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Ask Rufus: A Rabbit on a Blue Moon

Posted 8/1/2015 in Local Columns

One of the fun things about writing this column is never knowing what direction it will take me. This weekend has seen the appearance of a blue moon. Actually a blue moon has nothing to do with the color of the moon.

Birney Imes: Wobble boxes and polywads

Posted 8/1/2015 in Local Columns

Sometimes, when driving, I listen to a learn-to-speak-French CD, one of those language programs where you repeat phrases spoken in French. One of the phrases is "Je ne parle pas anglais, je parle American" ("I don't speak English, I speak American.") I smile every time I hear it, for it's certainly true. And then there is the matter of we in the South with our own lingua franca.

Lynn Spruill: What they deserve

Posted 7/31/2015 in Local Columns

Apparently four of the Starkville Board of Aldermen are still convinced they deserve a whopping 33 percent additional pay for the staggering amount of part time work they do for their constituents. If you detect sarcasm in my tone, we're communicating.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Katrina is proof people, including politicians, can team up

Posted 7/28/2015 in Local Columns

There's a saying that politics makes strange bedfellows, meaning people usually at odds sometimes find themselves working together.

 

Possumhaw: Wasp populations peak

Posted 7/27/2015 in Local Columns

When Sandra Bullock, in the 1995 movie "The Net," played a computer nerd whose identity was stolen and replaced by a criminal's identity, I developed a fear of losing my fingerprints. I considered taking my own fingerprints and putting them in a lockbox.

Lynn Spruill: Celebrity(?) waiter

Posted 7/27/2015 in Local Columns

My mother wasn't known for her cooking skills. She made a pretty good casserole or two and had a baked bean recipe that I remember fondly, but at home I lived off of cheese toast and pop tarts starting at an early age.

Ask Rufus: Politics

Posted 7/25/2015 in Local Columns

It's election time and once again sparks are flying.

 

Ginger Hervey: Learning to understand in Mississippi

Posted 7/25/2015 in Local Columns

I had a conversation with my professor and mentor, Berkley Hudson, before I came to Mississippi. Berkley is a journalism professor at the University of Missouri, but he grew up in Columbus and has spent a good part of his academic career on a project centered around this town.

 

Partial to Home: Dollar Bill and Silly Rabbit

Posted 7/25/2015 in Local Columns

Chances are few motorists breezing along Starkville's Highway 12 notice the Stop & Go Car Wash.

 

Charlie Mitchell: River of knowledge growing wider, but not deeper

Posted 7/21/2015 in Local Columns

It has been more than 400 years since Polonius, a character in Shakespeare's Hamlet, observed that "brevity is the soul of wit."

 

Local voices: 'Mockingbird' undiminished by Lee's lesser offering

Posted 7/20/2015 in Local Columns

The premise to Harper Lee's second novel, "Go Set a Watchman," feels like the set-up of a satire or butt of a joke: Grown-up Scout comes home from New York to find that Atticus has joined the White Citizens Council.

Possumhaw: The U.S. Drought Monitor

Posted 7/20/2015 in Local Columns

Large green circles surrounded the Prairie house like polka-dots where the circular sprinklers struggled to maintain the lawn.

Ask Rufus: Removing flags and burning books

Posted 7/18/2015 in Local Columns

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Birney Imes: One more shimmering day

Posted 7/18/2015 in Local Columns

After the visitation I went home and made two tomato sandwiches. There seemed something life affirming about eating tomatoes from your own garden in the heat of summer.

Lynn Spruill: No vote for no shows

Posted 7/17/2015 in Local Columns

Woody Allen is credited with saying "80 percent of life is just showing up."

Slimantics: Feels like a Mississippi summer

Posted 7/15/2015 in Local Columns

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."

 

Rheta Johnson: Stars and bars and endless battles

Posted 7/15/2015 in Local Columns

It strikes me that those who are defending the Confederate flag in the name of their Southern heritage are a little late.

 

Froma Harrop: Helicopter parents: Why do they hover so?

Posted 7/14/2015 in Local Columns

Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children's affairs.

Shannon Bardwell: Can't never could

Posted 7/13/2015 in Local Columns

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.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Churches have nothing to fear from same-gender ruling

Posted 7/13/2015 in Local Columns

Faced with racially integrating their swimming pools in the 1960s, many Mississippi cities locked the gates.

 

 

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