This past Friday marked the 200th anniversary of the separation of the Mississippi Territory into Mississippi and Alabama, and it was 200 years ago this fall that the first house was built on the site that became Columbus.
Like a lot of folks, I've been keeping up with what's going on in Jackson as the Mississippi Legislature flops around like a catfish on hot pavement.
Southern Company chief executive officer Tom Fanning now says it may be less expensive to run the Kemper power plant on natural gas than gasified lignite (low grade coal). That means the $6.2 billion cost of the gasifier is down the drain.
Most of the time, the fans start filing out of a basketball arena when the home team goes down 20 late in the second half. At the very least, the visitors' efforts would have silenced the crowd to the point where they could finish the job in relative peace.
Early in the week we had a much-needed rain. This was a good thing as the lakes were low and the gardenias dry.
A week from today, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, there will be a most interesting program open to the public at the Mississippi University for Women titled "Borderline Confusion: Culture and Conflict in the Making of Mississippi and Alabama."
That's what once was said by Srinivas to his beloved wife Sunayana in response to her concern about the new reality of America.
Money is always tight. That is the nature of money. There is never enough.
Big mistake. To use an overused term, "Yuuge."
When the lakes, creeks and rivers fill up and when the flowers bloom and the grasses green Sam's out to find the first crappie "spawners." Every few days the big brown delivery truck leaves a package from "Monk's Crappie," Sam's favorite fishing supplier.
I have always considered myself to be a child of the prairie.
Sunday morning, two weeks ago, the parking lot of the Dollar General in Eastpoint, Florida, was jumping. Beth and I had stopped for bottled water. We were headed into the interior of the Florida Panhandle for a day of kayaking.
Lunch and a speaker. Today, it is the Exchange Club. Yesterday it was the Kiwanis. The day before that, Rotary.
Last week, in the early morning, daffodils were standing 4 inches tall, topped with buds.
I know, I know, I know. When people hear about the Mississippi Legislature at all, it's school funding, yes or no on a lottery, morphing campaign donations into individual retirement accounts, whether the state will annex the City of Jackson for the Purpose of Pothole Repair.
This week, what I grew up calling snowdrops began to bloom.
In 1986, the late Mike Royko wrote a newspaper column titled "Shortage of short Greeks killing us." Royko, a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune, began by relating a bad dining experience at a cafe managed by a college graduate with a degree in hotel and restaurant management.
WASHINGTON -- Each day of the Trump era seems to bring strange new objects to the national punchbowl. The newly minted president publicly obsessed on his inaugural crowd size. He claimed pervasive voter fraud. He reviewed television shows. He attacked the independence of the judiciary. He has called into question the fairness and good faith of Nordstrom's, further deepening our class divide on tie selection.
Oxford Entrepreneur Harley Garrett has an intriguing idea that deserves consideration by our state leaders: Use a portion of Mississippi's technology budget to promote university-based start-ups using open source code.
I moved two weeks ago.
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