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Ask Rufus: Choctaw baskets

Posted 11/15/2014 in Local Columns

"Since time memorial the Choctaw Indians have lived in Mississippi, and have made baskets of the reed cane which grows in the swamps of the south." So begins a ca. 1920 letter from Mrs. J.E. Arnold, a Baptist missionary to the Choctaw in Union.

Birney Imes: Trees from acorns

Posted 11/15/2014 in Local Columns

In 1953 the French writer Jean Giono published a thin volume, titled, "The Man Who Planted Trees." The story's narrator, hiking alone in the south of France, comes upon a desolate, treeless valley covered in wild lavender. The year is 1910.

Slimantics: 1980 win over Tide was coronation of the King of the County Line

Posted 11/13/2014 in Local Columns

On Nov. 1, 1980, John Bond became a king and I became one of his subjects.

Possumhaw: Fear of thresholds

Posted 11/10/2014 in Local Columns

From the front porch I studied the lake and the fields and deer grazing along the tree line.

Ask Rufus: The mystery of Mrs. Canant

Posted 11/8/2014 in Local Columns

It is a simple marble military headstone in a sea of more than a thousand white marble military headstones. It is not a soldier, though, who is buried there.

Lynn Spruill: Winning halo

Posted 11/8/2014 in Local Columns

There are the obvious, direct and immediate benefits of having a strong national standing for your football team. And there are some indirect benefits.

 

Charlie Mitchell: More states are passing own minimum wage laws

Posted 11/7/2014 in Local Columns

As with many public policies, the idea of a government-set minimum wage started small.

 

Slimantics: An American music true to its roots

Posted 11/4/2014 in Local Columns

I despise country music and I'm not too keen about the music you generally hear in church, either. This was not always the case.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Unsung heroes walk the halls of America's hospitals

Posted 11/4/2014 in Local Columns

Let's pause in praise of nurses.

 

Possumhaw: When one thing leads to another

Posted 11/3/2014 in Local Columns

Sam said the Saints game would be over in 5 minutes 29 seconds and then we could go for a bike ride but I'd been around that block before and I knew that a televised game of 5 minutes would be at least another 30 so I headed out to the lake.

Ask Rufus: Forever lost

Posted 11/1/2014 in Local Columns

I recall years ago that Greenpeace had a T-shirt out with a dinosaur pictured on it. The text around the dinosaur said, "Extinct means forever."

Slim Smith: Mississippi's Man of La Mancha

Posted 11/1/2014 in Local Columns

It is a little after 2 p.m. Friday and Shawn O'Hara interrupts the interview as his driver, Pancho Sancho, er, Eli "Sarge" Jackson, gets into the car. The two candidates are criss-crossing the state on the campaign train in advance of Tuesday's general election.

Birney Imes: Carry me home

Posted 11/1/2014 in Local Columns

A good tonic for the weekend: Have Friday lunch with two or three friends who enjoy laughing with each other. Sounds easy enough. The morning of, a friend sends an email: "So and so and I are going to be at such and such restaurant at 11:45. Be there." I was a little late for the gathering having gone to hear Kate Sweeney at the Rosenzweig talk about a favorite subject, cemeteries.

Lynn Spruill: Rear-view reflections

Posted 10/31/2014 in Local Columns

I recently had an assignment for a class which required me to have to spend some time in personal reflection.

Slimantics: State senate race: Four candidates, zero ideas

Posted 10/29/2014 in Local Columns

Tuesday evening, Mississippi University for Women held a candidates forum for the four men who are running to fill the unexpired, one-year state senate term of the late Terry Brown.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Hunting and fishing to become a fundamental right

Posted 10/28/2014 in Local Columns

Robin Hood would be proud.

 

Possumhaw: On the far side of the world

Posted 10/27/2014 in Local Columns

A convergence of events deserves consideration. The kind that causes one to say, "What a small, connected world we live in."

Slimantics: Prison stories have ring of truth

Posted 10/27/2014 in Local Columns

I have been reading with great interest the reporting of the Clarion-Ledger's Jerry Mitchell on the conditions of prisons in Mississippi.

Ask Rufus: Ghosts of the Tombigbee

Posted 10/25/2014 in Local Columns

With all the ghost stories around it is surprising that there are not more ghostly tales about the Tombigbee River.

Birney Imes: Building bridges of hope

Posted 10/25/2014 in Local Columns

Are you a teen mother and trying to find job and a place of your own to live? Homeless and needing a place to get out of the cold? Glenda Buckhalter could be your new best friend.

 

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