Blockbuster books like "Wild" and "Gone Girl" get so much attention that we forget other authors are out there busting their blocks trying to sell a few stories written without murders and mayhem. I received a couple of quietly wonderful books as gifts, and I have to share the news in case The Times neglects to review them. They deserve attention, too.
A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punch lines. Life isn't a comedy. It's a joke.
It's one of the best-known lines of any English-language poet -- Robert Burns' reflection on the upper-class church lady who doesn't realize there's a louse crawling around on her bonnet. "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us!"
The Starkville Board of Aldermen has slowed down the Cadence train, but it remains on the tracks despite all the evidence that it should be derailed.
I wanted to do something for my country during the holidays, so I went to the movies.
Clearly, the college football season is far too long.
The New Year has not yet arrived, although we can see it poking its head up just beyond the horizon.
One outcome of and proof for ideological polarization is the way it has made stalwarts appear like centrists.
Tomorrow will be the last day of 2014. How you view the year depends largely on what happened on a personal level.
It's not unfair to say good government supports law and order, is it?
Ever since Bill Cosby was accused by one, then two, then four, then almost uncountable women of everything from unwelcome kissing to flat-out rape, the one reaction I can't quite figure is TV Land pulling "The Cosby Show" reruns from its air.
Born in 1899, Gladys Tabor was a writer and a columnist for Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle. If Gladys were alive today I'm sure she'd be my best friend. Taken from "Stillmeadow Sampler," published in 1957 Gladys' words speak to the coming year ...
With so many negative views of young men in the community, I think this is worthy of mention.
A young dove of peace with dreams in her eyes almost got shot down. A schoolgirl named Malala has lessons for us all. She's just joined the rare company of female winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai, a champion for girls' education, was shot and almost slain for speaking out in her country, Pakistan.
Considering Marshall Fisher's credentials, Gov. Phil Bryant probably couldn't have made a better appointment to lead the scandal-ridden Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Sometimes it is interesting to see just how much the world has changed over the years but then some things really don't change all that much.
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