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My take: Thanks for reading

Posted 6/13/2012 in Local Columns

I knew it was time to stop writing a weekly column when writing one about stopping became easier to write. Over the last year or so, writing this column has been a significant part of my life. It's pushed me to think about Columbus. It's encouraged me to meet new people and allowed me to share my thoughts with strangers. It's also kept me up late many a Tuesday night.

Spears has much to learn ...

Posted 6/13/2012 in Local Columns

There were a few awkward moments during Monday's Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees meeting. Most of them involved Jason Spears, who is in his first year as a board member.

Possumhaw: Back in business

Posted 6/11/2012 in Local Columns

Shoving the can of "whitefish pate" into the trap, I closed the door. Sam came outside, "You're not going to use a whole can are you?" "Yes, I am," I answered, "I want to be sure to get him." I was trapping again; this time a feral cat. I can't even count the number of feral cats that have shown up at the Prairie house. I'm thinking it's because of our regular feeding habit. At the Bardwell's, the cats and everybody else get a regular feeding, including snacks.

Birney Imes: In praise of chickens

Posted 6/9/2012 in Local Columns

If the nursery or nursing business ever stalls out for Debbie Lawrence and Kim Rushing, they can take their show on the road. Both are natural comedians, who share a passion for an irresistible and timeless subject: chickens.

Adele Elliott: Jubilee

Posted 6/9/2012 in Local Columns

It certainly seems that the entirety of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth was thrilled to celebrate their Queen's Diamond Jubilee this week. Elizabeth II has "ruled" her realm for sixty years. Great Britain honored the occasion with enough pomp to last another 60 years.

Possumhaw: Ducks on the pond

Posted 6/5/2012 in Local Columns

"Can you take the ducks in?" "Well, what are neighbors for if they can't take the ducks in?"

Birney Imes: A postcard from the Upper East Side

Posted 6/2/2012 in Local Columns

New York City, May 31 -- The park is quiet at this hour. It's one of those brilliant Manhattan mornings -- clear, cool and breezy. The world feels as though it was recreated overnight and in this city of endless possibilities, the possibilities this day seem endless.

Jay Lacklen: Burners now!

Posted 6/2/2012 in Local Columns

In pilot training 42 years ago I made a mistake that haunts me still. As a solo student I rolled out on a visual final in my T-38 and quickly knew something was terribly wrong.

Shannon Bardwell: Losing the farm

Posted 5/29/2012 in Local Columns

Author Ann Voskamp posted on her blog that she worries about her children. She and her Dutch heritage husband raised them on their farm. They thought they'd grow up to be farmers, but with the economy, she says, they'll have to get fields of their own. She asks her husband, "Did we do wrong raising them like this? Should we move?"

Jay Lacklen: Scars of Vietnam slow to heal

Posted 5/29/2012 in Local Columns

I've never been to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. I've gotten near it several times on the Mall but have never had the strength to venture in. There are emotions I've locked securely inside me that I fear will erupt if I actually enter. I may eventually go, but alone, so no one I know will see me fall apart, Starship Trooper on his knees sobbing into his hands. So many names, so many dead, and for what?

Possumhaw: Birds and their feathers

Posted 5/21/2012 in Local Columns

There's no mistaking the indigo bunting, his sleek small body and that screaming teal color.

In love with daylilies

Posted 5/19/2012 in Local Columns

Growing up on a cotton farm in Lamar County, Ala., Juanice Hayes made a promise to herself -- she would not make her living hoeing in the dirt. She had plenty of that as a child, thank you. And while that has been the case, technically speaking -- Hayes taught fifth grade at New Hope for 34 years -- she has broken that promise. In a big way.

Ask Rufus: Mississippi's Lone Star Flag

Posted 5/19/2012 in Local Columns

The "Bonnie Blue Flag" which was once called the "Lone Star Flag" has been a symbol of Southern independence for more than two hundred years. The flag was first raised, to resounding cheers, on Sept. 23, in Baton Rouge, La. It had been designed by Melissa Johnson, who was the wife of dragoon Major Isaac Johnson. It was quickly accepted by the rebels as their symbol of independence.

My take: From the Delta to D.C.

Posted 5/16/2012 in Local Columns

Kenyon King's life defies expectations. The day his mother, Tangenika King, dropped out of high school to get a diploma in motherhood, she had likely never heard of American University.

Possumhaw: The grab bag family

Posted 5/15/2012 in Local Columns

You don't get to choose your children. You can choose to have them or adopt them, but you don't get to choose who they are.

Out of the Blue: A son's salute

Posted 5/15/2012 in Local Columns

During the summer of 1978 I got a chance to salute my mother with a fly-by, of sorts, near her childhood home of Somerset, KY.

Birney Imes: The trumpets of angels

Posted 5/12/2012 in Local Columns

A.J. Steverson wants to set the record straight. It's the Hitch Lot, not the Hitching Lot, as it is often called. A.J. should know. He grew up in a white clapboard house near the southwest corner of the Hitching ... I mean Hitch Lot. He can remember when farmers hitched their horse-drawn wagons there and walked up the hill into town.

Shannon Bardwell: Fried bream tails

Posted 5/7/2012 in Local Columns

She lifted up the spiny tail and put it in her mouth. She grinned and said it tasted just like she remembered, crispy like a potato chip.

Partial to Home: Highway 61 (Coffeehouse) revisited

Posted 5/5/2012 in Local Columns

Twice a week Harry Walker and John Jones meet here for two hours of chess. Here is the Highway 61 Coffeehouse, a hole-in-the-wall on a sloping street two blocks above the Mississippi River. Both men are retired, Walker from Entergy and Jones as IT specialist for several Fortune 500 companies.

 

Shannon Bardwell: My little chickadees

Posted 5/1/2012 in Local Columns

If we could all be chickadees, we'd all be skinny and plum tuckered out.

 

 

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