One of the unintended consequences of the technological age, we are told, is a homogenization of American culture. Through technology, our world has become much smaller, mainly because we can communicate instantly with people everywhere, sharing our ideas, beliefs and opinions.
Last week I purchased two paintings by Josh Meador, Walt Disney's longtime head of animation effects who called Columbus home.
I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads, waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish to be. Absolutely no one is talking about race.
Carly Fiorina has evidently hired herself as hit woman going after Hillary Clinton and her likely run for president. Fiorina is former chief of Hewlett-Packard and onetime Republican candidate for Senate from California. The thinking is that as a formidable woman, she can go after Clinton without being called a sexist male.
A few weeks ago I looked out the window only to see the earth moving. Then out from under the fallen oak leaves scattered across the field, hundreds of robins popped forth, foraging for worms. Robins move ahead of warm fronts, and the rains had made the ground soft, easier for digging worms.
Anyone over the age of 50 likely views the past very much like a Norman Rockwell painting. Somehow, life was simpler, better then and we sometimes yearn for a past that, quite frankly, never really was.
Just when I thought we had bottomed out and were surely on the upswing toward some peaceful and non-contentious period with the current term of the Starkville Board of Aldermen, somebody handed alderman Lisa Wynn a really big shovel and a treasure map.
In November 1956, President Eisenhower, enraged he had not been forewarned of their invasion of Egypt, ordered the British, French and Israelis to get out of Suez and Sinai.
Something about Tuesday evening's Democratic Party Executive Committee hearing over Marty Turner's residency stinks, frankly.
Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton's e-mail, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do.
Money is often called the first primary, because there's nothing else out there to be officially judged by the FEC reports.
The Columbus Municipal School District is looking for new principals to take over Franklin Academy, Columbus Middle School and at Columbus High School beginning next year.
With Hillary Clinton scrambling to explain her missing emails, much of America is wailing, "Please don't make us watch this movie again!"
Here's the short answer: Anything.
Sunday's Lifestyles story on the 25th anniversary of Helping Hands reminds us yet again of the kindness and generosity that gives substance to Columbus' motto, "The Friendly City."
Next time you hear someone say, "I'd rather not know," ask the person to pause and think about it.
A couple of weeks ago I took a short drive from the Prairie, and a disturbing thing happened. I've pondered it ever since.
1. Bill Crawford: Boyce takes hot seat at IHL LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Possumhaw: Bees knees and knotholes LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Kathleen Parker: What we teach kids about drinking NATIONAL COLUMNS