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Possumhaw: T.C. had a healin'

Posted 8/5/2013 in Local Columns

Sometimes you get a wild hair. I wish I could say it doesn't happen often, but frankly, it does.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Silent senator' a shoo-in for term seven, if he wants it

Posted 8/5/2013 in Local Columns

 

Birney Imes: Conversation with a young sailor

Posted 8/3/2013 in Local Columns

Nine months and 1,100 miles ago, 18-year-old Alexandre Ledwith climbed into his $500 sailboat moored on the banks of the Mississippi at Trempealeau, Wis., and headed downstream.

Chasing Rabbits: A short story

Posted 8/3/2013 in Local Columns

Rachel crawls out from under the bed. She takes her robe from the hook on the closet door. She had awakened in the middle of the night and heard the voices outside the house, then heard the back door forced open, and she slipped out of bed and onto the floor, scurrying under like an insect.

Ask Rufus: Women, too, are part of the 'Greatest Generation'

Posted 8/3/2013 in Local Columns

This past week my Aunt Marietta McCarter died and it again brought to mind the continued passing of the "Greatest Generation.'

Possumhaw: 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'

Posted 7/29/2013 in Local Columns

Drew and Carter Pack stood on the dock. Each, being boys of 7 and 4 years, had shed their shirts, shoes and socks. Drew, with fishing pole in hand, caught fish while Carter scooped minnows in a cup.

Birney Imes: A Sunday evening on the Champs-Elysees

Posted 7/27/2013 in Local Columns

Paris, July 21 -- Everyone said the crowds would be horrendous. The woman at the front desk was unenthusiastic. Six cyclists from California who were drinking wine in the lobby of the hotel had been to the Champs-Elysees earlier in the day. They had seen the crowds and the giant flag draped from the Arc de Triomphe, and that was good enough for them. They would watch the finish on TV.

 

Charlie Mitchell: How much is news worth?

Posted 7/23/2013 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: Fields of sunbeams

Posted 7/22/2013 in Local Columns

Occasionally an easy breeze blows through the tree canopy, and it feels cool. Other times, the wind is as still as death, the air so thick it's like pushing against a wall.

Birney Imes: A ride to the train station with Tony

Posted 7/20/2013 in Local Columns

Tony had said he would give me a ride to the train station.

Ask Rufus: Summer vacations of the past

Posted 7/20/2013 in Local Columns

July always brings, hot humid weather and thoughts of vacations. Though destinations and entertainment have to a large extent changed, summer vacations have long been with us. While people still often go to the Biloxi and the Gulf, who now goes to or has even heard of Way, Mississippi?

Slimantics: Gopher Frogs: They've lost that lovin' feelin'

Posted 7/19/2013 in Local Columns

As part of its mission as a research university, the folks at Mississippi State are always up to something interesting. Hardly a week goes by that we do not receive a press release that provides details of research projects the university is working on. Some are more interesting than others, obviously.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Kemper: Taxpayers take all the risk, no upside

Posted 7/19/2013 in Local Columns

With the latest rate increase caused by the runaway Kemper power plant, Mississippi Power residential customers will be paying 66 percent more for their electricity than Entergy customers in Mississippi.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Spirit of openness fades when salesmen visit officials

Posted 7/18/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Big business as bad as big government

Posted 7/16/2013 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: Raccoons and skunks, oh my

Posted 7/15/2013 in Local Columns

A raccoon was caught in the cage and the rain was beating hard. I admit I was feeling pretty prideful as it rarely takes more than a night to catch one. Raccoons are destructive; they have to go.

 

Rheta Johnson: Another flip-flop fantasy

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

A sweet young woman named Michelle painted my toenails the orange of road construction cones, a polish called Flip Flop Fantasy. I was ready to roll. The older I get, the lighter I travel.

 

Partial to Home: Pictures from an exhibition

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

Thirty-five years ago this month Blewett Thomas invited me to ride over to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to visit the bluesman Johnny Shines. The day before Blewett had met Axel Kustner, a German blues enthusiast, who was visiting their mutual friend, Big Joe Williams in Crawford.

Ask Rufus: Mississippi and the separation of church and state

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

Today there is much discussion about prayer in schools and the separation of church and state. Very few people, though, realize the origin of that discussion and controversy. Even fewer know of the role Mississippi played in its beginning.

Slimantics: Columbus' Elvis, largely ignored

Posted 7/11/2013 in Local Columns

I grew up in East Tupelo, about a mile from the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Even though Elvis was at his height as a performer during my youth, Tupelo didn't make too big a deal out of Elvis in the late 1960s.

 

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