Tuesday, the Mississippi Legislature begins its 2017 session and there are some pretty big issues they'll have to grapple with, matters that can no longer be addressed by kicking the can down the road, which is generally what happens when legislators are forced to face tough decisions.
Before there's wall-to-wall worldwide coverage of this guy Donald Trump taking his oath to head one branch of American government, there will be a much quieter ceremony here in Mississippi.
Last year's New Year's resolution didn't turn out as well as I had hoped or maybe it did in the long run.
The poem "The Night Before Christmas" is an enduring American Christmas tradition, but few know its history or realize its impact on how we celebrate Christmas.
When I was 6 years old, I had a paper route. I am sure of this because one of my customers gave my mother a handwritten note I put in her newspaper.
Each year, Santa does his final interviews with the media two days before he begins his long Christmas Eve journey.
Namaste and Merry Christmas to everyone from a person belonging to an ancient Dharma (religion).
It's just five days until Christmas and no Christmas season is complete without a viewing of Frank Capra's paean to Socialism, otherwise known as "It's A Wonderful Life."
None of them will be there to be toasted, hear the applause and pick up a trophy, but Evelyn Gandy, James Hardy, Aaron Henry, Elvis Presley and Ida B. Wells certainly deserve to join the roster of Mississippi superstars.
Carefully arranged on the table is the Nativity scene -- the tiny baby all glowing bright with Mary and Joseph kneeling peacefully beside the manger, and all around while angels are singing, the shepherds pose near the little drummer boy holding a lamb to give to the newborn king while three wise men enter bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh ...
In this world, it is often dangerous to be an enemy of the United States, said Henry Kissinger in 1968, but to be a friend is fatal.
A woman carrying a bag of cat food stopped and put a dollar in the red kettle. "Thanks," I said. "I hope you and your cat have a merry Christmas."
We recently spent four days in Williamsburg, Virginia. It was their Grand Illumination with all of its lights, fireworks and Christmas decorations.
I have what career counselors call a "limited skill set," which means there are all sorts of jobs I'd be terrible at.
If you were to win the lottery, it would be the most unexpected reward in your lifetime.
The best compliment you can pay to David Crews' "The Mississippi Book of Quotations," is the urge to wonder aloud, "Why didn't somebody think of this before?"
I called out to Sam, "Come look. It looks like a platypus."
During the "Golden Age" of Disney animation, the term catfish around Walt Disney Studios did not refer to a fish.
In the summer 1979, after listening to high school classmates Nate Pack and Joe Shelton -- aka Big Joe Shelton -- rhapsodize about it for years, I drove to north Alabama for a bluegrass festival at a place called Horse Pens 40.
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