Unless the success of future generations relies on having dexterous thumbs, it is probably more important than ever that today's connected kids learn to make their own fun.
As I read about Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammed, the well-known prophets, I find all of them were depicted as humans and surprisingly all of them originated in the desert lands of the Middle East.
During his speech Monday at the Starkville Rotary Club, Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum posed a few questions to his audience.
"If you look at Trump in America and Bolsonaro in Brazil, you see that people want politicians that do what they promise," said Spanish businessman Juan Carlos Perez Carreno.
Forty years ago, in one of those Midwestern cities where flat avenues end in clusters of convenience stores, I worked as a janitor.
It may surprise many, but both conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, all want pretty much the same things. The difference is in how to attain the desired goals. Sometimes neither side has the right or best answer, but a true compromise between the opposing sides would work best.
Both of America's great national parties are coalitions. But it is the Democratic Party that never ceases to celebrate diversity -- racial, religious, ethnic, cultural -- as its own and as America's "greatest strength."
Stepping outside at twilight, a whishing and whirling of hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of blackbirds could be heard as the birds were twirling across the sky. For a moment they may rest in the treetops or light on the ground, nosing under dry leaves.
So Amazon chose Valentine's Day to announce its breakup with New York City. No, it will not build a new headquarters in Queens as planned. Who is to blame for the split, the tech behemoth or grouchy New Yorkers? If one must choose, I'd say Amazon.
The first steamboat arrived at Columbus in 1823. For almost 100 years they were the principal means of shipping and passenger service along the Upper Tombigbee River.
Social media has its dangers and drawbacks. It is often a source of misinformation, deception and scams and can often appeal to the worst in our nature through cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking and exploitation and crimes against children.
She tweeted that "men are not women," and for that, Meghan Murphy, feminist journalist, was banned from Twitter.
The prospect of a movie star eating at a local restaurant or a movie being filmed in your home town is appealing to most people. Yet it shouldn't be funded by taxpayers.
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