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Possumhaw: Illegal tail feathers

Posted 1/27/2014 in Local Columns

My wildlife biologist brother spent some time with us over the holidays. Coming through the door, he said, "Being the creative type, I saw something that you might want, but you have to tell me right now so I can go get it."

Ask Rufus: Mississippi's first pro football team: The Columbus Warriors

Posted 1/25/2014 in Local Columns

It's Super bowl time and conversations turn to professional football. While Mississippi has never had an NFL team, there have been pro football teams from minor or indoor leagues.


Lynn Spruill: What I miss

Posted 1/25/2014 in Local Columns

People often ask me if I am still flying. When I say no, the next question is, "Don't you miss it?" My answer may sound unpleasantly snobbish, but it really isn't meant to be. I have not stayed current (the term for being licensed and eligible to legally fly an airplane) and I have no plans to get back in the air anytime soon, if at all.


Slimantics: Carver, Perkins, Vaughn unlikely leaders of the LGBT parade

Posted 1/23/2014 in Local Columns

Someday, when the story of the LGBT struggle for Civil Right in Mississippi is told, people such as Ben Carver, Roy A. Perkins and Henry Vaughn will be regarded as pioneers of the movement.


Wyatt Emmerich: Fiscal responsibility to be focus of upcoming legislative session

Posted 1/22/2014 in Local Columns

Thanks to the Stennis-Capitol Press Forum, I was able to receive a briefing on the current Legislative session from both the leaders of the Mississippi House and the Senate.


Outtakes: Harper recovers well from surgery

Posted 1/21/2014 in Local Columns

He is a Labrador retriever and anyone who owns one will understand this. Harper, my dog, eats stuff. When it comes to what, he does not discriminate.

Just what we need, another committee

Posted 1/21/2014 in Local Columns

In the beginning, God formed a committee to discuss the status of earth. The committee met regularly for a few millennium before releasing its report, which concluded that the earth was "without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep."


Possumhaw: Frozen lakes can be fatal

Posted 1/20/2014 in Local Columns

The lake was frozen solid and there, in the center, was a pile of white duck feathers. I ran for the telescope and stood at the window to see if the ducks were moving at all; it was hard to tell. I panicked. Could I save them if they weren't already dead?


Ask Rufus: The Columbus Mint Julep

Posted 1/18/2014 in Local Columns

January may be a strange time to bring up the mint julep but maybe it makes a good forerunner to springtime and warmer weather.

Birney Imes: Watching eagles at Locafoma Lake

Posted 1/18/2014 in Local Columns

On a recent Saturday morning an intrepid group of nature enthusiasts gathered on a strip of pavement at the eastern edge of Locafoma Lake in the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge. They had braved wind and sub-freezing temps in hopes of seeing the Refuge's resident eagles. They had not come in vain.


Lynn Spruill: Disposable or recyclable?

Posted 1/17/2014 in Local Columns

I dropped off a dozen cans of cat food to the Humane Society recently. I was checking on the work in an apartment to ready it for a new tenant when I found them.



Wyatt Emmerich: Less government, more individual decision making

Posted 1/13/2014 in Local Columns

A new year, but some things will always stay the same. Government inefficiency is one of them. It's always easy to waste someone else's money.


Ask Rufus: The first OK?

Posted 1/12/2014 in Local Columns

Last week I was asked to explain the origin of the old saying "The Lord be willing and the creek don't rise." There are several traditions about the origin of the phrase but one clearly sticks out in my mind.

Birney Imes: All of a sudden you remember music

Posted 1/11/2014 in Local Columns

In William Saroyan's short essay "Finlandia," he writes of going into a music store in Helsinki and asking the girl working there if she knows "Finlandia," the symphonic poem by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Saroyan, then 27, had heard the piece five years earlier and had been haunted by it since. The girl finds the record and puts it on the turntable. She and the writer stand and listen to the music, both of them transfixed by its beauty. Afterward Saroyan asks the girl's English-speaking coworker if she knows the composer. She does and gives him a phone number.


Lynn Spruill: Volunteer Starkville

Posted 1/10/2014 in Local Columns

Volunteer Starkville, it can be a call to action or it can be a non-profit organization. For my purposes it's both, and since we are fully into the New Year, let's revisit my resolution to actually get off my post-holiday widened rear and do actual volunteering.


Slimantics: The circus is in town

Posted 1/8/2014 in Local Columns

The tiny little car pulled up to the steps of the state capitol building in Jackson Tuesday. The car door swung open and 174 legislators piled out to the strains of calliope music. Yes, the 2014 Mississippi Legislature is officially in session and lawmakers are eager to get down to the serious business of seeing how much nonsense they can inflict on us during the next three months.


Charlie Mitchell: Parents have power to ignite imagination, learning

Posted 1/6/2014 in Local Columns

The Mississippi Department of Education already assigns letter grades -- "A" to "F" -- to public schools and school districts. Why not close the loop and give each parent a grade, too? Maybe require a bumper sticker, too? That would be radical, too radical, really.


Possumhaw: Y'all, you guys, you-ans

Posted 1/6/2014 in Local Columns

The Prairie house became a B&B throughout the holidays. Family members returned again and again, sheets and towels ran continually through the Maytag, decaf or high octane coffee was served with or without cream and sugar, and a continual flow of baked goods streamed in through the front door, compliments of the neighbors.

Slim Smith: Phrases I would like to ban

Posted 1/4/2014 in Local Columns

Each year, Oxford Dictionaries announces its "word of the year." This year, the word is "selfie," which is a photo someone takes of himself or herself, most often to post on social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram.

Slimantics: Demonizing the poor not a solution to state's problems

Posted 1/3/2014 in Local Columns

It is a simple question, and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, got it wrong. Does the U.S. Constitution protect the rights of all citizens? Or do people who receive federal or state assistance forfeit those rights? Are they lesser citizens because of their need for help?


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