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Anne Freeze: Sir Antony

Posted 5/6/2009 in Columns

Recently I wrote that I had heard of the closing of Sir Antony’s near Pontotoc. I was distressed to be told that the major reason for this was due to “no-shows,” customers who make reservations and simply don’t show up.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Planting seeds

Posted 5/1/2009 in Columns

Our perfect spring is quickly melting into the sauna that is summer. It won’t be long before Chris and I will be forced to abandon our late-afternoon alfresco chats with the neighbors, cultivating friendships.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: ‘Never take a job’

Posted 5/1/2009 in Columns

“If I had your hand, I’d throw mine in.” Those are the words of encouragement I gave one of my best pals a few days ago during what turned out to be a pretty somber visit. His job is going away. I had to remind him that he is super intelligent and has a laundry list of accomplishments he couldn’t fit on a four-page resumé.

 

 

Betty Stone: ¿Pueblo chico, infierno grande?

Posted 4/24/2009 in Columns

Let me introduce you to my grandson, Douglas McRae, who is serving a 27-month assignment in Peru as a health volunteer. I thought my readers might like to know something about what it is like to do that, so I asked him to share his experiences with us. It is new to me, too. What he sent me follows.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Welcome Center

Posted 4/24/2009 in Columns

In the South we are known for our warmth and hospitality. It doesn’t matter if someone asks for directions, or advice on where to get great barbecue, or just says “hi” as they walk through our lovely streets. In this part of the world, and especially in Columbus, we are eager to respond. In fact, we sometimes wish there were more opportunities to illustrate why we are called “The Friendly City.”

 

 

Anne Freeze: Ahh, spring is here!

Posted 4/22/2009 in Columns

First, an addition to my column on coconut. Marleen Hansen has told me you can purchase lemongrass in Columbus from Lemon Grass Oriental Foods at 153 Priscella Circle (off Mike Parra Road). I haven’t been there, but I thought I’d pass this tidbit on. For that matter, Joy’s next to the Sunflower across from Lee Middle School may also have lemongrass.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Captains courageous

Posted 4/17/2009 in Columns

There are days when the news seems surreal. So often we wonder if we really understood what we heard or read. “Pirates Off the Coast of Somalia.” “Airliner Lands on the Hudson River.”

 

 

Roger Truesdale: It can’t be just luck ... or can it?

Posted 4/17/2009 in Columns

Before you begin reading this Sunday’s interesting and informative “Strummin’,” you should know that I’m lucky.

 

 

Betty Stone: Another take on the point of view

Posted 4/10/2009 in Columns

In my last column I passed along a story of Tom Hardy illustrating how an incident can be seen from two points of view. Coincidentally, about the same time Linda Lodato shared with me an illustration of how time can produce two different points of view.

 

 

Adele Elliott: A personal pilgrimage

Posted 4/10/2009 in Columns

I have had the great good fortune of loving two cities that other people find fascinating. Both Columbus and New Orleans are beautiful, and rich with history. They are much desired destinations for those who live in generic places where life has a sameness and the houses are unnamed.

 

 

Anne Freeze: Spring memories ... of coconut?

Posted 4/8/2009 in Columns

For the past week or two coconut cake has been on my mind, and I’m not quite sure why. Not just any old generic coconut cake, but my mother’s. She did not bake cakes often, just the rum cakes for Christmas presents and a cake for birthdays.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Tripping

Posted 4/4/2009 in Columns

They say you can’t go home again. This is probably quite true. But, every once in a while, Chris and I make a journey that is lovely and bittersweet.

 

 

Betty Stone: It all depends on the point of view

Posted 3/28/2009 in Columns

Tom Hardy is a friend who is a good raconteur and who has a long history in Columbus. Recently he shared the following story with me. I could not improve on it, so I’ll let him tell it himself: “Recently I was driving down Seventh Street South and saw an old water oak tree, between the street and the sidewalk, which brought to mind an incident that has remained in my memory for nearly 80 years.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Love and smoke

Posted 3/28/2009 in Columns

We fall in love for mysterious reasons. I fell I love with my husband because he said kind things about his boss, and because my knees got weak when he hugged me. That love had nothing to do with wealth or status. It was an intuitive knowing that this man was something special. I proposed to Chris four months after we met and have never regretted one second of our marriage.

 

 

Anne Freeze: Hummus — versatile, healthy

Posted 3/25/2009 in Columns

First, a correction and some amplification on my last column: Thank you to Scott McKenzie, of the Mississippi University for Women Culinary Arts Institute, and local restaurateur Sarah Labensky for noticing my mistake on the author of “Larousse Gastronomique.” It was Prosper Montagne who penned the first edition of this work.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: The Delta Music Institute road trip

Posted 3/20/2009 in Columns

A couple of Saturdays ago a singing pal of mine and I took a day trip over through the Delta. The drawing card was a concert to celebrate the start-up of the Delta Music Institute (DMI) at my old alma mater, Delta State University. 

 

 

Adele Elliott: Take me to your readers

Posted 3/20/2009 in Columns

There was a time when almost every science fiction film featured a scene where the spacemen landed and said, “Take me to your leader.”

 

 

Adele Elliott: Ides of March

Posted 3/14/2009 in Columns

Mother Nature seems to be playing some April Fool’s pranks on Columbus. The gags are all the more unexpected, since this is still only mid-March.

 

 

Betty Stone: A little bit of learning

Posted 3/14/2009 in Columns

Since my last column I have had a birthday. It wasn’t one of the big ones; I’ll probably have to have someone come to hold my hand for that. Nevertheless, it was big enough to make me reflect on what I’ve learned in these many years — or, if I have managed to learn anything.

 

 

If you don’t know your grattons from your gravenche

Posted 3/11/2009 in Columns

I was asked a question the other day, sort of as one foodie to another. The question was, “Do you know what a ‘finishing oil’ is?” The questioner had heard a TV chef use this term. The chef was plattering a steak and told the viewers she was going to put a little finishing oil on top.

 

 

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