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Possumhaw: Saint Nicholas of Myra

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

While Sam watched the MSU girls' basketball game, I wandered through thoughts of Christmases past settling comfortably on Saint Nicholas.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Forget about Santa Claus; Amazon has a patent

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

Forget about Santa Claus.

 

Ask Rufus: Coming home at Christmas

Posted 12/20/2014 in Local Columns

It is the Christmas season and many people will soon be traveling "home" to spend Christmas with family and childhood friends.

Birney Imes: A Christmastime ramble

Posted 12/20/2014 in Local Columns

While dining out with friends Friday evening, the husband let it be known he would like to have a Corvette. We're about the same age, well past the mid-life crisis marker. It's not a crisis if it's something you've always wanted, I suppose.

Lynn Spruill: Universal language

Posted 12/19/2014 in Local Columns

For those who have had some biblical background, the tower of Babel is a well-known account in Genesis about the efforts of man to construct a tower tall enough to reach heaven.

 

Charlie Mitchell: If teaching is a profession, let professionals do it

Posted 12/18/2014 in Local Columns

I know what Mississippi teachers want for Christmas.

 

Slimantics: When a 'thank you' is enough

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tess and I finished decorating the Christmas tree early Saturday evening. We turned the lights out and examined our handiwork, with only the colored lights on the tree illuminating the den, and pronounced it a success.

Possumhaw: 'Now I lay me down to sleep'

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tom had a hard day at work. After supper he spent a few hours watching TV before bed. Two hours later Tom heard the sound of frogs bellowing in the night; the sound got louder and louder, filling the room. A light bounced off the ceiling while Tom dreamt giant amphibians leaped across his bed in the moonlight.

Ask Rufus: From Irish linen to Cuban cigars

Posted 12/13/2014 in Local Columns

I never know what in a column may touch a chord that generates a lot of unexpected interest.

 

Local voices/Ben C. Toledano: A taxpayer demands accountability

Posted 12/13/2014 in Local Columns

While I was visiting a friend the other day, he made a point of showing me his ad valorem tax bill for 2014 and insisted I read it, especially the amount allocated to the Columbus public school system. "Look at this," he said, "over half of what I'm charged is for the schools, and what do I get for my money?"

 

Lynn Spruill: The plight of women

Posted 12/12/2014 in Local Columns

Recently this paper ran a story with a picture that was, to say the least, disturbing and arresting in its portrayal of human cruelty.

Slimantics: What the Governor won't tell MUW grads

Posted 12/11/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will be the speaker at Friday's commencement exercises at Mississippi University for Women.

Anne's Kitchen: Great bites for the holidays

Posted 12/10/2014 in Local Columns

At a reception held at the Rosenzweig Arts Center during the most recent Decorative Arts Forum I could hardly tear myself away from the table where a huge bowl was stacked with twisted strips of brown sugar bacon.

Possumhaw: It all started with a Christmas card

Posted 12/8/2014 in Local Columns

Across the street there was a girl sitting on the stoop. Her legs were bare; she was eating an apple. I smiled and she smiled back.

Ask Rufus: Barbecue, a Mississippi tradition for 474 years

Posted 12/6/2014 in Local Columns

It's December and time for my annual barbecue column.

Birney Imes: Kendall Graveman takes the mound

Posted 12/6/2014 in Local Columns

If Kendall Graveman's baseball career continues its present trajectory, he's going to turn at least one cliche on its ear. Nice guys can do just fine in the Majors, thank you.

 

Slimantics: Winter's wisdom: A season of quiet

Posted 12/5/2014 in Local Columns

A co-worker greeted me as she arrived at work Thursday with a casual observation.

 

Lynn Spruill: Passport photo epiphany

Posted 12/5/2014 in Local Columns

I was going through some files not too long ago and noticed both my driver's license and passport had expired.

Slimantics: The elusive 'spirit' of Christmas

Posted 12/2/2014 in Local Columns

I've come to believe that Christmas is state of mind and, therefore, pretty much a matter of timing.

Possumhaw: A basket full of blessings to boot

Posted 12/1/2014 in Local Columns

It had been 10 days and Sam was sick and tired of being sick and tired. He had only been out of the house for a trip to Robert's Apothecary for vitamins, nasal spray and a B-12 shot. He pinned his hopes on Robert's elixirs, supplemented with Dayquil and Nyquil.

 

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