If ever I felt like Mother Goose, it was that day. A duck was tucked against my chest; my arms were wrapped tightly around her. I wanted her to feel the beating of my heart. I whispered to her, "You're OK."
When I was a city employee it was always extremely frustrating to hear a resident complain about the high taxes that citizens of Starkville paid.
The psychological explanation for what happened to Catherine Ferreira is neat and tidy and sounds like reason.
Everywhere you go there is the South. The woman at the motel desk this morning in Effingham grew up in New Orleans. Her late husband was from Alabama. Her great granddad was governor of the state of Louisiana, Gov. Nicholls. Julia Street, where you find many of New Orleans' art galleries, was named after her grandmother. (There is a Gov. Nicholls Street -- and wharf -- at the downriver end of the French Quarter.)
Today as we celebrate our nation's 238th birthday, our attention naturally turns to the Founding Fathers, those great patriots who fashioned this unique republic.
Every four years, at some point in the presidential campaign, one candidate says something that leads the other to accuse him (or her) of challenging his (or her) patriotism, and then we have a 48-hour spat over who called who unpatriotic, and then we go back to the usual political game in which talking heads viciously attack each other 24/7.
We Americans have readily fulfilled John Adams' exhortation, in a letter to his wife, that Independence Day "ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells. Bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other. ... "
Relax. This is not a slippery slope. So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court's latest disastrous decision.
This morning, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees met for a second round of interviews with its two superintendent finalists.
Mitt Romney said it, and on Monday the Supreme Court upheld it: Corporations are people, my friend.
This afternoon, the United States plays Belgium in the World Cup. A win would send the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in the modern era. In three matches, the USA's success has been met with growing enthusiasm in a nation where football -- American football, that is -- reigns supreme.
Trying to change people's attitudes about snakes is about as easy as convincing an Ole Miss fan to cheer for State -- nearly impossible. Seeing a man at the Riverwalk "subdue" a harmless (non-venomous) 5' rat snake with a large branch a few weeks back drove this point home.
The summary moment of Barack Obama's foreign policy came in August 2013 during a consequential stroll.
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