With Tuesday's release of Harper Lee's long-unpublished "first novel" -- "Go Set A Watchman" -- attention is almost equally divided between this "new" book and Lee's great offering to American literature, "To Kill A Mockingbird."
It strikes me that those who are defending the Confederate flag in the name of their Southern heritage are a little late.
State law gives judges and county supervisors the right to perform civil marriage ceremonies; however, in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states, many of those local officials have decided to no longer perform ceremonies for any couple.
Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children's affairs.
It was 1968, and the movie was "Funny Girl." Fanny Brice (played by Barbra Streisand) convinced the Broadway director she could roller skate. In the scene "Rollerskate Rag," Barbra rolls out on stage knocking down everyone in sight.
Faced with racially integrating their swimming pools in the 1960s, many Mississippi cities locked the gates.
One of the fun things about historical research is getting side tracked.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the Capitol.
The past may not be past, as William Faulkner put it. But it sure seems to be leaving.
With our state flag rightfully being on the hit list of Confederate symbols that need to be put into museums, I look to my black friends and my 58-plus years as a proud Mississippian.
We've been fighting fleas in the house for over a week now. The Yogi Berra quote above pretty much describes our progress so far. I think we've tried every eradication method short of calling an exterminator. That's going to happen Monday, I am told. Say hallelujah.
The past may not be past, as William Faulkner put it. But it sure seems to be leaving. As I watched the broadcast of the Confederate battle flag being brought down from its post on the South Carolina statehouse grounds Friday morning, my thoughts went to Gen. Robert E. Lee, who surely would have raised a toast to this new day. Yes, you read correctly.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the Capitol. Calling the Commandments "religious in nature and an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths," the court said the monument must go.
Of late, all of the talk about Mississippi's list of "official" things has focused on the state's flag, which features a burning cross in its canton. Or maybe it's a Confederate flag. I forget which. It's one of those wholesome visuals, though.
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