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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.

 

 

Betty Stone: Valentine love

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns

 

 

David Creel: If I could turn back time

Posted 2/14/2010 in Columns

Beauty is ageless.

 

 

David Creel: Saving and beauty can go hand in hand

Posted 2/9/2010 in Columns

If green is truly the new black, and since everyone from my 71-year-old mama to my 17-year-old niece begins ands ends every conversation talking about saving money, then 2010 could very well be the year for smart shopping. And that’s nothing to blush about.

 

 

David Creel: Every day can be a good hair day

Posted 2/9/2010 in Columns

With hundreds, if not thousands, of hairstylists chiseling, combing and coiffing the locks of ladies from the small town barber shops and beauty parlors to the swankiest of “citified” salons and image studios, I ask myself the same question that lots of first-time clients have asked me. Underwhelmed or downright displeased with their last cut, they sit in a new stylist’s chair and ask: “Why can’t I get a good haircut?”

 

 

Rob Hardy: A history of service

Posted 2/9/2010 in Columns

From Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” to Robert Altman’s “Gosford Park,” the English country house plays a role in the imagination as it has in English society and history. It is a role that has changed greatly over the centuries, as has the role of the servants who ran the places.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Incommunicado 

Posted 2/6/2010 in Columns

We are united by jillions of connections, visible and invisible. You can call it a network, or the World Wide Web, or links. But, no matter, we are tangled in a labyrinth that no one really understands.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Life’s not a picnic

Posted 2/6/2010 in Columns

In my family, life was a picnic. Everything we did as a family somehow revolved around eating. As a young girl my dad would take me to hunting camp with him and the extended family. Everyone was loaded in jeeps and pickups; each hunter supplied with a brown paper bag filled with breakfast biscuits (the homemade kind) sausage, ham, cheese, assorted snacks and a thermos of hot coffee.

 

 

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