fish"

Posted 3/30/2010 in Columns

I know little about fish or fishing, but I know fisherman like to go for rainbow trout, a good fish to have at the end of your line or to have in your frying pan.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Good ’ol boys

Posted 3/27/2010 in Columns

Once upon a time, I was a Catholic. The churches were beautiful then. They were cool and dark, filled with flickering candles, the aromas of incense and burning wax, and life-sized statues of saints. I loved those statues, and, in the spring, placed small bouquets of pink roses at their plaster feet.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Promise land

Posted 3/27/2010 in Columns

The garden has been tilled. We mixed in sand left over from a construction job to loosen up the prairie clay.

 

 

Rob Hardy: The big heist

Posted 3/22/2010 in Columns

The heist movie is a Hollywood standard, so when a real heist is made, it is necessary for those telling about the real heist to compare it to the movie versions. Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell have repeatedly done this in “Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History “(Union Square Press). They repeatedly refer to the 2001 remake “Ocean’s Eleven” when telling the story of the 2003 burglary of an office called the Diamond Center in the heart of the Diamond District in Antwerp.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Mimicry and camouflage

Posted 3/22/2010 in Columns

Some animals like to sport bright colors, as if they want to be seen. Others favor drab colors, as if they want to blend in and avoid recognition. There must be advantages to both strategies. Soldiers used to sport bright red clothing in the field, and now tend to go with grey and olive blotches, if they are in forest, and beige spotty patterns if they are on sand.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Computer dummy

Posted 3/20/2010 in Columns

I know I’m too stupid to have a computer, and I really don’t care; but if I want to keep one finger in the world I have to have one.

 

 

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.

 

 

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