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Possumhaw: Oh starry, starry night

Posted 10/17/2016 in Local Columns

Dark was the night, darker the trees. Only the moon allowed me to see ...

Partial to Home: Bobby and Big Joe

Posted 10/16/2016 in Local Columns

Wonder what Joe would have said about "Bobby" winning the Nobel.

Ask Rufus: The art of history

Posted 10/15/2016 in Local Columns

I recently bought a painting by Josh Meador from a Nevada art dealer. It arrived today and got me thinking about how history and art are intertwined.

Slimantics: Dickie Scruggs and second chances

Posted 10/12/2016 in Local Columns

Dickie Scruggs' visit to Columbus Tuesday -- he spoke at the Rotary Club to make his pitch for his non-profit designed to provide support for adult literacy/job training -- captured my attention as soon as his visit was announced.

 

Local voices: The plight of refugees

Posted 10/12/2016 in Local Columns

Last month, there was monsoon flooding along the borderline of Bangladesh and India.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Barbour sees media trends as fuel for polarization

Posted 10/10/2016 in Local Columns

Before he was governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour was a national Republican insider, serving as a senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan and, during the same career phase, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

 

Ask Rufus: An elegant sufficiency

Posted 10/8/2016 in Local Columns

I recall from my childhood an elderly cousin, Dr. William Richards. After a good meal he would often look up and announce that he had had an "elegant sufficiency."

Possumhaw: Successful soil and seeding

Posted 10/8/2016 in Local Columns

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope." Lady Bird Johnson Planting has always been pretty much hit or miss around here.

Lynn Spruill: Being there from day one

Posted 10/7/2016 in Local Columns

I recently spoke to the Day One Leadership class on the MSU campus.

 

Home Base: Pushing up Daisies

Posted 10/6/2016 in Local Columns

"So how serious were you when you said you wanted to help?"

 

Slimantics: Coming soon: The Columbus-Lowndes Parks and Ruin Authority

Posted 10/4/2016 in Local Columns

Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors met with city of Columbus and members of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority to dig deep into the issues facing the parks system.

Ask Rufus: Columbus and Mississippi's Bicentennial

Posted 10/1/2016 in Local Columns

Today, the Bicentennial of Mississippi kicks off here in Columbus but another bicentennial is also fast approaching -- that of the founding of Columbus.

Slimantics: Ban a book, rob a mind

Posted 9/30/2016 in Local Columns

This week is Banned Books Week, a week the American Library Association (ALA) sets aside each year to call attention to what, in the minds of literate people, is the one of the most frustrating, wrong-headed, counter-productive practices in civilized society.

Lynn Spruill: Inspiring voter registration

Posted 9/30/2016 in Local Columns

The presidential election has, by all accounts, been an unpleasant experience regardless political affiliation.

Slimantics: When cotton was king

Posted 9/27/2016 in Local Columns

It is the time of year in Mississippi where, at some unsuspected turn in the road, the landscape turns a bright white.

Possumhaw: A honey moon egg

Posted 9/26/2016 in Local Columns

It was the oddest thing. There beside the ducks' feeding bowl was a golden egg -- seriously, a golden egg.

 

Mabus satisfied with his meandering career

Posted 9/26/2016 in Local Columns

One night Ray Mabus was on the veranda of the presidential palace in Mexico City observing that nation's independence day fireworks with the president of Mexico.

 

Partial to Home: The bespoke Ms. Swift

Posted 9/24/2016 in Local Columns

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Linda Swift sits in front of a large picture window with sagging Venetian blinds and sews.

 

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