The 2017 election season begins locally almost as soon as the new year.
Secretary of State John Kerry used the word "conscience" over and over again as he attempted to explain and justify the Obama administration's decision not to veto a one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel.
Stressed Americans seeking calm through decluttering and meditation might add a third activity: the cocktail hour.
Tuesday, the Mississippi Legislature begins its 2017 session and there are some pretty big issues they'll have to grapple with, matters that can no longer be addressed by kicking the can down the road, which is generally what happens when legislators are forced to face tough decisions.
As usual, the year's end brings reflections and ruminations on what was and what is to be.
Before there's wall-to-wall worldwide coverage of this guy Donald Trump taking his oath to head one branch of American government, there will be a much quieter ceremony here in Mississippi.
Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit -- even if only to himself -- being a relic of a bygone era.
Last year's New Year's resolution didn't turn out as well as I had hoped or maybe it did in the long run.
As we age, we forget many things. However, some things we never forget; when we remember them, we get emotional. You might even smile or start crying.
John McCain is fond of saying, "It's always darkest just before it goes totally black." According to a February report by Amnesty International, human rights "reached a nadir" in 2015. Not quite. The past 12 months prove that even when you hit bottom, there is always room to sink.
The poem "The Night Before Christmas" is an enduring American Christmas tradition, but few know its history or realize its impact on how we celebrate Christmas.
Christmas has arrived. We know this not by a simple glance at the calendar, of course.
When I was 6 years old, I had a paper route. I am sure of this because one of my customers gave my mother a handwritten note I put in her newspaper.
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