I am often asked about the origin of local place names. There is a lot of history associated with names and their origins.
Family gatherings always allow for the conjuring up of old memories. Grown up siblings begin their tales: Sister says, "Remember when we lived over in east Columbus and we put the Christmas tree in that front window and... Brother interrupts, "No, we didn't live in that house. We put the Christmas tree in the front window after we got to the new house." Sister insists, "No I'm sure it was in east Columbus."
It is time for the rollout of a new batch of Christmas and holiday commercials.
Today is Thanksgiving and among older celebrants, it is as much a time for reflection on Thanksgivings past as it is for the holiday we observe today.
The world's problems are best solved with old friends around a warm fire in the kitchen stove in Fishtrap Hollow.
There are many harvest festivals around the world, but Thanksgiving as we know it is a unique American holiday.
The news lately has been filled with events and stories that strike fear into the hearts of the traveling public.
As we approach a holiday that celebrates the charity of a native people to a refugees fleeing persecution, we would do well to consider our response to the plight of another set of refugees in the aftermath of terrorist attacks that slaughtered 129 innocents in Paris on Nov. 13.
Some things just leave you speechless.
Sometimes events happen that are so horrific, so shocking that we find it difficult to process. The Paris terrorist attacks, which left 129 dead, many more injured, and the rest of the world unnerved, is the most recent example.
I am in my quiet spot on this earth today, but thinking only of another place, another country, a good friend.
The rains came down and the floods came up, and I did not complain. The kittens played on the porch to avoid wet grass on their feet, gardenia leaves brushing their faces, and dripping rain on their soft kitten fur.
Friday night I was asked to tell stories at a "lock-in" for the West Point Episcopal Church's youth group. I was reminded of how, with all the interest in Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media, the passing down of oral traditions from generation to generation by story tellers is being lost.
A friend and I were talking about law enforcement the other day. "How many times have you been stopped and searched by the police?" J. asked. We're about the same age. "None, at least not since college," I said. "What about you?" "Four times," he said. He happens to be black, well educated and prominent in his community.
In Starkville, Highway 12 is our most active commercial corridor.
This week a college football team made history by threatening not to play a game. Fifty-two years ago, a college basketball team made history by playing one.
The positive aspect of the Initiative 42 vote, as backers said last week, is that it pushed public education funding into the limelight, if only for a moment.
The motivations are different, but the result is the same.
1. Ask Rufus: The stories in a name LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Roses and thorns: 11/29/15 ROSES & THORNS
3. Froma Harrop: What happened to Jeb Bush? Too much money NATIONAL COLUMNS
4. Kathleen Parker: We look in the mirror and see ... Donald Trump NATIONAL COLUMNS
5. Shannon Bardwell: The way we remember it LOCAL COLUMNS