I don't often answer the telephone, but that day I did. Probably most people don't even have a landline anymore.
The "Third Place" is a phrase used by professionals studying the process of community building.
I have been enjoying taking photographs at the butterfly garden on the Columbus Riverwalk. While the main attractions are the butterflies, hummingbirds and the beauty of the flowers, there is another story within the garden.
"Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all." Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go! Thanks to a soccer-playing granddaughter I have a new Tuesday/Thursday afternoon ritual.
I devoured the recent biography "Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker," hoping to find secrets about writing. Nobody wrote nonfiction better than Joe Mitchell, who for decades enthralled readers with his profiles of barkeepers, carnival freaks, fishmongers, homeless intellectuals and other noncelebrities.
Volunteers? In the wake of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) sudden withdrawal from his once-certain ascent to the speakership, several others are considering running for the job.
"Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight." That blog post on the email address of Oregon mass-murderer Christopher Harper-Mercer was made after Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed that Roanoke TV reporter and her cameraman.
Misleading or useful? That's the question surrounding the updated College Scorecard website published by the U.S. Department of Education. (See collegescorecard.ed.gov)
ROLLING FORK -- The chosen theme for this year's National Newspaper Week is "Power of the Press," and that power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing. Everybody understands the power of, say, The New York Times or The Washington Post, but probably less recognized and appreciated is the power of the Deer Creek Pilot and the thousands of other small, community newspapers just like it all across the land.
City work is no place for folks with thin skin.
In "Lonesome Dove," the cowboys crest a hill and see a gentle valley with ample timber, grazing and water. "This will do," is how they end their months-long cattle drive. They had found a place to settle down, seek prosperity. In 2015, they'd need to know more -- a lot more.
On Tuesday, Bill Waller, Jr., the Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, was in town to speak to the Columbus Rotary Club and he devoted much of his time talking about two subjects - the state's electronic court system and its drug court program.
1. Froma Harrop: Go ahead, Republicans. Investigate Hillary. Again. NATIONAL COLUMNS
2. Connie Schultz: Our country turns to you, Alabama NATIONAL COLUMNS
3. Editorial cartoon for 11-16-17 NATIONAL COLUMNS
4. Slimantics: Who do you believe? LOCAL COLUMNS