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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.

Birney Imes: 50 years on the campaign trail

Posted 11/29/2014 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon Adrine Younger welcomed me into her tidy kitchen and offered me a glass of tea and a piece of Italian cream cake. The grandmother and widowed mother of five lives in a pleasant one-story farmhouse about a mile down a gravel road that bears the family name. I had come to talk politics.

Lynn Spruill: Thanksgiving for every day

Posted 11/26/2014 in Local Columns

This Thanksgiving marks an anniversary for a particularly difficult time, probably one of my most traumatic days. I have the gift of not remembering the bad things so when something stands out, it is for a reason.

Slimantics: My favorite Egg Bowl: 'Rebels Get Turkey Day Stuffing'

Posted 11/26/2014 in Local Columns

In the 1960s, Tupelo was an Ole Miss town. This was especially true in east Tupelo, my part of town, and Lawhon Elementary school, where I attended first through eighth grade.

 

William Browning: A hero's passing

Posted 11/25/2014 in Local Columns

I heard the news recently of John Doar's passing.

 

Ask Rufus: Oysters, steamboats and Thanksgiving

Posted 11/22/2014 in Local Columns

Next week brings the American Thanksgiving holiday and for most of us a wonderful feast.

Birney Imes: Coffee run evokes memories of days past

Posted 11/22/2014 in Local Columns

Friday morning started out with a small crisis. We were out of coffee and I had a gathering to attend before 7. The downtown shop I frequent doesn't open until 7:30, so I headed out 45 for a national coffee chain that takes its name from a character in Moby Dick. (The company, I learned on the Internet, was almost named for the whaling ship in the story, Pequod.)

Lynn Spruill: Another way of thinking about dogs and cemeteries

Posted 11/21/2014 in Local Columns

There are differing ideas about the recently proposed ban on allowing dogs in public cemeteries in Starkville.

Slimantics: Possibly the best Egg Bowl ever

Posted 11/20/2014 in Local Columns

The Egg Bowl was played Wednesday on the Mississippi State campus and for time first time ever, it didn't matter who won or lost.

Slimantics: Public hearing fails to 'Inspire'

Posted 11/18/2014 in Local Columns

The public hearing had just ended. As Tommie Cardin was packing up for his drive back to Jackson, Darren Leach approached him and made what seemed to me a curious comment.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Epps may do some time, but guilt is not his alone

Posted 11/18/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippians will be able to tell whether the criminal indictment faced by Christopher Epps means anything by how the 2015 edition of the Mississippi Legislature reacts.

 

 

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