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‘Green Acres’ is the life for me

Posted 6/3/2009 in Columns

Will miracles never cease? We boiled our first garden-grown potato recently! Only one, and I undercooked it, so we could only nibble it to be sure it was edible. How exciting. Well, it is for us, anyway.

 

 

Rob Hardy:‘But Wait ... There’s More’: The history of informercials

Posted 6/2/2009 in Columns

A fad for deregulation hit our country in the mid-1980s, and whether you think this was a good thing or a bad thing, it inarguably brought us late-night advertisements for the miracle Food Dehydrator, the Ronco Automatic Pasta Maker, spray-on-hair for balding persons, the Snuggie and colon cleanse based on Biblical principles.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Pork, parties and a portrait

Posted 5/30/2009 in Columns

Columbus seems encircled by celebration these days. Weddings, graduations, major events of all sorts call for an acknowledgement and a toast before moving on to the next chapter, the next goal. It’s always fun to help friends honor a joyful moment. Too often we meet at funerals or in times of tragedy.

 

 

Rob Hardy: When sports and war collide

Posted 5/26/2009 in Columns

Sports and nationalism often clash, and did so memorably when Adolf Hitler was in power. The story of how the four gold medals won by non-Aryan Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics embarrassed the Fuhrer has often been told. Of somewhat lesser renown is the 1936 heavyweight fight between Max Schmeling and Joe Louis, of which a German radio announcer said, “It is every German’s obligation to stay up tonight. Max will fight overseas with a Negro for the hegemony of the white race!”

 

 

Adele Elliott: Rehabilitation

Posted 5/22/2009 in Columns

The lyrics from a classic Linda Ronstadt song keep rolling through my head. “Heart like a wheel, when you bend it you can’t mend it.”

 

 

Betty Stone: Spring reunions

Posted 5/22/2009 in Columns

It’s that time of year again. People are returning to their roots, gathering for class reunions. May seems to be the busiest month for that, with autumn homecomings and Christmas holidays trailing slightly.

 

 

Rob Hardy: History’s millenial worries

Posted 5/20/2009 in Columns

It wasn’t so long ago that we were all fascinated with the change of millennium, jumping into the two thousands of years. There were worries: Everyone with a computer remembers that shortcuts by 20th-century programmers were supposed to mean computers would crash when they unexpectedly came across years with a first digit of two rather than of one. It’s interesting that our worries with the big date change were technological. They didn’t come to pass.

 

 

Anne Freeze: Eggsellent food for thought

Posted 5/20/2009 in Columns

What do you get when you cross 750 hard-boiled eggs with five Episcopalian women? (Drum roll, please.) You get 1,300 deviled eggs!

 

 

Adele Elliott: Pain management

Posted 5/15/2009 in Columns

I’ve thought a lot about pain this week. Monday started with a trip to the dentist. A tooth extraction left one more hole in my head and a deep gouge in my finances. Thank goodness for Harriet Gilliam at Medical Arts Pharmacy, who kindly led me to the affordable, generic versions of my prescriptions and to a steady seat.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Compelling historical narrative of Spartacus exciting, satisfying

Posted 5/12/2009 in Columns

You know the name Spartacus, probably from the many fictional descriptions of his life, especially Kirk Douglas playing the title role in the 1960 film by Stanley Kubrick. There are novels about him, too, and a ballet by Khachaturian. Ronald Reagan was no scholar of Roman history, but in an address in Britain, he referred to the rebellious slave Spartacus as a symbol of the fight against totalitarianism. Spartacus’s name seems as if it will resound forever, and so a case could be made that we ought to know more about him than the “facts” presented in a Hollywood biopic.

 

 

Betty Stone: In defense of a heroine

Posted 5/10/2009 in Columns

I have hesitated to write about the Mississippi University for Women name change because I have mixed feelings. Something surfaced, however, that I feel compelled to comment on.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Oh, Mama!

Posted 5/9/2009 in Columns

Today we honor mothers of all sorts, and not a moment too soon. I’m not sure I could stomach another sticky-sweet ad featuring pink, cubic zirconia, hearts and corny text. Does anyone’s mother ever look like those models wearing inexpensive jewelry, and in rapture over a bottle of drug-store fragrance?

 

 

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.

 

 

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