On Friday Karen and I made a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up a couple of last minute items for next week's Christmas dinner. Several hours later while stuck in traffic I pondered on Christmas dinner in times past.
Early one morning this week, as I was preparing for the day, I heard a startling pronouncement from a television personality for a promotional piece on Christmas giving. The announcer stated flatly that Mississippi led the nation in giving.
Each winter and spring, as graduates file into arenas for commencement exercises at colleges and universities across the country, we are awed by select group of graduates whose achievements stand apart from their peers.
During Tuesday's city council meeting, Ward 4 councilman Marty Turner proposed a change to the city's signage ordinance to allow the addition of billboards, including large electronic ones, on city rights of way.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. And a penguin?
On Tuesday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued an executive order on the subject of public education. If ever there was a case of speaking much and saying little, this is it.
I suspect the NSA may have thought they got lucky when one of the first post-Edward Snowden cases to challenge their phone metadata collection was assigned to Judge Richard Leon on the federal district court in Washington, D.C. After all, Leon was appointed by President George W. Bush after a long career, much of it spent working for Republicans in Washington.
It was the strangest thing. I was walking down the sidewalk, minding my own business, when a passing mail truck hit a pothole and out flew a bunch of letters. I gathered them up -- all were letters to Santa, with his responses penned across the bottom -- but the truck had trundled out of sight. Anyway, just sharing ...
I heard two interesting political figures speak last week: one state and one national.
The Bardwells were cooped up on the weekend with colds. Since Sam and I were both sick we scratched around the house looking for something we could do. We wrote Christmas cards, wrapped presents, watched football games and a Christmas movie while passing the Kleenex box back and forth.
As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One of the ways of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps handle it, before you part with your hard-earned cash for it.
On Friday night while I was downtown enjoying wassail, several people asked me the same question; "What are you writing about for Sunday?" I got some strange looks when I replied that my topic was that this was the month to celebrate pork barbecue in Mississippi.
"William went that way, he's looking at pictures." Trey Porter of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is talking. It's Wednesday afternoon and he and William Winter have driven up from Jackson to talk about two museums under construction in the capital, a state history museum and a civil rights museum.
In the beginning, there was Genesis. On Aug. 21, 2008, the Columbus Municipal School District, through its food service operator Aramark, catered an event for 100 people for Genesis Church. The $800 price included $254.48 in wages paid to school district employees.
'Tis the season, and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people -- her phrase "Embrace the suck." Miraculous.
In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."
Americans don't care much about rising economic inequality, recent surveys suggest. But that's not quite right. The public may know that the top 10 percent pulled in about half of pretax income in 2012 -- and that income inequality is the widest it's been since right before the Great Depression. Its brain understands that these trends are not good for the society.
Because I take my responsibility as an American citizen seriously, I recognize that it is essential that I keep abreast of the important news of the day. There is no substitute for an informed citizenry, after all. That is why, in addition to reading newspapers, I am also careful to watch TV news, not only the network newscasts but the cable news networks, too.
1. Voice of the people: Willis Pope LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)
2. Our View: Saying goodbye to an old friend DISPATCH EDITORIALS
3. Kathleen Parker: Karma can be good business NATIONAL COLUMNS
4. Possumhaw: Joy of the roadsides LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Patrick Buchanan: Why Russia resents us NATIONAL COLUMNS